Recover the speed of a slow computer: 15 ways to accelerate the PC


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Today we are going to explain how to recover the speed of a computer that has become slow . We will do it with 15 tips to accelerate your computer, ranging from the most basic systems of the operating system to other changes a little more complex in configurations that are not so accessible.

Over time, it is possible that the computer may end up running slower and slower.


Sometimes the problem is simply that there is some malware installed or too many applications that run at the beginning, but other times they are old computers where any saving of resources can make a difference. Our advice tries to cover all these assumptions.


1. Uninstall applications that you do not use

The first step is the simplest and simplest of all, and is to get rid of all the applications that are not necessary.
Over the years we may have tended to accumulate some that we no longer use, which may be performing background processes that slow down the PC. To do so, go to the Windows 10 Configuration , and click on theApplications option .
You will reach the Applications and features menu . In it you will have a search engine to find specific apps, but also the complete list of applications.
Simply click on the ones you do not use, and in the options that appear you click on the Uninstall button to proceed to erase them from the computer. Be careful not to delete those created by Microsoft for the basic functions of the system or any that you consider to be useful for the computer.

2. Keep the computer desk clean

When a computer starts Windows, it has to load all the elements of the desktop, so if yours has few resources it is possible that you have a bad time if you have it full of shortcuts.

Therefore, it is recommended that you keep as clean as possible the computer desk . If there are things you really need to have access to, you can try simply creating a folder on the desktop and putting them all there.

3. Control the applications that are executed at the beginning

There are applications that when the installations are configured alone to run automatically when the computer starts, and having too many can slow down the start of the computer.

To prevent this from happening, press Ctrl + Alt + Deleteand choose the Task Manager option . In it, click on More details to access all the information.

Once you are in the full version of the Task Manager , click on the Startsection of the top row . You will see a list with all the applications that try to boot at the beginning.

Here there are two important columns, the State onebecause if it is Enabled it is because the application starts automatically when the PC is turned on, and the Impact one starts because it tells you how much this application penalizes your computer when it starts up when the computer starts up.

With these data you can already make informed decisions. Now, click on the application you want to stop starting automatically when you turn on your computer (1), and once you have selected it click on the Disablebutton to stop it from starting, and that to be executed you have to be the one who deliberately starts it .

Try to do it with the applications that have the greatest impact on the boot of your computer, something that will be indicated in the Start Impact column .

4. Check that the PC is free of malware

It is also possible that the slowness of a computer is due to having some type of virus or malware , so it is also convenient to pass an antivirus to the computer. There are several alternatives , but we will teach you to do it with Windows Defender , the native Windows solution 10.


To start, click the option Open Windows Security Center Defender you find in section Updating and security of Configuring Windows 10

You will go to the main screen of Windows Defender . Once there, click on the option Antivirus protection and against threats that the icon of a shield will have. The option is in the main screen as well as in the left column of options.

Once in this screen, you only have to click on the button Examine now to start a system analysis. It is a quick scan that will not find all the threats, but will detect the most important ones. You can also click on Run a new advanced exam , the option below, to make a more detailed analysis.

On this screen you will be able to choose three types of analysis . The first is a complete and thorough one that will thoroughly analyze the computer and take more than an hour to complete. You can also make a custom one of the folders you want, and another quick one without Windows connection that will take only 15 minutes.

5. Free space on your hard drive

It is also useful to clean your hard drive. Here it is important not to use applications such as CCleaner that bother more than what you help, but resort to the native alternative of Windows 10 itself . To run it, open the start menu and type cleanmgr (1) so that the Disk Cleanup application appears . Then, right click on it (2), and in the pop-up menu click on Run as administrator(3) to offer you all the options.

The first thing that will appear is a window in which you have to choose the hard drive you want to clean to free up space . When you choose it, click on OK .

Next, the disk space-liberator application will calculate which files you can clean in Windows and how much space you can save with it. This process can take from a few seconds to a few minutes depending on your computer, your hard drive and the files you have accumulated.

When finished, the application will now show you a list of various file types that you can delete and the size that would be released with it. When you click on each one, it will explain in detail what is deleted, so here you select the file types that you want to delete and press OK . You will get a notice asking if you are sure, and here confirms the action.

6. Defragment the hard drive

The files inside your computer are not complete pieces themselves, but are composed of small fragments that sometimes Windows does not locate as fast as it should. Therefore, one way to speed up the computer is to defragment the hard drive . To do this, open the Start menu and type defrag . When you do, click on the Defragment and optimize units application that will appear as the main search result.

Once the defragment application is open, the first thing you have to do is click on the hard disk you want to defragment (1). Next, click on the Analyzebutton (2) to know first what is the state in which the disk is. In the application you will be shown the status of the disk in the Current Status column .

If the result does not convince you, click on the Optimize button to proceed to defragment the hard drive that you have and ready, the program will be responsible for automatically starting the defragmentation process.

7. Virtual memory configuration

You can also allow Windows 10 to use more virtual memory to add it to physical RAM and make it grow. For that, go to the start menu and look for Control Panelto access the classic Windows 7 control panel. Once in it, first enter the System and Security category (1), and when you’re there, click on the optionSystem (2).

