After using your laptop for a while, you tend to discover that its performance is no longer as efficient as when it was new. At this point, most people either engage the services of a computer engineer or they start planning to get a new computer. However, you can easily save the cost of these two options by improving the performance of your PC with a few simple tips. Here are six of such tips for a Windows PC.

1. Remove unneeded programs

Your computer is pre-installed with many programs which you don’t use. They take up space on your PC and slow it down. You can significantly improve the performance of your PC by uninstalling these programs. To uninstall a program, go to Control Panel > Program > Programs and Features > Uninstall a Program. Select the program you want to remove and click “Uninstall”.

2. Disable startup programs

A lot of programs load automatically as soon as you start up your computer. This slows down your system. To prevent unnecessary programs from loading at startup, go to Start and locate “msconfig” by typing it in the search bar and clicking to display the system configuration dialogue box. Go to the startup tab and uncheck the programs you don’t want to load whenever the system starts up. Apply the changes, click OK and restart.

3. Defragment your hard disk

As you use your computer over time, files get distributed across the hard disk in “fragments”. Fragmentation makes your hard disk do extra work that can slow down your computer. Windows operating system comes with a Disk Defragmenter which rearranges fragmented data to make your disks and drives work more efficiently.

4. Optimise your browser

Installing unnecessary plugins on your browser can significantly slow down your computer. Keep your browser free of add-ons that don’t facilitate your work.

5. Delete temporary files

As programs run on your PC, they leave some “residual” files which build up over time, taking up some disk space. This eventually slows down your computer and may even lead to system crash. You can deal with this by periodically deleting temporary files. Go to Start and type “%temp%” (without the quotes) in the search bar. This brings up a folder called “Temp”. Open that folder, select all the files in it and delete.

6. Keep your system updated

Always ensure that you update your software promptly. Keeping your applications up-to-date can significantly improve your computer’s performance.