Windows 10 with all its shiny armor will make you amazed in just a few seconds. But all that special features, updates and tweaks can become a headache for you if you’re running it on an older machine. I know that mine got slow after some time and it was annoying. I mean who wants a slow computer, right?
But all the features are too irresistible. So, how can we speed up the performance of Windows 10? Do you want to know? Let’s find out.
Cut the Crap
Disable Startup Apps
Notice the apps that start along with the system? Yeah, that is a huge cause of making your PC slow. The apps tend to slow down the boot-up process. So, once you disable all the unnecessary apps, the performance will improve. For that you have to:
- Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
- After that, click the Startup tab to check the list of startup programs.
- Then, right-click and select Disable on programs you only occasionally or ever rarely use.
Uh! I hate those. All those unwanted software’s always making my PC run slow. This is one of the biggest factors that any windows based system starts getting slower. They would just take up memory spaces unnecessarily and make other apps run slower.
That’s why you must remove the bloatware to speed up the performance of windows 10.
To remove bloatware or apps, you don’t use, follow these steps:
- Right-click Start. Then go to Control Panel.
- Select Programs. And after that, Programs and Features.
- Select Uninstall/Change to remove unwanted programs, do it one at a time.
- Follow the instructions in the dialogue boxes to uninstall the software.
Clean Up the Disk
After using your computer for some time, it gets filled with lots of useless data that lodges space. These can be a headache as they cause a huge amount of performance degradation of windows 10. That’s why you need to get rid of them.
You have to run Disk Cleanup to free up space on your system, and for that, you need to perform these steps:
- Click Start and then go to File Explorer. After that click This PC.
- On the right side, under Devices and Drives, select the Local Disk (C 🙂 and then click and choose the last option Properties from the context menu.
- Then, switch to the General tab and under Capacity, click on Disk Cleanup
- After the tool completes scanning your system for removable files, you can select the category of files you wish to delete and click OK to remove them.
Uninstall Fonts and Drivers
There are lots of hardware drivers and fonts that load and use resources causing a delay in system startup. Therefore, if you don’t use them, remove them. Your PC will be much better without them.
You can follow these steps:
- Right-Click Start menu and then select Device Manager to launch the window.
- Find the hardware that you want to uninstall, then right-click on the same and select Uninstall.
- Check the option Delete the driver software for this device and click delete.
For removing fonts, follow these below steps:
- Right-Click Start and choose Control Panel.
- Select Category in View by and then choose
- Select the fonts you don’t use and then click on the Delete button to delete them.
Disable Background Apps
Some apps run in the background, and they take system resources and heat up the PC. So, it’s better to disable them and start them when you need them. This will help you to speed up the system performance.
Follow these following steps to turn off background-running apps:
- Firstly, select the Start button and go to
- Click Privacy, go to the last option in the left panel called Background apps.
- Switch off the toggles to turn off background apps you don’t need or use.
Disable Background Services
There are lots of background services always running and slowing down the PC. So, it would be best if you disable them. It will speed things up for your computer.
Just follow the steps below:
- Type msc in the Start menu’s search field and open the Services tool.
- After that, double-click each of the services you wish to disable and for their Startup type, select Disabled or Manual per your usage.
Optimize Windows 10
Defragment the Drive
All your disks get fragmented over time, and it causes windows for time to fetch any data as they are all spread all over the disk. This leads to slower performance and sometimes disk failure! Oh! We wouldn’t want that, would we?
So what can we do? We can defragment the disks that will clean the disks of fragmentation and speed up the performance of your PC.
To defragment, follow these steps:
- Click Start and go to File Explorer.
- Select the Local Disk ( C: ) and then right-click and choose Properties.
- Click the Tools tab, look under Optimize and Defragment drive and click the Optimize button to open the Optimize Drives tool.
- When you’re in the Optimize Drives tool, select the drives, one by one, and click on Optimize button for defragmenting each of the hard disk drives.
