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Chronically slow PC running Windows 10 Home

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Hi all.
My Windows 10 Home PC has been experiencing slow performance for a long time. Despite having a decent specification, including an Intel i7 processor and 16 GB of RAM, my PC takes a long time to start up and load applications. It's not just the startup process that's slow, but also the general responsiveness of the system. For example, it takes a few seconds to open a simple text file, and even basic tasks like browsing the web or checking email can be slow and unresponsive. I'm looking for any advice or suggestions that might help me identify and fix the underlying cause of this problem.

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best response confirmed by lynxsue (Copper Contributor)
Solution
First off, make sure you don’t have too many programs running at startup. You can check this by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager, then going to the Startup tab and disabling unnecessary programs.

Next, run a virus scan to ensure there’s no malware slowing things down. Windows Defender is built-in, but something like Malwarebytes can be more thorough.
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best response confirmed by lynxsue (Copper Contributor)
Solution
First off, make sure you don’t have too many programs running at startup. You can check this by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager, then going to the Startup tab and disabling unnecessary programs.

Next, run a virus scan to ensure there’s no malware slowing things down. Windows Defender is built-in, but something like Malwarebytes can be more thorough.

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