For many people, Windows seems to slow down over time. Some people fix this problem by regularly reinstalling Windows. Do you need to reinstall Windows regularly? If so, how often do you need to reinstall it?
Reinstalling Windows is inconvenient. You need to back up all your data, go through the installation process, reinstall all your favorite programs, and restore your data. All these activities take valuable time.
Why Windows Slows Over Time
The main reason for reinstalling Windows is that Windows slows down over time. Why do Windows systems slow down over time?
- Launcher : Examine a slower Windows system, and you'll probably find that many additional launcher programs have been installed to extend the boot process and overload the taskbar with useless icons and CPU usage and other system resources in the background. Even worse, some computers can not immediately be equipped with unnecessary startup programs due to the bloatware installed by the manufacturer.
- Explorer plug-ins, services, and more : Applications That Add Shortcuts to the Windows Explorer Context The menu may cause a right-click on files to take much longer if they are badly programmed. Other programs can install themselves as a system service so that they run in the background even though you can not see them. Even if they are not in the system tray, useless programs can slow down your PC.
- Heavy Security Suites : Security suites like Norton are often very large and require many functions to perform all their functions. You do not need a complete security suite, just an antivirus program.
- PC Cleaning Tools : PC cleaning tools are usually scams. Paradoxically, they can make your computer slower by adding yourself as a launcher and running in the background. The sleazy PC cleaning programs can also install additional spyware and other junk. You can use something like CCleaner instead, but there are even better options.
- Other Junk : Badly written applications can disrupt your system with useless DLL files and fill your registry with unnecessary entries. The worst applications may not be properly cleaned up after uninstalling, leaving this material on your system.
- Browser Toolbars : Legitimate browser extensions can slow your browser down enough, but junk add-ons like the awful Ask.com toolbar can slow things down even further.
In other words, the main cause of slowing down a Windows system is the installation of junk software.
How to Prevent Windows from Slowing Over Time
To keep your Windows system running like new, you must handle it carefully.
- Install only the software you are using. Choose well written, lightweight programs that respect your system instead of slowing it down.
- When installing software, make sure you install browser toolbars, spyware, and other garbage software that can slow down your computer.
- Uninstall the software on a regular basis You are not using Control Panel. Even useful software can run in the background and slow things down.
- Occasionally use tools such as Disk Cleanup to remove temporary files that waste disk space. You do not need to reinstall Windows to remove it.
- Also watch out for your web browser. Use a minimal choice of browser extensions. If you do not use a browser extension, uninstall it. The system consumes system resources and slows down your browser for no good reason.
- Select small, minimal security programs. All you need to do now on Windows is an antivirus app and possibly an anti-exploit app. For Windows 10, the built-in Windows Defender and an anti-exploit app like Malwarebytes are a great combination.
- Use a Startup Manager tool, such as Windows 10's built-in tool, to keep unwanted programs out of your boot process.
Software Testing Tips
If you want to test software without messing up your system, you should install it in a virtual machine or use a sandbox tool, such as Sandboxie, to isolate it from the rest of your system , The software can not deal with your primary operating system – just your virtual machine or the sandbox environment.
When do I have to reinstall Windows?
If you do this If you are properly maintained on Windows, you should not have to reinstall it regularly. However, there is one exception: you should reinstall Windows when you upgrade to a new version of Windows. Skip the upgrade installation and do a clean installation that works better. Performing an upgrade installation can cause a number of problems – it's better to start with a clean overview.
If your Windows system slows down and does not speed up, no matter how many programs you uninstall, consider reinstalling Windows. Reinstalling Windows will help you remove malware faster and fix other system problems than troubleshooting. However, you should take better care of Windows in the future.
If your Windows computer is working properly, you do not have to reinstall the operating system for hours – even if you have not installed Windows since the last time you reinstalled. This is a sign that you are taking great care of your Windows system.
How to Reinstall Windows Quickly
Windows 10 makes this much easier when you reinstall Windows. Windows 10's Refresh Your PC feature will help you quickly reinstall Windows, remove all installed desktop programs and any other system changes while preserving your personal files. You do not even need a Windows CD.
If you are using an earlier version of Windows, you can reinstall Windows from a Windows installation disc or restore it from your computer's recovery partition. Before reinstalling Windows from the disc or the recovery partition, make sure that all important files are backed up. For more information, see our guide to reinstalling Windows.
There are other reasons to reinstall Windows. Maybe you like this clean, "like new" Windows environment. However, if you carefully select the software you are installing and take care of your Windows system, you should not reinstall Windows regularly.
Sure, file system fragmentation can cause Windows to slow down over time – but Windows automatically defragments the disk, and defragmentation is not even required on SSDs.