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10 Tips to Make Your Computer Faster (For Free)


It happens to everyone. You buy a brand new computer, and the first
time you boot it up you’re AMAZED at how fast it is. But then… a couple years or even months
go by, and before you know it, the computer struggles to run even basic programs. What happened? Well there are a lot of reasons why a computer
might slow down over time, but I’ve got a list of ten things you can do in Windows that
will hopefully get it running more like when you first bought it. And don’t worry, these are are all simple
and free things you can do right now. Some of these might seem obvious, but others
may not. So let’s go. First and foremost, clear out your startup
programs AND services. This has got to be the number one reason for
slow downs over time, because think about it. As time goes on and you install new programs,
many of them make themselves start up with windows. And if you don’t close them, you’ll have an
ever-increasing number of programs just running in the background taking up resources. But don’t think that just because you don’t
see many programs in the taskbar that there aren’t many programs running in the background. In Windows 8 and 10, you can open up the task
manager by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc, and going to the Startup tab to see ALL the programs
that start up with windows. In Windows 7 and earlier, go to the start
menu and run “msconfig” Right click and disable any that you don’t immediately need all the
time. You can obviously just manually run them whenever
you want, but they don’t need to start up. Now here’s where most people screw up. Because the startup tab is not the end of
the story. Because many programs install what are called
“services”, which are still programs that run in the background, but you never see them. So number two is to go through these startup
services and disable any of those you don’t need as well. You can do this by going to the start menu
and running “Services.msc”. You’ll get a list of all the services, and
any that say “automatic” will start with Windows. What you can do is right click them, and change
startup type to “manual”, so they’ll only run when the program starts. Keep in mind that you SHOULD be more cautious
when disabling these, especially for programs that aren’t necessarily manually run by you. So for example disabling the printer service
might cause trouble next time you go to print. So only disable services that you know you
don’t need running in the background. This is also great for programs that you see
starting up all the time, but you can’t find it in the startup list. It’s probably actually a service. Now quickly, kind of as a number “2.5”, this
is pretty common sense and goes off one and two, but uninstall any unused programs. This will free up hard drive space, and remove
startup junk without having to go through the whole list of startup programs and services
trying to figure out what each one does. Alright number three, another simple one you’re
hopefully already doing, is scanning for malware and viruses. If your computer is always running slow for
no apparent reason, it’s possible there are hidden malicious software running in the background,
doing anything from showing you ads to using your computer resources in a bot net. Now there are both free and paid antivirus
options, and free versions of paid ones. These include Avast, AVG, Bitdefender, and
Malwarebytes. For paid programs, I personally use Eset Smart
Security, and I’ve been happy with it. Even if your computer isn’t running slow though,
you should have some sort of antivirus on your computer, for reasons I’ve covered in
plenty of other videos. Ok number four is quick and easy, and that’s
disabling windows animations. One of the ways you can do this is to go to
the Ease of Access settings window, and check “Turn off all unecessary animations when possible”. You can also to Control Panel>System>Advanced
System Settings>Performance Settings, and adjust which animations to use. You can select for best performance which
will disable all of them, or pick and choose. This will probably make the biggest difference
on low power computers. Next, number five is keep all your software
up to date. This includes Windows itself, your graphics
drivers, and anything else you use regularly. They are frequently releasing new updates
that optimize for performance, as well as improve security. Plus, it’s just good practice. Number six. Check your power settings! Especially on laptops, the default may be
to have it set to “balanced” or even “power saver”, which are good for conserving battery,
