How to fix desktop or laptop slowness issue

How to fix desktop or laptop slowness issue: Do you have a desktop or laptop slowness issue? Then there are some simple guidelines to follow by which your desktop or laptop speed will increase and run smoothly.  

We are going to discuss these guidelines which are applicable for Microsoft operating systems Windows Vista, Windows 7 and windows 10 to efficiently keep up your computer.  

Here going to discuss mainly three available options to resolve desktop or laptop slowness issues, they are

  1. Free up disk space
  2. Disk defragmentation
  3. Check and fix any disk errors

1#: Free up disk space

You can improve the performance of your computer (in turn you don’t feel desktop or laptop slowness issue) by clearing the disk space. There is a tool called Disk Cleanup tool which helps you free up space on your computer hard disk. The tool identifies files on the computer that you can safely delete, and then will give an option to you to choose whether you want to delete some or all the distinguished files.

Mainly this tool will help you to find below type of files and remove: 

  • Temporary Internet files 
  • Downloaded program files (like ActiveX controls & Java applets). 
  • Empty the Recycle Bin. 
  • Windows temporary files. 
  • Optional Windows components that you don’t use. 
  • Installed programs that you no longer use. 
How to start Disk Cleanup: 

in Windows 10: search for “Disk Cleanup” or go to all Apps–>Windows Administrative Tools–>Disk Cleanup. 

In Windows 7: Click Start–> All Programs–> Accessories–>System Tools–>Disk Cleanup. 

It will prompt to specify which drive you want to clean if there are more than one drive on your desktop or laptop. 

Once you select the drive and hit OK button, the system will start the calculating how much space you can actually free up on that specified drive. Once the calculation done, it will display the list of file types with the amount of space you can free up. Here you can have a choice to choose whether you want to keep some files intact or clean up all the files identified by this utility.

Here deselect the all the boxes where you want to keep the files as is; select only files you want to delete and hit OK button. On OK hit, system will remove all the selected files which will free up the space on the selected disk. Before deleting the selected files permanently, system will prompt to confirm the deletion. And once you hit delete Files button, system will delete the selected files and auto close the disk cleanup window. 

2# Disk defragmentation:

Most of your desktop or laptop slow performance is impacted by disk fragmentation. When files on your computer fragmented, system will search whole hard disk to fragment it back when it’s opened. This process will increase the response time. 

Disk Defragmenter utility in Windows systems which consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer’s or laptop’s hard disk so that each occupies a single place on the disk. With your files stored neatly without fragmentation, reading and writing to the disk speeds up. 

It is better to run Disk Defragmenter regularly and when you have added large number of files on the specified disk or your current free disk space is very less or you have installed new programs or a new version of Windows. 

How to start Disk Defragmenter:

in Windows 10: search for “Disk Cleanup” or go to all Apps–>Windows Administrative Tools–>Defragment and Optimize Drives. 

In Windows 7: Click Start–> All Programs–> Accessories–>System Tools–>Disk Defragmenter. 

Once you opened the utility, it will display all the drives available on computer and system reserved space. Here you have to select the specific drive and click Analyze button. Once analyzing done, you can click on Optimize button to optimize the selected drive. You can also set the optimization schedule, either days or weeks or month. This will make sure that the disk defragmentation process will run automatically to optimize the drive to meet maximum efficiency in storage capacity. 

3# Check and fix any disk errors:

Still laptop slowness issue, you don’t see much improvement in system performance and thinking how to fix desktop or laptop slowness issue? Here is another option left to try to optimize your system. By using Error Checking utility you can check the integrity of the files stored on your hard disk. If there are any bad sectors found on the hard disk, that will impact your system performance and some times read/write access will also get changed. And this Error Checking utility will help you to scan the hard drive for bad sectors, and scans for file system errors to see whether any files or folders are misplaced. If you use your computer daily, I suggest you should run this utility once a week to help prevent data loss. 

How to run this utility? 

Goto –> My Computer (This PC in windows 10) –> select any drive you want to search for bad sectors and right-click–>click Properties–>In the Properties dialog box, click the Tools tab–> Then click the Check button. 

In case system found no errors, it will display below message box and you can still choose to go ahead for re-checking the bad sectors on the selected drive. If any errors found then it will prompt you the options and you can decide if you want them all to get fixed. 

Resolve “Search the web and Windows” option issue in search windows 10

Issue with search windows 10: “Search the web and Windows” option offer us a quick and easy way to search the PC for any files or app. It even search the entered search string in web and shows the best matched results.

can’t imagine searching windows 10 for any app or system program with out this option until if we knew all the keyboard shortcuts. Like to open Run program press windows key + R.

