Why is My Computer Slow and How Do I Fix It?

Slow Computer Frustrated

Usually, your PC slows down because it isn’t running efficiently. There’s only so much processing power, memory and storage space available and the key to speeding up your computer is optimizing all three.

If you find yourself restarting your PC and it still slows down over time, then there’s a good chance of one of the following reasons affecting it:

  • Your environment is too warm – If your computer starts to overheat, it will decrease its performance to compensate. This decreases the risk of damage and enables a faster cooling process.
  • You need to update – You can experience a loss in performance if you fail to keep your Windows and driver updates up-to-date.
  • There is too much going on – You PC won’t be able to optimize its performance if it is working with too many programs and the disk is at 100%. This usually happens because there are too many startup apps and processes running in the background.
  • You don’t have enough memory – PCs use RAM to store all active programs while they are running. Too much data in the memory will result in a sluggish PC.
  • You’re running out of hard drive space – When your hard drive fills up, it lacks room to hold necessary temporary files that can prevent data loss.
  • You might have a virus or malware – Malware, including viruses and worms, consume a computer’s resources and hamper its performance.

Before You Start (IMPORTANT!)

One of the keys to successfully troubleshooting your PC is identifying the cause. But if you follow these techniques carefully, nothing bad will happen because we’ve tested all these tips on countless machines!

Nevertheless, you should take precautions by backing up your system. At the least, create a restore point so that if anything goes wrong, you can always revert any changes.

Restore Point Windows

Get your Computer Back Up to Speed

To get your computer running at its best, try these 15 simple tips:

-Upgrade your memory to a more efficient type or increase the memory size

-Overclock your CPU by increasing its core frequency and voltage

-Keep requests from programs in RAM out of the hard disk and improve performance with an SSD

1. Upgrade your computer’s RAM and get a fast SSD to work and browse faster.

The two limiting factors to any office PC or laptop are its RAM and hard drive.

Upgrading your Memory

Your PC’s memory has a limited amount of physical space (RAM) where you can store programs while you work with them. Think about RAM as your computer’s short-term memory. For most modern computers, you really don’t want to be operating with less than 8GB of memory and 16GB for handling most situations.

  • Resource intensive applications like video editing, games, Photoshop and programming apps take up a lot of space so it would be good to keep track of those.
  • Browsers can use more more memory and this increases the more tabs you have.

The typical symptom of insufficient RAM is sluggish performance. This type of issue occurs when your PC needs to constantly shuffle things in and out of its short-term memory. The result is annoying cycles with load times and general freezing that lasts up to a few minutes at a time.

And picture of two sticks of RAM.

It is easy to find 8 GB of RAM these days for under $50 If you have a laptop, it may be difficult or impossible to upgrade the RAM; make sure your laptop can be upgraded before purchasing it.

PC owners have an advantage when it comes to RAM usage. Open up your PC’s case and find the slots where you can add more RAM (if there are any). Make sure that your new module is compatible with the specifications listed for your computer, or ask somebody knowledgeable about the type of machine you’re upgrading to help you pick a right one.

Upgrading Your Storage

Your computer’s long-term memory, the hard drive, is your biggest limiting factor. This is where Windows, programs you use regularly and all of your personal files are stored. When you want to load or open something like Spotify or your favorite images on your computer, the hard drive needs to look for those bits and bytes before transferring them

More than 80% of personal computers still have a mechanical hard drive. The platter, which rotates like a vinyl record or DVD laser head, is accessed by the read/write head in much the same way and is thus slow to respond.

When shopping for a new desktop, it is important to look for one with an SSD. An SSD is the next generation of storage in computers. No moving parts means that when you are looking at files on your computer, they will show up instantly without waiting — and applications will run much faster because there’s no need to wait as the drive spins up.

SSD Storage

Although the prices on solid state disks may be higher than mechanical hard drives, you’ll find that they are worth the investment. A 250 GB SSD can be purchased for as little as $100 — and even inexpensive hard drives will greatly improve your outdated PC. Make sure your laptop or desktop is upgradable before buying one, however. Two great side effects of going from a mechanical disk to an SSD are less power consumption and longer battery life for laptops.

