How to Optimize PC for Powerful Performance

Would you like to speed up your computer?

Personal computers, especially those with Windows OS, tend to slow down over time. Software updates demanding more processing power are usually the reason for it.

It is best to keep your software programs up to date, but how to handle the slowing down, which can be frustrating at times. 

Luckily, we can always choose the costly way by upgrading your machine components. Better RAM, Graphics card, and an SSD drive can change the game for you. On the downside, it will burn a hole in your pocket.

Here enters PC optimization.

It includes a bunch of tricks and tools, which holds a very minute value independently. However, when combined, it delivers a compound effect, resulting in a faster PC.

The next big question is how to optimize your PC for faster performance. That’s why you are here. I have curated a guide for all your queries, answering the essential questions for you.

You will learn how to optimize a computer’s performance by using some cool tricks. By the end, you will get to know which tools are reliable to automate the process. 

So, without any further ado, let us begin.

So, without any further ado, let’s get started.

What is PC Optimization?

When speaking in terms of computer science, optimization is the process of making a program more efficient using fewer resources. Building on that definition, PC optimization for general users would mean to make your machine do more stuff using fewer resources.

Your computer has many junk files and unwanted programs taking up unnecessary space and computing power. Optimizing your PC would mean eliminating such optional elements from your machine’s processing. 

By declaring the unimportant tasks, you assign more power to the required ones.  

Consider it as a scheduled cleaning to keep the mess under control. You remove trash files, uninstall useless applications, disable startup items, and more to boost your PC’s performance. In return, your CPU will direct most of the processing power towards the task at hand, i.e., whichever application you are running. 

PC optimizations result in better performance of the software you are using. Moreover, it will make overall navigation quick and snappier. It will lower down the load times, which helps to maintain your workflow.  

How to Improve Computer Performance

Computer running on a Windows OS will slow down inevitably. Here, I have discussed a few tricks that will help you stretch your system life and improve performance. 

Note: If you are using your laptop for more than 5-6 years, it will be more challenging to boost your device performance. Electronic devices wear off over time, and it is practically impossible to replace every component. 

Having that in mind, let’s see what is possible from our end to bring out the best from your computer. 

1. Uninstall Unnecessary Software

There are usually a few programs on our computer that come preinstalled. We hardly ever use them, and we could have allocated the space for them to better use. 

Similarly, we often install some applications for temporary use and forget about them over time. Such programs, too, occupy the storage capacity yielding no benefits for us.

Therefore, I recommend doing a regular check and uninstall any program that is not essential for you. There are two ways to do it. 

Firstly, you can wait for the program to make a pop-up for the update. If you think you have no use for the program, you can remove it in that instance. 

Secondly, you can choose the manual method to locate and uninstall the programs that you deem worthless. To do so, follow the below steps.

  • Click on the Start Menu and select Settings
  • Then, go to Apps and let your device list all the available apps.
  • Now, click on the app you want to remove and hit “Uninstall.” 

Now, you have some free space on your device that you can put to better use. Alternatively, you can also use a good uninstaller program to remove the applications quickly.

2. Limit the Programs at Start-up

Some programs on your PC are required to boot up when you start the device. However, not all of them necessarily have to do so. 

For instance, Cortana is an essential program that should boot up with the device so you can give voice commands as soon as you start working. However, it is not very useful if Photoshop pop-ups each time you open your computer. Given that you want to do other stuff than photo editing.

More startup programs mean your device will take a longer time to boot up. It will also impact the overall performance of your computer.

Therefore, it is wise to disable any unimportant program from starting up automatically.

Luckily, you can do this with less than a few clicks using the Windows Task Manager. Follow the below steps to disable programs at start-up.

  • Open Windows Task Manager by pressing “Ctrl+Shift+Esc.”
  • Now, select the Startup tab.
  • Sort by Status and see if any unessential program is Enabled.
  • Click on a program you want to stop and hit Disable at the bottom-right corner.
Disable startup items in task manager

That’s all. You have successfully disabled the program from starting up with the PC. It will lower your CPU and RAM load, giving you a quick boost to perform your tasks.

