- Check your autoloaders
Autoloaders are programs which start every time you start your computer. Slowing the boot process is only one of the problems that autoloaders can cause. They can also slow Windows while you’re using it, and possibly make it less stable.
Which programs should be autoloaders?
- Anti-virus program
- Battery-monitoring program
- Programs that you feel have a legitimate reason to always be there. Dropbox, for instance, can’t do its job otherwise. And Skype must autoload if you want to get incoming calls.
How to know which programs are autoloading :
Click Start, type msconfig, and press ENTER.
How do you remove the ones you don’t want? The obvious answer is to uncheck them in msconfig, but that’s not really the best answer.
It is better to uncheck the autoload option in the program itself.
If no such option is available, uncheck the program in msconfig. And if it comes back, complain to the vendor and consider switching to a competitor.
2. Clear your temporary files
Another thing that you should do is clear your temporary files folder.
Click Start, type %temp%, click Ctrl+A and then click Ctrl+Del to permanently delete all temporary files.
Also clear your Recycle Bin once you are done.
3. Check your PC Health
Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:
- Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win7, XP, Vista – Microsoft Gold Certified).
- Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
- Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.
Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.