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Make the PC faster: What to do if the computer is too slow?

Your PC loads forever to load a new tab? Games can no longer be played properly because it hangs all the time? Opening a simple file pushes your computer to its limits?
With our 13 tips you can get your PC up and running again quickly - for more fun surfing, playing and working more effectively.
Do you work with Windows 10? Then our article will help you make Windows 10 faster.

Why is my PC so slow?

There are many reasons why your PC is so slow.
In addition to outdated hardware, overloaded autostart or overloaded hard drive and too much software, it can also simply be because you have not shut down your PC for a long time.
If this is only ever set to energy-saving mode, programs etc. can slow down and make working on the PC a torture.
In the next section you will learn how to eliminate sources of interference and speed up your PC.

13 tips that will speed up your PC - without any tools or programs

1) Dust off the computer

Dust is part of life. Unfortunately, it can slow down PCs effectively. He particularly likes to sit in the fan. But this is “vital” for the PC.
Only if this is adequately cooled can it not overheat and continue to work as usual.
Use a cotton swab, a fine brush or, even better, an air compressor to carefully remove the dust.

2) The Usual Suspects: Trash, Desktop & Download Folders

You know it - files accumulate in the trash, on the desktop and in the download folder. Files are quickly downloaded, deleted or sent to the desktop for further processing. Sorting out also costs valuable time.
If too many files accumulate, it can affect the performance of your PC.
Regularly empty the trash and rearrange files.
The best thing to do is to sit down one day a week on which you want to tackle this task.

3) Bring the system up to speed with updates

The annoying updates - completely superfluous if you are currently satisfied with the functions of the programs, right?
Even if it is difficult - update your operating system and applications regularly. These can definitely speed up your PC, as the updates ideally coordinate hardware and software with each other thanks to newer technologies.
Depending on the PC, your operating system or the applications make the updates available automatically or you can find them on their websites.

4) Unclean Autostart

Your PC may be slower as soon as it starts up. If there are too many programs in the autostart - or if they are started immediately when booting - this costs your computer a lot of energy and slows it down.
Most programs can only be opened when you want to use them. In the Task Manager you can adjust the autostart under Windows and under IOS under System Settings → Users & Groups → Add or Remove Logon Objects with Minus / Plus Programs.
System-relevant programs, such as the driver for the graphics card or the sound card, should always be left active.

5) Clean up: Remove temporary files

As their name suggests, temporary files should only exist temporarily and not clutter your PC and thus slow it down.
If a program crashes or wants to use the files for the cache, the files will accumulate.
On Windows you can search for% temp% in Explorer or open the Temp folder and remove the files after carefully checking.
Under IOS you can find the temporary files in the Finder under / Library / Caches.

6) Adjust BIOS settings

The BIOS - software on the mainboard of your computer - ensures that the hardware works and works perfectly with other components.
You can view and adjust the BIOS settings via a menu.
Even the smallest adjustments can make your PC faster.
You can find out how to adjust the BIOS in our article BIOS Settings.
Find out in advance on the website of your mainboard manufacturer which optimization measures are available.

7) Consult Task Manager

If your PC is slow, it is definitely worth checking the Task Manager.
This shows you which programs are running and how much processor performance (CPU load) they are drawing.
You should exit affected programs and restart them if necessary.

8) Defragment the hard drive

Install programs, create new files, save documents, delete programs, delete files, delete documents. You might think that such tidying up leaves your computer in perfect order.
In fact, however, it is not the case that the new files are dutifully found in the spaces that have become free through deletion. Instead, there are gaps in your system that cost valuable storage space and can slow down your computer.
You can get a fresh start by defragmenting your hard drive.
Learn how to defragment your hard drive in Windows.

9) Hardware: upgrade memory

Depending on how you use your PC, it may be worthwhile to upgrade your RAM. In addition, it is a cheap and effective method to speed up your PC.
If you only use your computer to work with small files, Office applications or for surfing, a smaller memory is usually sufficient.
However, if you are editing large files or playing elaborately designed games, you have probably had to wait one time or the other or cursed because the game was stuck.
Has your computer already reached the maximum possible RAM? Then you can optimize your PC by replacing your slow hard drive with a fast SSD.

10) New hard drive: SSD instead of HDD

In addition to new RAM, nothing accelerates your PC as effectively as installing an SSD.
And: You don't have to throw away the old hard drive, you can continue to use it as additional data storage.
You can find out how to replace your old hard drive with a fast SSD in our article Installing an SSD.

11) Uninstall unused programs

A new program is quickly downloaded. The file size is only checked if there is little space left.
Soon the program will be forgotten again and take up valuable space that could make your PC slimmer and faster.
On Windows you can view and delete installed programs under the Control Panel and on Mac under the Launchpad.
Be careful here, however. You don't want to remove any programs that are systemically relevant and, in the worst case, put your PC out of order.
Only remove programs that are known to you and that you have not wanted to use for a long time or will no longer use in the future.
Don't just delete folders or files, just follow the uninstallation process of your operating system.

12) Perform virus scan

To be on the safe side, if your PC is paralyzed, you should check your computer for viruses.
Apart from the fact that you need virus protection one way or another so that no data can be stolen, viruses can slow down your PC.

13) Reinstall the operating system

Sometimes - if you don't want to invest in new hardware - all that helps is a restart. By reinstalling the operating system, you leave legacy problems in the form of unused files and programs, temporary files and the like behind you.
In any case, make sure to back up all files beforehand that you want to continue using. With a new installation all data and settings will be deleted.
Windows 10 can be reset without an installation DVD.
In the case of a new installation, you will find the required operating system on the website of the relevant provider, e.g. Windows 10.

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