Four efficient ways to boost your computer's speed

Apart from hardware degradation, various hidden software issues can decelerate a computer
The image is an animation showing a man frustrated by a slow computer. — Freepik
The image is an animation showing a man frustrated by a slow computer. — Freepik

Over time, PCs begin to show signs of wear and tear. Even high-end computers purchased just a few years ago can encounter difficulties with basic tasks such as internet surfing, streaming videos online, and producing creative content.

Aside from hardware degradation, various hidden issues can decelerate a PC. These include slower hard drives, insufficient memory capacity or restricted RAM, and a multitude of software and services operating in the backdrop when you initialise your device.

Ways to restore PC speed

1. Deactivate startup apps 

Many applications routinely operate in the background when your Windows PC starts up, overwhelming valuable resources. Restrict unnecessary apps to make your PC quicker. On Windows 11, search for "startup apps" and deselect the software you use rarely. Be watchful of apps labelled "high impact" or "medium impact" as they can significantly affect productivity.

2. Uninstall unnecessary apps

Windows PCs come with pre-installed third-party apps that may not be useful to you. Clear storage space and improve efficiency by removing unwanted applications.

Go to Settings > Apps > Installed apps and uninstall unnecessary services. Avoid uninstalling system-specific apps to prevent issues.

3. Fine-tune mode 

On Windows 11, optimise your power mode to "best performance" for maximum computing power. By default, modern laptops put power efficiency over performance.

Adjust power mode by going to Access Settings > System > Power & Battery > Power Mode and choosing "best performance." Note that this may impact battery life.

4. Upgrade storage & RAM

 Consider amplifying your hardware if your PC remains slow. Switching from a traditional hard disk drive (HDD) to a solid-state drive (SSD) can significantly improve booting and application loading times. Furthermore, adding more RAM can augment multitasking capabilities. Check your PC's guidebook for well-matched upgrades.

Implementing these methods can revitalise your outdated computer, allowing it to perform at its best once again.