2. Upgrade your Graphics

For those who are gamers, designers or video editors, your graphics card is the heart of your computer. But, if you’re playing games such as ‘Grand Theft Auto 5’, ‘Ark: Survival Evolved’ or ‘Dark Souls 3’ and it’s not running smoothly or looking as great as it does in their trailers, your GPU may be the culprit.

Laptops are out of the question for an upgrade because the GPU is built into the motherboard. Desktop computers, on the other hand, can be easily upgraded with new graphics cards.

Graphics Cards in PC

If you are looking to upgrade your GPU, market leaders NVIDIA and AMD have a range of options.

3. What is Defragmentation and What Does it Do?

Mechanical hard disks, in addition to being painfully slow, are also susceptible to a phenomenon called “fragmentation.” The more programs and files you use, copy or move, the more cluttered your disk becomes — and the harder it is for the read/write head to open or store your data.

Defrag your disk by locating the Start menu, typing in Defrag and hitting Enter. Click “Optimize,” and this might take a while.

Searching for the Defragment and Optimize Drives app in the Windows menu for Windows 10

Defragmenting PC Windows 10

4. Disabling Start Up Tasks Through Windows Task Manager

Boot up time can be frustratingly long for those of us who use our computers every day. It is often because your computer has too many programs trying to start at the same time. To find out which ones are loading, open Windows Task Manager and take a look around the list of running startups.

To get to the list of apps that are loading when your computer starts up, go to Task Manager in Windows. Click on Startups and see which programs automatically launched as soon as you turned it on.

Start Up Task Tab

To prevent an app from launching at startup, use the right-click menu. For example, the screenshot below shows a disabled Epic browser installer and another disabled Greenshot screenshot taking program.

Now those were some simple examples. What about entries that are not immediately clear? In these cases, Google is your friend. You can easily find these articles on a forum or technical website to help you decide whether you need them or not.

5. Update your Software/Hardware Drivers

Your PC is made of over 100 components. These include the Wi-Fi receiver, processor, graphics card, and power button. Together they collectively create a complex system that miraculously functions properly with no guidance or support.

A powerful driver is the backbone for your computer. These drivers, which are small and complex pieces of software that control the way components work, drive everything from CPU to graphics cards. However as with any type of software, drivers can be faulty or not deliver on their full potential.

6. Update your Operating System

Microsoft frequently releases new updates to the Windows operating system. These include security updates, but some are performance-based as well.

Windows 10 is not free, but it’s the most secure operating system there is. Windows 7 will lose access to security updates soon, and so if you don’t want to risk the vulnerability of your device you should upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 today.

But regardless of the version of Windows you’re running, make sure it is up to date. You can find out which version of Windows you have by navigating to Settings>System>About in your OS menu.

Windows 10 Specifications

7. Is the Registry Cleaner For You?

The registry is a crucial part of your Windows operating system. Many entries could be found in the registry invalid or just empty, so many “registry cleaners” exist to delete them or fix them as needed.

Windows Registry

But 99.999% of the time, using a registry cleaner has no impact on PC performance. Sure, Windows constantly accesses the registry, but this filesizes is about 100 to 200 MBs which even a 10-year-old PC can process in fraction of a second. Deleting a few entries from the registry does not affect speed whatsoever

Despite this warning, many professionals recommend cleaning the system registry every once in a while. However, if you are not suffering errors as a result of having missing executable keys, there is no need. We recommend leaving the database alone, and if you do experience an error following Windows to take care of it on your own.

8. How Your Performance is Affected by Viruses and Malware

Viruses, adware, malware, spyware, and Trojans not only pose a security risk but they can also have a negative affect on your PC’s performance. Performance is one of many reasons to employ an antivirus software in order to eliminate both the threat and any slowing down that may result from their presence.

9. Clean Your PC Physically

For years, PC and laptop fans are blowing air in and out of these devices. A family of dust bunnies is thriving inside the machine! The slow down or even stop the fans which traps heat leading to poor performance and frequent crashes making your fan a necessary item for purchase.

