So, you are working from home, and using your personal computer to connect into the office. Are your programs taking a long time to load? Are your clicks not registering? Is typing slow to show up?  Below is a list of quick and easy ways you can troubleshoot on your own.

Please note that these tips are for general troubleshooting and can be found all over the Internet. And, if you have a computer that is more than five years old, you may not gain a lot from these tips.

 

 

Reboot. If your computer hasn’t been restarted in a couple of days this is the first thing to do.

Check your antivirus. Make sure that you don’t have two antivirus programs. Having multiple security suites on your computer will generally conflict and the combination will not provide better protection. Quite the opposite, it causes a ‘race condition’ where both programs perpetually scan each other. So, if you have two, simply remove of one them. This is a surprisingly common problem as often things like McAfee or Norton get bundled in with other software and then a ‘helpful’ friend or family relative installs yet another program. On old computers with Windows 10, you may benefit from just using Windows Defender which is built in (and usually steps to the side when other security software is installed.

 

Run an antivirus scan.

 

Run Windows updates. Click on Windows 10 start > Click the settings ‘gear’ > Click Update & Security. From there you can click ‘check for updates.’ You may see optional updates for a cumulative or feature update. These are good, but take a long time to run, so plan to complete this at a time when use of your computer isn’t critical.

 

Run disk cleanup. Click on Windows 10 start and type ‘disk cleanup.’ This utility will allow you to remove old and temporary data on your computer along with old updates. You can generally click everything listed EXCEPT the downloads option (this is your downloads folder, so you may want to keep that unticked). You can also run the program as an administrator by right clicking the start menu result and run as administrator to clean up system files to speed up windows.

 

Defragment/optimize your drive. Click on Windows 10 start and type ‘defrag’ and open ‘Defragment and Optimize Drives.’ Anything with more than 5% fragmentation is not ideal, more than 20% can cause noticeable slowdowns. Simply click drives and click the optimize button (you can also schedule settings to make sure things are automatically maintained for you).

 

Clean your Windows WinSxS Folder. This is only for those with a bit of more technical know-how. This process will mash all of the previous updates into the core system, which means you cannot go back, but it is much more efficient for space and performance. Here is a good guide on how to do this: https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/clean-winsxs-folder-to-save-space

 

For more general tips, visit the how-to geek website at: https://www.howtogeek.com/228570/10-quick-ways-to-speed-up-a-slow-windows-pc/