Windows in its various versions is the most widely used desktop operating system in the world. Dominates in the business world, in public institutions and in the consumer sector. The reason? An open, accessible operating system with infinite possibilities and present in all price ranges.
However, Windows’ main virtue is also its biggest flaw. The large number of options and all the modifications that the programs that we install can sometimes lead inexperienced users to make bad decisions at the expense of the performance of their computers. Next, we will talk about the most common errors and how to fix them to optimize Windows to the highest level.
1. What antivirus are you using?
There was a time, in the era of Windows 7 and its predecessors, where Windows built-in antivirus fell short, forcing users to install third-party options. Some of them will be very familiar to you: Avast, Panda, Norton, McAfee …
But times have changed. Since Windows 8 and, above all, with the arrival of Windows 10, the solution integrated by Microsoft (Windows Defender) is fully capable of protecting us from malware. It is recognized as one of the best antivirus in the world due to its high detection rate.
The important thing for the subject is that it is an antivirus which does not adversely affect the performance of the system. There are free alternatives, like Avast, which consume a large amount of resources, which is very noticeable in low-end equipment, weighing down performance. If another antivirus is installed in Windows 10, we recommend that you uninstall it and make sure Windows Defender is turned on.
To do this, all you need to do is type “Windows Security” in the Windows search bar and make sure that “Antivirus and Threat Protection” is turned on. Your PC will appreciate it.
2. Have you updated Windows?
On many occasions, users keep their obsolete computers for months or even years. Besides being a security issue, it can sometimes affect your device’s performance as updates often fix key errors in this section.
There is no reason to have a Windows PC running version 2019. Keep your computers up to date. To check if you are up to date, just type “Check for Updates” into the Windows search bar, which will take you to Windows Update.
3. Do you have enough space on your disk?
Another common problem that we can find is full hard drives and SSDs overflowing, weighing down the performance of the equipment and damaging its lifespan. If you have too much occupied space and don’t know what else to delete, after you’ve checked folders like “Downloads” and large files like movies, games, and videos, we’ll help you. recommend that you proceed as follows:
Type “Disk Cleanup” into the Windows 10 search bar. Select the disk with storage problems. Click on “Clean up system files.” Check if there is an option that takes several GB of memory. Usually the option you will need to select to eliminate will be “Clean up Windows Updates”.
4. Applications that run on startup
This is one of the most common issues that causes significant performance loss on PCs with many programs installed. Often, when installing applications and programs, we accept the option of running it every time the operating system starts, which adds a load of work to our computer.
To prevent these programs from starting every time we turn on our PC, just follow the following steps:
Write “Startup Apps” in the Windows 10 search bar. Check which apps are running at startup and disable the ones you don’t need since you turn on your PC. Pay special attention to those with “high impact”.
5. If nothing works: reset Windows
If, despite all of the above, the PC continues to have obvious performance issues, the most drastic and recommended solution is to reset the operating system. It is a fully automated and very simple task.
To do this, all you need to do is type “Reset this PC” in the Windows 10 search bar and click on “Start”. It will allow you to choose between “Keep your personal files” and “Delete all”. We recommend that you choose the second option to completely clean your computer’s file system. Before, it is recommended to make a backup copy of the files you want to keep (you can do this by copying the files to a USB stick, external hard drive, or saving them to the cloud).
The process will take some time, so you need to be patient. Do not disconnect the equipment from the power supply during the process. Do not turn off the equipment. When finished, you’ll have a clean Windows installation to start working on from scratch.