How To Speed Up Windows 10? 8 Easy Steps To Follow

Microsoft’s Windows operating system is one of the most popular operating systems used by more than 1.5 million active users. Ever since Microsoft introduced the world to Windows 10 operating system, it has frequently updated it with many new features and security to enhance the user experience even more. 

Usually, Windows 10 OS is faster in newer systems, but with time they can get sluggish. If you are one such victim of slow windows 10 and want to speed up Windows 10. Here are some quick and easy ways to improve PC performance and speed up Windows 10.

Quick ways to speed up Windows 10

1. Restart your windows system.

While you may ponder how restarting your system can help you improve PC performance. But in fact, sometimes, that is all required to fix a problem. Restarting your PC will force the system to close all the apps running in the background. This will reduce the CPU usage of your system and boost your system.

Make sure to close any running programs and save your work before you restart your system. If your system has slowed down to the extent where you can’t even see your menu then use the manual power button to shut down and start again.

2. Keep your OS up-to-date

If your machine performance is lagging it might be due to some pending updates of Windows 10. Microsoft releases continuous updates for its OS. These updates are made to fix bugs that reduce the system performance.

To check whether any update is pending or not follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings and click on “Windows Update” on the top and click it. 
  2. Once it opens, click on “Check for Updates”. 
  3. After it checks it will show the results from where you can get to know what updates need to be done.
  4. Before updating your OS make sure you have saved all running files and personal data.

Your PC will restart several times to apply all available updates. Once all the updates complete, you will be able to notice speed up Windows 10.

3. Check for startup apps

Your system can taper off by the heavy number of running processes. This is because many software will tell Windows to run their program immediately after you log in, slowing down the system speed. To check your startup programs follow the steps given below:

  1. Open Task Manager by clicking Ctrl, Alt, and Delete keys on the keyboard together.
  2. A ‘Task Manager’ window will open, in that click on the ‘Startup’ tab.
  3. Pay close attention to the ‘Startup Impact’ values for each program and spot apps that are slowing down your system.
  4. To prevent these applications from launching just after login, right-click and choose ‘Disable’.

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4. Run a disk cleanup

Every time you use your system it tends to create temporary files to store the data which allows better performance of applications. Usually, these temporary files are supposed to delete themselves once the application is closed. However, some software doesn’t do that which leads to the accumulation of temporary files with time. This ends up taking your Disk space and hence affecting the performance of the PC.

Disk Cleanup is a built-in Windows utility that can clear the temporary files from your disk. You can use this tool to clear out the temporary files from your machine such as image thumbnails, cache files, offline web pages, etc.

To clean up temporary file and speed up Windows 10:

  1. Click on the windows menu and type ‘Disk Cleanup’ in the search bar. This will take you directly to the clean-up page.
  2. Here you will see a choice of files to remove.
  3. Simply tick the check box next to each option and click on the ‘Clean Up system FIles’.
  4. Disk cleanup will calculate the amount of space you will be saving by cleaning your drive.

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5. Remove the unused software

Many PCs when they ship their machines they will have plenty of unwanted software that occupies excessive disk space and memory. Such software and applications are also known as Bloatware. Many windows users also install software for a specific reason and never use it again or only use it once in a while. Such files can take up space on your hard drive and reduce the performance of the PC.

To uninstall the unused apps go to Control Panel> Programs> Programs and Features> Uninstall a Program. Now you can go through the list of applications on your PC and delta the unused ones by right-clicking and selecting ‘Uninstall’. Windows 10 will show a confirmation message. Click on ‘Yes’ to continue the uninstallation process.

6. Disable special effects on your PC

Windows 10 provides various special effect features. But these special effects are heavy on your operating systems like translucency and animations. Hence slowing down the machine. To improve PC performance, you will have to take your system back to basics.

  1. Click on the windows menu and type “System” on the search bar.
  2. Now go to the ‘Advanced Settings’ tab.
  3. Select ‘Performance Settings’.
  4. Now, under the ‘Visual Effects’ tab, click on ‘Custom’ and uncheck any visual effects that you want to disable.
  5. Click on ‘Apply’ to confirm the changes.
7. Disable the transparency effects

Microsoft has fitted WIndows 10 with lots of eye-pleasing visual effects. One of them is transparency effects. Even though it looks light and simple, but, it is quite complicated to draw.

 To disable the transparency effects, go to the Windows menu or taskbar and search for ”Make Start, taskbar, and Action Center transparent”. This will open the ‘Colour Settings’ and you can switch off transparency.

8. Run system maintenance 

Windows 10 has many built-in features and tools which perform routine system maintenance tasks. For instance defragmenting the hard drive, scanning for updates, and checking for malware. The System Maintenance tasks usually run in the background while your PC is idle. Hence to speed up Windows 10, open the Control Panel and go to “System and Security”. Now go to ‘Security and Maintenance’ and expand the maintenance option and select ‘Start Maintenance’. 

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