3. Remove Malware and Viruses

If your computer has slowed down abruptly without any warning signs, you likely got malware in your system.

A few malware programs like a miner use your system resources to mine cryptocurrencies. Mining cryptos might be a good investment, but only if you are benefiting from it. In this case, a cybercriminal is benefiting from the grunt work your system is doing. 

Such rogue software is usually hidden behind a legitimate program that you might have downloaded from an unreliable source. Frankly speaking, it is easier to get malware from browsing the internet than saving yourself from never getting one. 

Windows Defender does a decent job at preventing malicious programs from taking over your computer. However, there is a slight chance of error since it is not “Optimized” to track every malware in existence.

Therefore, I recommend using a third-party security program, preferably lightweight, that won’t bombard your CPU with cumbersome processes. 

Check if the security program is good at detection by reading customer reviews. A sure way to know if an antimalware program is lightweight is to see if it has a cloud-based engine. 

My recommendation: MalwareFox

It is lightweight, affordable, and proved to detect unusual malware programs in addition to mainstream ones. Besides, it is also compatible with most devices since most of its tasks are performed on a cloud engine. 

A less compatible program can make all your optimization efforts vain, which brings you to my next trick.

4. Install Quality Apps Only

Here is a piece of not-so-common advice for speeding up your computer. Applications loading nonessential data without your concern are not suitable for your computer. 

Moreover, an app coming from a good company is not necessarily a good app. Any poorly designed app that unnecessarily loads bulky graphics and takes more resources to perform minute tasks can trouble you in the long run. 

If you want to keep your machine snappy and healthy for a longer time, always use good apps. Basically, I am asking you to install applications that are available at the Microsoft Store. It is the best practice because Microsft would readily test the app for security and performance before presenting it on their app store. 

If an app is not available at the Microsoft Store, the next best option is downloading it from the official site for that app. I strictly suggest staying away from third-party websites that let you download the program. Shady developers often bundle malicious applications with legitimate one before uploading them on a free distribution website. 

You can also read consumer reviews about the software on forums like Reddit or the official site. Make sure the program is compatible with your Windows version to expect the best performance.

5. Disable Background Apps

On Windows OS, specific applications can continue to work in the background even when you are not using them actively. Depending on your necessity, you can prevent the background process for some or all of them.

Unfortunately, this feature is only available for the System apps. You will need to change in-app settings for any third-party software you want to stop running in the background.

Moreover, make sure you don’t disable essential features according to your needs. 

Here’s how to access settings for background apps.

  • Click on the Start Menu and go to Settings.
  • Now, select Privacy and scroll down to locate Background apps.
  • Toggle the button for any app that you want to disable.
  • Otherwise, you can toggle the universal button on the top to stop all apps.
disable background apps in Windows OS

Once finished, these system apps won’t run in the background providing significant processing power at your disposal.

6. Use Disk Cleanup

Every computer has some amount of files and programs that are no more useful. Disk Cleanup enables you to locate and delete such junk files from your system. 

The junk files consist of residuals from uninstalled programs, caches, thumbnails, outdated drivers, and much more. You allocate the space acquired by these files back to your disk by cleaning it.

Follow the below steps to access Disk Cleanup on your computer.

  • Click on the Start Menu.
  • Now, scroll down to locate Windows Administrative Tools.
  • Select Disk Cleanup from the available apps under the folder.
  • Now, select the drive you want to clean. 
  • The application will find all junk files in the drive. Later, it will ask you to select the type of files you want to delete. 
  • Check the boxes and click Ok to complete the process.
Disk cleanup for Windows OS

Disk Cleanup will show observable effects depending on the available space on your computer. If you have limited free space in your disk, Disk Cleanup can significantly improve your PC’s speed.

