What steps should I take to prevent future slowness on my PC?

1. Check your disk space. Make sure that you have enough free disk space on your computer to run programs and store files.

2. Install a good antivirus program and keep it up-to-date. Scan your computer for viruses and other malicious software that can cause it to slow down.

3. Clean up your startup programs. Many programs will add an entry to your PC’s startup menu in order to start automatically when you turn on your computer. Check your startup menu and remove any entries that are not necessary.

4. Uninstall unnecessary programs. Check through the list of installed programs on your PC and remove any that you aren’t using regularly.

5. Check for driver updates. Many times, you can speed up your PC by installing the latest drivers for your hardware devices.

6. Check for operating system updates. Make sure that you’re running the latest version of your operating system and all other applications.

7. Check your hard drive for errors. Windows has an built in tool called “Check Disk” which you can use to scan your hard drive for errors and repair them if needed.

8. Track down resource hogs. Use a program like Task Manager or Process Explorer to track down programs that are taking up too many system resources.

9. Defragment your hard drive. This process organizes your hard drive so it can read and write data more efficiently.

10. Upgrade your hardware. If all else fails, adding more system memory or replacing your hard drive with a solid-state drive may help increase system performance.