How To Check Computer Performance

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Still hankering for the day that you pulled your new PC out of the box, plugged it in and it just worked? Over time and use, your PC can slow down. This could be due to obsolete or corrupt hardware, software issues or all of these things. can can identify many of these problems and help you to achieve the best performance possible from your Windows PC. This user guide answers the following questions:. can quickly establish whether your PC is underperforming and suggest likely hardware and software issues. Test how fast your processor, graphics card, storage drives and memory are by running the free UserBenchmark Speed Test. Tip: Closing unnecessary programs and browser tabs before clicking 'run' will keep background CPU usage down and produce more accurate results.

How do I measure what improvements have been made?

View the Health report for your device in Windows Security

  1. After completion, your results will be available on
    The following section explains how to interpret the results for an example UserBenchmark run. This particular PC has a reasonable desktop score of 39% so it is suitable for most day to day activities such as using Microsoft Office and web browsing. Depending on exactly how the PC is used, it may also be sufficient as a minimal workstation PC 28%. However, the system is unsuitable for PC gaming as it only scores 17%. Full details on each of the category calculations are available here.
  2. The summary also suggests that the graphics capabilities are on the low side and that consideration should be given to incorporating a SSD boot drive.
    This AMD FX-6300 processor scores a benchmark of 51.3% based on single, quad and multi-core speed tests.
    This is higher than the average of all other benchmarks for this processor (47%).
  3. The graph shows that this CPU is actually performing in the 86th percentile, which is way above expectations.
    As emphasized in the high level summary, the graphics for this PC are weak, scoring an underwhelming 9.81% which is a bit on the low side but still reasonably consistent with the average score for the HD 7750 (11%). Playing 3D games would be a struggle, if not an impossibility with this card and it may even be an effort to play some HD movies. This PC's graphics score, and therefore gaming experience, could be improved by upgrading to a better GPU.
  4. It's possible that there were some background processes accessing this drive during the benchmark or it may be that the benchmark was run on a slower innner partition.
    Re-running the test after a reboot would reduce the chances of background processes interfering with the benchmark results. You can take the following basic steps to improve the speed of your PC if your components are performing below their potential. If poor performance is stemming from a low CPU or boot drive status, some free and effective ways of improving PC performance involve clearing out unwanted software and files. You may like to try the following:. Uninstall redundant programs. Use Windows Task Manager and check disk load (Windows 8 onwards) to identify unnecessary active programs consuming processing power.
  5. previous Window installations) via this method.


  1. installing a Windows update may be advisable.
    Check Windows Event Viewer. This is a record of the PC's alerts and notifications, that can be sorted in order of importance. In Windows 10, this can be found by right clicking the Windows start icon (or from the Win+X power menu) and selecting 'Event Viewer'.
  2. O&O ShutUp10 is a portable antispy tool for Windows 10 that helps to retain control over personal data as well as reducing bloatware that ships with default installations of Windows.
    Highly recommended for new builds. LatencyMon checks a PC's core responsiveness by measuring the latencies and hard page faults of installed drivers. Latency problems can result in audio distortion such as clicking and crackling as well as jerky graphics and an unresponsive system. Switch off the computer from time to time as opposed to just putting it to sleep (which maybe the default in your PC's power plan).
  3. Keep the PC physically clean by clearing dust from air vents and the surrounding environment.
    Too much dust can cause hardware to overheat and work sub-optimally. If you require greater performance from your PC or you suspect that your hardware is faulty, you may look to upgrade some components. Whilst the example PC discussed above is adequate for many desktop activities, it only scored 17% for gaming and did not have a SSD boot drive.
  4. UserBenchmark's full list of components for: CPUs, GPUs, SSDs, HDDs, RAM and USB drives can be sorted by performance, value, popularity, budget, age etc.
    and filtered by brand, capacity, vendor etc. to help identify specifically which components are best for your needs. Narrow down the selection and compare two components side by side, or one component against the average of the top tier components with UserBenchmark's comparisons. As an example, a comparison between two mid-range popular GPUs: the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti and AMD R7 370, instantly reveals that the GTX 1050 offers significantly better value for money.
  5. From your User run results page, simply click on the 'Add to PC Build' button which conveniently adds the various components included in the results to the baseline build in the Custom PC Builder tool.
    Play around with component upgrades in the 'Alternative build' column and see the prices and expected impact on PC benchmarks. Also explore the real world benchmark results of your proposed PC by clicking on load baseline/alternative benchmarks.
  6. As well as showing real world performance, these benchmarks reveal popular, and unpopular, component combinations.