That’s why I occasionally open up my desktop computer case and laptop keyboards to catapult dust bunnies out of the system with a gas duster (keep a vacuum handy). And while you’re at it, you might as well make your monitor and keyboard shine, too. There are many cleaners designed specifically for this.

Consider a change in desk habits for your next work session. Make sure to position your device in such a way that it is not fully obstructed by other objects, where cool air can easily reach the vents. Next, place both laptops and desktops on hard surfaces with no floor covering or bedding nearby if you’re using them in that area.

12. Kill Background Running Programs

RAM (memory) is a limited resource, and even computers with lots of it can only handle so many tasks at once. If you have several programs running in the background which are not being used – when you’re not using them – they will compete for memory from more important tasks.

You can prevent programs from running background by manually closing the program. Here’s how to do that in Windows 10:

  1. Open your Settings and select Privacy.
  2. In the menu on the left select “Background Apps”
  3. To stop all apps from running in the background, turn off the toggle next to Let Apps Run in Background. To stop individual apps from running in the background, disable their respective toggles.

13. Try Windows’ Built-in Troubleshooting

Windows includes built-in optimizers in the form of troubleshooters. These utilities offer suggestions to improve performance by using a few simple tweaks.

  1. Select “Update & Security” from your settings.
  2. Select Troubleshoot from the menu on the left. The troubleshooting options will analyze your computer’s performance and offer solutions if any issues are detected.

14. Change Your Visual Settings

Disabling stylish visual effects can improve performance on Windows. To do this, access the Performance Options section of your Control Panel from the Start button or by typing “control panel” in a search box and pressing Enter.

  1. To find this setting, type adjust the appearance option into your Cortana search bar or directly into the start menu and press enter to open performance options.
  2. Windows 10 contains an “Adjust for best performance” feature to make your computer run as smoothly as possible. You can either let Windows optimize automatically or enable and disable individual adjustments.

15. (Advanced Tip) Increasing Your Virtual Memory

Virtual memory is a kind of halfway zone between your RAM and the long-term storage of your hard drive. Your computer allots part of the space on your hard drive to handle less-active processes, freeing up space for whatever you’re doing right now in your RAM.

If you are getting a message that warns “Your system is low on virtual memory” or have to increase it for other reasons, try this approach. But be advised that since these steps can only help advanced users who know their way around their computer we do not recommend following these instructions unless you are equipped with the necessary knowledge and understanding of computers.

Additionally, your hard drive may become too busy switching between tasks to run at full speed. To avoid this problem, we recommend you use less virtual memory by limiting the programs that are running in the background and dedicating a chance for each program to have the spotlight when it is open on your machine.

Window 10 allows you to reduce memory usage by adding virtual memory:

  1. Select “System” in your Settings
  2. Select ‘About’ from the menu on the left. From there, select ‘Sysinfo.’ If you don’t see this option, expand your window to make it appear in the list of settings.
  3. This will take you to the System settings in the Control Panel. To be taken to the Advanced system settings, select these options under  System Properties on your left.
  4. Open the Performance Options window by clicking the Settings button in the Performance section.
  5. Open the Advanced tab and select Change
  6. Uncheck the box next to “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives” and instead click on “Custom size”.
  7. At the bottom of window, note Recommended and Currently allocated amount. Set initial size to Recommended amount if smaller than Current allocation. Maximum value should exceed Current allocation but not be as much as Recommended allocation
  8. Early computers with very limited memory required that you give instructions in steps. You can use this same formula to calculate your Initial and Maximum virtual memory: Set the Initial size as 1.5 times your current RAM, and set the Maximum size as triple your current RAM.
  9. For example, 4 gigabytes of RAM is equivalent to 4,096 megabytes. With this amount of memory space available, set the initial size as 6,144 megabytes and the maximum size as 18,432 megabytes.
  10. After you’re done, confirm by clicking OK. Then restart your computer.

Clean Up Your PC and Hard Disk

In this section we’ll cover how to free up hard disk space by removing unnecessary files, programs and other digital junk from your computer. We’ll show you how to clean out your hard drive and migrate programs to cloud storage for easy access when needed.