but will also slow down your computer considerably. Instead, you may want to change it to High
Performance, definitely if you’re on a desktop, and on a laptop maybe only when you’re plugged
in. I learned this the hard way a couple years
back when I got a brand new laptop that was supposed to be really high end. But when I got it, it was SO slow, I couldn’t
figure out why. After several days, I finally realized it
was on power saver mode, and when I switched it to high performance, THEN it was lightning
fast. So be sure to check that. Ok now we’re going to get slightly more technical
but don’t worry. So number seven is check your hard disk for
errors. You can do this in a couple ways. First, you can check the hard drive’s reported
health by going to the command prompt, so start menu, type CMD. Then typing in “WMIC”, and then “diskdrive
get status”. If they all say OK, one for each drive, it
means that there are no immediate serious errors that it thinks at least. If it says something other than OK, then one
of your drives could be having issues and you should REPLACE IT. The other way to check for drive errors is
to go to command prompt and run the Check Disk command, by typing “CHKDSK /f”, which
will search for and try to repair errors on your drive. If you consistently get a lot of errors, again
that may mean your drive is failing. This is why you always want to back up. ALWAYS! Number eight. Check the Windows File Integrity. Back at the good old command prompt, type
in “SFC /scannow” to run the system file checker, and it will try and find any system files
that are missing or corrupted and try to repair them. Now there are a ton of possibilities for error
messages it could spit back at you, so if you get one, you’ll just have to Google it
yourself ok? I am not going to help everyone with every
random error they get, because I wouldn’t know what they are without looking them up
either. Next on to number nine. Check for memory errors. If you have bad memory, it can cause ALL sorts
of weird problems that you might never guess has to do with your RAM. To do this go to the start menu and search
for “Windows Memory Diagnostic”. Now careful, don’t click “Restart Now” unless
you actually want to restart this second. You probably would rather check on next startup,
and restart whenever you want. After you restart it should just start automatically
and tell you if anything comes up. Or if you want to get advanced you can press
“F1” to change the test settings, but that’s not really necessary. If you get a lot of errors it could mean that
your RAM isn’t seated properly, or one of the sticks is faulty and needs to be replaced. If the RAM is actually bad, replacing it is
really the only option. And alright finally for the free options,
though there are a couple non-free things I’ll mention in a second after. So number ten is to just nuke it and start
over. Reformat the hard drive and reinstall windows
altogether. This is obviously the most extreme option,
but if you have consistant issues that you can’t seem to fix no matter what, a fresh
installation of windows is often the best way to go. Explaining how to reformat and reinstall windows
is way beyond the scope of this video, and if you have no idea what I’m talking about
then it’s probably NOT something you should do. But this list would not be complete without
it. So next are a couple bonus options, but these
involve actually buying new hardware, so they are not free. First, you can buy an SSD to replace your
main hard drive. Sure you could get a small one and just boot
Windows off it, but SSDs are much cheaper today to get a big one. Let me just tell you, there is probably nothing
that will make your computer run faster than getting an SSD. Of course assuming the rest of your computer
isn’t ancient. And once you get one, you’ll never want to
go back. The other thing you can do is MAYBE buy more
memory, depending on how much you have now. If you have 8GB of RAM or less, and you do
more than just check your emails and type up word documents, you could probably benefit
from getting more. However, I definitely think it would be much
more beneficial to get an SSD first. And no, unfortunately you cannot just download
more RAM, as awesome as that would be. So I think that just about sums it all up,
those should be the some great things to try if your computer is running slower than it
should be. If I did forget anything though be sure to
let me know, so leave a comment maybe with any tips you think would be helpful too. And if you guys liked this video be sure to
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you guys, so thanks for watching, I’ll see you next time, have a good one.

