How to Optimize Your Windows Computer

The longer you use a computer without performing some basic maintenance, the more sluggish it will become. If you’ve noticed a significant decrease in your computer’s speed lately, there are several things you can do. If you have an adware infection, there are programs designed to scan for and remove these threats.

How to Optimize Your Windows Computer

  • Update Windows.
  • Open the Start menu type windows update to find the Windows Update utility.
  • In Windows 10, you can find the Windows Update utility in the Update & Security section of the new Settings menu.
  • Check your available free space.
  • Open the Computer/This PC window and find your Windows drive (usually C:).
  • This drive should have at least 20% free space available for optimum performance.
  • Run the Disk Cleanup tool to scan for and remove old temporary files.
  • Open the Start menu and type disk cleanup to find the utility.
  • Select your Windows drive.
  • Check the boxes for each of the types of files you want to remove.
  • Uninstall old, unused programs.
  • Open the Control Panel.
  • Select Uninstall a program or Programs and Features.
  • Click Uninstall to remove.
  • Clean up your startup sequence.
  • Windows 10 and 8 – Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to open the Task Manager.
  • Click More details to expand it.
  • Click the Startup tab.
  • Select the items you want to remove from your startup and click Disable.
  • Windows 7 and Vista – Press Win+R.
  • Type msconfig.
  • Click the Startup tab.
  • Uncheck the box next to each item you want to disable.

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