1. It could be that you have a lot of stuff that in not just installed but running at the same time. If you have dozens of programs running this will slow down your computer. So the first step is to make sure you don’t have too many programs running at once. On Windows 7 computers press Ctrl-Shift-Esc to open Task Manager. Look at the Applications tab and close down any Applications you are not using.
2. There can be numerous background processes that you are not using, or do not need, that can be slowing down your computer. open Task Manager and look at the processes tab. A bit of operating system knowledge and critical thinking will let you know what processes are safe to end. A general rule of thumb is do not stop processes that are labelled as a Windows process as these are crucial to the functioning on the operating system.
3. Turn off unwanted services and startup items in MSConfig. Search for “msconfig” in your start bar search and press Enter. You might find services you don’t need are running in the background. A useful tip is to look for services from companies that you don’t want running. For example, you might not want some services from your computer manufacturer that you don’t need. In MSConfig you can also see which programs automatically star tup when your computer boots into windows. Generally you will want as few start up programs as possible to increase the Windows load speed.
4. You can use programs such as CCleaner to clean up your computer. CCleaner combines numerous Windows functions and a few more of its own to give your computer a good clean.
5. Upgrade your computer with new hardware and software. If you are running a 10 year old PC, it might be time to upgrade.
6. Format the hard drive. Formatting gets rid of all your data so make sure you have backed up any files you need to a hard-disk or a network backup. If you haven’t formatted in a few years, it’s probably time.