Glenn Chapman

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  2. Hey Joe importand message demand me plzz when i did the command wmic is it good if it only comes up one nothing more and says OK

  3. when i do the CHKDSK /F it says my disk is locked. how do i unlock it?

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  5. Adjusting your virtual memory can help to. Had a laptop where it popped up before. So anytime i fix computer laptop I check that out. I heard when you already have alot of ram it is not as needed to adjust it. In older computer you could benefit from trying it. Last thing if you do add more ram you might try adjusting it manually if you still feel your computer seems slow after putting in new ram. My own experience with maxing out my laptop to 8gb ram didnt help much. My processor was pretty mediocore. Back then ssd hard drives were fairly new on the market and were super pricey. They also had way to small sizes back then.

  6. After trying every update(Windows, Dell, and drivers), the "scf scannow" function finally fixed my bluetooth. Every Windows update since 10/18 kept eliminating the bluetooth from the settings devices and the list of admin. tools. Rebooting would sometimes bring it back, only for short periods of time. The "scf scannow" function fixed it a few weeks ago when I did it. I restarted for the newest Windows update last night(8-13-19), and it eliminated my bluetooth again. I did the "scf scannow" function again, did a hard reboot by holding down the power button, shutting down the computer. After a minute I turned it back on and bluetooth is back on. The slider switch is back in the device settings again, and the bluetooth is back on the list in the admin. tools. Thank you so much for the advice.

  7. You look like Scott from Scoot Pilgrim vs the world movie, but with a hair cut

  8. For the command prompt when i type in the command it says OK once but nothing else after
    is that normal?

  9. I have a laptop.. and Its my stepmoms old one.. its a good laptop BUT its very slow! I wanna record videos and have NO GLITCH

  10. Quick question bud, i press ctrl, shift, and esc and i deleted something i dont know what but my window is blank now:( i mean blank no app or nothing just blank any idea?

  11. I did the CPU cores activation thing and i discovered I have a flippin' 2GB RAM.
    fml. I couldn't do anything about it cuz it was a gift. and I don't want to replace it now because I'm getting a new pc so yeah.

  12. Just call technical support that’s located in India they’ll fix it up for you real quick

  13. I have a brand new computer and I have only had it for about a week and it is already starting to work slow idk how but it crashes a lot and my sister thinks I overworked my computer bc I was downloading a bunch of kpop photos and fancams lol I probably did

  14. i want to play dyinglight but i cant play it the lagg it just kills me it takes away ALL the fun it takes 15 minutes to go around the first beggining floor and it took 2 minutes to go out of my bed

  15. in every of this top 10 things does is like damage your laptop or no? and the top 2 and top 1 i dont understand literally don't understand

  16. The tip at 4:50 helped a lot
    Thanks A lot, Please keep up the Good Work.

  17. A way to identify what services belong to what processes: in task manager click view, select columns, check the PID box. You might have to right click on one of the columns instead of clicking view in some versions i think. The PID will be a unique number for processes and in the services tab of task manager or in the running services, each running service will have a PID that will match the process that is running the service. In windows 8 and later, it's much easier to find the services run by processes by clicking on the drop down arrow necks to the process's name.

  18. Silly plebs only real plebs like me keep windows installed in a battery backup ram. 6000000000 TB/s

  19. THIS WORKS NOW MY COMPUTER IS FAST NO SCAM!! OPEN START AND SEARCH defragment and optimize drives and click which u want to optimize this will boost uor pc to MSI XD

  20. Where can i find a comprehensive list of the "services" that show remain automatic and which should be changed to manual? Thanks – great series of videos. RT

  21. Thank you, I thought Avast was a good antivirus, but then I ran a check with Windows Security Center, and it found 4 troijans of my computer 😀

  22. Thank you, I thought Avast was a good antivirus, but then I ran a check with Windows Security Center, and it found 4 troijans on my computer 😀

  23. Want to see a computer go faster, the answer is simple, put your computer inside your car and drive!

  24. I was looking for some help with getting rid of those files I don’t use and my new 1 month old pc is working like the box computer from 2000 yr now I been lucky and found out that in my settings I have option to free my space automatically and it was turned off !!! What the heck:/ I turned it on and chosed to free my space now I’m half way now and my pc is working like crazy 😝 like there’s to much files to find all of them :/

  25. If I choose, 'check for updates,' as in the video, will it check for updates on everything installed or is that just for Windows updates? Thank you

  26. My computer I recently bought a couple months back prebuilt. It is extremely powerful and the specs are great. But it runs so slow even with my Ethernet. It shouldn’t be this way that’s what everyone tells me. So I’m going to try this because no one knows what it is.

  27. I always do these steps after a couple months and I just wanna say thank YOU so much! I appreciate you man :”)

  28. i had no virus but i did step 3 (virus scan) by downloading the same antivirus then got the virus .
    now my laptop runs slower than my internet<

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  30. I was sorta looking for things like config of my M.2 on a quad card with optaine or something.. or some special SSD arrangement.. but ok.. noob stuff is still good for eradicating noobs.. 🙂

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