What settings should I adjust to improve the performance of my computer?

1. Clear Unnecessary Files: Unnecessary files such as temporary internet files, program installers, and old and unused files can slow down your computer. Use disk cleanup or other cleaning programs to free up space and improve performance.

2. Adjust Virtual Memory Settings: Virtual memory is an area of hard drive space that Windows uses to supplement the system RAM. If you have plenty of hard drive space, increase the virtual memory size to improve performance.

3. Close Unneeded Programs: High-performance applications may be running without your knowledge, slowing down your computer’s overall performance. Check the task manager to close unnecessary processes and applications.

4. Add More RAM: Adding more RAM (random access memory) can significantly improve performance. Installing extra RAM can help the computer juggle multiple tasks at once and run faster.

5. Defragment Hard Drive: Over time, your hard drive becomes fragmented and slows down the computer. To improve performance, use a disk defragmenter to reorganize these files into contiguous blocks on the hard drive.

6. Update Drivers: Make sure you have the most up-to-date device drivers. Outdated or corrupt drivers can cause your computer to suffer from performance issues, so make sure to visit your manufacturer’s website to download the latest drivers.