Most likely, computer maintenance isn’t your top priority. Nevertheless, it should be done once in a while to keep your PC running fast and stable. Your computer works hard and all this work can make it seem tired. Doing these five things will help you revive your sluggish PC and keep it at peak performance.
1. Eliminate memory leaks
Memory leaks occur when buggy programs on your computer start to steal your PC’s memory. This usually happens with Beta versions of browsers like Firefox and poorly developed software. If you see that your computer is slowing down without any apparent reason, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to go to the Task Manager, go to the Processes tab and sort your running processes by memory usage. You will immediately see if a program is using too much memory. If you find a memory leak, try stopping and restarting the program that’s causing it. Chances are that it’s just a glitch. But if it persists, look for an update on the developer’s website – companies like Mozilla always try to release timely updates. And if there is none, it’s best to uninstall the program and look for an alternative.
2. Check your drivers
All the hardware that is connected to your computer, including internal hardware like video cards, use drivers to communicate with the operating system. Outdated device drivers can not only reduce the performance of your PC, but also result in glitches and hardware issues. Updating device drivers is easy, especially if you use a driver scanner. Simply scan your computer for outdated drivers using the software and let it update the outdated ones automatically. It’s this easy.
3. Uninstall unused programs
Everybody loves trying out new software. We download different programs, install them, check them out and then often forget all about them. But they are still there, wasting your hard drive space and slowing your PC down. If you want to keep your PC at peak performance, go to the Control Panel, click on Uninstall a Program and wait for your computer to display the list of installed software. Go through the list, find the programs you never use and uninstall them. Your computer will have a lot more space and it will become faster, too.
4. Fix Windows errors
Windows is an imperfect operating system, which means that it accumulates all sorts of errors. These errors can be insignificant, but they can also do a lot of harm and even cause your computer to freeze and crash. A good registry cleaner will fix most errors and make your system a lot more stable.
5. Delete duplicate files
Just like redundant programs, duplicate files and decrease the performance of your PC and steal a lot of hard drive space. Finding and deleting duplicates can be done manually, by using Windows Search and looking for certain file names, but it’s a lot better to use a duplicate finder.
These five tips will help your keep your PC at peak performance, so that you will enjoy using it instead of feel annoyed and frustrated.