Diagnosing Poor System Performance in Windows and Mac and How to Solve Those Common Issues?

Diagnosing poor system performance in Windows and Mac

In case your system is performing slowly, and you are not able to figure out the reason behind it then you have reached the right place since in the following sections we will be going through some of the steps you need to take to improve performance of your system irrespective of whether you have a Windows or Mac system. So, let us get going and check things you need to do to speed up your computer.

Diagnosing Poor System Performance in Windows and Mac – Part I

Speed up a Windows System – Find and Fix Software Issues

Method #1: Monitor the Processes


First thing you will have to do is login as administrator on the system and then press the key combination of ctrl+alt+del for starting task manager. Here you will be able to find applications which are eating up most of your system resources.

In case, you find that any particular process/application is reaching almost hundred percent utilization then what you will have to do is click on End Task button to stop that process. After completing these steps you will notice significant improvement in performance of your system.

Method #2: Stop Startup Applications


Oftentimes there are applications which run automatically when you are starting your system even when those applications are not required. For this you will have to press the Windows button+r and then msconfig.exe to launch the system configuration panel or view the same in Task Manager.

In the window you will find the startup tab where you will find a list of all the programs that will be starting when you boot your system. All you will have to do is uncheck the applications which you do not want to start when your system boots.

Method #3: Check System Requirements



Run the application msinfo32 by entering the same in the window that appears when you press win+R key combination. In msinfo32 window you will have to check whether your system meets requirement the operating system and other system software.

Method #4: Optimize Hard Disk

Few of the things you can do to optimize your hard disk and experience better performance results includes:

  • defragmentationDefragmentation: Open search interface by pressing Win+s button combination and type defrag to open the defragmentation window. Here you will have to select the drive on which operating system is installed and then defrag the drive to improve performance of your system. Defragmentation would be the right option if you see it is fragmented by more than 10 percent.
  • Disk Cleanup: In similar fashion, you will have to press win+s and type in disk cleanup to launch the disk cleanup utility which can be used for deleting additional files which might be slowing the system down.
  • diskcleanupCheck Errors: Open My Computer and right click on the drive in which you have installed the OS. Here you will find the error checking option and you need to click on the button which says check in the tools tab. In case, there are errors then the program will try to repair them so that performance of your system can improve.
  • Do Memory Test: Press win+s and then enter mdsched.exe to start the tool for Windows Memory Diagnostics. In the window that appears, click on the option which asks you to restart system errorsthe system so that memory test can be performed. After the test completes, the application will perform a report and if any errors are reported then you will have to get the RAM replaced for your system.

Diagnosing Poor System Performance in Windows and Mac – Part II

Improve Performance of Mac Systems – Fix Common Problems

Method #1: Delete Applications

macfinderFor this method to work you will have to search for unrequired applications that can be deleted. First step would be clicking on Finder icon and then select Applications tab from left to examine all listed applications to find ones which are not required and can be easily deleted.

Now, all you will have to do is simply drag and drop those unrequired applications into the trash to get rid of those programs.

Method #2: Check Running Applications

macapplicationswindowIn the applications window you will have to select and open the utilities link and then choose the option which says activity monitor. From here you will be able to find programs that are eating up precious memory on your system.

After locating those programs you will have to figure out whether there is less memory on your system for running those programs or there is some issue with the program due to which it is eating up more memory. You may well get in touch with program developer to ask for a newer version which will perform better than the present one.

Method #3: Stop Automatic Startup

There could be program which start when you boot the system and unnecessarily block system resources, making the system slow.

To solve this issue, you will have to open the login items window from the users and groups option (which is present in system preferences). Here you will find details of all applications that are supposed to start when the system is started.

All you will have to do is uncheck the application that you do not want to start at the time your system boots up and you will find a noticeable improvement in performance of your system since those applications will not be running in the background.

Method #4: Stop Unused Extensions

In Mac there are certain helper programs which are known as extensions and these extensions usually get installed when you install any third party application on your system.

To stop these extensions what you will have to do is simply go to extensions option with system preferences and uncheck the ones which are not required.

As we can see there are several ways of improving performance of your system and by performing the right steps you will be able to experience higher performance of your computer.

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