7. Use Defragmentation and Optimize Drives

Similarly, I also recommend defragmenting your hard disk every once in a while. Consider defragmentation analogous to realigning your room. After removing the trash, you have to put the valuable stuff properly.

The Defragmentation tool will go through your drive and see if it can adjust the available data in less space. Recall when you clean your shelf the last time. You would pick out all the stuff and place it back, but surprisingly there is space for more stuff because you put your things in order.

Similarly, your disk has data out of order because of deleting, moving files from one place to another. The Defragmentation program detects the gaps and pushes our data together to create more space. It also helps your computer open the file locations faster when you need them the next time.

To Defragment your drive, follow the below steps.

  • Click on the Start Menu.
  • Now, scroll down to locate Windows Administrative Tools.
  • Select Defragment and Optimize Drive from the available apps under the folder.
  • Now, select the drive you want to optimize. 
  • Click on the Analyze button and let your system check your drive.
  • Now, click on the Optimize option if your drive is fragmented.

You can also schedule daily/weekly optimizations from the settings in Optimize Drives window.

8. Clean Up Drive from Settings

There is another way to find and remove junk files from your device. Surprisingly, you will still find junk files here if you have already deleted some using the above methods. As I said initially, PC optimization is a series of small tasks you should do to benefit from the compound effect.

Whether it be the old school Hard Disk Drive (HDD) or a Solid State Drive (SDD), it is best not to fill the drive to its total capacity. If a new device finds it challenging to complete tasks effectively, it might be because the Disk Drive is almost full.

Microsoft Windows comes with the inbuilt function of Storage Sense. It gives you superior control for choosing and deleting particular types of files. I use this feature to delete temporary files since removing system files might negatively impact the OS processes. 

To access Storage Sense on your PC, follow the below steps.

  • Click on the Start Menu and select Settings
  • Now, select System and go to the Storage tab.
  • It would show you the memory allocation in your drive depending on the type of files. 
  • Here, select Temporary Files and check the boxes for the type of data you want to delete.
  • Finally, click on the Remove files button to delete the selected data.
Remove temporary files from settings

You can take it further by scanning other storage drives on your device. Storage Sense is most helpful if you want to delete a particular category of files like music, documents, images, and more from the disk.

Additionally, you can use Storage Sense to remove duplicate files. It can remove the data which you have stored on a cloud. The only condition is you should use the One Drive for cloud storage.

9. Use ReadyBoost

ReadyBoost is one of the most prominent features by Microsoft. Windows first introduced this feature in the infamous Vista version.

The sole purpose of ReadyBoost is to use a flash drive or SD card as an additional space for storing cached files. In other words, it operates as an on-the-go RAM for your PC.

Whereas using a flash drive to boost performance is useful, upgrading your RAM is always a better option. Still, you get the flexibility of using your pen drive for storing general files as well.

Use this feature whenever you want to do heavy processing, and there is no option to upgrade the RAM. It will serve you as a temporary boost while you work. 

Also, it is worth noting that ReadyBoost might not come in handy if you are using an SSD.

That said, here is how you can configure your pen drive for ReadyBoost.

  • Firstly, plug your removable drive into your computer.
  • Now, open File Explorer and go to My PC.
  • You will find the newly attached device under the Devices and Drives section.
  • Right-click on it and go to Properties.
  • Here, select the ReadyBoost tab.
  • Now, choose the option stating, “Dedicate this device to ReadyBoost.”
  • Assign the desired space to your system to use by using the slider below.
  • Finally, click Apply and Ok

Now, you would be able to use your flash drive as an external RAM for your PC. ReadyBoost will show a promising increase in PC performance if you use a heavy application like Photoshop on a low-end computer. 

10. Install Latest Update

With the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft decided to release regular updates for their operating system. Earlier, we use to get a new Windows version once every one or two years. 

Install cumulative updates

This new approach allowed Microsoft to optimize the current version by iteration. Therefore, you get a new minor update every two weeks. In short, there is always an update available whenever you feel that your system is lagging.