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  1. In the following example, upgrading to a 1050 Ti would approximately double the gaming score to a respectable 33% at a cost of $155.
    Spending a further $120 would buy the punchy NVIDIA GTX 1060-6GB and would raise the expected gaming score to 52% if so desired. The UserBenchmark Build tool quickly and freely allows the experimentation of any number of PC setups before making the ultimate purchase.
  2. For inspiration, check out some of the great builds featured here:.
    So you’ve taken on board the suggestions: you’ve cleaned up your PC, and you’ve upgraded your graphics card.
  3. Now it’s time to measure the results of your hard work.
    Run the Userbenchmark speed test again and compare the latest results to your previous run results which can be saved to your profile. Good luck with your PC improvement journey and thanks for reading! We sincerely hope you have found this guide helpful.
  4. If you have, why not share with your friends: make sure their PCs are performing optimally and compare benchmarks.
    So your PC isrunning slower than usual. What can you do about it? You’d besurprised by the number of factors that contribute to a computer’ssluggishness.
  5. To really dial in on the cause, you’re going to need to rundiagnostics.
    This is the only way you’ll get to the root of the problem. In this guide,you’ll learn how to perform a benchmark test. We’ll also provide some tips onhow to improve your computer’s performance.
  6. Windows has abuilt-in diagnostics tool called PerformanceMonitor.
    It can review your computer’s activity in real time or throughyour log file. You can use its reporting feature to determine what’s causingyour PC to slow down.
  7. To accessResource and Performance Monitor, open Runand type PERFMON.
    This will openthe Performance Monitor. Go to Data Collector Sets > System. Right-click System Performance then click Start. This action willtrigger a 60-second test. After the test, go to Reports > System >System Performance to view theresults. In the reportabove, Performance Monitor noticed high CPU load from the top process running,which in this case is Google Chrome.
    The diagnostictool can offer more detailed explanations.

Windows Resource and Performance Monitor

There are severalactions you can take based on the results of your speed test. Below are justsome of the actions you could take. Sometimes you PCsettings can get in the way of optimal performance. Take your power settings,for example. Switching to high performance can give your PC the boost it needsto run faster.

  1. Open Control Panel and switch to View by: Category.
    Go to Hardware and Sound > Power Options. Select High Performance. If your PC isonly slow during boot up, then it’s possible that it’s being bogged down byapplications that launch on startup. Right-click Start and select Task Manager. Go to the Startuptab. Here you’ll find a list of programs that run as soon as you start yourcomputer. You can disable applications you don’t use frequently.
  2. OneDrive works byconstantly syncing your files to the cloud which can bottleneck your internetspeed.
    The same principle applies to other cloud-based services like Dropbox. Go to your SystemTray and right-click on the OneDrive icon. Click Settings. Under theSettings tab, untick the Start OneDriveAutomatically When I Sign In to Windows option.
  3. You can alsochoose to unlink your OneDrive by clicking UnlinkOneDrive.
    Windows 10 has afeature called Storage Sense. It automatically deletes files that you don’tneed so storage never causes your computer to slow down. Go to Windows Settings > Storage. Turn on Storage Sense to activate the feature. Clicking on Change How We Free Up Space Automaticallywill give you control over how frequently it deletes files. When all elsefails, you can use Windows Troubleshooter to figure out what’s causing theproblem. Open Control Panel and go to System and Security > Security and Maintenance. Expand the Maintenance section.
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    Windows' security system does so much more than just catching malware on the internet. It can also tell you when your computer isn't performing normally.
  5. However, if you would prefer a more detailed look into your computers' components and their performance, you can use Window's Performance Monitor, which is a built-in feature that's a little more detailed than what you get with Windows Security.

