Happy national clean out your PC day! Our gift to you? Four simple, performance boosting tips for a clean PC!
Disabling Startup Items
We can see it now: you turn on your PC, and upon boot a litany of programs open. So many pop up that you can’t do anything with your PC for a few minutes. By having all these programs load at startup, you’re overloading your CPU, and in turn slowing down the entire PC.
Sometimes, these programs aren’t front facing, so you don’t have the ability to just close them like a window. Now, we’ll walk you through how to disable these programs.
First, right click on your task bar, and select “Task Manager.”
Second, click on “More Details” at the bottom of the Task Manager.
Third, click on the “Startup” tab, and it will display all programs set to boot at you PC’s start.
Lastly, you’ll want to disable any non-important programs. Windows is great in that it gives you the level of impact the program has on your computer. You can disable all without serious adverse effect on your system. Some “Low” programs can be left on, such as Java and Defender.
Just like that, you’ve sped up your boot time, and prevented your CPU from being crippled when you first turn it on.
Disk Cleanup is a simple tool that Microsoft has been included on Windows for quite some time now. To access Disk Cleanup, simply search for it via the Start Menu or Cortana. Once you run the cleanup, it will run through your system and delete unnecessary things like temporary or cache files. This will free up space on your hard drive, and increase performance.
First, search for “Disk Cleanup” on your laptop or PC. (It may begin with a quick calculation of what it can clear up for you.)
Second, you will select what drive you wish to purge. If you have multiple drives, you can select the ones you want to clean.
Third, after you have selected the drives, click “OK”
The tool will then do the work for you. It’s that simple! Once this finishes you'll be rid of the necessary files slowing your computer’s performance down.
We all have unused applications, it happens. In a moment’s notice, you download a random program, install it, use it, and never touch it again. Uninstalling unused application can also improve performance of your PC.
As with the Disk Cleanup, this is easy to do. All you need to do is search for “Control Panel" in your Start Menu, or with Cortana. (Side note on Windows 8.X or 10, you can right click the start menu and select Programs and Features.)
When you first open your Control Panel, you’ll want to select “Programs and Features.”
Once that panel is open, you are free to go in and uninstall anything you don’t use. (Don’t uninstall Microsoft programs, as they may be necessary for your computer to run.)
Not only have you just cleaned up your hard drive, you may have uninstalled the background functions of these programs. That allows your PC to increase real time computes, and work at a faster pace.
Remove the Dust
Much like everything else in your home, your laptop or PC will collect dust. Fans are a magnet for dust and, if clogged, could drastically impact the performance of your PC. Cleaning the inside and outside of your computer on a regular basis can prevent major issues.
There are two options to cleaning the dust from your PC, compressed air or a vacuum. This is hotly debated in the PC world, so we’ll let you choose which you use. Compressed air is one of the easiest ways to clear the dust, but tends to go everywhere else in the room. While vacuuming is also effective, trying to manage the vacuum in the confines of a PC can be frustrating.
Cleaning your PC is necessary to increasing the longevity of your computer. If you follow these steps 1-3 times a year, you’ll see improvements in the way your computer functions. As always, you can find us on Twitter at @AMDLaptop, we’re here to help you with any questions you may have!