10 Tips to Speed Up Slow Windows 10 PC.
Windows 10 has significant improvements when it comes to speed and stability. However, if you use your system heavily when switching between different apps, installing and uninstalling apps, and don’t reboot at all, your Windows 10 PC may slow down over time. This is especially true if you are using an older system. What’s more, an app that you use on a daily basis can cause a drag factor causing it to slow down.
So, if you are not happy with your PC’s performance, follow these steps to speed up your slow Windows 10 PC.
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Speed up Windows 10 PC
First, reboot your system
Okay, this is the first thing you need to do if you think your Windows 10 system is running slowly or behaving strangely. More often than not, just restarting your system can fix most things, otherwise you will find out what broke your system.
1. Check your system for infections
If your system is slow even after restarting, the next obvious thing you need to do is check for viruses or malware. The good news is that there are many free antivirus programs out there, and you can use any of them. However, you can also use the built-in Windows Defender to scan and remove infections.
To do this, search for Windows Defender in the Start menu and open it.
After opening, make sure the virus definitions are up to date. If not, you can update these definitions in the Update tab.
Now select the Full Scan radio button and then click the Scan Now button.
Depending on the size of your file system and the number of files in it, you may need to scan and troubleshoot problems, if any.
2. Disable startup programs
If your system is free of infections, you can move on to other improvements. The first thing you need to do is disable all unnecessary startup programs on your system. This is because most of the programs that you install on your system tag themselves and run on every system startup.
Fortunately, it’s easy to disable startup programs in Windows. To do this, right-click on the taskbar and select the “Task Manager” option.
After opening Task Manager, go to the Startup tab.
To disable the startup item, simply select the program you want to stop and then click the Disable button that appears at the bottom of the window. This is it.
3. Disable animation
If you are using an older system with Windows 10, you can improve the performance of your system by turning off Windows animations. To turn off Windows animations, search for System in the Start menu and open it.
In the System window, click the Advanced System Settings link that appears in the left pane.
The above action will open the system properties window. Here click the Settings button under the Performance section.
Now select the “Custom” radio button and clear all the check boxes, then click the “OK” button to save your changes.
This is it. You have successfully disabled all window animations in Windows 10.
4. Disable background applications in Windows 10
Windows 10 has many modern apps that are installed by default, and some of them run in the background, consuming your system’s resources. Disabling these background apps can be helpful. To do this, press the key combination “Win + I” to open the “Settings” application.
Here go to Privacy Background Apps.
In the right pane, you will see applications that can and do run in the background. Just click the button next to an app to disable it from running in the background.
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5. Free hard disk space
If you are using an SSD and your C drive has no more space, it may result in lower read and write speeds, which will slow down your system a little. To free up disk space, search for Disk Cleanup in the Start menu and open it.
Now select drive C from the drop-down menu and click OK.
After scanning is complete, select all the check boxes under Files to Delete and click OK.
This is it. If you also want to clean up files created by Windows, click on “Clean up system files” in the “Disk Cleanup” window.
6. Remove unused programs
If you bought a new computer from companies like Dell, HP, etc., it may have malware in it. Plus, if you’ve been using your computer long enough, you may have installed a lot of software. So, removing this unwanted software can help your system.
To uninstall a program, search for Programs and Features in the Start menu and open it.
Now select the app you want to uninstall and click the Uninstall button that appears on the top navigation bar.
Just follow the onscreen instructions and you will be fine. If you wish, you can also use dedicated uninstaller programs such as Revo Uninstaller.
7. Disable search indexing
If you are using an older computer, the Indexing Service can use up a lot of resources and slow down your system. So, disabling the Indexing Service can be helpful.
To do this, press “Win + R”, enter “services.msc” and press enter.
Now locate and right-click the Windows Search service and then select the Properties option.
Here, select Disabled from the dropdown menu, click the Stop button, and then click OK to save your changes.
This is it. You have disabled the indexing service. If you want to enable it again, just change the settings back to Automatic and then click the Start button to start the Indexing Service.
8. Optimize power settings
By default, Windows uses a balanced power plan. If you are using your laptop unplugged, Windows may change the power plan to power-saving mode, which in turn will slow down your system.
To deal with this, you can change the power plan to High Performance. First, find “Power Options” in the Start Menu and open it.
Now select the “High Performance” radio button and you’re done.
However, keep in mind that once you select this option, Windows will focus on performance, not energy conservation.
9. Use CCleaner to clean your system
Cleaning the Windows registry, memory dumps, file fragments, cache, etc. Can help speed up your system. You can use CCleaner to clean up these files.
So, install CCleaner and open it. Now click the Analyze button.
Here click the Run Cleaner button to remove these unnecessary files.
You can also clear the registry in the same way from the Registry tab in the left pane.
10. Scan and fix problems
If you think the problem is with hardware or other devices, you can use the built-in troubleshooter to find and fix those issues. To do this, search for “Troubleshoot” in the “Start” menu and open it.
Now click on the Hardware and Sound link.
Here find and double-click the “Hardware and Devices” option.
Now follow the onscreen instructions to find and fix problems.
The above steps should significantly improve your PC’s performance. But software optimization can reach certain limits with hardware upgrades. So, consider upgrading to an SSD, it will dramatically increase your OS boot times and overall read and write speeds. Most modern laptops can include an SSD drive by replacing the CD case. And you can use the SSD as a secondary drive alongside your regular hard drive.
Likewise, if your computer freezes when switching between two apps, or when you are using the Google Chrome browser (which is very memory-hungry), consider upgrading your RAM. Sometimes the computer slowed down due to excessive heat. So, if you have an older computer, chances are dust particles in the vents are obstructing the airflow. To fix this, open your computer and remove dust particles from the spray gun. If you are unsure how to do this, take it to the nearest computer workshop.
Hope this helps, and make a comment below to share your thoughts and experiences on using the above methods to speed up a slow Windows 10 PC.
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