Even in the modern age of computing, from time to time, your computer needs some help in staying in tip top shape. In today’s post, we discuss how to keep your computer’s performance as good as the day you purchased it.

Start With Startup Programs

If your computer is slow when you first log in, this is a common issue when there are too many programs attempting to start. Each additional program trying to start robs Windows of resources needed to get it up and running.

To check what programs are starting when you log in, press the Windows key and type Task Manager. Select Task Manager and navigate to the Startup tab. The programs installed will be listed. In addition, this tab will display whether or not it’s enabled and the startup’s impact. Click on a program and hit the button to disable the program.

Pay close attention to any programs that impact medium or high on your startup. For example, if you game on your computer, having Steam boot up when you log in might be important to you. However, if your PC is multipurpose and you game from time to time, it might not be necessary. There is no right or wrong answer when configuring your computer’s startup. Just remember, the more programs that start with your computer, the longer the startup will take.

Remove Bloatware

Startup programs will slow down your computer when you log in, but other programs will slow your computer down by running in the background, even when it’s not open. Open up the Start Menu and scroll through the list of programs. When you find a program that you do not want or do not use, right-click, and select Uninstall. Alternatively, type Control Panel into the search bar next to the Windows icon. Select the Control Panel app to bring up a full program list.

Modify The Restart Settings

When your computer automatically restarts due to an update or program installation, Windows will try to reopen everything that was open when it restarted. This feature will slow your computer down when it restarts. To turn it off, open up the Settings app. Find the Accounts menu and find the Sign-In Options. Scroll to the Privacy section and toggle the Use Sign-In Info To Automatically Finishing Setting Up My Device And Reopen My Apps After An Update or Restart.

Turn Off OneDrive

If left unchecked, OneDrive will churn in the background, eating up your system’s resources. The best way to do this is through Task Manager; this way it only operates when you actively use it.

Hardware Considerations

If none of these steps help improve performance, the next step would be to look at the hardware of the computer. Does your processor stand up to the activities that you do? Do you have enough RAM to multitask? Is there a standard hard drive or a solid-state drive installed? Is your computer full of dust? These all will impact your computer’s performance. The good news is Computer Warriors can help you with all of these. Feel free to bring your device in for a full diagnostic to see what options you have to get more out of your device!

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