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10 quick ways to improve computer performance

Good afternoon friends. All computer users want their desktops to look beautiful, there are a lot of themes, beautiful shortcuts and more. It depends on the visual effects. Namely, the functions in the Windows system, which provides us with a shadow on the screen, animation, output of thumbnails, smooth scrolling, shadow under the arm and more.

Actually, you can download various additional visual effects from the Internet. Now there are quite a few sites that provide such a service. In other words, install additional software on the computer. Most often, from similar effects, people set a beautiful clock in the upper right corner and a calendar. Also, various timers, or a program that arranges all the shortcuts in one line and so on.

All this, of course, is good, but only if you have a pretty cool and modern computer. But, and if your computer is not so new? Or even old? In this case, all these animation effects slow down the computer. The computer not only starts to load slower, it runs slower.

Since visual effects require additional processor resources. Your computer can become very slow, therefore, I advise you to turn off the visual effects, but only a few.

If you disable them all, your system will become similar to the Windows 95 system, which had a rather boring interface. Personally, I do not like this kind of system, although many people do just that.

Turn off visual effects

First of all, if your system is not original, but a combined one, then most likely the developers have added their additional program gadgets, such as watches and more. There is little sense in them.

So, turn off all the excess data. You see how many extra gadgets there can be. They do not need us. We can see the clock below right. I would remove them all, leave only the program shortcuts. So, then we need to enter the visual effects function. On all Windows systems, they are similar and are approximately the same. I will talk about the example of Windows 10.

So, right-click the "Start" button, select the "System" tab. In the window that opens, in the left column, select "Advanced system settings."

We open a new window where we will select the menu additionally. Then, above the “Performance” block, click on the “Options” button.

Next, in the new window, select the "Visual Effects" menu. Then, put the checkbox next to the "Special Effects" command.

If we choose “Ensure the best possible look”, we will be ticked over all the effects. The desktop will become beautiful, but the processor load will be increased. Consequently, the computer will take a long time to boot.

If you choose the best performance, all the jackdaws will be removed, and therefore, your desktop will become similar to Windows 95. Carefully read each of the effects. Think about what you need and which you can do without.

Or just check the boxes where I have in the screenshot. Then, click apply and Ok. So, after the actions done, carefully look at your desktop. If its appearance suits you well, you have completed your task; if not, you can return all the checkmarks to their place.

Then, it will be possible to remove the jackdaws one at a time and check whether you like this type of desktop or not. It all depends on your taste and the power of your computer. Good luck!

How to disable visual effects on Windows 10

We click on the menu “Computer”, then “Properties”, then we have a large window “Control Panel”. We need to click on the "Advanced System Settings" command.

A window will open where we need to select in the "Advanced" menu, the "Performance" submenu, the "Parameters" command.

A window opens where we consider which of the parameters we need. In principle, I advise you to choose the same ones as in Windows 7. Look at your computer, and for your convenience working behind it, because the appearance of the desktop primarily depends on visual effects.

Find demanding programs

Your PC is slow if something is intensively using its resources. If the slowdown has occurred very abruptly, some runaway process can use 99 percent of the processor resources, for example. It is possible that the application experiences a memory leak and uses a large amount of memory, forcing the system to switch to a disk swap file. On the other hand, the application can actively use the disk, causing a slowdown in other programs that also perform file operations on the disk.

To discover demanding applications, open Task Manager. You can right-click on the taskbar and select “Task Manager” or press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Escape. In Windows 8, 8.1 and 10, the new Task Manager has an updated graphical interface in which applications that consume a large number of resources are highlighted. Click on the headings “CPU”, “Memory”, “Disk” to sort the list of applications according to the consumption criteria of the corresponding resources. If any application uses too many resources, you can try to close them in the usual way, but if these attempts are unsuccessful, select the desired application and click “Uninstall task” in its context menu.