Turn on Fast Startup
This is a cool option. It helps in starting your PC faster after a shutdown by cutting down on boot-up time. But remember as it doesn’t affect the restart process.
Follow these steps to enable Fast Startup option in Windows 10:
- Right-Click Start and go to bring up the context menu and select Control Panel.
- Then, click Hardware and Sound and look under Power Options in a new window.
- Click on the link Change what the power buttons do.
- Now click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.
- After that, tick the box next to Turn on fast startup (recommended).
- Click the Save changes button to enable the same.
Optimize Virtual Memory
If you have a low RAM, it’s going to get difficult to run Windows 10 smoothly. Well, you can always upgrade the RAM, but it’s going to cost you some money. So, if you don’t want to pay the extra bucks, then you need to allocate more virtual memory. Though windows 10 control the feature but manually setting the options will end in better performance.
Follow these steps:
- Right-Click the Start menu, select Control Panel and then choose the option System and Security.
- After that click System in the window, then choose Advanced system settings option from the left panel.
- In the new window, click the Advanced tab and then click the Settings button located under Performance.
- Now, select the Advanced tab in the new window and click on the Change
- In the new window, uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.
- Select the C: drive and then click the radio button for Custom size
- Now, this is the tricky part, set the Initial size (MB) to the size of your RAM and Maximum size (MB) to double the size of your RAM (for example if your RAM is 4GB then initial will be 4000MB and maximum will be 8000MB.
- After doing all the things, click the Set button, and then you’re done.
Customize File Explorer Options
The File Explorer has some options that you can disable for speeding up the performances. Once you disable the unrequired options, the overall performance of your Windows improves and gives you a smooth experience.
So if you want a better experience then follow these steps:
- Click Start, select File Explorer and then click the View
- Click on Options button and click on Change folder and search options.
- A Folder Options dialogue box should open, select the View tab and uncheck the following options under Advanced settings:
- Always show icons, never thumbnails.
- Display file icon on thumbnails.
- Display file size information in folder tips.
- Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color.
- Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items.
- Show preview handlers in the preview pane.
Under the same Advanced settings, check the following options:
- Hide empty drives.
- Hide extensions for known file types.
- Hide folder merge conflicts.
- Hide protected operating system files (Recommended).
- Click OK to save the configuration changes.
Best Practices to Speedup Windows
Minimise Browsers’ Load
The extensions and add-ons on your browser slow down your browsers’ performance and overall system resources. So, always try to avoid installing too much add-on’s. So, if you want to speed up the performance you better disable add-ons that you rarely use or don’t use at all.
If you use Chrome, then here’s what you have to do:
- Click the ≡ icon located at the top-right corner of the browser window.
- After that, select More tools and then go to
- Uncheck Enabled for every extension you want to disable. You can also click the trash can icon to uninstall it completely
If you use Mozilla, then here’s what you have to do:
- Click the ≡ icon at the top-right corner of the browser window.
- Click Add-ons to open the Add-ons Manager tool.
- Then select Extensions from the left sidebar to view the list.
- Click on the Disable button for the add-ons you wish to disable temporarily or click Remove button to uninstall the add-ons completely.
See, so easy!
Use Performance Monitor
There is a useful feature of Windows 10 that you can use for monitoring the performance. It’s called Performance Monitor. It will give you details of system and hardware resources, and one of the best things is that it will suggest solutions for the problems. Cool, right?
Just follow these steps for real-time monitoring tool:
- Type Performance Monitor in the Start menu‘s search box and search for it. Click the first result to launch the Performance Monitor
- After that select the last option Reports on the left, then System and then System Diagnostics
- The tool will give you all the information after requesting for it and produce a detailed report.
There should be a Warning section for finding out the issues on your PC. Use Windows 10’s Troubleshooter or search the web to find the solution. It’s easy and straightforward.
