How to Make Sure Your Computer Is Running at Its Best

How to Make Sure Your Computer Is Running at Its Best

March 16, 2020

Eventually, our computers all start to run a bit slower—whether it’s because they can’t keep up with the demands of current software, or because we’ve downloaded one too many cat memes onto our hard drive, this isn’t an unusual problem. The best way to figure out what’s causing your computer to operate so slowly is to run a diagnostics test. We’ll walk you through these computer speed tips in St. Charles County, MO—read on, and if you need additional help, call or stop by Computer Paramedic.

Monitoring performance in Windows

If you’re using a PC, Windows offers a built-in diagnostic tool that will help you figure out what’s causing your computer to run sluggishly. It has both a log file and a real-time activity monitor that can help you pinpoint the problem.

From the Run prompt, type PERFMON, which will launch the program. On the left-hand side of the window, click Data Collector Sets and then System; right click System Performance and press Start. This will begin a diagnostic test (which should last only a minute). After it’s complete, go to Reports, then System, then System Performance. Where it says “Top Process Group” will indicate what’s taking up the bulk of your computer’s resources—in many cases, that could be a web browser. There will be more detail available if you click through the sub-menus.

Speed up your PC

These tips and tricks will help you speed up your computer’s performance:

  • Adjust your power plan: Under your Hardware and Sound settings, you’ll have the option to switch your power plan from “balanced” (which is usually recommended) to “high performance.” This will use up more power or battery life, but your PC will run faster.
  • Check to see what launches at startup: If your computer is taking forever to boot up, it might be that too many programs launch when you start it up. Go to Start, then Task Manager, then click the Startup tab. Right click to disable all applications that you don’t use frequently.
  • Look into the cloud: If you’re using a cloud-based storage system like OneDrive or Dropbox, you could be slowing down your internet speed with its constant syncing—great when you want to gain storage space on your machine, but frustrating when it slows your internet down. Simply go into your OneDrive or Dropbox settings and prevent it from launching on startup.
  • Make space: Windows offers a feature called Storage Sense, which automatically deletes files you don’t need. Just go to Windows storage settings and enable Storage Sense. Not to worry—it will never delete your personal files.

When you have a technological emergency, call the experts at Computer Paramedic. Our IT team is ready to help both individuals and businesses with a variety of tasks, including computer and network setup, maintenance and updates, virus removal, hardware configuration and more. If your computer seems sluggish and these computer speed tips in St. Charles County, MO didn’t work, call us for help. We look forward to assisting you!

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