Close programs in the system tray

Many applications run in the background, and their icons are displayed in the system tray or, equivalently, in the notification area of ​​the taskbar. These programs usually start when the system starts and continue to work in the background, and their icons can be hidden in an additional window, called when you click on the arrow in the lower right corner of the screen. Click on the arrow next to the system tray, right-click on currently unused applications and select “Close” to free resources.

Disable programs at startup

It is even more efficient to prevent autostart of applications when the system boots to save memory and processor resources, while speeding up the authorization process in the system.

Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 now have their own Startup Manager built into the Task Manager. Right-click on the taskbar and select “Task Manager” or press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Escape. Go to the “Startup” tab and disable applications that you are not using. Windows will kindly tell you which applications slow down your computer boot process the most.

Turn off visual effects

Windows users use a large number of animations that make the computer slower. For example, Windows can instantly hide and open windows when disabling animation effects.

To disable animations, press the Windows + X key combination or right-click on the Start menu button and select “System”. Then click on the link “Advanced system parameters” and click on the “Parameters” button in the “Performance” section. Then select the “Ensure the best performance” option to disable animations or the “Special effects” option to manually adjust the desired effects. For example, turn off “Window animation when minimizing and maximizing” to instantly hide and open windows.

Disable unnecessary browser extensions

If you often use a browser, it can seriously affect the system. Use as few extensions and plugins as possible - they can slow down the system and consume a lot of memory.

Go to the page with a list of installed browser extensions and remove plugins that you are not using. Also consider whether you need to run extensions to play optional content. So, for example, by preventing Flash content from being displayed, you can seriously save CPU resources.

Check your system for malware and adware

There is always a chance that the computer is slow due to an active malware that runs in the background. The reason for the decline in performance may not be the classic malware, but adware that interacts with the browser and monitors user activity by adding advertisements, for example.

For maximum security, scan your computer with an antivirus program. For these purposes, you can use the free Malwarebytes Anti-Malware scanner, which detects most potentially unwanted programs that are ignored by other antivirus solutions. These types of threats usually penetrate the computer when installing other software. To prevent their installation, you can use the Unchecky utility.

Free up disk space

If the hard drive is almost completely clogged with files, the computer can run noticeably slower. The disk should always have the free space necessary for the normal operation of system services. To remove garbage files, you can not install third-party solutions - the built-in system utility “Disk Cleanup” copes with this task perfectly.

Defragment your hard drive

Defragmenting a hard drive does not make much sense on modern Windows systems. Newer OSs automatically defragment mechanical hard drives in the background. SSDs or SSDs do not need to be defragmented at all, although modern Windows can optimize them as well.

In most cases, you don’t have to worry about defragmenting the repositories. Anyway, if you intensively use traditional hard drives, for example, copying a large database or gigabytes of computer game files - they can be fragmented due to the fact that Windows did not manage to carry out the optimization. In this case, the user can independently open the tool for defragmentation and check whether the file is defragmented. If such a need exists, you can forcefully start the operation.

Remove unused programs

Open the control panel, go to the “Programs and Features” section and check the list of all installed programs. If you do not use any programs, their removal can lead to improved performance. This happens in cases when an unwanted program starts background processes, registers in the system startup, integrates its commands into the Explorer context menu and performs some other actions. This measure will also help free up space on your hard drive to improve system security - for example, if you are not using Java, you can certainly remove the component, because in case of untimely updating, it may contain vulnerabilities.

Restore your computer to its original state or reinstall Windows

If all these recommendations do not resolve the issue, one very effective solution remains - deploying a new Windows installation.

On modern Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 systems, getting the initial state of the system is very simple. You do not need to use the installation media of the system and reinstall Windows. Instead, you can use the option to restore the system to its original state, which is built into the system. This operation is similar to reinstalling Windows and during its execution all installed programs and system settings will be deleted, although personal files can be saved.

If your computer still uses a classic hard drive with mechanical parts, try switching to solid-state drives or at least make sure that your next computer has an SSD. This upgrade leads to a significant increase in system performance. At a time when most users, when performing basic tasks, do not notice the difference between processors and video cards, a solid state drive offers a serious increase in system performance.

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