What are the best ways to optimize my computer?

1. Limit startup programs: To speed up boot time, go to Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Escape) and select the “Startup” tab to view the programs launching with Windows. Disable any programs you don’t need.

2. Clean up your hard drive: Delete unnecessary files and uninstall old programs to free up space and help improve performance.

3. Install antivirus and anti-malware software: Protecting your computer from malicious software and viruses can optimize speed and performance.

4. Adjust visual effects: Adjusting the visual effects of your computer can help speed up certain processes. Open the Performance tab in System Properties, choose “Adjust for best performance” and click on OK.

5. Update drivers and software: Keeping your drivers and software up to date can help maintain performance.

6. Disable unnecessary applications: Unused programs and features can consume memory and resources.

7. Defragment the hard drive: Disk fragmentation can cause slow down due to inefficient file read/write operations. Use the built-in disk defragmenter to restore disk space and performance.

8. Add more RAM: More RAM can help speed up performance if your computer is currently using an older version of RAM.