Santa Fe and Los Alamos computer users, here are more tips on how to speed up your PC.
Defrag your hard disc
Defragmenting your hard disk actually shouldn’t be necessary on modern versions of Windows. It’ll automatically defragment mechanical hard drives in the background. Solid-state drives don’t really need traditional defragmentation, although modern versions of Windows will “optimize” them—and that’s fine.
You shouldn’t worry about defragmentation most of the time. However, if you do have a mechanical hard drive and you’ve just put a lot of files on the drive—for example, copied a huge database or gigabytes of PC game files—those files might be defragmented because Windows hasn’t gotten around to defragmenting them yet. In this situation, you might want to open the disk defragmenter tool and perform a scan to see if you need to run a manual defrag program.
Remove programs you’re not using by uninstalling them
Open the Control Panel, find the list of installed programs, and uninstall programs you don’t use and don’t need from your PC. This can help speed your PC up, as those programs might include background processes, auto-start entries, system services, context menu entries, and other things that can slow down your PC. It’ll also save room on your hard drive and improve system security. For example, you definitely shouldn’t have Java installed if you’re not using it.
Reset your PC / reinstall Windows
If the other tips here didn’t fix your problem, the one timeless solution to fix Windows problems—aside from rebooting your PC, of course—is getting a fresh Windows installation. On modern versions of Windows—that is, 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. Instead, you can simply use the “Reset your PC” feature built into Windows to get a new, fresh Windows system. This is similar to reinstalling Windows and will wipe your installed programs and system settings while keeping your files.