It’s 2021 and if you’re looking for a super laptop that won’t ever slow down no matter what you throw at it, you’re going to be spending upwards of GHS 5K. For the rest of us mortals though, there are some hacks (very simple hacks) that can make our computers faster and stop all that random freezing here and there.
1. Doing One Thing At A Time
For people who like to get multiple things done at a time, this might be a little hard to hear. You need to stop doing so many things at a time! Running different programs, or issuing commands when your PC is still processing commands that you’ve issued will slow your computer down. Just focus on one thing at a time, and you’ll notice improvements in your computer’s performance. Unless it’s absolutely necessary, close an app before you open another one.
2. Restarting Your Computer Frequently
A lot of us have the bad habit of just putting our computers to sleep when we’re done using them. Although the sleep mode is useful when you have work that you want to get back to, it’s not always the best option. Not turning your computer off for long periods at a time means that the background processes running will add up and slow down your overall performance. A restart or a complete shutdown is good every once in a while.
3. Avoid Having Too Many Browser Tabs Open
Google Chrome is notorious for causing computers to crash when too many tabs are open. But still, no matter the browser that you’re using, you’ll experience lags in performance if you open too many tabs at a time. At times, the browser will stop responding entirely and you’ll have to restart it. It’s simpler just to minimize the number of tabs that you have open or split your tabs into windows.
4. Choosing Which Programs Run When Your Computer Is Turned On
When you turn on your computer, Windows automatically starts running some applications. These applications usually decide how long it takes your computer to finish booting. And unfortunately, not all of these applications are particularly useful all the time. The good news is that you can select which applications run when you turn on your computer. All you have to do is follow the process below.
Turn Off Applications That Begin Running On StartUp
- Open The Task Manager
To open the task manager, you can right-click on the start button on your taskbar. And then from the menu that pops up, select Task Manager.
- Navigate To The StartUp Tab
By default, the task manager opens to the Processes Tab. In the open window, you should find the StartUp tab. Click on it. Now, you’ll have a list of every program that runs when your computer starts.
- Turn Off What You Don’t Need
Now, you can go through the list of programs, select the ones that you want to turn off on startup and click on Disable at the bottom of the window. However, you definitely should not turn off any programs that you didn’t install yourself. Some of the programs there are necessary for your system’s operation.
5. Turning Off Windows Animations
Finally, turning off animations on your computer can make your PC perform better. Whenever you take an action, there are certain animations that illustrate the action that you’re taking. For example, when you open a folder and the way that it “pops” open. And apart from one or two noticeable (but not significant) changes you won’t even be able to tell that your Windows animations are turned off. Here’s how to do it.
First, open Windows Settings by clicking start and selecting the gear icon on the side of the start menu. The shortcut Windows+I will also get you there. From Windows Settings, click on Ease Of Access.
Then, just switch off animations, as seen above. And if you decide that you miss the animations, they are pretty easy to turn back on. Although, I don’t see why you would.