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FREE - Make Your Old Laptop/PC Fast

 

If you own an old Laptop or a Desktop PC, chances are it is not as fast as it once used to be and you just want to hold on to it for few more months or a year waiting for new tech to be released, just so that the upgrade to the new laptop or PC gets you a huge performance jump and proves to be a worthy upgrade. So till then what options do you have so that you can squeeze some more performance out of your old device?


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Well there are 2 ways to do this, check which hardware component is being a bottleneck in your device and upgrade it (assuming you have some kind of upgrade option available in case of a laptop). The other way is to optimize your software / OS for a smoother and snappier experience. Since we want to make our laptop / PC fast again for free, we are not going to talk about the hardware upgrade. Today we will learn what settings we can change and what software optimizations in Windows, especially Windows 10, we can make to get a better, smoother and snappier experience overall. So let's start.


Note: Try these things at your own risk. If anything happens to your PC we at PC Seekers do not take any responsibility.


Killing Background Processes:

A background process is a computer process that runs in the background without user intervention. You, as a user, won't even know that there is some background process utilizing your CPU, GPU resources and hogging your RAM memory unless you try to look into it yourself. There are multiple ways you can look at background processes that are running or that ran in the past by looking at the logs but we will not go into such details and just look at a few well known and used to tools to determine the background processes and killing them.


  • Using Task Manager: Task manager, if you don't already know, is a manager that manages tasks, startup apps and monitors your system included with Microsoft Windows OS. There are basically 2 ways to access the task manager.
  1. In the Windows Search bar search for "Task Manager" and hit enter. Or Click "Ctrl+Alt+Delete" and select Task Manager from the blue screen. It should look something like this:
  2. Determine which application is hogging your CPU or RAM resources, click on it then click "End task". 

 

Note: It is important that you take care that you don't accidentally end up ending an important Windows OS task or your application or file that you have been working on. If you do so your OS might crash and you might loose your work. So do it at your own risk.

 

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  • Using Tray Icon: You can access your tray and keep track of what apps are running in the background and you can exit or terminate unnecessary apps. To access your tray icon look at the look at the bottom right corner of you Monitor and click on the up arrow (⌃) and check if there are any apps running in the background that you are not using, then right one the app that you wish to terminate and then select 'Exit'.

  • Disabling Windows Updates In Background: Windows updates are automatic by default and can start happening at anytime of the day or night. If you wish your laptop / PC to be faster you need to stop as many background processes as you can, from happening without your permission. To do this:
  1. Click on 'Start' button →'Settings'→'Update & Security'. Or you can just search for 'updates' in the windows search bar and select 'Check for Updates'.
  2. Now start clicking 'Pause updates for 7 days' until you reach the date till which you do not want Windows to update. You can resume Windows updates by pressing the 'Resume updates' button.
  3.  This way you can stop Windows from downloading and updating in the background consuming your important PC resources.

Note: We do not recommend you turn off Windows update, these updates regularly bring required security patches which can be helpful is securing your data.

Uninstalling Bloatware:
You can gain system performance by uninstalling bloatware that comes preinstalled with your Windows 10 OS. There are multiple ways you can do this and I am going to show you 2 easy ways that you can use to remove bloatware from your device.
 
  • Uninstall Bloatware Yourself: To do this click on 'Windows Start' button and scroll through the apps and find the bloatware apps that you don't use, right click on them, select 'Uninstall'. That's it, the app will be uninstalled.

 

  • Remove All Bloatware Using a Script: If you do not wish to go through every individual app and uninstall it, fortunately there is a script available on GitHub that can help you remove all bloatware from Windows 10 in one go. To do this follow the steps below:
  1. Go to this page on GitHub and download Windows10debloater. To do that click on 'Code' and select 'Download Zip' from the drop down menu. Then select save. (We recommend you only download )
  2. Go to the downloads folder and extract the content of the zip at a preferred location.
  3. Now right click on 'Windows10debloaterGUI.ps1' file and select 'Run with PowerShell'. This should open PowerShell window, now wait for a few seconds depending on the speed of your PC for PowerShell to load the graphical user interface.
  4. You should be able to see this window. If you wish to remove only a few preinstalled bloatware apps then select 'Customize Blacklist' and check all the apps that you wish to remove from your PC and then click 'Save custom Whitelist and Blacklist' and then click 'Remove Bloatware with Customized Blacklist'. This should remove all your unwanted bloatware. To just remove all the preinstalled bloatware then just choose 'Remove All Bloatware' and the script will remove all bloatware from the OS.
  5. You can see the before and after results here:
Before:
 After:

For more information regarding the script go here. To know the list of preinstalled apps that are removed by the script go here.
 
If you know any more methods you can gain more performance, then do let us know down in the comments section below.
 

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