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This wikiHow will teach you how to use Windows Security as well as Performance Monitor to check your Windows 10 computer's performance. Open "Windows Security." Press the Windows key to open your taskbar, then start typing to begin the search. Click the app from the search results to open it.Alternatively, you can open Settings and click Update & Security > Windows Security > Open Windows Security. Alternatively, you can open Settings and click Update & Security > Windows Security > Open Windows Security. Click Device performance & health. It's the tile with a heart icon. Check the list for any yellow marks. While green marks are good, yellow marks indicate areas that need attention.If you see a yellow mark next to any of the listed items, click it to see what Windows 10 recommends you to do.If the date listed for the last scan date is not recent, you may want to run another scan to catch any issues or resolve them.[1]XTrustworthy SourceMicrosoft SupportTechnical support and product information from Microsoft.Go to sourceYou can try navigating to this page again to attempt to trigger a quick scan for "Device performance health." If you see a yellow mark next to any of the listed items, click it to see what Windows 10 recommends you to do.
Finally, click a process to add it to the graph.For example, to add the "Bytes Received/sec" on the network adapter, click the green + icon, select "Local computer," click the arrow next to "Network Adapter" and click "Bytes Received/Sec."
If you have more than one Network Adapter, you may have to specify which one you want to monitor.Finally, click OK to close the menu and add the process to the graph.
Select your computer name or "Local computer" from the drop-down menu, then click the arrow beside a category to expand it.


Finally, click a process to add it to the graph.
For example, to add the "Bytes Received/sec" on the network adapter, click the green + icon, select "Local computer," click the arrow next to "Network Adapter" and click "Bytes Received/Sec."
If you have more than one Network Adapter, you may have to specify which one you want to monitor.
Finally, click OK to close the menu and add the process to the graph.
Double-click a line in the graph to open that line's "Performance Monitor Properties" window and navigate to the Data tab to edit the line appearances and colors.
You can also change the overall graph by pressing Ctrl + G or clicking the "Change graph type" button in the toolbar to the left of the green + button.
These graphs will give you indications that something might be wrong.
For instance, if you notice that "Physical Disk" is displaying high numbers a lot, and that might indicate that it might be time to replace your physical disk.[2]XResearch source.
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What if the Health report says there are problems?

  1. Turn Off Windows Defender in Windows 10. Find the Largest Files in Windows 10.
  2. Enable Active Directory in Windows 10. Eject the CD Tray for Windows 10.
  3. Adjust Screen Brightness in Windows 10. Clear Temp Files in Windows 10.
  4. How to Use Function Keys Without Pressing Fn on Windows 10. Adjust Brightness on Windows 10 Using the Keyboard.
  5. Log in As an Administrator in Windows 10.
  6. Check if Your Firewall Is Blocking Something. wikiHow Technology Writer.
  7. This article was written by Darlene Antonelli, MA. Darlene Antonelli is a Technology Writer and Editor for wikiHow.

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She earned an MA in Writing from Rowan University in 2012 and wrote her thesis on online communities and the personalities curated in such communities. This article has been viewed 13,253 times. Updated: October 3, 2021. Categories: Windows 10. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 13,253 times.
To help you keep your device secure, Windows Security monitors your device for security issues and provides a health report, which appears on the Device performance & health page.
The Health report alerts you to common issues in four key areas and offers recommendations to remedy them.
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1. Click the Start menu.
2. Click Settings.
3. Click System.
4. Click About.
5. Find the CPU speed next to "Processor."

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For more info on Windows Security see Stay protected with Windows Security.
In the search box on the taskbar, type Windows Security, and then select it from the results.
Select Device performance & health to view the Health report.
Note: If your device is managed by your organization, your administrator may not have granted you permission to view Device performance & health.
The Health report starts off by showing you the last time a Device Health scan was run.
The time displayed should be basically the current time, as Windows Security tries to run a Device Health scan when you open the Device performance & health page.
Beyond the time of last scan you'll see the status of the key areas that Device Health monitors:.
Storage capacity - Is your system running low on disk space?
Apps and software - Is any of your software failing, or in need of an update?
Battery life - Is anything putting an extra strain on your PC's battery?

How can I speed up my PC?

  • You might not see this on on a desktop PC that is always plugged in.
    Windows Time service - Having your system set to the correct time is important for a lot of system processes.

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