After using the same computer for quite some time, it is understandable to become frustrated by the same old issues. Taking a long time just to boot up. Here are some tweaks to rejuvenate your old PC.
But do you know that there are tweaks that you can do to freshen up your relationship with your computer? You can bring back the excitement you felt when you first bought this device. Here are the three things you can do to rejuvenate your old PC as suggested by Serena O’Sullivan of Komando.
1. Clear out your Start Menu
One of the common issues among older PCs is the startup, it takes so much time just to boot up. If you are still using Windows 7, it is better that you upgrade your OS to Windows 10. Since Microsoft already stops the security updates for Windows 7, thus, you are exposed to potential risk of cyberattack. If you are already using Windows 10, it easily accumulates clutters that you have to deal with.
By default, the start menu lists down every installed program. It also compiles documents about features, readme files, uninstall options and apps that you may never use. Here is a way to clear them up.
- Click the Windows icon found at the bottom left. You will see the long list of all the installed software in your computer. If you cannot see the long list, scroll and click the icon that has three horizontal lines and click it. Try to browse through the long list to find out if there are apps installed that you will never use.
- Right-click on the app and click uninstall.
- Go over the same steps for any other apps that you want to clear out from your start menu.
2. Limit activities on startup to rejuvenate your old PC
Every time you turn on or restart your computer, it refreshes the dormant programs. You may never use a number of these programs. Here is what to do to stop them from refreshing and compete in using your computer resources.
- Type in Startup Apps in the search bar at the bottom left and click enter.
- It will show you all the lists of installed programs. Beside the app’s name you can see which of them have been turned on. All programs that have been turned on will automatically run every time you boot up your PC.
- Browse through the list and see which of those you don’t need to automatically run during boot up. Just toggle off the control beside the app’s name. Be mindful of the note beside the control, it rates the impact the app has on your computer. It is quite safe to turn off those with no and low impact. Just be careful not to turn off critical programs like the antivirus software. As it may not function properly when disabled on startup.
3. Brighten up your user interface
One way to rejuvenate your PC is to explore with personalization settings. Customize color and lighten or darken mode.
Right-click anywhere on your desktop and choose Personalize. Under Choose your color, you either choose Light or Dark mode, or a combination of both.