Having a Windows desktop or laptop is like a car. You should perform routine maintenance to make sure it is always working well for maximum performance. We made this guide thinking how to improve the performance of your PC in three easy steps and without the need for third-party tools, which, by the way, often do anything but help you.
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The performance of a computer can decrease due to several factors, a bad installation of programs or drivers, viruses, a RAM memory, hard disk or some other damaged component.
We strongly ask you, as we always do, that before any modification to your computer, you make a complete backup of the personal information that you consider important.
The main suggestion we have to increase performance in Windows has to do with startup programs. Whenever you turn on your computer, some programs may start automatically in the background.
Usually this is because the program’s installer changed Windows settings to allow them to run at startup and give you faster access or just have them available from the moment you log in.
That might sound good in theory, but these programs will consume system resources like RAM and processor instructions, slowing down your device. You can easily disable them to save resources on your computer. This is how you do it:
Step 1: open the Task Manager by right-clicking on the Start menu and selecting it from the list.
Step 2: click the tab Beginning to see a list of the programs that run when you start your session.
Step 3: click on the program you want to deactivate so that it does not start and choose to disable, in the lower right corner.
Keep in mind that some startup programs in Windows 10 and Windows 11 are essential to run at startup. You may see programs like Intel Graphics, WavesMax, Realtek Audio. Make sure not to disable options from Microsoft or your device manufacturer, as it could affect the daily use of your PC.
Our second tip is a bit more technical. This involves adjusting the size of the Paging File. If you didn’t know, this file is a space on your SSD or HDD that Windows uses for memory.
If your computer doesn’t have a lot of RAM available (for example, when gaming or during extreme multitasking), then it will make use of the Paging File to keep the system running smoothly.
Increasing the size of the Paging File gives Windows a little more room for such management. The steps to do this are the same in Windows 10 and Windows 11.
Step 1: From the Start menu, type View advanced system settings.
Step 2: Choose Advanced Options, at the bottom it has three options.
Step 3: in the option Performance, click Setting.
Step 4: in the window that opens, click the tab Advanced Options.
Step 5: click Change, to access the options, and once inside, you must deactivate the option of Automatic administration, in order to modify the amount of memory allocated to the Paging File.
Step 6: change the virtual memory setting to a higher number and then click To accept. Keep in mind that the size is in MB, so 1000 MB will equal 1 GB.
Once you finish making these changes, you will need to restart your computer. The changes will take effect, and the next time you work on something that requires a lot of processing power, your computer will run it without a hitch.
Windows is quite elegant, particularly Windows 11, with its new animations and streamlined glass-like effects. All of this can affect the performance of your processor and GPU, but Microsoft gives you some ways to control this.
You can adjust the visual effects in Windows to be less taxing on system resources. This can be useful if you have a computer with low RAM or a slower or older-generation processor.
Step 1– Type the word performance in the Start menu, then choose Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows.
Step 2: in the tab Visual effects, Choose Adjust for best performance and then click Apply.
Step 3: restart your computer to apply the changes.
If following the steps above doesn’t help with your computer, try using the option Custom and uncheck the various animations and effects. You can also try trying some of the other methods that Microsoft mentions on their support page.
These include checking your computer for viruses, restoring it from a new version, uninstalling OneDrive, cleaning up disk space, and updating Windows to the latest version.