Your computer will become sluggish and sluggish over time, and of course, at this time, there will be hanging, jerky, lag … very annoying when using.
So how to ensure your computer always operates stably and reaches the highest efficiency? In this article, I will guide you on how to optimize and remove unnecessary features on Windows so that your computer always works stably like when you first bought it.
Please note to you that ” speeding up the computer ” here means keeping your computer operating as stable as when you first bought it, not increasing the speed of your computer faster. Wanting faster has no choice but to upgrade hardware. OK!
Basically, these tips will apply to all versions of Windows (Win XP / 7/8/10), and the procedure is relatively similar. You can refer to 12 steps to have a computer always healthy, working well below:
- 1. Delete junk files
- 2. Disable unnecessary Services and Startup
- 3. Remove unnecessary software
- 4. Use Disk Cleanup or Ccleaner
- 5. Defragment your hard drive periodically
- 6. Resize the trash (Recycle Bin)
- 7. Disable the System Restore function
- 8. Set to add virtual ram to the computer
- 9. Enable fast boot on Windows 8 / 8.1
- 10. Use anti-virus software
- 11. Keep the computer from getting too hot
- 12. Clean the computer regularly
- Update: Apply on Windows 10 Creator (Version 1703) and above
1. Delete junk files
In the process of using Windows, such as installing software, editing documents, editing files, etc., your computer will automatically create junk files, which will slow down your computer and take up more resources over time. Therefore, the first task is to periodically delete junk files.
Delete junk in the Temp folder
This folder contains a lot of temporary files while using the computer; you can delete all the files in this temp folder anytime you like. Here’s how to do it:
Open the run dialog (Windows + R) up and type the command %temp% => press Enter.
Then you press Ctrl + A => press Delete to delete or Shift + Delete to delete permanently.
2. Disable unnecessary Services and Startup
Disabling services and startup is also quite necessary and helps to reduce the load significantly on your computer. When you install the software, some programs will automatically activate the boot mode at the same system, so this is the cause of your computer slow startup and long shutdown.
+ Step 1: Open the Run dialog box (Windows + R) and type the command msconfig => press Enter. A new window will appear, do the following:
+ Step 2: Move to Tab Services and check the option Hide all Microsoft services to display all programs and applications running on the same system. MUST REMEMBER IN THIS CHOICE!
Here, you select the applications you do not need => and check Disable=> then click Apply to apply changes.
+ Step 3: Next, switch to the tab Startupto to remove the programs that start with windows.
You should leave really necessary applications eg, Internet Download Manager, anti-virus software .. only. Other things are Disablegone to be able to speed up computer startup.
3. Remove unnecessary software
The next thing to do is to remove the software (click to see detailed instructions) when you are no longer in use to free up your hard drive as well as help your computer less sluggish.
To remove the software, you can go to Control Panel => choose to Uninstall a program, find the unused software, and proceed to uninstall.
4. Use Disk Cleanup or Ccleaner
Another very important job is to use the junk cleaning tool available on Windows that is Disk Cleanup to clean up all the files on your hard drive partition.
- Read more: How to use Disk Cleanup on Windows in the right way
Open run ( Windows + R) dialog and type cleanmgr => press Enter. Then you just need to select the drive you want to scan and clickOK
Note: Prioritize to scan the drive for the operating system first because this drive we manipulate and use the most, of course, is also a lot of junk.
There is a very good tool to assist you in this that uses the junk cleaning tool, Ccleaner software (recommended to use).
Tips: Should do this job once a month if you use it regularly to get the best results. (If you use it sparingly, maybe two months)
5. Defragment your hard drive periodically
For the computer to run stably, defragmenting the hard drive is definitely indispensable. There is a very detailed article that Spyontech has shared for you; if you have not read it, you can see the cause and how to defragment your hard drive here.
Note: Absolutely not defragment the SSD, because the working mechanism of the SSD hard drive is completely different. For SSDs, you do not need to defragment.
6. Resize the trash (Recycle Bin)
Each hard drive partition has a different trash capacity; the larger the partition, the larger the bin storage size.
Its working principle is that every time you delete a file on your hard drive, it will be moved to the recycle bin. And when the recycle bin is full, the old deleted files will automatically be permanently deleted from your computer, just like that the new file will push the old file down, and it will be deleted in the same order.
Therefore, you should adjust the amount of trash accordingly. Darkening the amount of hard drive while increasing the speed of the computer. To do this, you edit as follows:
Right-click the Trash ( Recycle Bin) and select Properties. Then select each hard drive partition to reset the storage space for the recycle bin.