Updating is a tricky business. Sometimes it is the cause of a problem, although it becomes the solution next time. It is best to keep your computer up to date for security reasons. It will also help keep your OS performance-optimized.

Windows is capable of updating automatically. However, it won’t install the update directly sometimes. Therefore, doing it manually once in a while seems a better option.

Use the following steps to install the updates manually.

  • Firstly, click on the Start Menu and open Settings.
  • Then, select Update and Security.
  • Now, click on Check for updates under the Windows Update tab.

It will show any pending updates, and you can install them instantly. You can also choose the optional updates to install the latest device drivers.

Restart your computer once the update is installed. You can expect slightly better performance by regular updates. Meanwhile, it can also solve any major issue causing you trouble.

Install the latest version

The method mentioned above lets you install the cumulative updates, i.e., the security patches and optimization updates. However, Windows also releases a version update once in a while. 

The version update will bring some significant changes to your OS visually and performance-wise as well. 

Use the following steps to upgrade your Windows version.

  • Firstly, click on the Start Menu and open Settings.
  • Then, select Update and Security.
  • Now, click on Check for updates under the Windows Update tab.
  • Select Download and install under the Feature update section.
  • Restart the PC to bring the update into effect.
Update Windows for optimized performance

The screen will show if any feature update is available. If you don’t see it, that means you are already on the latest version. Or the new update is not yet compatible with your hardware configuration. 

Update device drivers

A device driver is a computer program that works as a mediator between your computer hardware and the operating system. Each hardware like the touchpad, mouse, keyboard, speaker, and more has a dedicated driver of its own. 

An unstable device driver can cause a chain of events leading to abruptly unpredictable behavior from your computer. You can experience your mouse lagging, keys not working, and visual delays while shifting through apps. 

Each hardware and operating system combination requires a unique device driver. Therefore, it is a must to install the appropriate version on your computer. That would surely help you improve the performance of your PC.

Before getting into details, you have to download the suitable drivers for your device manually. All hardware manufacturers usually provide compatible drivers on their websites. Kindly download and unzip the package before proceeding.

You will also find the installation guide on your manufacturer’s website. I highly suggest following those instructions. If there are none, you can use the following steps.

Here is how you can check and install the latest version of device drivers on your computer.

  • Firstly, open the Start Menu.
  • Now, scroll down to locate the Windows System folder and open it.
  • Click on Control Panel.
  • Change the view to list and locate Device Manager.
  • Now, expand the branch of device driver causing trouble.
  • Right-click on the device and select Update Driver.
  • A pop-up will ask you to choose the location to install drivers; choose Browse my computer for driver option.
  • Now, click on the Browse button and locate the driver file.
  • Finally, hit Ok, Next, and Close to complete the process.

Your computer will install the driver now, and it will solve any related issue. It would improve the performance of your device. I prefer using the best driver updater available for automating this task.

Update Applications

An outdated application can be the root cause of many problems. It often consists of several bugs and becomes incompatible with the new versions on Windows. 

Meanwhile, there can be some security issues allowing hackers to find a backdoor into your system. Therefore, it is best to keep all our applications up-to-date.

Microsoft does a great job at automatically updating the application you download from their store. However, you would need to update any app that you installed from other sources manually.

Almost all apps notify the user whenever an update is available. Most of the time, you can install the update from the app itself. Thus, minimizing your efforts. 

However, updating apps can be tedious if you have plenty of them that you use every once in a while. Keeping a regular check is essential in such cases. Or, you can let an optimizing tool take care of the updates. More on that later.

11. Switch to High Performance Power Plan

Using the High performance power plan on Windows will allow you to do more stuff in less time. It is optimized for faster processing. However, the plan also takes more energy for obvious reasons.

Luckily, you can choose to use various plans when you are plugged in and on battery. I prefer to use the performance setting when my laptop is plugged in.

