In this article, we bust the common misconceptions surrounding optimizing PC performance.
Do you miss how your PC performed when it was a brand-spanking new model? We believe you indeed do. That fast computer performance was a delight. However, as time flew and your PC became quite old, it no longer performs the way it used to. You can now notice signs of sluggish and degraded performance. Ever wondered why? Well, the reason is simple, your PC is not optimized for top-notch performance.
However, a lot of myths surround PC optimization, and many users end up doing more harm than good to their computers. Hence, this article is here to bust these misconceptions about optimizing the PC.
Let us proceed toward myth-busting without wasting your valuable time.
Below we share some myths about PC performance optimization and the logical explanations of why they are incorrect.
1. Formatting Windows and reinstalling it can make your computer faster
You might have seen many users formatting their computers whenever it slows down. Well, clearing the data, i.e., formatting, does improve the processing speed to some extent.
However, this optimized speed only lasts until data re-accumulates on your computer. Once the data pool is created again, i.e., files, applications, reports, etc., get accumulated, you will be back to square one. The processing speed will return to what it was before you formatted your device.
Moreover, those who have experienced faster speeds after formatting and reinstalling Windows may not have startup apps and user logs. The computer will take longer to boot if you have startup applications and user logs.
Furthermore, formatting and reinstalling the OS erases all your data. Hence, it is not feasible to format and reinstall Windows regularly.
Additionally, there is no solid proof of the concept that formatting and reinstalling boost the PC speed.
2. PC slowdown is a result of hardware component wear out
Other machines like cars, washing machines, etc., slow down due to wear and tear of the hardware components. However, the same is not true in the case of computers. The computer hardware is built to last long, and old hardware does not impact the PC speed unless the hardware gets physically damaged (due to dropping or liquid spilling).
It is the software that has a significant impact on the computer’s performance. Regular computer usage degrades the software and operating system.
Moreover, various causes of degraded PC performance, such as memory leaks, hard drive fragmentation, and Windows Registry bloat are software-related. Activities such as program installation and uninstallation and software updates may cause these issues.
Hence, instead of focusing solely on hardware, you should prevent software corruption to optimize your device.
3. More RAM is always better for PC performance
It is a common myth that the more RAM, the better the computer’s performance. A lot of PCs do not perform well even after having sufficient RAM. In fact, many times the big RAMs function at a slower bus speed than the smaller RAM chips.
Moreover, in the case of dual and triple channel RAMs, the low GB RAM is generally faster than the bigger one. For example, 12 GB of triple-channel RAM will be faster than 16 GB of dual-channel RAM.
4. Your PC works faster if you stay offline
The CPU’s processing power depends only on two factors. First is the currently open applications and the second is the capacity of your CPU. Nothing impacts the processing power of your device apart from these factors.
Staying offline makes the PC faster is a myth. It happens only due to the device’s power management configuration. When you spend a lot of time on your browser, other apps go to sleep and open slowly when you wake them up.
5. Spyware is always the reason your PC slows down
It is true that spyware steals your data and you should be vigilant of them. However, they are the sole reason behind degraded computer performance is untrue.
Spyware is engineered to steal your information while remaining hidden on the device. The spyware programmers do not intend to slow down your computer. Their intention is to stay on your device for as long as possible to collect information about you.
However, your PC slows down if too many spyware programs exist on your computer. This accumulated spyware puts pressure on your system resources and reduces its speed.
Above, we proved wrong some of the most common PC optimization myths. Let us now discuss some tips that can actually help you optimize your device.
You can apply these tips to optimize your computer’s performance.
Disable all startup applications. You can do so through your device’s Task Manager. All you need to do is use the ctrl+Shift+Esc keyboard shortcut to launch the Task Manager, navigate to the left panel to locate the startup apps, disable all these applications, and restart your computer.
Uninstall unnecessary applications. To do so, you can follow the path Settings>Apps>Select the app you want to uninstall>Uninstall.
Change the power plan to high performance. You can switch your power plan through the path Settings>System>Power & sleep>Related settings>Additional power settings>Show additional plans>High-performance power.
Use the best PC optimization software. A lot of programs are available to help you optimize your device’s performance. You can use them to make your device perform better.
Try disabling visual effects, such as shadows, animation, etc. These effects put unnecessary pressure on the system’s resources. You can disable them through the path Settings>System>About>Advanced system settings>Advanced tab>Settings button>Visual Effects tab>Adjust for best performance.
Common Myths about PC Optimization Busted
This article busted some common myths prevailing regarding PC optimization. We believe that you should not trust anything and everything when it comes to optimizing your device’s performance, and always follow the best practices to optimize it.
If you have any questions about this article or wish to suggest anything, you can leave a comment without hesitation. We will be pleased to answer all your questions and go through your suggestions.
Niharika is a passionate soul who finds immense satisfaction in putting all her thoughts in writing. Being a technology enthusiast, she loves learning new things about tech and making everyone technologically literate through her articles. When not composing tech articles, you can find her bringing characters to life in her fictional stories, reading something intriguing, or spending time with her near and dear ones.
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