1. Using Disk Cleanup

Whenever you use your PC, it leaves behind data. Temporary files are created by all the programs and they stay around like digital waste such as windows update files, files generated by the programs you use, and cached data from apps such as browsers.

Fortunately, there are a variety of ways for handling thisclutter.

First, you install the built-in Windows Disk Cleanup tool which deletes basic clutter from your PC. To launch it in any version of Windows (including Windows XP, 7, Vista, 8, and 10), right-click on your desktop and select New/Shortcut. Type in the following text:

%SystemRoot%\System32\Cmd.exe /c Cleanmgr /sageset:65535 &Cleanmgr /sagerun:6553

Cleaning Shortcut

Name the shortcut “My new PC cleaner” (or whatever name you prefer). Then, right-click on it and select Run as Administrator. You’ll find all the files to delete in that location, so just untick all of the boxes unless you are sure what a file is or need them for some reason.

After a while, the superficial digital clutter should disappear and you can use deeper cleaning options.

  1. Windows 10 offers a way for you to clean up old upgrade files. These files can be major if you’ve been upgrading from Windows 7/8 to Windows 10 or on newer version of 10 after an older version. You can find this option by opening your start menu and clicking “Settings”. From there, go to System and select Storage.
  2. Third party software options are available although not always recommended as they can come with bloatware of their own as well.

2. Remove any Unnecessary Large Files

When you download a large file on your phone, do not forget about it. You can use Windows Explorer to find the overall largest files across your entire hard disk. Open up Windows Explorer and click in the search field. From here, select Gigantic and this will list the larger than 100 MB files for you to look at.

Find Large Files Windows

3. Delete Programs You Don’t Use

You could probably get along without any unnecessary software programs installed on your PC, which would make it run faster and better. To remove leftover installation files, go to your Windows Control Panel, click Programs then click Programs and Features. Go through the list of software and uninstall anything you don’t need.

Uninstall Programs Windows

4. Check Your Hard Drive’s Health

Any file on your hard drive can be damaged if your PC loses power or crashes. That’s why it’s important to thoroughly check the disk’s integrity. To do that, click the Start button and type “CMD”. This should bring up a search result for Command Prompt, right-click on it and select Run as Administrator.

The administrator command prompt

To fix your hard drive, enter chkdsk /f /r and hit Enter. Confirm the prompt: “Are you sure you want to scan your disk on next reboot,” then restart your PC. Depending on the size of your disk, this check and repair process could take more than an hour.

5. Look Into Investing in Cloud Storage

If cleaning your phone or computer and uninstalling apps isn’t giving you the space you need, you may want to consider uploading some of your larger files to a cloud service- such as OneDrive or Google Drive. Cloud services are intended for use if hard drive space is at capacity on your mobile device or personal desktop, but will take longer to

6. Clear Your Web Browser’s Cache

Your browser creates a lot of files that, individually are not very large, but all aggregate when you have a lot of them. These include:

  • Cookies – small files that share information or websites remember your user preferences, though other cookies track you around the internet.
  • Cache – your browser keeps files and other resources from the various web pages you visit and stores them in a cache.
  • Your browser may lag and run slow if you don’t clear cookies or empty your cache. Clearing cookies improves your browser speed and performance, while emptying the cache forces your browser to load fresh copies of websites so that you see only up-to-date content.

If you had time to clean out your browsing history, it would be a good idea. This does not affect the speed of your computer; but will help protect your privacy.

Update Your Programs

A study demonstrated that over 52% of the applications installed on PCs are outdated. Such statuses can be a result of people ignoring updates or that the applications don’t include an updater. Though the computer tips we’ve gathered are crucial for any machine, your old apps carry unique risks. Updating them if possible can lead to a safer and faster PC.

Keep Your PC Clean Regularly To Avoid Hassle

Now that we’ve covered the most important steps for keeping your machine clean and tuned, it’s good to repeat these every month. If taking time out of your day to keep you computer in order sounds like too much of a hassle, then read on for some tips on how to reduce this upkeep.

