Anyone who uses a computer has probably experienced this one time or another, a PC that seems to bog down over time. Your programs open sluggishly, web browsing seems pokey, apps are lagging and your computer start up time is worse than you remember.
Even Windows 10 is not immune to these occasional slowdowns, and it could be a bit frustrating trying to figure out what's going on - especially with a relatively new operating system. Before you throw your computer out the door, try these tricks first. They might save you some cash and your sanity.
1. Check your hard drive space and your temporary files
As you accumulate files and programs, your storage eventually fills up. This could potentially slow down your system as it takes longer to search for the data it needs. It is recommended that you have at least 15 percent free space on your operating system drive for optimal performance.
In Windows 10, the easiest way to check for free space is to open Settings >> System >> Storage. This will display all the drives that you currently have with a graphical representation of the remaining free space.
Selecting a drive will show you a breakdown of what kind of system data is occupying it. A category you might want to check first is Temporary Files. In here, Windows 10 could automatically clear all the temp files that the system doesn't require to run, like temporary internet and program files and caches.
(Note: You might have a section here called "Previous version of Windows." It's quite large, about 30GB, but don't delete previous versions if you plan on going back to Windows 7 or 8.1 .)