Windows presents you with three performance settings options, namely Balanced, Power saver, and High performance. 

The Balanced setting is good to use for lightweight tasks without using much power. 

The Power saver option will lower down fast processing and high-quality graphics to extend the battery time.

The Performance setting will use the processing power to its fullest and provide you best time-efficient workspace.

Here is how you can choose the settings to optimize your computer.

  • Firstly, click on the Start Menu and open Settings.
  • Then, go to System.
  • Now, go to Power and sleep option.
  • Click on the Additional power settings on the right side of your screen.
  • Now, select the High performance plan.
High performance power plan

If the High performance power plan isn’t available, you have to create a custom one. I recommend doing this since you can choose various personalized settings.

You will be able to choose high-performance or battery-optimized settings for several tasks like graphics processing, video settings, and more. 

Follow the below steps to create your power plan.

  • Click on the Create a power plan option once you are in the Power options tab.
  • Choose High performance and name the plan as you desire.
  • Then, click Next and Create to create the plan.
  • Now, click on the Change plan settings option.
  • Here, select the Change advanced power settings option.
  • Now, you can select whether to use High performance or Power saver mode for various tasks when your device is plugged in or using the battery.
  • Finally, hit Apply and Ok.

You have successfully customized the power options as per your needs. I recommend using the High performance setting when plugged in. This way, you get to use faster processing for a longer time.

12. Disable System Visual Effects

Windows is best known for the customization options it provides. Many of these settings allow you to apply various visual effects on your computer. They might look appealing to a creative mind. In reality, they take a good chunk of processing capacity.

More complex visual settings like transparency, shadows, animations will require processing power continually. It will slow down your system eventually. You might find yourself struggling to switch tabs in the worst case. 

Therefore, if it is not a game-changer for you, I recommend keeping the visual setting minimal. This trick is more beneficial for those with an old PC. A newer one would be able to process the graphics with ease. 

There are two types of visual settings you need to take care of to optimize your PC. Let’s look at them one by one.

Disable Visual Effects

Use the following steps to disable visual settings like animations, smooth fonts, shadows, and more. 

  • Click on the Start menu and go to Settings.
  • Now, go to System and open the About tab.
  • Here, open the Advanced system settings located on the right side of the screen.
  • Click on the Settings button under the Performance section of the newly opened window.
  • Select the Adjust for best performance option. 
  • Finally, hit Apply and Ok.
Disable visual effects

It will bring the changes into effect. Your display might look slightly less attractive, but you will save on the processing power. The results are visible in the long run.

Note: You can manually choose which options to avoid from the list. For instance, I need crisp and smooth fonts, so I unchecked that box.

Disable Transparency Effects

To speed up your PC, you might have to compromise on Fluent Design elements. A small price to pay for the greater good.

Here is how you can disable the transparency effects.

  • Click on the Start menu and go to Settings.
  • Now, open Personalization and click on the Colors tab.
  • Here, toggle off the switch for Transparency effects.
Disable transparency effects

Once done, you will find Windows working faster, and more processing power is allocated to important tasks.

13. Disable Search Indexing

Windows’ search feature is quite useful when it comes to finding apps and files. However, it consumes much processing power to search and index the new apps and files, negatively impacting the system’s performance.

Therefore, you can eliminate this process if you know your way around apps and got organized folders. This step is much helpful if you have a low-end device. It won’t make much difference if you have the best processor and hardware on your system.

Here is how you can limit search indexing on your computer.

  • Click on the Start menu and open Settings.
  • Here, go to the Search option.
  • Now, select the Searching Windows tab.
  • Scroll down and click on Advanced Search Indexer Settings.
  • Now, click on the Modify button in the Indexing options window.
  • Click on Show all locations button.
  • Now, uncheck all the boxes and hit Ok.
  • Finally, hit Close.

Now, Windows will only index files essential for your system. It can save a lot of background processes depending on the clutter on your hard disk. It should improve the overall computer performance.