  • Before installing any software, determine whether you actually need it and will regularly use it. If not, uninstall the program after your finished using it.
  • Remove the programs you no longer need from your computer by going through the list of installed programs.
  • I try to create a full PC backup after I clean install Windows and configure everything. That way if something goes wrong, I can just go back to the last time it was working.
  • Use an Antivirus or computer management software like Advanced SystemCare to scan your system occasionally for files you don’t use or that may be dangerous to your system health.

Replace Your Laptop With Your Smartphone or Tablet

Smartphone as laptop

Replace Your Laptop With Your Smartphone or Tablet

Just a few years ago, the idea of using your smartphone as a laptop was laughable. The devices were too underpowered and had limited battery life to be able to handle any serious work. Laptops have been our go-to for decades because they offer the best experience when it comes to working on the go, but that may soon change with smartphones getting more powerful every year. Laptops are still necessary in some situations, but if you’re looking for something portable and lightweight, then this article is worth checking out!

The Advantage of Mobile Devices

Laptops offer the best experience when it comes to working on the go, but smartphones have been catching with each new generation of mobile processors. Chips like the Snapdragon 888 and Apple’s new mobile M1 processor make your phone more powerful than ever and can start to handle a lot of computer operations and some desktop bound applications.

While laptops naturally are still the best option with regards to mobile computing, they don’t always suit everyone’s needs. Laptops can be heavy to carry around all day long or too bulky a fit in your baggage when travelling. Your smartphone offers what amounts to a huge amount of flexibility with all day battery can can rival the functionality of day to day laptop use; so there are plenty of reasons why more people might want to consider smartphones as their go-to device when working on the go.

Laptops can also be a fairly summable investment depending on the type of work you need to do. Paired with the cost of a smartphone, which is an additional necessity in today’s world, the costs can add up. Opting for a solution like getting a more powerful smartphone that can replace your need for a laptop can help even save some money. If you’re just doing work that involves browsing the internet, accessing cloud data, or other simple tasks that don’t require a lot of computing power, a flagship smartphone can be a great option.

Android: Samsung Dex

The Samsung Galaxy S and Note series, for example, offer what is called Dex mode. Dex mode allows users to plug their phone screen or Laptop into a keyboard dock (which comes included with the purchase) so that it can be used as an actual laptop computer. Even simply plugging a Samsung phone into an external display allows it to be used as a computer and the phone screen can be used as a trackpad for mouse navigation similar to a laptop.

Samsung Dex as Laptop
Samsung Galaxy Tab S

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S series is also a very viable option. Similar to but not as powerful as the iPad Pro, the experience on the larger screen for the tablet will be easier to work with. Pairing the Tab S with bluetooth accessories like a keyboard case also makes for a more complete experience similar to traditional laptops.

Application support on the Android app store allows you to achieve a similar level of productivity that you would find on a laptop. Notably the Microsoft Office Suite lets you do your word processing, spreadsheet making, presentation setup, and even note taking, all powered by your smartphone. Even basic photo and video editing is possible using smartphones. Using docking features like Dex also makes the experience a little easier to use since you can connect your keyboard and mouse to navigate through the system.

Apple: iPad Pro M1

The Apple iPad Pro features the M1 processor, a very powerful chip evident in the tablet’s performance. Offering a large beautiful screen and the power of a laptop in a very slim form factor, pairing the iPad Pro with a keyboard case and even a wireless mouse makes the experience nearly identical to a traditional laptop.

iPad Pro M1 as Laptop
iPhone: Not as Powerful, Yet

While the iPhone does not offer functionality like Samsung Dex, it still has access to the Apple app store allowing you to access that functionality just on a smaller screen. Paired with the likes of Apple TV and other screen casting methods can help with tasks like simple photo editing and productivity.

Similar to the Android app store, Apple’s app store offers a very similar suite of applications that can be used for business and even some professional level tasks. While not as feature complete as their desktop counterparts, apps like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, and Procreate allow those that work in creative careers to do their work with similar results.

