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How to make your PC faster

There are many methods of making a PC faster, but which one is right for you? The good news is you don’t have to start at expensive hardware upgrades and work backward. Here are 4 things to consider and get sorted if you’re wondering how to make your PC faster.

Power and performance settings

Windows comes with various power and performance settings to help you squeeze some added speed out of your PC. For Windows 10, ‘Game Mode’ is a good option if you want to focus your computer’s performance while simultaneously running background apps. Remember that similar versions of this are available on earlier versions of Windows too. Another option is battery power settings. Side click on the battery icon in the Windows taskbar or visit ‘Control Panel’ to view these. Choosing a high performance setting exchanges longer battery life for improved performance and speed.  

Clean a full hard disk

If you’re stuck wondering how to make your computer faster, an overloaded hard drive could also be to blame. Windows, and other operating systems, normally require free hard disk space to work their best. Apart from more obvious causes of a full hard drive like unused programs or media files - files from your web browser, deleted file folders or temporary files can also take up valuable storage space. This could even be several gigabytes. CCleaner can help you find and clear away the latter types of files from your system. If your computer is also quite slow when opening certain programs and files, a fragmented hard disk could be to blame, particularly if it’s not a solid-state drive (SSD). Likewise, CCleaner’s Defraggler can help with this too. 

Turn off search indexing 

Search indexing, especially on Windows 10, is designed to help you search your computer more quickly when it’s turned on. If your PC is relatively slow, however, the opposite can be true and your computer can actually slow down even more if you have it on. This can also apply to PCs using SSD hard drives. It’s worth trying to turn indexing off to see if your computer’s performance improves. To do this on Windows 10, type in ‘services.msc’ in the Windows search box and then press ‘Enter’ after this. This launches a menu that you can navigate to turn search indexing off. Please bear in mind that you may need to reboot your computer too.

Clean out Windows Registry

If you’ve tried the above and you find yourself still looking for how to make your PC faster, cleaning out your registry is another option. Windows Registry manages various things that are important to how your PC functions, including where programs are stored, what types of files each one can open, and more. Problems can occur once your Registry starts getting clogged up with broken or missing parts when you upgrade or install new updates and software. There’s little value in trying to clean Windows Registry yourself, which is why we’ve included it as one of the key issues that CCleaner can help you with

So there you go! We’ve covered 4 things you can think about if you happen to be wondering how to make your PC faster. You can easily download the free version of CCleaner today.


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