When we buy a new computer, or format to install Windows 10 from scratch, we find that it literally flies. Windows starts very fast, and programs open almost instantly. However, as time goes by, we will notice that the PC begins to slow down, as if it had a “laste” that pulls it. And this burden, generally, is usually the programs that we have installed on the PC.
Today we can find an infinity of programs, of all kinds. Many of them are usually common and are among the first that we install on any PC (browser, office suite, player, etc). They are what we consider essential programs for Windows. And others who then choose to install users based on their needs and what they are going to do with the PC.
The problems come when there are users who install all kinds of programs, many of whom do not even use even once. With this they only manage to make the computer go slower and slower. And therefore, it is a practice that we must avoid.
How installed programs slow down the PC
Obviously, all the programs that we install on the computer will have a greater or lesser impact on its operation. Why? The first thing to keep in mind is that all programs will occupy space on the hard drive or on the SSD . If it is a small program, initially the impact will be small. But if we talk about programs already considerably large, things change. In the end, all the programs add up occupied space, and increase the fragmentation of the data. And therefore, little by little the computer is weighed down by all this.
It is also important to know that programs consume RAM memory . Obviously, these tend to reserve and use memory when we run them to work with them. However, many programs often also use RAM and CPU when we are not using them. For example, they have processes that are loaded at Windows startup to control program updates, or processes that are loaded to start the program faster when it is opened. And the more RAM the programs use, the slower the rest of the PC will go.
There are programs, such as web browsers or image and video editors, that generate huge cache and temporary files . These are saved on the hard disk and not only include the general performance of the PC, but also cause all this information to be loaded when the program is opened, increasing the number of seconds it takes the program to open. For example, Spotify can perfectly store 10 GB of cache on the hard drive, and browsers like Chrome, another two or three as time goes by.
Good programs vs bad programs
Are all programs the same? The answer is no. It all depends on the type of program that we install on the PC and how it has been programmed. For example, using a lightweight and private browser, which often automatically deletes our data, is not the same as using Chrome or Edge. Nor is software like Adobe Premiere as heavy compared to another OpenSource video editor. And free or free software does not always tend to be better, and a clear example of this is LibreOffice, the free office suite, which consumes much more RAM than Microsoft Office.
To prevent the PC from slowing down, we must make sure to install only the programs that we really need. And when we are no longer going to use them, delete them from the PC. Furthermore, this software should always be updated to its latest and supported versions. Only then will we ensure that we are using “good software” that does not have much impact on the PC.