Life was grand when your new Windows 10 PC was so snappy. There were many new tricks to try and explore.

Need inspiration? Try out God Mode, get or give remote help, and navigate open programs like a pro.

That was then. Now you can finish your coffee and take a shower in the time it takes your computer to start up. When it finally does boot, getting anything done feels like you’re moving through molasses.

Sometimes it’s a problem with the operating system or maybe it’s you. Tap or click here for steps to update your Windows 10 PC the right way.

Either way, you’re frustrated and ready to buy a new PC. Before you do, try these proven tricks to speed up your machine first. Your wallet will thank you!

1. Free up and optimize hard disk space

A nearly full hard drive will slow down your computer. First, get rid of temporary internet and Windows files with the free program CCleaner. Not only does it clean up your cache and browser cookies, but there’s also an option for Secure Deletion of files. Tap or click here for more info on CCleaner.