Is your Windows 10 machine not performing as fast as it did? You have come to the right place as we will be discussing some of the common ways to make your laptop or desktop run faster. This will significantly improve your computing experience.
Disable certain programs from running during startup
A fresh install of Windows 10 will only have the essential applications running during startup thus using less of the computer resources. Once you install your favorite software on your computer then there’s a chance that it will be loaded as soon as the machine starts. This will slow down your computer which is why you need to disable them. An example of this is the iTunes Helper if you have iTunes installed in your system or the Steam app. You can disable these apps by hitting on the CTRL-ALT-DEL keys then tap on the Task Manager. Once the Window pops up tap on the Startup tab then right click on the application that you want to disable. It’s best if you Google the function of certain apps so as to determine if you need it to run on startup or not.
Change the power settings of your machine
Windows 10 allows the end user to change the power saver plan on your machine. This allows laptop users to choose between having a longer battery life or getting a performance boost. Since we are more concerned right now on the performance of the computer then you should make sure that the power plan of the machine is set to High Performance. While this will consume more energy it will make sure that your computer is running at maximum power.
Clean your computer registry
The Windows registry is a collection of databases that stores the configuration settings of the system. This can vary from hardware settings, user preferences, operating system configuration and a whole lot more. Most of the software that you install make use of this registry however when you uninstall certain software they leave their settings in the registry. Over time when you install and uninstall a lot of applications the registry gets a lot of outdated files making the computer run slower.
You will need to clean the registry of your computer to make it run faster however you should not do this manually as you might delete some important files. What you should do is to use a registry cleaner such as CCleaner ( a free software) to do the job.
Disable Visual Effects
Windows 10 is best known for providing a great “eye candy” experience. This includes the shadow, animations, and other visual effects. While this looks good it also uses up system resources which contributes in slowing down your system on older computers. What you will want to do is to turn these off. To do this type sysdm.cpl on the Windows search box which should bring up the System Properties window. Go to the advanced properties tab then under Performance click on Settings. Choose the adjust for best performance option.
Scan your Windows 10 system to make sure that it is not corrupt
Although Windows 10 can usually fix certain issues on its own there are instances when certain processes or apps mess up things. This causes a corrupt data which in turn can cause your computer to slow down.
To fi this you need to open the command prompt windows in administrator mode then type sfc /scannow. You can also achieve this same command by right clicking on the Windows drive then click on properties. Click on the Tools tab then click on check.
Scan your computer for malware
You should regularly scan your computer for malware as this not only compromises the security of your computer but slows it down as well. Microsoft has included a great tool to protect your computer from online threats and this is the Windows Defender software. Make sure that this software is updated before running a scan on your system.
Uninstall bloatware from your computer
One of the biggest bottlenecks of a new laptop is the included bloatware that comes with it. These are certain software that comes pre-installed with the system often with a free trial involved. An example of this is a third party antivirus software that might be installed in your computer by the manufacturer. Since your computer also has Windows Defender running then this means that you will have two security suites running at the same time which is already redundant and just uses up computer resources.
To get rid of bloatware on your computer you should use a bloatware removal app such as Decrapify.
Use the Readyboost feature ( if you have an older machine)
Readyboost is a feature that stores certain data and application files as a cache in the USB drive. This is useful if your machine has a slower hard drive speed. This feature will work with a USB drive, SD card, or CF card however if you are using a newer machine then the performance improvement will not be noticeable.
To use this feature follow the steps listed below.
- Connect the USB drive to your Windows 10 PC.
- Go to My Computer or This PC.
- Now, right-click your USB drive to open the context menu and select Properties.
- Under the ReadyBoost tab, you can allocate space for the ReadyBoost feature or use the complete USB drive.
Do a fresh install of Windows 10
If your machine is running slow then you should consider doing a fresh installation of Windows 10. You can follow this guide ( https://www.easypcmod.com/clean-install-windows-10-laptop-1789 ) to do the fresh installation. You need to backup your computer data before doing this.
Upgrade your RAM
If your computer is running only has 1GB or 2GB of RAM then I suggest that you upgrade this to 4GB. The larger the memory that your computer the faster it will be able to perform tasks as this will ensures that data is not constantly being swapped from the RAM to the hard drive as this process usually takes some time thus slowing down your system.