Last week suddenly this option “Search the web and Windows” stopped working on my PC. I didn’t even remember what wrong I did which resulted this option disable. After much web search and R&D, I found below option which resolved my problem easily.

There are other two options which also can resolve this issue but I tried below option first to settle the issue.

Option 1: by using troubleshooter option for “Search and indexing” service

1. Go to Control Panel

To go to Control Panel, either press windows key + X and select “Control Panel” option or press windows key + R and type “control” and press enter to open Control Panel.

2. Click on troubleshooting.

4. Click on view all on the left pane.

5. Right click on Search and Indexing.

6. Select “Run as Administrator”.

How to resolve “Search the web and Windows” option issue in windows 10
Search the web and Windows

7. Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the troubleshooting process.

 

 

 

 

Once completed that process, close the window and restart. Check option “Search the web and Windows” after re-login.

Still no luck then try with below options one by one and see.

Option 2: Check windows search service status

1. Go to services

Press Windows key + R keys on the keyboard and type Services.msc and press “Enter” OR

you can also open services from Task Manager, in More details option go to Services tab

3. In the services window, search for the Windows Search service

4. Check if the service is started, if not click on Start else stop & start it again.

5. And better we set the Startup Type as Automatic for this service.

6. restart and try option “Search the web and Windows”.How to resolve “Search the web and Windows” option issue in windows 10 taskmgr services

Hope “Search the web and Windows” in windows 10 PC resolved after trying either of above options.

How to manage windows 10 Start menu

Customizing the windows 10 Start menu

The windows 10 Start menu now even better than in windows 8. Just select the Start button on the task bar, it displays all recently used/added programs/apps, all pinned apps, setting file explorer options.

Pin your apps and programs, moving and regrouping in tiles. If you need more space, re-size the Start menu to make it bigger. Even you can make it full window mode by changing the default setting.

All your apps and programs will be right at your fingertips.

To see all your apps and programs, select All apps option on start menu.

Want to Pin apps to the Start menu to see live updates, like new email, your next appointment, or the weekend weather then go to All apps option and pin your app to start menu. When you pin an app, it’s added to the Start menu as a new tile automatically.

To Pin apps to Start,

Click on Start button–>All apps –>press and hold (or right-click) the app you want to pin–>select Pin to Start.

Group you app in a simple way. Drag out your app tile and release it in a plain area on start menu when it auto creates the new group for your app. Then by clicking on new group name, re-name it as you wish. Hold and drag the new group to re-arrange on start menu.

Get to File Explorer, Settings, and other apps you use often from the left side of the Start menu.

Re-size the start menu by just dragging the start menu right hand side edge with mouse pointer.

If you want to make other changes for Start menu to have a different look, Click Start button–> select Settings > Personalization > Start to change which apps and folders appear in the Start menu.

Click on “Choose which folders appear on start” option to select the folders which you want to display on start menu.

How to manage windows 10 Start menu

How to manage apps in windows8 start screen

How to manage apps in windows8 start screen
Windows8 start screen:

In windows8 there won’t be any start button or start menu. Every time you start the system, start screen will get displays with all the apps (program) tiles. It fills the entire screen with large tiles stretching ahead of the right edge. To go to start screen, Press the Windows key found near the space bar on keyboard.

There are some default programs which constantly updates the app tiles to display latest like whether, Calendar tile to show the current date, appointments and Mail tile to display your latest e-mails. These tiles occupy most of the start screen space even when they are very rarely used apps.

Every time you install new apps/programs, the start screen (app view) will get fill up with the new apps which change the look.

traditional desktop:

Want to go to traditional desktop then click on “Desktop” app tile which will take you to the traditional desktop.

To group the tiles which are on start screen, right-click on any app tile which will enable you to name the group.

To re-arrange the tiles as you wish, just hold to drag the app tile and release where you want.

How to manage apps in windows8 start screen
How to manage apps in windows8 start screen

To see all the apps in sorted manner just click on down arrow on start screen. This will display all the apps in sorted manner either in name, Installed, most used and category.

Select the app to get the other options of an app in all apps mode start scree.

That will display options like as below. Pint to Start, Pin to taskbar, Uninstall, Open new window, Run as administrator and Open file location.

To switch to the other app which is already running; Point the mouse to the screen’s upper-left corner and then slide the mouse pointer downward. It displays thumbnails of all running apps, click the app which you want to see.

How to manage apps in windows8 start screen