Because PC hardware continues to get faster, software and Windows 10 make no exception. This is especially true of the start time: If you upgrade from Windows 7 or earlier, you will be pleasantly surprised by how fast your machine is ready for action. But there are other performance factors to keep in mind when you're up and running, and even the latest, smallest Windows version is not immune to downturns. We have compiled ten tips, many of which are constant standbys in Windows games.
The problem with many Windows Speedup stories is that they tell you to shut down some of the operating system's fun features, such as visual animations. Most of our tips show you how to speed up your Windows 10 system without compromising its appearance and functionality. Most are also free, but some involve spending some money on software or hardware. For people with older, lower power machines who want a speed boost but don't care about extra candies, a couple of tips to the end can improve system performance at the expense of visual bling.
Please note that you should beware of them "Speed up your computer!" Ads for registry cleaners, which often leads to malware. Microsoft does not categorically support the Windows 10 user registry.
Something recommended is recommended to keep your OS version up to date. This may seem a little too obvious to include below as a separate step. Regularly keep the Windows Update section of the setup app to see if there are any security and reliability updates to install. Do this even if you do not want a large feature update – you can delay the major updates in the same section in Settings.
If you have your own tips for speeding up Windows 10, do not hesitate to post your suggestions in the comment field below.
1. Run a Setup Tool
PCMag's Jeffrey Wilson has carefully evaluated the best third-party speed and cleaning software for Windows 10. He has found that most of them actually increase PC performance, even if it is only a modest performance boost. Of course, there are many malicious downloads out there that claim the speed of your computer, so be sure to stick to Wilson's list of tested products. Iolo System Mechanic is best suited to its testing, but others are worth a look at their range of features and price points.
2. Uninstalling Crapware
Although the situation is improving, unnecessary preinstalled software installed by PC manufacturers is still a problem with some new computers. A few years ago, a Lenovo computer that we tested had almost 20 so-called help programs installed, and these would sometimes and undesirably pop up and interrupt what we did on the computer. Recently, the pre-installed, unnecessary software bill has dropped. A new HP laptop included only nine of these apps, while a new Asus model only had five. Even Microsoft is not unharmed in this game, but there are a few games from King and maybe a mixed reality software you may not be interested in.
You can simply right-click any unwanted app plate in Start and select Uninstall. This will immediately uninstall the program. You can also right -click on the Windows logo Start button and select the best selection of Programs and Features. Or, just type Programs in the search box Cortana next to the Start button.
You can usually find the sins by sorting the list of installed apps on the name of your PC manufacturer. Other good options are to sort by Recently to see if there are any programs you didn't know you installed; or in size, to get rid of very big things you don't need. Once you have found spam applications that you do not want, select them easily and click Uninstall. Unfortunately, you can only delete one at a time, so set aside half an hour for this project if you have a lot of bloatware. Don't forget to take hatchet to apps you installed yourself but no longer want, and for software you don't want it installed along with the software you wanted.
Keep in mind that with Windows 10 there are two types of applications, traditional desktops and modern Windows Store apps. You will see both kinds of apps on the modern apps app and function page. But for apps that are not stored, the Control Panel opens where you can uninstall good old desktop applications. In either, you can sort by size, date installed or name or search for a particular app.
One reason to remove apps helps performance is that many programs load processes at boot time and take up valuable RAM and CPU cycles. While in the Programs and Features section of Control, you can also click Turn on Windows features on or off and scan the list to see if there is anything you do not use. For more help on what to remove, read How to Run a Crapware Computer.
3. Restriction Startup Processes
As mentioned in the latest entry, many software installation processes are installed that run each time you start the computer, and some of them are not things you need all the time on your system. Compared to Windows 7, where you have to run the MSCONFIG utility, Windows 10 (and Windows 8. x before it) can give you an easier way to limit which runs at start-up from the updated Task Manager.
The easiest way to call Task Manager is to press Ctrl-Shift-Esc. Switch to the start tab, and you will see all the programs that are loaded at the start of Windows. The dialog also has a column that shows the start-up effect for each. The status column shows whether the program is enabled to run at startup or not. You can right-click any entry to change this status. It's usually pretty easy to see things you don't want to drive. For example, if you don't use iTunes, you probably don't need iTunesHelper at all times.
4. Clean Up Your Disk
Type Disk Startup on the Start menu. This opens the reliable Disk Cleanup tool that has been part of Windows for generations of the operating system. Disk Cleanup finds unwanted junk files such as temporary files, offline web pages, and installation files on your computer and offers to delete them at once. You can even discover that the trash sucks in the seams. This generally has only a noticeable effect on the speed if your device becomes nearly full.
