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. 

Common Windows pc problems and how to resolve them

Common windows pc problems and how to solve them
Common windows pc problems and how to solve them
Common windows pc problems and how to solve them

Common windows pc problems and how to solve them: It is most obvious that If any issue detected in any PC, first we everyone think, is there any inbuilt process to trouble shoot this particular issue? The issue might be a system update failure, any particular office suit stopped working suddenly or more power consumption. And this list also includes audio device setup issues or network set-up issues. If you have come across such issue with your windows PC, there is an inbuilt Microsoft trouble shoot option to auto find and resolve issues. Yes, before going to third-party tools or searching on web for resolution, you can use this option.

Common Windows pc problems with windows updates:

If you see any issue with windows updates on your PC, use this option to detect and resolve the same.

Control Panel how to troubleshoot windows pc
how to troubleshoot windows pc

Goto–>Control Panel–>System and Maintenance–>choose Troubleshooting option –> select Fix problems with Windows Update in section System and Security

Run the tool with an administrator login to give exact results. Once tool completed searching for issues and find any, it displays option to take forward like whether you are ok to fix the detected issue or to skip. And many minor issues, it will detect and auto fix without asking your consent.

How to Troubleshoot Windows PC
how to troubleshoot windows pc

Below screen shot you can see the last page to display results of the test and applied fix details. And you can also get the trouble shoot reports which include all the issues detected and fixes in detail.

Windows Update Troubleshoot Report
how to troubleshoot windows pc

To find unused files & shortcuts and fix:

If you wish to clean all the unwanted unused file shortcuts and run maintenance tasks to clean your Windows PC, use this option to detect and resolve the same.

Goto–>Control Panel–>System and Maintenance–>choose Troubleshooting option –> select Run maintenance tasks in section System and Security

System Maintanance how to troubleshoot windows pc
how to troubleshoot windows pc

To find if any issues with power usage:

if you wish to find any issue with power consumption like displaying start screen taking much time on Windows PC or waking up from sleep mode, taking more time than usual on a Windows PC, use this option to detect and resolve the same. This way we can improve battery life by removing unwanted lags or settings, which leads poor battery life.

Goto–>Control Panel–>System and Maintenance–>choose Troubleshooting option –> select Improve Power usage in section System and Security

This option will also display the end results with all the details of issues detected and fixed items, even in in-detailed report.

Power issues Final results how to troubleshoot windows pc
how to troubleshoot windows pc

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How to manage startup programs in windows 10

How to manage startup programs in windows 10: There will be many programs which starts when system boots up. Some may be required programs or services which required to run at start-up.

Many applications by default including a component to starts when you boot your computer. This will slow booting time and also continues to run in the background which eats up valuable system resources.

If those are redundant on your computer and want to boost your system’s performance then you are required to manage start-up programs on your system.

Note: There will be some required programs which are required to be run while start-up to run the windows perfect. Hence be cautious while removing any program from start-up list.

Step by step process to manage start-up programs list as below.

Goto taskbar–> right-click–> select Task Manager

You can also access the Task Manager using below options

  • Search “Task” (without quotes) in the windows search box beside windows start icon
How to manage startup programs in windows 10
Search
  • Click “Windows key + X” on keyboard and select Task Manager” option from the menu items

    If Task Manager open up in compact view by default, then click “More details” option.

How to manage startup programs in windows 10
Task Manager

Select “Startup” view tab to see all the startup programs list.

How to manage startup programs in windows 10
Task Manager Startup list

Select your desired program and click on “Disable” button which will be there in bottom right corner. This action will make sure that program won’t get run while startup from next system booting onwards.

How to stop auto updates on windows 10

How to stop Auto Updates:

Most of the windows 10 users question will be can we stop auto updates?

To get new features and to run the system better/smoothly, windows updates are required in a way they are essential.

There is no need to go and check whether new updates available and windows 10 automatically downloads & install the updates when ever they are available. There is one exception, when you are on metered connection where the updates won’t download until you explicitly opt to get them. To stop frequent restarting your system to install the updates change the setting in below path.

Go to Start > Settings > Update & security > Windows Update, and select Advanced options.

How to stop auto updates on windows 10
Windows updates

There was an option to choose when to install or whether to install the updates or not in earlier windows versions. Windows 10 has no option to stop the auto updates. Here is one way to stop the auto installing updates in windows 10.

Search “Services” (without quotes) in the windows search box beside windows start icon.

Scroll to the bottom/look for “Windows Update” service to select

Double click on that service which will open a pop-up

select “Startup Type” as “Manual” and click Apply and OK buttons.

How to stop auto updates on windows 10
Services page