You are working on your project when suddenly, your PC decides to freeze and lag, and you have to force a shutdown. Of course, you might be lucky if your work was saved, however, next time, luck might not stand by you side.
To prevent that from happening, follow these easy steps to clean and speed up your PC and rid yourself of the lags and frozen screens.
1 – Run a virus scan.
One of the main reasons why your computer may be so slow could be because of a virus. Therefore, fully scan your system to ensure that viruses and malware aren’t the source of the problem.
2 – Clean your hard drive using disk cleanup.
- Type “disk cleanup” in your start search bar and click on it.
- Select the drive you want to clean up (usually, it will be your system drive, also called a “C drive”) and click “Ok.”
- Tick the files you want to clean up and click “Ok.”
This will delete your temporary files and speed up your computer since there will be more available space.
3 – Use Disk Defragmenter.
- Type “disk defragmenter” in your start search bar and click on it.
- Select your “C drive,” click “Analyze disk,” and wait for it to complete.
- After that, select the same disk again and click “defragment disk.”
This increases your PC’s performance and organizes any fragmented files that may cause hiccups in your system.
4 – Use Ready boost.
- Plug in your USB and click “Speed up my system” when auto play appears.
- You can then “dedicate the device for ready boost” if you want ready boost to work automatically when you plug in that USB.
- You can also adjust how much space from that USB you want to use for ready boost, and click “ok.”
Ready boost is a handy feature that can speed up your computer’s RAM, therefore increasing its speed.
5 – Remove any unnecessary startup files.
- Go to “Start” and type in “system configuration.”
- Click on “system configuration” and choose the “startup” tab.
- Uncheck any programs you don’t want to start up when your computer turns on, but don’t deselect programs you are not familiar with, especially not the windows operating system or the driver.
This allows your computer to run faster and more smoothly on startup.
6 – Delete any unnecessary programs and files.
- Go to “start” and then “control panel.”
- Then go to programs and click “uninstall a program.”
- Select the program you want to uninstall and hit “uninstall.”
This removes the programs that unnecessarily take up too much space.
7 – Keep your PC updated.
- Go to “start” and type in “Windows update.”
- Click on it and then select “search for updates” on the left hand bar.
- Click on the updates you want to install (if there are any), and click “ok.”
This keeps your computer up-to-date and fixes any bugs from previous versions.
8 – Start anew by formatting your computer.
- If none of the above is working, then move ahead to formatting your device, but always remember to back up everything before proceeding.
- Remember to have the official installation DVD of the windows operating system.
- Insert the DVD, restart your computer to enter into boot menu, and follow the instructions.
Go ahead and try the following steps to not only get rid of your PC’s annoying lags and problems, but also to increase its performance and maintain a good condition for longer!
By: Luma Kudsiova