Clean Up Your PC to Improve Performance
One of the first things you should do when you start optimizing your PC is clean up all the junk that has accumulated over time. Get rid of the junk and you will definitely notice a significant increase in performance. Let me explain why.
In a way, computer junk is very similar to real-life junk and clutter. Optimizing PCs is a bit like making your home comfortable and your kitchen practical. Imagine that your house is full of junk (mine is sometimes, so not too hard to imagine). Imagine clothes and odd shoes lying around, books and DVDs scattered all over the place, USB cords and other cables poking out of drawers… Well, you get the idea. Some people’s houses are actually even worse than that and have things like spare car parts lying around. And some people simply never through anything away. So their houses are packed with old furniture and other stuff that should really be either given to a charity shop or thrown away.
Now answer this simple question – would you be comfortable living in a cluttered home? For me, the answer is “No”. When your home is full of junk, finding the things you need is really hard and everything starts taking longer than it should.
Same with computers – the more junk you have, the more time Windows needs to process everything. That’s why it’s important to remove all the junk you can find and get your PC more organized. Let’s get started!
Clean your desktop
Quoting Fräulein Maria from “The Sound of Music”, let’s start at the very beginning. In case with computers, it’s your desktop. Does yours look like this?
Hopefully not, but it’s still good to clean it up. The first thing you should do is move all files from your desktop. By the way, I’m not talking about program launch icons – we’ll discuss organizing them later on. Windows keeps your desktop in the RAM and the more stuff there is, the less RAM you have for other things. So, if you have tons of large video files plastered on your desktop, your computer will take longer to start up. And if you are generally low on RAM, a cluttered desktop may decrease overall computer performance. That’s why you should move all files to ordinary folders.
Now that you’ve moved all files from the desktop, it’s time to organize your icons. First let’s get rid of the icons you don’t use. Windows has a tool that will help you do it.
See what programs you should remove to speed up your system.