Don’t throw in the towel just because your Windows PC has gotten slow. Here are ways you can speed up its performance.
Is Windows feeling a bit slow and drowsy lately? Are you constantly yelling at your computer, telling it to hurry up? Then it’s time to check your Windows setup. You’ll be able to see if something is troubling it. And — bonus! — you may be able to squeeze more speed out of it.
Several factors could be causing your PC to behave more slowly. We’ll look at them and see what you can do in response.
Culprit Number One: Low Disk Space
Despite today’s large capacity disk drives, you may be surprised how quickly space can fill up, especially on laptops or tablets where real estate is often more limited than on a desktop. Windows needs space not just for itself and your applications and files but for a page file that’s used for swapping data between memory and your disk drive. So, Windows can get cranky if it doesn’t have enough room to play. You can check your available disk space by opening File Explorer in Windows 10 or 8.1 and Windows Explorer in prior versions. Click on My PC or My Computer and see how much space your C drive has left. If the gauge is in the red, you’re definitely low on space in which case you have a few options.