If you don't have disk defragmentation scheduled regularly, set it up in the Optimize Drivers tool, which you can find by typing the name in the Cortana search box next to the start button. Note that if your main disk is an SSD, you do not have to interfere with defragging because there are no moving parts that read the disk.
An even newer way of retaining storage usage is to enable the Storage Sense option (see picture above). This automatically frees up space by deleting temporary files and trash.
5. Add More RAM
Windows 10 manages memory more efficiently than previous versions of the operating system, but more memory can always speed up PC operations. However, for many today's Windows devices, such as the Surface Pro tablets, it is not an option to add RAM. Gaming and corporate laptops still allow RAM upgrades, but it is becoming increasingly common. The new, slimmer ultrabooks and convertibles are usually fixed. If you are still using a desktop tower, this article may show you how to add RAM. The larger RAM manufacturers (Crucial, Kingston, Corsair) websites offer all product refiners that show what kind of RAM your computer takes, and the prices are quite reasonable. You can get 8 GB of high performance DDR4 RAM for about $ 60.
6. Installing an SSD Start Drive
Windows cannot start, but charging and using demanding programs like Adobe Photoshop happens much faster with an SSD. Windows Store apps can also easily be moved from a rotating hard drive to an SSD on the "Apps and Features" Settings page.
For system speed, it makes sense to replace your built-in hard drive and if you use a laptop can also be an option. But an external SSD with a USB 3.0 connection can also give you a speed increase in applications that use a lot of storage space. For help with selecting which device to install, check out the PCMag article, The Best SSDs.
7. Check for viruses and spyware
You can run the built-in Windows Defender or a third-party app to do so, but you are best served by PCMag's security guru Neil Rubenking's top choice of malware-cleanup programs, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware – it's free! But don't forget to use ongoing anti-malware protection as well. Some of the AV products have a lighter footprint on system performance than others, and the easiest of all is, according to Rubenking Webroot SecureAnywhere AntiVirus. Rubenking also assigns the 4.5-star editor's choice to Bitdefender's and Kaspersky's anti-virus software. See his full summary of the best antivirus program for full details.
8. Change power settings to high performance to optimize speed
This is not a good choice if you want to save electricity, but it can increase your computer speed. Go to Control Panel> System and Security> Power Options. From here, click on the drop-down menu to the right of "Show additional plans" and then select High Performance.
9. Use the Performance Troubleshooter
Open the control panel and search for troubleshooting. Run the troubleshooters under System and Security, and this may be the cause of your slowdown. Run through the other troubleshooters, such as Search and Index, Hardware and Devices, and Windows Store Apps. Also go to the Control Panel System and Security> Security and Maintenance page, click Maintenance and click Start Maintenance. This happens automatically on a schedule, but if you experience interruptions it is worth trying.
If your computer is still hopelessly deployed, you can use the new Windows Security app's new boot option, but be warned to remove your installed program.
10. Changing Performance in Performance Options
You can easily access this setting by typing adjusting appearance in Cortana. In the dialog, you can use the radio button at the top marked Adjust for best performance or select which eyecash functions you can live but from the long list of check boxes below these selections. If you choose the best overall performance button, you will lose all visual effects. For example, you cannot see the contents of a window that you drag, but only a rectangle that represents the edges of the window. Keeping the effects you like controlled in the dialog is probably a better way to go. You can also access this tool from the new setup app and look for "maintenance" or "performance".
11. Turn off search Indexing
Especially for low-powered computers, search indexing can eat up system resources, if only temporary. If you do a lot of searching, it will not appeal to you, as some searches become slower. To turn off indexing, open the Indexing Options Control Panel window (you can also just type index in the Start button search box and you should see Indexing Options at the top of the results list). Click Change and deselect places or file types that you do not want indexed.
If you want to leave search indexing but discover that it sometimes slows you down, you can stop the process when you need extra speed. Right-click My Computer on the desktop, select Manage. Then double-click Services and Applications, then Services.
Find Windows search and double-click it. From this Properties dialog box, you can select a Startup type of Manual or Disabled to have the process silent by default. The Automatic (Delayed Start) boot type according to Microsoft Help "is preferable to the automatic boot type, as it helps reduce the impact on the overall system boot performance." It can be enabled by default.
One last option is to go to the right panel, click More Options and then Stop. You can also simply press the stop button above the middle part. Don't forget to turn it back on at some point if you want to be able to search your system.