How to fix your Windows 10 PC that has a very sluggish performance [Troubleshooting Guide]

There are several factors involved when it comes to Windows 10 performance issue. This newest Windows operating system is quite large and it is commonly used for newer PC that has higher processor and video ratings that most owners with older OS version misunderstood. More often, PC owners to weren’t successful in upgrading their computers due to technical issues may opt to downgrade to the previous version of Windows and that’s when problems start to happen.

In this post, we will tackle about this issue because it became very common lately. But there is no guarantee that it will be effective to everyone since it differs on the complexity of the issue. And each PC has it’s own specs and more often than not, there are things you overlook.

Before we go to our troubleshooting, if you found this page because you were trying to find a solution to a different problem, then visit our Windows 10 troubleshooting page for we have already addressed some of the most common Windows 10 problems and errors. Try to find issues that are similar with yours and use the solutions and troubleshooting methods we suggested. If they don’t work for your or if you need further assistance, fill up our PC issues questionnaire and hit submit to contact us.

Check the Specs of your PC or Laptop

If you are currently using an older PC or laptop, make sure that before you upgrade, you have checked the specs required to use the Windows 10 OS. There are some PC owners that the specs of their PC are just enough to meet the minimum requirements and without an extra space, it still can experience sluggish. To know requirements, here are the minimum requirements of Windows 10 OS:

  1. 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster Processor
  2. 1 gigabyte (GB) (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit) RAM
  3. 16 GB free Hard drive
  4. Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver Graphics card
  5. Internet Access and Microsoft Account

It will run to older PC but expect a seconds (2 to 3) delayed compare to have higher specs while launching a program.

Use lower or lowest Visual effects as possible

One way of improving the performance of your PC is to use minimal special effects, it allocates higher graphics card space. If your PC has low specs then expect longer lags everytime you scroll, clicking or opening programs. We can recommend steps on how to tweak the settings to improve the performance.

  1. Press ‘window key + X’ on keyboard to open a menu
  2. Click ‘System’ option
  3. Click ‘Advanced System Settings’ on the left panel
  4. Click ‘System Properties’
  5. Click ‘Advanced’ tab
  6. Click ‘Settings’ under Performance
  7. Under the Performance option, you can choose four options and three of them are defaults: 1) Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer 2) Adjust for best appearance 3) Adjust for best performance. 4) Custom  

NOTE: Choosing the first default, your computer will automatically choose based on your PC rating. And if you choose ‘best for appearance, basically it will enable all visual effects. Choosing ‘best for performance, it will disable all visual effects and use only the basic effects that looks like Windows 2008. Choosing the custom, you are the one to choose what effects to disable and enable.

  1. Choose the right options for you
  2. Once done, click ‘Apply’
  3. Go back to the desktop and see any progress, just follow the steps again if you want to disable or enable effects.

Boosting the Speed of your PC

If your PC is older, and you wanted to boost the speed and improve the performance, then you have to add more RAM to your PC. If you have 1GB of RAM, you can tweak the settings and make it higher. Follow the steps below on how to do it:

  1. Press ‘window key + X’ on keyboard to open a menu
  2. Click ‘System’ option
  3. Click ‘Advanced System Settings’ on the left panel
  4. Click ‘System Properties’
  5. Click ‘Advanced’ tab
  6. Click ‘Settings’ under Performance
  7. Click ‘Advanced’ tab
  8. Click ‘Change’ under Virtual memory
  9. Uncheck ‘Automatically manage paging file size for all drives’ checkbox
  10. Click ‘Custom size’
  11. Change the ‘Initial size’ and ‘Maximum size’ to your liking. NOTE: You can read below under ‘total paging file size to all drives’ how much is the minimum, recommended and allocated size. Try not to over or below that size.
  12. Once you’re done, click ‘Set’
  13. Then click ‘OK’

Reboot your PC afterward and observe for any progress on performance.

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