14. Increase Page File Size

Windows stores some temporary data in the “Page file.” It is a hidden file on your hard disk that serves as a memory when system memory is full. In short, it stores the app data for apps running currently on your device. 

You can increase the page file size to help your RAM perform better. It should work best if you have an SSD and low RAM on your device.

Use the below steps to modify page file size.

  • Click on the Start menu and go to Settings.
  • Now, go to System and open the About tab.
  • Here, open the Advanced system settings located on the right side of the screen.
  • Click on the Settings button under the Performance section of the newly opened window.
  • Now, go to the Advanced tab.
  • Here, hit Change under the Virtual Memory option.
Open virtual memory options
  • Untick the Automatically manage paging files size for all drives option.
  • Tick the Custom size box.
  • Mention the recommended value in the Initial size box and a larger number in the Maximum size box.
  • Finally, hit Set, then Ok, and then Ok again.
Change paging file size for optimizing computer speed

You will need to restart your PC to bring the change into effect. 

Tip: If your page file size is already larger than the recommended one, try doubling the value.

Your computer should perform better after making the changes. However, if you are not satisfied with the performance, you can always revert the changes. Simply follow the procedure mentioned above, select Automatically manage paging files size for all drives option, and untick the Custom size one.

15. Restore the Last Working State

You might sometimes make changes and forget how to revert them. Otherwise, an unstable update can also slow down your system. It usually happens if you had built your computer with various parts instead of buying it from the same manufacturer.

Luckily, Windows has an option to restore your PC to the previous working state using the System Restore Point. However, to use it, you have to set it up before the damage.

Here is how to use the System Restore Point on your Windows computer.

  • Click on the Start menu and go to Settings.
  • Now, go to System and open the About tab.
  • Here, open the System protection located on the right side of the screen.
  • Now, click on the System Restore button.
  • Click the Next button and select the latest version of the system restore.
  • Now, click the Scan for affected programs button to know which apps will be uninstalled after restoring Windows.
  • Finally, click the Next and Finish button to complete the restoring.
system restore settings in Windows OS

Once the restoring is completed, your PC will be returned to the version when performance wasn’t the issue. 

The restoration program will remove any system updates, installed applications, drivers, system changes, and more. However, it will not affect the personal files in any way. 

16. Reset PC to Factory Defaults

The last option to make your system faster is to remove everything and install a fresh OS. It will uninstall all programs from your device. In return, you will get faster startup, better battery life, and overall performance. 

Note: Make sure you take a complete backup of your computer before proceeding with the factory reset. The system reset won’t delete your files. However, a small mistake can erase all your data, and you will only have regrets. It is coming from a personal experience. 🙁

Here is how to factory reset a Windows computer.

  • Click on the Start menu and open Settings.
  • Now, go to Update and Security and select the Recovery tab.
  • Then, click on the Get started button under the Reset this PC section.
  • Click the Keep my files button. You can also choose the Remove everything option to delete all your data and install a clean version.
  • Select the Local reinstall option.
  • Click on the Next button and then the Reset button.

Note: If the local reinstall didn’t work for any reason or you want an entirely clean Windows without any application, choose Cloud reinstall.

Once finished, Windows will remove any updates, system configuration, settings, and apps. In case you selected to remove all data, you can restore it using the backup.

Boost PC Performance using Hardware Upgrades

All the above methods are entirely free of cost for you to use. They will surely make your PC better. However, you can expect more significant results by upgrading your hardware components. 

Upgrade to Better RAM

One of the biggest reasons for slower computer performance is using your RAM at its total capacity.

There are two types of memory in your computer that work for system performance. One is the virtual memory which you read in the above section. Another is the physical memory, also known as RAM (Random Access Memory).

Before moving forward, let’s see how to check how much RAM your computer is using.

