Why Does My Computer Get Slower Over Time?

pc get slower over time

The more weight you add to your auto, the more it takes to go from 0 to 60 mph. This is additionally valid in the advanced world — the more projects you introduce on a computer, the more computerized weight it needs to convey, and the slower it gets to be. This is not Windows; it’s not you “destroying your PC” by utilizing it. It’s each one of those projects, trial variants, recreations, toolbars, gadgets, and whatnots you download and introduce after some time.

More computerized stuff implies less execution

Windows independent from anyone else makes a less than impressive display with regards to of alarming clients to computerized things and its related issues. It doesn’t advise clients which once in a while utilized projects to dispose of. It is generally long after issues emerge that individuals begin asking themselves “Why is my computer so moderate?” or holler out “My Windows has quite recently smashed once more!”

So we should begin with the primary misguided judgment about PC log jams: Many individuals surmise that by putting something on your PC hard plate, it’ll mystically back off anything you do.

Indeed, not by any means.

Introducing a program on your PC, much of the time, implies that it possesses some space on your hard circle. All alone this once in a while has much effect given today’s gigantic hard plates. For instance, iTunes takes up 188 Megabytes on my hard plate (only the program, no music). Indeed, even a heavyweight like PhotoShop takes up only 1.8 GByte on my drive. Given I have a 512 GB drive, that is not as much as a half-percent of my space. So not by any stretch of the imagination an issue. Additionally, these projects simply “sit” there on your hard circle and sit tight for you to dispatch and utilize them.

How do those advanced packs get so full?

So how about we get to the main problem: many projects like iTunes or PhotoShop introduce programming segments that run each time your PC is turned on. These include:

Administrations: Connected to the application, these give fundamental usefulness, such as staying up with the latest. For instance, Adobe Reader introduces an Adobe Updater that as often as possible checks for overhauls. In the event that you possess a NVIDIA illustrations chips, it introduces the NVIDIA Streaming Service that permits you to stream recreations to different PCs in your home system. Perfect usefulness? You wager! Would it be advisable for it to keep running out of sight constantly? NO!

What’s more, it’s by all account not the only wrongdoer. Here’s a little rundown of dynamic administrations on my well-kept PC:

System configuration ui

  • Scheduled tasks: These are usually performed by background applications, which come with Windows or other software you install. However, these tasks are mostly used to perform actions at specific times or in certain situations. For example, the Dropbox app on your  PC uses a scheduled task to checks for updates every day at 5:50pm local time.
  • Startup items: These are additional programs that launch every time you turn on your PC. But while services and scheduled tasks run mostly hidden in the background, startup items tend to be more “visible”, as they appear in your systems tray:

system tray

Popular examples include Skype, DropBox, OneDrive, OneNote, and antivirus programs. They show up in your task bar and usually allow you to quickly access a program or some setting.

On their own, none of these services, tasks, or startup items slows down your PC to any significant degree. But the cumulative effect of adding more and more items can be a serious detriment to performance. You’ll be facing:

  • Less memory for active processes -> your PC becomes sluggish!
  • Higher stress leading to more heat and energy consumption -> your PC runs slower to prevent overheating and your laptop runs out of battery sooner.
  • Windows® slows down as it focuses on background tasks and not what you’re doing.

Soooooo sloooooow

In an experiment I recently performed, I installed a large basket of applications on both an older and a newer PC. The results were staggering. Both devices suffered from the additional weight. Here’s an excerpt:

  • Asus Zen ultrabook from 2015: Startup time went from a blazing fast 9 seconds to 39 seconds.
  • On an HP Spectre x360 ultrabook, the game Grand Theft Auto V dropped to a sluggish 25 pictures (frames) per second instead of 30.
  • On an aging Sony Vaio laptop from 2011, the speed testing program PCMark (see my benchmarking post) , which tests performance in Office and Multimedia applications, showed a significant slowdown: The PCMark score was at 2196 points in a clean state and only 901 points under loads. Less than half the performance.

But even on the highest high-end PCs, I was surprised to see the impact the basket of apps had on speed, temperature, and battery life. When loading up the game Alienware Area 52 R2 on a gaming PC and on a fully configured Microsoft Surface Book, the effect was pronounced:

system test result

The figure on the left shows results that the additional weight added 15% to the time needed to apply filter effects to a photo, according to PCMark’s testing tool. Doesn’t seem like much, for a single task, right? But apply that slowdown to everything you do on a daily basis and you’re looking at a major productivity hog. The middle graph shows that temperature went from an average of 29°C in idle to 35°C, according to SiSoft Sandra, a complex diagnostic application. That’s due to the nonstop activity, as the processor and hard disks never really went to sleep, as they were constantly busy. This stresses the hardware unnecessarily. The figure on the right shows how battery life – due to the increased activity – plunged from 310 minutes to 240 minutes, according to the PCMark tool. That’s more than an hour!

Ok I get it – what can I do about it?

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to fix this issue. The overriding theme: prevention is the best cure!  With that in mind:

  • Think before you install. Before you install any piece of software, think long and hard if you actually need it or plan to use it regularly. If you just need it once, remember to uninstall it.
  • Embrace the life-changing magic of tidying up. Go through the list of all your installed programs and decide which ones you still need. If they don’t bring you joy – out they go!
  • Reduce the number of start-up apps. Be sure that only the most necessary startup applications are loaded automatically when you turn your PC on.
  • Back it up! I frequently create full system backups after I clean-installed and configured my PC. If anything goes wrong, I can always go back to a previous state. (I’ll show you how this works in a later post!)
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Last but not least, keep checking out our Performance section on AVG Signal for articles on how to boost speed, get more from batteries, and keep your PC purring like a kitten.

2 thoughts on “Why Does My Computer Get Slower Over Time?”

  1. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be actually something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complicated and extremely broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!

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