Lag, Freeze, and shutter are the things that would drive PC users and gamers mad, and you wouldn’t want that to occur while you are completing an essential task or when you are into your favorite multiplayer game. There might be certain circumstances that force the internals to act more than their capacity, and as a result, Laptop/Computer starts to lag and shutter. It is vital optimizing your windows and the tasks running in the background so that you can peacefully complete your work. So here I am going to show you the most responsive 10 ways which will make your Laptop or Computer super fast.
(Given screenshots are taken from Windows 10, but all the steps can easily be applied on all windows)
10 Ways to Speed up and boost the performance of your PC:
Follow all the steps as described in the text as well as in the Images:
Turn off “Run on Startup” Applications
Many of the applications are programmed to run automatically as soon as the system boots up, at that initial state, those programs try to use all the concurrent memory to show up which makes the PC super slow and very hard to use. For this particular reason, it is always best to turn off the “Startup on Boot” option for every program.
You can simply do it by:
- Going into the settings of the program
- Selecting the Windows/System/General settings
- Un-tick the “Startup on boot up” option which should be available there
Install the Latest Version of Directx
Directx is one of the most critical applications which is used to run the programs efficiently. All the latest Games, Programs, Applications that require texture detailing cannot be run without the Directx. If your program or game lags, shutters, or gives any type of error, then you can always try to update the version of your Directx, which helps in most of the cases. You can download the latest version of Directx from the official site of Microsoft.
Disable unnecessary Services from task manager
It is indeed a good idea to check out for the services running in the background. Most of the services start automatically when the system boots up. You can just simply follow these steps to close out all the unnecessary services:
- Open Task Manager
- Go to the Services Bar
- Select any Unnecessary service and right-click on it
- Click on End Task
Applying these steps seems a pretty quick move, but it is also a very effective one. Your PC might boost up because these services might have been eating your RAM.
Keep Update Your Windows
Every other day, Microsoft releases a new update for Windows, which would seem a pain to install it every time, but there are always some bug fixes, lag fixes and crash fixes which helps your PC run smoother than ever before. You can always go to the settings of your windows and check for the windows update or make it update automatically, which indeed saves your time. You can even choose a specific time to get your windows updated so that you can work in other hours while not getting disturbed by the windows.
Uninstall the unwanted Applications
There are many apps and programs which you don’t want to see on your PC. So why not delete them? So it is best to uninstall those programs entirely from your Laptop or computer, which would free up space in your Laptop and also makes it smooth to run. You can simply follow these steps to uninstall any unwanted Application/Program:
- Open Control Panel
- Choose the “Uninstall a program” option
- A list of programs will be in front of you
- Right-click on any program you want to delete, click on uninstall
Disable Animations & Visuals effects
Ever wondered why windows 10 looks so professional and colorized? Well, the animations, visuals, and shadows are the tasks that are performing their duty in the background. You can always disable them, but don’t worry, it will never affect your other programs and applications running. It is straightforward to disable these effects; you can do it by following these steps:
- Search sysdm.cpl in windows search box
- Go to advanced
- Select Setting in “Performances” option
- Now disable the effects you want
Change your Power Plan
Most of the Laptops are automatically set to the “Balanced” power plan, which might slow down the performance of your PC. The Balanced plan slows down the speed of your tasks to save some amount of energy, and that is also an excellent option when you are using your Laptop on Battery. But for optimal use, it is always best to select the “High Performance” option to ensure that all programs will get full power. You can simply edit your power plan by:
- Searching “Power Plan” in the windows search bar
- Select the “High Performance” option
Set priority of programs to high
This fix is one of the best ways to remove shutter and lag from your programs. By setting up the priority of your specific program can highly boost up the performance of it, and you will eventually see the performance increase in it. By doing so, the computer only focuses on that specific program rather than giving equal attention to all of the programs, which means that a particular program gets priority over the other programs. You can set the priority of your program by following these simple steps:
- Open Task Manager
- Go to the Details section
- Right-click on the program or application you want to prioritize
- Move cursor on priority and select High
Scan your computer with an Antivirus
Viruses? Ugh, these might make your computer unable to run even some basic tasks. If there is a virus in your PC, every program will shutter, Lag, and will show unspecific errors. In the worst-case scenario, you might lose all of your Important files, All! So it is better to install a decent Antivirus in your PC, which would scan and remove any virus as soon as it attacks your PC. You can install Avast or Nord Antivirus to ensure the full protection of your PC. The Antivirus program will automatically scan your whole PC and will also remove the virus of any kind if found any.
Free Up the Memory of your PC
By memory, I mean RAM. There are many programs which eat the RAM and make your PC slower than ever before. Your entire RAM gets consumed by these programs, and the programs you want to run might not get the amount of RAM they need. You can simply close all the programs which are consuming your RAM by these simple steps:
- Open Task Manager
- Check out the applications consuming most of the RAM in the background
- Close all the unnecessary ones
You might consider adding RAM or integrating SSD in your computer, but try these useful ways first as most of the time, these things are interfering with your PC, and that makes it impossible to run. Check these easy ways out and follow the instructions carefully!