Is Using a Smartphone a Good Fit For You?

It is possible to use your mobile device as a laptop, but there are many things you should consider before making the switch. Laptops naturally have larger screens and if you don’t have a mobile display that you can bring with you, Samsung Dex will not be as viable of an option. You’d also need the additional accessories to make the experience more usable overall.

Mobile tablets are much more all in one packages and their operating systems are a little more suited to a computer similar experience. This still requires an additional device beyond your phone but they can still be more budget oriented and much more space conscious, especially if the amount that you carry with you when travelling is limited.

Carefully evaluate your needs to help determine whether or not opting for a mobile device as your daily driver is a good option. Technology is progressing year over year and if you find that the work that you’re doing does not require high end hardware, consider using your smartphone as a daily driver. Using your phone can be cost effective, a huge space saver, and you still have most if not all the functionality you need. Learn more about laptops and other tech with Guru Verdict.

Affordable Performance from an APU: What is it?

Computer Laptop CPU APU GPU

An APU, or Accelerated Processing Unit, is a type of processor that has been used in the computers for many years although they are not as widely known. They are most commonly found in PC laptops and desktop computers as an alternative to using a more expensive CPU-based system. APUs can be more budget friendly than CPUs because they do not have all of the same features and capabilities; however, they can still provide adequate performance for everyday computing needs.

Looking at the CPU and GPU to Understand the APU

Before we get into what APUs are all about, we need a refresher on what makes up a traditional CPU and GPU based system. Knowing what the CPU and GPU does helps you understand how an APU works along with its systems like integrated graphics and its hybrid chip architecture.

What is a CPU

A CPU (Central Processing Unit) is the brain of a computer. It’s what does all of the calculations and instructions that you give it in order to make your computer run software programs like Word or Firefox. Examples of CPUs are the Intel chips which have been industry leading for a long time and AMD’s Ryzen series processors which have improved greatly generation to generation to enter the high end space.

What is a GPU

A GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is the muscle of a computer. It’s what does all of the heavy lifting in order to make your games and other visually intensive software run smoothly on the screen. Your gaming performance, video editing, graphic design work, and other tasks can have different experiences depending on the GPU you have.

What is an Accelerated Processing Unit (APU)

APUs are like taking that CPU and GPU combo and putting it together into one package. Designed with computing tasks in mind such as browsing the internet or watching video content online, their abilities balance both performance-heavy computations and also graphics-intensive operations equally well.

A Great Value, But There’s a Catch

These chips offer two key benefits: their affordability, as APUs have become less expensive over time and come with on-board graphics cores (which means no need for an expensive graphics card!).

That being said, there are some disadvantages to APUs when it comes down to playing games or running more intensive applications like CAD software. They’re also less powerful than a standalone CPU and GPU as the computing and graphics processing power need to be shared.

Advantages of APUs

APUs are attractive to consumers because, as we previously mentioned, they can handle both the CPUs and GPUs tasks. This means that APUs provide a cost-effective option for those who want performance but don’t need intense graphics capabilities or high resolution displays in their machines.

Great for Traveling!

In addition to their lower cost APUs use less power than CPUs alone which allows users a longer battery life between charges in laptops and less power draw in general than a CPU + GPU combo. This is great if you travel a lot and don’t have consistent access to power, or just want to be able to comfortably use your laptop away without being plugged in all the time.

Versatility and Portability

APUs are also great because they’re really versatile. They’re found in desktop computers, laptops, tablets (think iPad), gaming consoles (both Xbox One and Playstation) and even cars!

The APU’s ability to be used across a variety of devices is one of the reasons for their popularity especially since it allows manufacturers flexibility when designing new computers or devices that don’t require intense graphics capabilities.

Disadvantages of APUs

Although there are many benefits, APUs are simply just not as powerful as traditional CPU counterparts. they have a lower TDP (Thermal Design Power) than CPUs and they don’t offer the same amount of compute performance, either. This means that when buying an APU you are usually sacrificing performance.

