7 Quick Ways To Troubleshoot A Slow Windows PC Running Windows 7, 8, 8.1 or 10

admin April 25, 2018
Updated 2019/11/27 at 5:50 AM
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This is one of the most common challenges users of Windows PC face over time. As expected, your computer process speed is dependent on the RAM size and processor speed. Whether your computer is becoming slower gradually or it suddenly hung completely, there could be some reasons for that slothfulness.

As with most Windows PC issues, you may want to do a mild refresh by rebooting your computer in events like this. This can go a long way to solving a few glitches and is quicker than attempting to manually resolve the problem yourself. The following are some ways we can do some basic tweaking to speed up a windows pc:

7 Quick Ways To Troubleshoot A Slow Windows PC


I. Disable Startup Programs

This is the first step to take to mitigate sloth in a Windows Pc process speed. It would be better to prevent those applications from launching at startup to save memory, CPU cycles and increase the login process speed.

On Windows 8, 8.1, and 10, there’s now a startup manager in the Task Manager which you can use to manage your startup programs.
To find this, right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager or use a shortcut, press Ctrl+Shift+Escape to launch it.

Click the Startup tab and disable startup applications you don’t need as simple as that. Windows will helpfully grade which applications have the most impact in slowing down your startup process.

II. Close System Tray Programs and Uninstall Programs You Don’t Use

Typically, applications tend to run in the system tray, or notification area. These applications often launch at startup and stay running in the background but remain hidden behind the up arrow icon at the bottom-right corner of your screen.

It is essential we disable those non-essential applications by clicking the up arrow icon near the system tray, right-clicking any applications you don’t need running in the background, and close those to free up resources.
Another means is by uninstalling, entirely, programs you don’t use.

You can do this by following these simple steps,
a. Open the Control Panel
b. Search through the list of installed programs and uninstall those you don’t use and don’t need from your PC.
This can go a long way speeding up your Windows PC, as those programs might be attached to cumbersome background processes, system services, context menu entries et al that can slow down your PC. It’ll also conserve space on your hard drive

III. Scan for Virus

There’s also a possibility your computer is slow because of malicious software otherwise termed a computer virus which might be running in the background and slowing down process speed. This might have gained entrance into your computer system from the internet or access with an infected peripheral storage device plugged into your PC.

So, scan your computer with an antivirus program and ensure, it is an updated version to remove even the most novel of all malware.

IV. Reduce your web browser Add-ons / Extensions

Browser Add-ons and extensions are also highly contribute to slowing down web browsing process speed. It’s best to use as few browser extensions or add-ons, as possible. To reduce any inherent ones, go into your web browser’s

Extensions or Add-ons manager and remove add-ons you don’t need. You should also consider enabling click-to-play plug-ins. This prevents Flash and other contents from loading and hence prevents trivial Flash content from using CPU time.

V. Free up disk space

You will run noticeably slower if your hard drive is almost completely full. You would want to leave your computer just enough storage space more or less breathing space…lolz.to work on your hard drive by freeing up space on your Windows PC.

You don’t need any third-party software for this, just running the Disk Cleanup tool and the following below in Windows can do the trick:
1. Uninstall Space Hungry applications that are irrelevant
2. Find Duplicate files and delete
3. Defragment your hard disk

VI. Search for Resource-Consuming Programs

Sometimes your Windows PC suddenly starts running slow because a certain application program embedded is using up those resources i.e. a renegade process might be using 98% of your CPU resources, for instance. It could be as a result of an application experiencing a memory leakage and using a large amount of memory, triggering your PC to swap to disk.

Interchangeably, an application might be using the disk a lot, causing other applications to slow down when they need to load data from or save it to the disk. To ascertain this, open the Task Manager with the shortcut aforementioned (press Ctrl+Shift+Escape). On Windows 8, 8.1, and 10, there’s a new feature in the task manager that provides an upgraded interface that color-codes applications using a lot of resources.

Click the “CPU,” “Memory,” and “Disk” headers to sort the list by the applications using the most resources. If any application is using too much resource, you might want to close it or click “End Task” to force it to close.

VII. Reset Your PC / Reinstall Windows


Let’s call it the last resort and should be applied only if I – VI here didn’t resolve your problem. Everyone knows the ultimate solution is getting a fresh Windows installation. On up-to-date versions of Windows, Windows 8, 8.1, and 10, it’s easier to get a fresh Windows installation than ever.

You don’t have to get Windows installation media and reinstall Windows. As an innovation from old times, you can simply use the Reset your PC feature built into Windows to get a new Windows system. This will wipe your installed programs and system settings while keeping your files. Some people too prefer upgrading to a solid-state drive, as it offers a histrionic performance improvement in today’s computer age.

In an age where most people won’t notice faster CPUs and graphics processors, it has been proven that solid-state storage will offer the single biggest boost in overall system performance for daily Windows PC user although it is yet to be fully embrace in Nigeria and most African countries

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