What steps should I take before optimizing my PC for better performance?

1. Update Drivers: Make sure all of your device drivers, like sound, graphics, etc., are up to date for the optimal performance.

2. Check for Malware: Use a reliable anti-malware program to scan your computer for malicious software and remove any malicious programs or files that it finds.

3. Clean Up Your Disk: Remove any unnecessary files, programs, and applications that you no longer use to free up disk space.

4. Scan for Viruses: Use an antivirus program to scan your computer for viruses and malware, and remove any found viruses.

5. Adjust Power Options: Adjust your power settings to ensure that your PC is running optimally and efficiently.

6. Defragment Your Hard Drive: Defragmenting your hard drive helps make sure that your files are stored in an organized way on the disk, which can help speed up access times.

7. Uninstall Unnecessary Programs: Uninstall any programs that you don’t use or need to improve the performance of your computer.

8. Add More RAM: If you have the option to add more RAM (Random Access Memory) to your computer, do so for better performance.