  • Open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc.
  • Now, go to the Performance tab.
  • Then, click on Memory on the left pane.
Available RAM in task manager

Here, you can see the total memory installed on your computer at the top-right corner. The tab will show memory in use under the In use (compressed) section. You can also check the RAM percentage in use. If it is constantly above 80%, you should consider upgrading.

RAM is a printed circuit board that goes into the motherboard of your computer/laptop. Many laptop models allow you to change or add extra RAM to your device. In comparison, you can upgrade it on every PC.

There is an upper limit to how much RAM your PC’s motherboard can handle. You can quickly read about it online by looking at the laptop model or motherboard in the case of a PC. 

If your device allows, increase the RAM to boost performance. 

Upgrade to an SSD

It is a well-known fact that SSDs are faster than traditional HDDs. If your machine consists of a hard disk drive, upgrading to a solid-state drive will surely increase your system speed.

An SSD does not have any moving parts. That means the writing and reading procedure becomes abruptly faster. You will also notice a decreased boot-up time. Moreover, the overall navigation would be snappier and quicker. 

You should check on your computer’s manufacturer’s website to see if your device support SSD integration. If you find buying an SSD with larger space out of your budget, buy a smaller one and install your OS in it.

You can also attach an external SSD via a USB port and use it to boot up your device. However, it can be tricky since a loose connection will crash your OS instantly. Therefore, use this option only if your device does not have a slot for SSD. Meanwhile, make sure you don’t move the SSD at all.

Best PC Optimization Software

PC optimization is a continuous process. You can delete the temporary files thousand times and still find some of them waiting for you the next time you boot up your PC.

Some of the methods I mentioned above are one-time processes. For instance, disabling the visual effects, limiting start-up apps, increasing page file size, and more.

However, many of them require your constant attention. It includes methods like disk clean-up, defragmentation, installing updates, and much more.

Luckily, a few great apps are available in the market that can take care of all this stuff with a single click. Moreover, you can also automate the process. The app would do a weekly/monthly scan, remove all the temporary files, or install necessary updates.

Here are some of the best PC optimization apps that I have used.

Auslogics BoostSpeed 12

Auslogics BoostSpeed to increase system performance

If you are looking for a one-stop solution for PC optimization, use Auslogics BoostSpeed.

There are several settings available for speeding up your PC. It removes all the corrupted keys and invalid entries from the registry. It can be troublesome to do it manually since one wrong file deleted means an unstable system. So better leave the complex stuff to optimizer programs.

It can also tweak your CPU and RAM usage to assign more power to essential tasks.

A few more breathtaking features are as follows.

Cat Mode: It disables the keyboard and mouse when the PC is locked. Thus, your pets won’t be able to send work emails on your behalf.

Browser Protection: It warns you about homepage change and protects DNS. It would also clean up the tracking cookies after your browsing session.

Duplicate File Finder: It finds duplicate files and removes them.

File Recovery: It recovers accidentally deleted files.

Free Space Wiper: It cleans free disk space so no one can recover files from them.

In addition to the above-mentioned unique features, Auslogics BoostSpeed also contains the essential features for PC optimization like disk cleanup, uninstall manager, disk defragmenter, and much more.

You can quickly schedule regular check-ups so you won’t have to worry about PC cleanup.

iolo System Mechanic Pro

iolo System mechanic Pro to improve computer performance

If you want a more privacy-concerned approach, use iolo System Mechanic Pro.

It is an excellent tool to fix various optimization issues with your system. It also removes unnecessary bloatware, blocks spyware and viruses, and disables aggressive personal data collection services from Windows.

Here are some more noteworthy features presented by iolo System Mechanic Pro.

Privacy Cleaner: It cleans cache, history, and cookies used to track your sensitive data.

Net Booster: It increases the speed of downloads, gaming, and internet browsing.

Security Optimizer: It scans windows security holes and patches them.

System Shield: It blocks malware by detecting their signature and behavioral analysis.

DriveScrubber: It erases personal and sensitive data permanently.

In addition to these impressive features, the iolo System mechanic also consists of essential tweaks for improving computer speed, removing junk files, and defrags disks for faster accessibility.