Use CCleaner Regularly
CCleaner helps in keeping your PC clean from unnecessary temporary and junk data that increases file fragments and slow down the system. So, you should get rid of them on a daily basis.
It’s a great way to find and delete temporary and unneeded files, just follow these steps:
- Firstly download and install the CCleaner tool from its download page if you don’t have it already.
- Launch CCleaner tool and then choose the Cleaner.
- Select the things you want to clean and click Run Cleaner.
To overcome this issue, use the power saving mode when it’s running on battery and go for a high-performance mode when it’s connected to a power socket. If you have to use this mode, then try to use it only on battery. That way you’ll have the best performance on AC power.
For changing power options to high-performance mode, do this:
- Got to the Start button and select the Control Panel, then click on System and Security.
- Select Power Options and choose High performance.
Fine-Tuning Windows OS
Disable Effects & Animations
The effects and animation that we so much like about Windows 10 is slowing down your PC. But if you’re running a high configured PC this might not affect you. But, for older PCs, the animations can be a bitch. So, if you want to speed things up in Windows 10 you just have to disable them. There’s just no other choice. For that you’ll have to:
- Right-Click Start button then go to System.
- Then, select the last option on the left, Advanced system settings.
- After that, switch to the Advanced tab and click Settings under Performance.
- Under Visual Effects, choose the option to Adjust for best performance, or you could also select Custom and uncheck all the check boxes.
Turn off Dynamic Color Adaptation
The dynamic color adaptation automatically picks the color from your wallpaper and matched the color scheme of your interface. Good feature but it’s quite unnecessary. It increases the resources usage leading to an overall degradation of performance.
Just disable it following the steps:
- Click on the Start button and select
- Select Personalization located in the left sidebar, then select Colors.
- Toggle off Automatically pick an accent color from my background.
Disable Search Indexing
Search indexing improves the search tools responses. It speeds up the overall searching in windows 10. However, it always runs in the background and slows down the performance. So, if you don’t search often then you should probably disable it.
Just follow the steps to disable it:
- Firstly, right-click Start menu and then go to Computer Management.
- After that double-click on Services and Applications and go to Services.
- In the services list, look for Windows Search and double-click it.
- There will be a new window, for Startup type, select Manual or Disabled and then click the OK button to save your changes.
Turn off Windows Tips
Windows 10’s tips may be of help to the newbies, but the experienced ones don’t need them. So, disable them to avoid unnecessary problems.
Follow the steps to turn off tips feature:
- Go to the Start button, go to Settings.
- Select System and from the left pane, select Notifications & actions.
- Toggle off the option Show me tips about Windows. And you’re good to go.
Disable Sync Feature
This feature syncs things like passwords, browser settings, and system and language preferences and much more with your Microsoft account. Thus, consuming resources and slowing down the computer. If you don’t need it, you can always disable it.
Perform these steps to disable sync:
- Click on the Start and then Settings. After that, go to Accounts option.
- In the left pane, select the last option Sync your settings.
- Toggle off the Sync settings.
Reset your PC
If none of the above tips helps you to fix the performance, then you’re in trouble. Just kidding, you’ll just have to reset your system. Resetting will give a fresh start. Don’t worry your files will be safe but you won’t find your software and configurations.
Do these steps to reset your PC:
- Open the Start menu and go to Setting. Next, go to Update & Security.
- After that, select Recovery in the left pane.
- Under Reset this PC, click the Get started button to begin the process.
Well, that was all the possible tips and tricks to speed up a Windows 10 Performance. It should speed up the performance as it did with mine. Though Windows 10 has adds a slick look to your PC, but still, it can slow down if you have an older system.
But if none of the above works for you then I don’t think Windows 10 is at fault here. It’s time for you to get a new PC or check the hardware for any defects.
Hasib is a born geek and loves tweaking his computer and gadgets for effectiveness and productivity. At WindowsChimp, he specializes in writing Tutorial guides and discovering new hacks to share.