Usually, computers are fun to use. However, any enjoyment quickly disappears once you start to encounter performance problems. Computers slow down for a number of different reasons, but one of the primary reasons why computers slow down is because they have too many processes running at one time.
Is your computer running more processes than it can handle? You might notice symptoms like:
-Slow performance when switching between windows
-Lag as the mouse moves across the screen
-Crashes, blue screens of death, and other serious errors
Step 1) How to identify and end processes
If your computer is encountering any of the symptoms listed above, then ending processes could help. It’s easy to end processes on your system. This will provide temporary relief from your computer slowdowns before you move on to the next step.
First, start the Windows Task Manager by right-clicking on your taskbar (the bar at the bottom of your screen) and selecting ‘Start Task Manager’. Or, you can press CTRL+ALT+DELETE on your keyboard.
This will show you a list of all applications that are currently running. However, the applications tab doesn’t tell you the whole story. Select ‘Processes’ from the top of the menu to see everything that’s going on in the background of your computer.
You might be surprised by how many processes you see in this menu. To improve system performance, click on ‘Memory’. This will sort through all of your processes based on which ones are taking up the most system resources at the moment.
Finally, select the processes that you want to end and then click ‘End Process’. This will cause the program to immediately stop.
As long as the process you chose isn’t a critical Windows process, you can safely end it. If you do end a Windows process, you’ll be able to fix the problem by restarting your computer. If you’re ever unsure which process does what, type the name of the process into Google to learn more. There is also a ‘description’ section to the right side of this menu that will tell you more about each process.
Step 2) How to make sure those processes never return
Ending processes in Windows Task Manager is just one half of the battle. Next, you’ll want to prevent those processes from automatically starting again.
To do that, open your Windows Start menu and type in msconfig then press Enter or click on the first entry that pops up. This is the System Configuration screen, and it allows you to choose which processes start up when you boot your computer.
To remove processes from the boot queue, navigate to the ‘Startup’ tab on the System Configuration menu and uncheck the boxes beside any programs that you no longer wish to start.
Once you apply those changes, restart your computer. You’ll notice that the troublesome processes you removed have been disabled. This leads to faster system performance and a safer operating environment for your computer. And best of all – you just sped up your PC for free without paying a dime!