Do you work from home or on-the-go? If so, then you need to make sure that your computer is working at optimal conditions and speed performance. Remote work has increased significantly over the last decade, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the US workforce.
Forward-thinking companies are embracing the remote worker as a valuable employee that increases productivity, saves money, and broadens access to talented individuals in this tight labor market. Remote workers must be able to access their files from anywhere, at any time without hindrance.
Let’s take a look at some tips to help you optimize your Windows computer performance so that you can work efficiently on your remote desktop.
Performance Troubleshooting Checker
Your Performance troubleshooter checks any underlying issues that may be slowing down your computer’s performance. This tool will also allow you to see how many users are currently logged on to your computer, and if there are multiple programs running at the same time.
To use your Performance troubleshooting checker, click the “Start” button. Then, click “Control Panel.” Type “Troubleshooter” into the search box and click “Troubleshooting.” Under the “System and Security” tab, click “Check For Performance Issues.”
This will start the checker tool and diagnose any issues that may be causing your slow computer performance speed.
Delete Unused Programs
Downloading the latest computer programs are always tempting. However, having too many programs can slow down your computer, especially if they’re not being used. These unused programs also take up your precious memory, disk space, and processing power.
So, if you have any unused programs, it’s best to uninstall them. This includes both manufacturer-installed software and self-installed software. Utility programs, such as disk cleaners, virus scanners, and back-up tools often startup automatically. However, you can still uninstall these items to remove clutter and wasted system resources.
After you delete your unused programs, you should notice a considerable difference in your computer’s speed and system performance.
Turn Off Visual Effects
You can significantly speed up your computer’s speed and performance by disabling some of its visual effects. To properly adjust your visual effects for optimized performance, click the “Start” button and then “Control Panel.”
In the list of results, click “Performance Information and Tools.” Then, click “Adjust Visual Effects.” From here, you may be asked to type in your password. If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, simply type it into the box or confirm to continue.
Click the “Visual Effects” tab and then click “Adjust For Best Performance.” Lastly, click “OK.” If you don’t want to go through this process, then simply select “Let Windows Choose What’s Best For My Computer.” If you choose this option, Windows will automatically adjust your visual effects for you to optimize your performance.
Run Fewer Programs Simultaneously
When you have multiple programs running at the same time, it can wreak havoc on your computer’s speed and overall performance. Having several tabs open while sending instant messages or emails, as well as music apps, can also use up a lot of your memory space.
If you’re guilty of having too many programs running simultaneously, it would be a good time to ask yourself, “Do I need all of these programs running at the same time?” If the answer is “no,” then consider closing out your tabs and living a more minimalistic lifestyle (when it comes to your computer).
Make sure that you’re only running one antivirus program, as running more than one can also slow down your computer. Also, make sure to delete old messages or emails to free up some storage space.
Perform A Disk Cleanup
Go through all of your files and delete anything that isn’t essential. Pictures, videos, files, and other items take up valuable space on your hard drive and slow down your computer. Also, don’t forget to empty your recycling bin.
Defragment Your Hard Disk
Fragmentation makes your hard drive work harder than it has to, thus resulting in a slower computer. Disk defragmentation allows you to rearrange fragmented data so that your hard drive can work smarter, not harder.
Restart Your Computer Regularly
You should restart your computer at least once a week. Restarting your computer is an excellent way of clearing out memory and ensuring that your processes and services get shut down so that they don’t slow down your computer.
Remember that restarting your computer will close all of your programs. So, before you restart, make sure to save any items that you wish to keep.
Add More Memory
Adding more memory (RAM) to your PC is one of the most effective ways of making your computer run faster. Oftentimes, a computer runs slowly if they don’t have enough RAM. Add an extra gigabyte (GB) or use Windows ReadyBoost.
Windows ReadyBoost allows you to use the storage space on removable media devices, such as USB flash drives, to improve your computer’s speed.
Check For Viruses & Spyware
If your computer’s operating system is running slowly, then it could be as a result of having a virus or infectious spyware. Make sure to check for these culprits using antispyware and antivirus programs.
If you find that you don’t have any viruses or spyware, then it’s still a good idea to run an antivirus and antispyware program as a precaution to ensure that your PC doesn’t become infected.