Your Windows system starts showing diminishing performance over time due to extensive usage. While you use your PC to store abundant data, disk space on your system gets cluttered and cause certain performance issues. In addition to that, malware attack, outdated software, fragmented disk space, outdated drivers, a lot of unnecessary apps & software etc. also causes performance related issues. While manually fixing these problems could be the first effective step to deal with these issues, you can also try tools like PC optimization software for instant and effective results. In this article, we have discussed 5 best ways to optimize your PC for better performance.
Update Software: To update outdated software, you get regular notifications automatically on regular intervals. If you have missed on these automatic updates, then you can also try manually updating the software. To do this, follow these steps.
- Go to Start menu > Settings.
- Select Update & Security.
- Click on Windows Update.
- Now click on Check for Updates option.
- Here, it will start looking for all available updates and helps you install them on your PC.
- Restart your PC once all updates are downloaded on your system.
Uninstall Unnecessary Apps & programs: If you have lots of unnecessary apps & programs that are causing performance issues, then it’s time to get rid of them. These software may include apps & programs that you rarely use or bloatware that came pre-installed on your system. Some of these bloatware programs could not be uninstalled thus you can disable them from running on your system. To uninstall unnecessary software on your PC, follow these steps.
- Open Start menu > Settings.
- Select System on the Settings menu.
- Go to left-panel and select “Apps & Features” option. Once you click on this option, it will show all installed apps & programs on your PC.
- If you want to uninstall any of these programs, then simply choose the program and tap on Uninstall button given below the selected app.
- Confirm the deletion to get rid of the selected program.
Update Drivers: Similar to the outdated operating system, outdated driver software also cause a lot of performance issues including system crash, freezes, hangs and more. If you are facing issues due to outdated drivers, then it’s time to update the drivers on your PC. To do this, you can use the built-in Device Manager utility to update all drivers manually.
- Search & select “Device Manager” in the search bar on the taskbar.
- It will take you to the Device Manager window. Here, you will find all devices installed on your system.
- To update the driver for any of these devices, simply expand its category and right-click on it.
- Here, select “Update driver” option.
It will display you two options:
- Select “Search automatically for updated driver software” to update driver software automatically.
- Select “Browse my computer for driver software” to browse the location manually to locate and install driver software.
Defrag System Storage: The continuous process of adding & removing programs on your system is one of the primary reasons that causes disk defragmentation. To defrag disk space, simply follow these steps.
- Search “defrag” in the search bar on the taskbar.
- Here, select “Defragment and optimize drives” option from given results.
- It will take you to the Optimize Drives window.
- Here, select the drive that you want to optimize.
- Click on Optimize button to instantly defrag the selected drive.
Use Disk Cleanup Utility: You can use built-in Disk Cleanup utility to find & clean all junk files on your Windows system. To use this utility, follow these steps.
- Search and select “disk cleanup” in the search bar on the taskbar.
- It will ask you to select the drive that you want to clean on a pop-up window.
- Once you select the drive, it will scan the selected drive and display you all junk files on your system that could be deleted.
- Here, sift through the files to find and delete unnecessary ones.
- To delete selected file, simply select it and click on OK button.
Note: You can also use this built-in utility to clean unnecessary system files. To do this, click on the “Clean up system files” option and follow the process.
So, these are few simple yet effective Windows optimization techniques you can follow to boost your system performance. If you know more such optimization techniques for Windows, then feel free to comment below.
Metadata: Windows offers numerous built-in features & utilities to help you optimize your PC for better performance. Let’s discuss some of them to boost your system performance.