Jack of All Trades, Master of None

Their graphics processing capabilities will also be severely limited in the same sense and will not be able to even approach the results that dedicated graphics cards can produce. The shared performance on one chip can really put a strain with even lower end games so unless you’re looking to play only games like League of Legends or Rocket League, an APU might not necessarily be the choice for you.

In addition to gaming, if you’re looking to use your laptop or computer for any professional graphics tasks like video editing or content creation then this is another case where dedicated components might be a better pick. More recent APUs from the likes of AMD and Intel have stepped up their game and offer great performance, but your mileage may vary depending on the type of work you’re looking to do.

Why Would You Consider an APU?

An APU can be an excellent option for people who are looking to do some general day to day tasks, light work, or casual gaming, but don’t want the high price tag of a laptop or computer with dedicated graphics cards. These chips on laptops and computers usually offer much lower power consumption than their desktop counterparts which means that you’ll have more battery life when you’re away from your outlet. This also makes it easy to take your PC or Laptop anywhere without having to lug around a bulky computer tower under one arm!

Value for Performance

APUs are also really great because depending on the types of tasks you’re performing, they can be worth their weight in gold. The downside though is that APUs will not always perform as well as PCs with dedicated CPUs and GPUs. Integrated graphics and the computing processing being shared across the CPU cores can be problematic in higher workloads.

But if you want budget conscious performance without sacrificing too much in terms of what you’ll use most often then an APU is a great choice. APU-based laptops and desktops are a great way to get affordable performance from your device until either your needs change or you have the opportunity to upgrade your system. Learn more about laptops, operating systems and the best laptops for your money with Guru Verdict.

Windows 11 Officially Announced: What to Expect

Windows 11

The Windows 11 operating system was announced today. Windows has always been a leader in the PC market, but Windows 11 will take Windows to the next level with new features and functionality that is sure to please any Windows user. Let’s take a look at what you can expect from Windows 11 when it rolls out!

Windows 11 Desktop and Start Menu

Visual Changes

Let’s start with the most prominent changes, the aesthetics. Windows 11 will introduce a revamped design, windows will have rounded corners, and the new start menu along with the other icons are centered on the taskbar. Of course, if that isn’t your look the positioning will be adjustable.

A new expandable widget panel can be opened from the side to provide information like the weather and news which will tailor to your interests over time. One of the strongest features of the Windows user-interface, automatically resized windows, has been further refined and windows will now remember the layout of your apps on a monitor, even if it gets disconnected. Simply reconnect the monitor and the windows will appear exactly where they were.

Performance Updates

Under the hood, there aren’t too many changes, but few that are coming are very exciting. At the forefront is the operating system’s performance. On paper, Windows 11 will be more efficient than Windows 10 which means less strain on your processor and more allocation for the other apps you use.

The new operating system will also be more secure as Windows Defender is baked in and Windows SmartScreen now comes with Windows S mode. Windows Update should download faster too, up to 50% quicker than what we’re used to today which means less downtime waiting for updates that have been downloaded from the cloud but haven’t yet installed themselves on your computer.

New Features

Windows 11 offers many new ways people can connect across devices, making it easy for family members to share moments more seamlessly. Microsoft Teams is becoming a more integral part of the Windows experience allowing for everyday chat and video calling. Windows Story Remix is another neat new feature on the operating system that can take your photos and videos and turn them into memories through an immersive storytelling experience with soundtracks, titles, transitions effects all in one place.

Windows 11 Microsoft Teams Video Call

Microsoft is also partnering with Amazon to allow you to directly download and run Android Apps that are on the Amazon App Store. This is great for anyone that uses these types of apps which will allow them to use their favorite apps or play their favorite games directly on their computer or Windows powered device.

What Will It Cost to Upgrade to Windows 11

Windows 11 will be a free upgrade that will roll out to Windows 10 users before the holiday season. There is a lot of value in this upgrade and because it isn’t very different from the Windows 10 architecture, most if not all of your existing programs should work without issues. Learn more about what Windows 11 will have to offer on Microsoft’s site. In the meantime though, you can read some of our guides to optimizing your laptop or computer while you wait for Windows 11 to hit the store.