As you can see, my drive BACKUPhas a capacity of 244GB, and it creates a trash with a capacity of 14548 MB (14.5GB). Very expensive, right, you should leave 4-5 GB is reasonable.
Adjust the amount of trash
7. Disable the System Restore function
System Restore mode helps users to bring the computer to the most recent operating state, or else your computer will fail.
But I see this feature “benefit is less, but harm is more” , it is not natural that I say so.
By default, Windows will automatically save the state of the system one by one so that it will damage the hard drive and is the residence of the virus. That is why I recommend that you immediately turn off this feature System Restore.
Instead, you can create yourself a backup ghost or use the RollBack Rx tool.
7.1. Instructions to turn off System Restore on Windows XP
- Right-click My Computer=> select Properties
- In the window System Properties, you select the card System Restorethen tick “Turn off System Restore on all Drives” and then click OK to finish.
7.2. Instructions to turn off System Restore on Windows 7/8 / 8.1 / 10
Implementation: Right-click My Computer => select Properties => switch to tab System Protection => select Advanced system settingsselectConfigure
Then click Delete to delete the previous backups => finally tick the option Disable System Protection and click OKto complete.
8. Set to add virtual ram to the computer
One of the most common causes of your computer running slow is lack of RAM, if possible, you should buy more RAM for the computer, or if you can’t afford or hesitate to buy, you can set more RAM. Of course, it will not be as efficient as real RAM, but it is also a very good way to help you limit the lack of RAM.
9. Enable fast boot on Windows 8 / 8.1
If you are using the Windows 8 version, you can enable the quick start feature, which helps you integrate the Shutdown and Hibernate feature into the Start button.
To enable this feature, you do the following: Go to Control Panel => select Power Options then you choose “Choose what the power button does”
- Recommended: How to enable Sleep (sleep) and Hibernate (hibernation)
In addition, to speed up the computer’s boot, we have another way that is to increase the number of boot cores. By default, it is 1, now you can leave it as 2 or 3 depending on the CPU multiplier in your computer. It is best to increase it to 2.
Proceed as follows:
Open the Run dialog (Windows + R) => next, enter the keyword msconfig=> click Enterto perform.
A new window will open, you switch to tab Boot=> click on Advanced options…. => tick the line Number of processors and select the number of cores you want. Here I will let it be 2.
Finally, press OK => Apply.
10. Use anti-virus software
Another very important thing that you cannot ignore is anti-virus software. A healthy and stable computer is indispensable for an anti-virus program.
Anti-virus software does not speed up your computer, but it will keep your computer stable and effectively avoid Internet threats.
11. Keep the computer from getting too hot
If you are using a laptop, limit it to the blanket and pillow when using it. You should place it in a cool place and should use a cooling fan for the computer.
Computer too hot will affect the work efficiency and more dangerous than damage hardware such as battery, main, hard drive …
Therefore, I recommend that you immediately equip your computer with a heatsink (if you are using a laptop). The price is also very low. If you are using a PC, you can install a fan to keep it cool and to work well.
12. Clean the computer regularly
The last important thing that I want to tell you is regular computer cleaning and cleaning. One of the causes of overheating is the dirt that clogs all the openings, making the computer unable to release hot air. Therefore, you need to regularly clean the computer for the computer to operate stably.
Update: Apply on Windows 10 Creator (Version 1703) and above
In addition to the above methods, if you are using Windows 10 Creator, you can apply a way to automatically clean the hard drive so that the computer automatically removes junk files, unnecessary temporary files to get. Save space for the hard drive and also avoid viruses lurking inside.
Click the button Start=> select Settings(Settings) => select next System(System) => select the next item Storage(Storage) => an interface will appear as shown below.
At Storage sense (aware storage) => you leave ON as shown below => next click on the line Change how we free up space to set.
There will be options such as:
- Delete temporary files that my apps aren’t using: Delete temporary apps that my apps aren’t currently using.
- Delete files that have been in the recycle bin for over 30 days: Identify files in the recycle bin when 30 days have passed.
Alternatively, you can click Clean now to perform a manual cleanup of your hard drive.
NOTE NOTE: One extremely effective way is to upgrade your computer. I am speaking very seriously, very realistically, and possibly because the upgrade cost is quite cheap. You just need to buy an additional SSD (120GB) as the operating system and upgrade more RAM if needed.
Your computer speed will be greatly improved, and you will blame yourself for not knowing how to upgrade earlier. OK!
Here are 12 things to do to speed up your computer and make sure your computer works like new. You should apply them immediately to your computer because these are very simple tricks that I think anyone can do.
I hope these little tips will help you. Good luck!