Advanced SystemCare Ultimate 13

Advanced SystemCare Ultimate for pc optimization

If you are want to monitor your system performance continually, use Advanced SystemCare Ultimate.

It consists of a lot of useful features to improve overall system performance. The regular features include disk clean-up, registry editor, defragmenter, and much more.

Moreover, the automatic features help us keep the trouble out of sight. The app will run clean-ups, clear browsing tracks, and update itself without manual intervention.

Here are a few more impressive features available in Advanced SystemCare ultimate.

Privacy Shield: It blocks access to your sensitive data.

Digital Fingerprint Protection: It hides your online identification, so you remain anonymous.

Anti-cryptocurrency Mining: It stops malicious websites from using your system resources to mine cryptocurrency.

Performance Monitor: It continuously monitors PC performance and improves it quickly and easily.

The performance monitor and easy-to-operate interface make Advance SystemCare Ultimate stand out from the crowd. It helps you detect any sudden change caused by new tasks. Therefore, you can decide which programs to keep and eliminate from using at a particular time. 

Moreover, you can use the speed-up button to quickly free up RAM space if your PC is lagging In the middle of critical tasks. 

How to Optimize PC for Gaming

A high-end computer is a must if you are a hard-core gamer. However, if you are still a beginner, you can start with a light hardware configuration. 

In such cases, optimizing your PC for gaming is more of a necessity than a choice. 

Let’s look at a few ways we can use to get a quick boost for gaming. 

Enable Game Mode

Windows OS present you with the Game Mode for a better gaming experience.

Game Mode prevents your system from installing drivers and sending restart notifications. Moreover, it helps you achieve a more stable frame rate, depending on a specific game or system.

You will find that Game Mode is enabled by default. It detects when you are playing a game and then allocates maximum CPU and GPU power to the game at hand.

Meanwhile, it slows down any background process since most of the resources are directed towards the game. 

Game mode can show buggy behavior for specific games or hardware configurations. Therefore, feel free to disable it if it is not working for you.

Here’s how to enable or disable Game Mode in Windows.

  • Firstly, click on the Start Menu and open Settings.
  • Then, go to the Gaming section.
  • Here, click on Game Mode, available in the left pane.
  • Finally, toggle the switch to enable/disable Game Mode.
enable game mode for PC optimization

Remember, the Game Mode will significantly improve your game if you are using a budget PC. In contrast, you won’t find much change on a high-end one.

Also, it won’t be much helpful if you are looking for multitasking. Game Mode will prevent any background process as long as the game is active. Therefore, using multiple apps is out of bounds in Game Mode.

Use Performance Mode

Game Mode automatically shifts your PC into performance mode. However, it won’t necessarily detect that you are playing a game. 

Therefore, manually turning on the Performance Mode is a wise option.

You can do it quickly by clicking on the battery icon in your notification area at the right-bottom corner. It should open the quick battery settings option. Drag the slider to the right to shift your computer in the Performance Mode.

Read the detailed guide on optimizing PC for gaming to know more.

Are PC Optimizers Any Good?

PC optimizers had a remarkable reign in the era of Windows XP. It was a time when computer hardware components weren’t good enough for optimization. Thus, software optimizations use to make significant performance boosts.

A high-end PC in today’s world doesn’t necessarily require a PC optimization program. However, the extra benefits always come in handy. For instance, automatic updates, file shredder, recovery tools, and more are much helpful.

An affordable or budget PC can benefit from PC optimizers beyond common conception. It makes your computer snappy and fast, which boils down to more focused work.

So yes, if you are using a budget PC, make sure to use a PC optimizer for a boosted work environment. 

At the same time, do your research and stay away from shady PC optimizers. I have personally tested all the programs in this article before mentioning them. I would say they are the best available in the market. 

Still, if you want to go with another one, I recommend reading user reviews and look for genuine ratings before installing one.

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