If you’re someone who struggles with the performance of their system and relies on various software applications to boost the performance, this article is for you. Many factors contribute to the performance of a system. While you should have a powerful processor and RAM, It is vital also to have a versatile software collection.
Platforms and tools like anti-viruses, RAM Boosters, and other cleaners that are available in the market today. Due to the extensive digital exposure, we also incorporate several security measures to prevent hacking and breaches. Compared to the past decade, the new era of technology is full of availability of various tools and assets for systems.
It is not enough for best performance
We may still fall short-hand despite all of our endeavors. Our systems might still lag or have some performance problems. The software applications we have might not be working properly. Despite our diligence in taking care of the system, it might still falter. Why? Well, the short answer is it might be due to the useless junks and fragments of various files in your system, as well as the registry errors. These two happen to be the hidden culprits of a lagging system.
It is not your fault
People seldom realize the importance of disk defragments, or the functionality of registries. Hence, you end up spending more on fighting viruses, hacking attempts, and overall performance-boosting. However, these two: Fragments and Registry errors can render even the most robust of applications useless. In other words, regardless of how complete your system is, if you have these two problems, the applications themselves will find it a problem to run.
What is Defragment
Defragment is a process that enhances the entire performance of your system. Your system contains a lot of files, some of them gets removed or deleted. Whether you install a software or other tool and then remove it, it may have left some fragments behind. Similarly, it is also possible that spyware has infiltrated your system. Overall, all of this contributes to the unnecessary consumption of your hard disk space that puts a load on the hardware.
It is paramount to maintain optimal hard disk space for better performance of the system. Yes, even though they are our storage units, they still require apt space for the systems to work properly. While fragments seem like a small-fry, it is a big deal. Because when the fragments pile up, there may easily be gigabytes of consumed space. It is almost like removing furniture or other unimportant things from your house but not cleaning it. Eventually, your house will become downtrodden, right? The same thing happens on the computer. If you do not perform defragmentation, then it will end up malfunctioning, and there may be consequences. The process cleans your computer off any remnants of various files and unnecessary components.
Steps to conduct defragmentation:
- Go to Start Menu
- Open Control Panel
- Go To Systems and Security
- On Administrative Tools, click on ‘Defragment Your Hard Drive.’
- First, click on Analyze Disk Button to conduct analysis.
- After Analysis, click Defragment Disk Button
It is important to note that the window’s defragmentation only works if there is at least 10% of fragmentation available in the disk. Only after Analsis will you be able to defrag the hard drive. The process is long, and it may take time, sometimes it is instantaneous. You don’t need to restart your system after the process.
What is Registry
The registry is the files that every windows platform has. From windows phone to full-fledged operating systems, they all have a registry. It is a collection of files that saves the changes you make to your system from any mediocre change like themes to the substantial ones like system performance and application settings.
Every single component and software, regardless of how minuscule, even the drivers, have a registry. However, like any other part of the system, they have the potential to get corrupted or face an error. When that happens, an application may stop working properly. It can happen to any component of the window, and you may never notice.
You won’t notice until your system seizes or goes corrupted. Abrupt powercuts or shutdowns, and lags, or sudden unsaved changes, forcing applications to close, and several other similar actions are responsible for registry errors. It may start small, but once an error is inflicted, it may end up messing with an entire system. It is similar to ending up with a glitchy system.
Hence, the Registry fix comes into play. There are several tools available that help in conducting registry fixes nowadays. Windows itself offers a method to use commands and initiate registry fix or clean up to maintain a fair balance of system performance.
Steps to Fix Registry:
There are three methods to conduct a registry fix. Windows now come with an automatic repair option, and you can use that. Then there’s Refresh, and if nothing works then, you may have to use the third option, Reset. The following are the steps for each one of them.
- Go to settings
- Go to the general window
- Click on Advanced Startup Panel
- Click on Restart Now
- From the options screen, click on troubleshoot
- Go to advanced options in troubleshoot
- Click on Automated Repair
- If you get an option to perform a login, comply
The repairing sequence will begin after that, and all you have to do is wait.
Refresh is one of the more preferred options. Due to the new windows features, before refreshing the system, there will be back up for everything. As it won’t affect the files, you will end up receiving all of your applications and other data intact. Do the following:
- From the settings click on Change PC Settings
- Go to Update and Recovery Option
- Select Recovery from the option.
- There will be an option of refreshing your PC without affecting your files. Select it.
- Instructions are simple to follow through
It will take longer than automatic repairs, for obvious reasons. The windows are essentially deleting everything and refixing everything by reinstalling everything while keeping the data intact. It is also one of the preferred methods.
Resetting the System
This should be the last resort. The option will undoubtedly delete all the personal changes, files, data, and applications and essentially take the windows back to the point where it was newly installed into the PC.
- From the settings click on Update and Security
- Select Recovery and click on Get Started
- Click on the ‘Reset this PC’ option.
- Follow through by selecting Remove Everything
- Follow any other steps according to your preference.
With defragmentation and registry repairs, you will certainly witness a drastic improvement in the performance of your system. There are also several tools available if you do not want to play with the windows. They are generally safer and automated, available in the market. Some are up for subscriptions and others for free. However, generally relying on windows self-sufficient settings is a better option.