3 Best Ways to Improve PC Performance.

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I’m sure everyone has experienced this one way or the other; your perfectly fine computer lagging and slowing down so much you begin to lose your patience. Try opening an application and it might take a while to open. Your best guess is that it’s a virus and it was included in the free files you were downloading from a free website last week. My take on this is that it may not even be a virus and that you have files on your PC (not a virus) that are disrupting the proper functioning of your PC or simply settings that you have or haven’t activated. In this post, I’m going to take you through some steps that I came across by myself or online to help improve PC performance.

Clear Temporary files (Temp)

According to Computer Hope, a temporary file is a “file created to hold information while a file is being created or modified.” App setups also create temp files to move through the different phases of the installation. They should be deleted after the installation process has been closed, but that’s not the case sometimes. Experts claim that clearing temporary files helps improve PC performance. As to how it does that, I’m not sure, although I’ve come across articles that said it helped in increasing the speed of the creation of other temp files, hence improving performance. Here’s how to delete them.

  • Right-click on the Windows button
  • Click on Run and type “temp” in the dialogue box that shows asking for permission from the admin. Click on continue and wait for the files to load
  • Select all items (Ctrl + A) and then right-click on the mouse button
  • Click on delete and skip files if they are currently running.

Change Power Options

Microsoft has a Power Options section that helps users monitor and controls the power usage in the laptop or machine. This is a major way to improve PC performance or battery life depending on what you’re aiming at. Again, go through follow these steps

  • Right-click on the Battery button on the taskbar and click on “Power Options”
  • In the list of options, select “High Performance” and click on “Change plan settings”
  • In the new window, click on Change advanced settings
  • In the dialogue box, scroll down to find Processor Power management and expand it
  • Change the minimum and maximum processor states to 99% (Not 100% because it may lead to overheating)

After this, you’ll notice a change in your processing speed. This helps in gaming and other high processor-dependent actions like screen recording and video editing. For apps or actions that don’t need much processing unit (like watching a video or using Word), you may want to leave it at PC recommended (usually Balanced).

High Priority to Improve PC Performance

This is another great way of allocating higher processing speed to certain apps or games that you’re using. This tells the system that whatever app you’re using is of top priority to you and therefore you need more processor attention.

Here’s how to change the app priority.

  • Right-click on the Windows button and click on Task Manager. (Alternatively, you can use the keyboard combination (Ctrl + Alt + Del and then select Task Manager)
  • In the new window, click on “More Options” at the bottom.
  • The window expands with tabs and more processes. Click on the “Details” tab and look for the app you wish to work faster
  • Right-click on the name of the app and hover your mouse on Set priority in the pop-up to open another pop-up menu
  • Choose “High” and then click on Change priority in the dialogue box

These steps worked for me and it was so evident since my old laptop was running on a 2010 model processor. These have helped improve PC performance with little heating, especially in gaming. Try these and let me know if they worked for you.

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