Is your computer running slow? Do you want to play games at a higher FPS for no money? Follow some these tips and they may help you.
Tip 1: Try to Scan Your Computer for Malware and Viruses
The first tip I have to start off this list is to scan your computer for Malware and Viruses. How you do that is if you already have an anti virus software on your computer you can open that and there should be a button saying something like “Scan Now”, if you don’t have an anti virus software I would say to try out Malwarebytes, or the built in Windows Defender. I will teach you how to scan your computer with Windows Defender.
On the bottom right of your screen you should see an arrow that looks like this
Click on that, then right click this symbol
(If this button doesn’t show up, click on “Ask me anything” in the bottom left, it should look like a search bar, and type in “Windows Defender” and click on Windows Defender)
and click “Open”. Once you’re in it should look like this
Click on “Full” and then “Scan now” after a while the scan should be complete. You may have to confirm to fix some issues.
To try to future-proof your computer from viruses you can click the settings button in the top right of Windows Defender and a new settings window should pop up. Make sure “Real-time protection” is on. A tip if you don’t use the internet often or just go on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and sites like that, you should be able to turn off the real time protection which I find helps on lower end computers. Use it at your own risk, as long as you don’t click on unknown links you should be fine, I normally just turn it off if I need a little boost when I’m playing an intensive game, and that’s what I would recommend.
Tip 2: Turn Off the Fancy Windows Features That you Don’t Need
If you don’t care about the fancy windows graphics, you can turn those off. First what you want to do is click the “Ask me anything” search window in the bottom left
Then search for “This PC” and click on it, when you are in that window right click “This PC” on the side bar on the left
And click “Properties” and this window should come up.
Click “Advanced system settings” on the left side
Click the advanced tab at the top, and then under “Performance” click settings. Now click “Adjust for best performance”click apply at the bottom left and then you can exit out of all of that.
Tip 3: Tip for Games: Lower the Settings
Now for the harder PC gamers out there, this will be common knowledge, but for the newer ones, you can make the game graphics worse, but make it more smooth. If that interests you this step is for you.
So almost all games are different for this, try to find the settings tab at the main menu or the pause menu, and then click on graphics or video, you should see a bunch of different settings or you can click advanced settings if the settings down show up most the time. I find the biggest change you can do to get better FPS in games is lower the resolution, turn down or off the shadows, or turn down the texture detail. Depending on your monitor, the resolution should be set to 1920×1080 by default, try to lower it down to 1280×720, also, try to turn down the texture quality, and shadows. I’ll show you how to do it in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
Launch the game, then on the top bar click options, and then “Video Settings”
Then in the resolution area click the drop down and change it to 1280×720
Then turn the texture detail down by once again, finding texture detail, click the drop down and selecting low
Also, I recommend to change all of the rest of the settings down to low if you are still struggling.
Then click “Apply” and everything should be good in CS:GO!
Tip 4: Disable Some of the Privacy Settings
This can give you another boost for FPS and just daily use. This will turn off some background apps, and disable more privacy options like advertising IDs, and let apps use certain privacy features, if you don’t use very many Windows features then I would recommend you to do this.
Click the Windows button in the bottom left, then the settings gear on the left side. It should pop up with a new window, click the privacy button
Go through all the tabs on the left, and turn all of it off. Especially the background apps.
Tip 5: Update Your Drivers
Drivers! Drivers are essentially what tells your computer hardware what to do. I would recommend using Driver Booster. First you can download it from this link;
You can use the free version if you hover over performance at the top and “Driver Booster Free” at the top.
Run the installer, and click “Custom Install”, click “Accept and Install”, then click “Give up my free gift” unless you want the gift, and then you should be ready to scan it!
Once you have finished installing this program, launch it, it should just instantly start scanning. When it finishes, it should come up with something like this.
Click “Update Now” once it finishes, it should ask you to restart, you can restart later, or restart your computer now. That’s all for the drivers.
Tip 6: Do a Disk Defrag *DO NOT DO THIS IF YOU HAVE AN SSD*
There are multiple different programs you can use to defrag your hard drive, what I’d recommend is to let windows do it. Do not do this step if you have an SSD (Solid State Drive)
Once again, click the “Ask me anything” box in the bottom left, and search for defrag it should say “Defragment and Optimize Drives”, click “Optimize” and it should run. Once it is done your hard drive should be slightly faster!
Tip 7: Use CCleaner
CCleaner can clean up some extra junk on your computer, first, download it from this link
Then download the free version, and install it. Once it is installed, it should look like this
Click “Run Cleaner” in the bottom right. It should finish what it wants to do eventually, and that’s all for this section, Then on the left bar, click “Registry”
Click “Scan for Issues” and then “Fix selected issues…”, you can backup the registry if you want, and then click “Fix All Selected Issues” and then close the program if you’d like.
Those are some of simple steps you can do to make your computer.
Written by Jaiden.