Once in System , in the column on the left click on the option Advanced system configuration (1). A new window will open, in which in your upper tabs you must click on Advanced options (2). Once there, press theConfiguration button of the Performance category (3) to enter to configure the performance of the equipment.

It will open a new window more. In it, in the upper tabs click on Advanced options (1). Once deployed, in the box belonging to the category Virtual Memory, press the Change button (2).

In the next window, uncheck the box Automatically manage the size of the paging file for all the units in order to change the size in MB of the memory. Now go to the window that shows you the available units and the space in megabytes available to assign to the paging file, and write the number you want .

You can start by increasing by 1000 or 2000 MB, which is basically equivalent to 1 or 2 extra gigs of virtual RAM.

8. Change the computer power plan

Performance or consumption? Windows 10 will be configured to find a balance between both factors, but you can always improve performance at the cost of your computer consuming more energy.

To do this go to the start menu and look for Control Panel to access the classic Windows 7 control panel. Once in it, first enter the Hardware and Sound category (1), and click on the option Options energy (2).

When you enter the Energy Options page you will see the plans that Windows 10 has configured. You may have to click on the Show additional plans button to see it, but on this screen you should select the High performance option to maximize the speed.

Remember to do this only if your computer is really slow, because it will usually always be advisable to use a plan balanced or assigned by the manufacturer.

9. Less visual effects

Microsoft has made a huge effort to make Windows 10 look good. However, sacrificing some of their colorful animations some teams with few resources could notice an improvement in their performance.

To do so, go to the start menu and look for Control Panel to access the classic Windows 7 control panel. Once in it, first enter the System and Security category (1), and when you are there, click on the option System (2).

Once in System , in the column on the left click on the option Advanced system configuration (1). A new window will open, in which in your upper tabs you must click on Advanced options (2). Once there, press theConfiguration button of the Performance category (3) to enter to configure the performance of the equipment.

When the new Performance Options window opens , it will automatically do so with the Visual Effects tab activated. In it you will have a list with all the visual effects of Windows 10, and you will only have to deselect the effects that you want to do without to increase the speed of the operating system.

10. Remove transparencies to the interface

Another small aesthetic sacrifice that you can do to speed up a little Windows 10 is to remove the transparencies from the interface. For that, start by opening the Windows Configuration , and once inside click on the Personalizationoption to enter the configuration of the aesthetic changes of Windows 10.

Once you are in this menu, in the column on the left, select the Colorsoption (1). After doing so, go down a bit in the right column until you reach the More options section , and it disables the Transparency Effects option (2), which will mean a small change to the interface that can help lighten the computer a bit .

11. Make Windows 10 quiet

And since you are in the Windows Settings , now enter the System section , and within Notifications and actions (1) search and disable the option Get tricks, tips and recommendations while using Windows .

By doing so, Windows will stop bothering you with small tips when you go to do certain actions, and you can save some resources that could help your system speed.

12. Look for system updates and drivers

There is also the possibility that the slowness of your computer is due to a problem with the software that has already been solved. Therefore, it is convenient to make sure you have everything updated.

To do this with Windows, go to the section Update and security of Windows Setup . There, in the Windows Update section, click on the button Check for updates Windows 10 will automatically search for and download updates.

It is also important to have the drivers or drivers of your hardware updated. But this is a bit more difficult, since you must first identify your hardware and get off the official website that corresponds to the new versions of its drivers.

It is also possible that the manufacturer of your computer has its own program from which to download the driver updates.

13. Reinstall Windows 10 from scratch

If all of the above fails, you may need to consider performing a clean installation of Windows 10 . To do so, go to the Update and security section of the Windows Configuration . There, in the left column, click on the Recovery section(1), and once you are inside, go to the Reset option and click on the Startbutton (2) to start the Windows 10 reset process.

During this process to reset Windows 10 you will be given several options, such as keeping your files and applications or Remove everything to make a clean reinstall.

If the computer goes slow, you may prefer to remove everything and start from scratch, although it is better to remember first to make the necessary backups.

And if you do not have enough with this, in the Windows 10 download page you can download a tool that will allow you to create a USB installation and perform a full format. This process has many steps, to download the tool, create the USB and then proceed with the formatting, which we detail in this article .

14. Do not forget to clean your tower

Although it may seem silly, the accumulation of dust inside your equipment can penalize your speed , especially when it prevents the flow of air and makes it too hot. Therefore, from time to time it is convenient to open your tower, portable or all in one to give it a thorough thorough cleaning.

15. Replace or update hardware

And if with none of this is enough, maybe you should consider upgrading your computer hardware . The change you would most notice would be to move from hard drive to SSD , although it might also be good to increase RAM to give more muscle when it comes to managing several applications open at the same time or a graphics card if the problem is with the games

Although if your computer is simply already considerably old, you should not rule out the option of buying a new one .

Whatever your decision, if you are looking for good offers for new equipment or components to update your computer you should go through or the posts of Cazando Gangas that we publish every Friday in Engadget.