Tricks To Accelerate Your Windows 10 PC Performance

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One of the reasons that your Windows 10 PC may feel snail-paced, Although Windows 10 is a super fast system on latest hardware at some point, the performance will start degrading as a result of many factors like..

  • Too many programs running in the background
  • Compatibility issues
  • Bugs
  • Viruses or other types of Malware and
  • Hardware problems etc..

Checkout the settings/updates below you have to do for boosting your Windows pc performance.

1. Power Settings

Windows 10 includes different power options (like BalancedPower saver, and High performance) to minimize the power usage. To select the best power options,

  • Select Power & sleep settings from windows search.
  • Click on Additional settings under Related settings section.
  • Then select High-performance power plan.Win Power2Win Power 1

On laptops, you can also change the “Power options” to increase performance by tapping the battery icon in the taskbar’s notification area and selecting the Best performance option using the slider.

2. Startup Programs

Windows 10 PC may be running slow because of a huge list of startup programs (Applications that start along with the system power on). These Applications downturn the bootup process activity and degrade the device’s performance, so disabling such apps speeds up the PC performance.

  • open Task Manager(Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc)
  • To check list of startup programs select Startup tab
  • Right-click on programs you rarely use and select Disable.Win Startup

Now you have disabled negligible apps at startup, the next time you restart pc, you will see the system performance improvement.

3. Cleanup Temp Files

You must clean temporary files in regular intervals to improve your system performance.

  • Press Windows + R to open Run command
  • Type %temp% and click ok
  • Now Select all files and delete it. Win Temp 2Win Temp 1
  • Similarly we have to do it for prefetch and temp commands.

4. Visual Effects

Another reason that your PC to be running slow can be Visual effects and Animations. In latest PC’s Animations/Visual effects may not cause a great impact on power and speed. But its good to disable unwanted settings.

  • Right-click on My computer/This PC and select Properties
  • Then select Advance System Setting from left side list
  • Click on Advance tab
  • Then select Settings under Performance sectionWIn Visual
  • Under Visual Effects, select the option Adjust for best performance (or you may also select Custom and uncheck all the unnecessary features)

5. Remove Virus And Malware

One of the main reason that your PC running slow could be a sign of a Virus/Malware infection. These Viruses/other Malware types are well known to consume system resources and make a device unusable.

You can run a Virus scan on Windows 10 PC to detect any Virus/Malware infections.

  • Click on Windows Start, search for Windows Security and select it
  • Then select Virus & threat protection section
  • Click the Check for updates option under the “Virus & threat protection updates” sectionWin Virus 1
  • Then click the Check for updates button
  • From left panel select Virus & threat protection
  • Then click the Scan options under the “Current threats” sectionWin Virus 2
  • Now select the Full scan radio button.
  • Finally click the Scan now button

Once the scanning is complete, Microsoft Defender Antivirus should detect and remove any Virus/Malware impacting performance.

6. Disable Windows Tips

Windows 10 PC Tips/Notifications feature can reduce processing that Windows needs to perform. If your pc doesn’t need to initiate a Notifications/Tips, your computing will go faster.

Suppose if you have many apps that are capable of sending notifications.
Simply open the Settings app’s Notifications & actions page to change the notification settings.
System settings shows list of individual apps that can send notifications, and you can uncheck those which are not important.
This diversion savings can speed up your Windows PC performance.

  • Open Windows Start
  • Search for Notifications & actionsWin Notifications
  • Now you can turn-off all Notifications or under ‘Get notifications from these senders’ section you can choose particular apps to turn off.

7. Disable Search Indexing

Windows 10 PC indexes hard drive in the background, that means operating system allows you to search files from PC more swiftly. Because of that indexing your PC’s performance go down. And it does effect on SSD disk’s also, so turning off indexing can boost your PC performance.

Configure the indexer to improve your PC performance on windows.

  • Press Windows key
  • Search for Windows search settings and open it
  • Click the Advanced Search Indexer Settings option under More Search Indexer Settings sectionWin Search
  • Now click the Modify button
  • Then click the Show all locations buttonWin Search 2
  • Uncheck all the selected locations under the ‘Change selected locations’ section
  • Then click the OK button

8. Install Windows Update

Many times you will find Windows updates pop up on you pc, because Microsoft is always regularly releasing updates to fix issues, add new features, and resolve security vulnerabilities.

On Windows 10 PC, updates take place automatically, but depending on the update settings or how the system is configured, sometimes they don’t always download and install when new updates become available.

  • Press Windows key
  • Search for Check for updates and open itWin Updates
  • Now click the Download and install now options if there’s any update available.
  • Then Restart your PC.

9. Remove Unnecessary Software

Now a days new Laptop/PC’s configured with many applications that you do not even know/needed,
including some system tools you will never use
and those apps will only squander your pc hard disk space. So if you want to boost the system performance, you should always remove those unnecessary applications.

To Uninstall unnecessary apps on Windows 10,

  • Press Windows key
  • Search for Apps and features and open it
  • Now select the apps to uninstall itWin Uninstall
  • Click the Uninstall button to complete removing the app.

10. ReadyBoost

Windows 10 normally stores cached data on your PC hard disk drive, and then when you request that particular data, it fetches from there. The amount of time it takes to get cached data depends on the speed of hard disk drive. If you have a HDD instead of an SSD, you can use Windows ReadyBoost feature to speed up your cache.

To enable ReadyBoost on Windows 10,

  • First Connect a USB flash drive which is having ReadyBoost feature
  • Press Windows key
  • Search for This PC and select itWin Boot1
  • Right-click on the your USB flash drive and select the Properties option
  • Now select the ReadyBoost tabWin Boot1
  • Then select the Dedicate this device to ReadyBoost radio button
  • Click the Apply button
  • Then click the OK button

Once all above steps are done, the USB flash drive should help to boost the PC performance.

11. Disk Optimization

Regularly Windows hard disks get fragmented steadily, and this enlarging fragmentation also increases the time for Windows 10 to fetch data as their chunks are outspread throughout the disk. This causes to decrease in PC performance and disk failures may occur.

It is important to clean the hard disk of fragmentation, this process called defragmentation. Defragmentation combines all outspread fragments to create constant data on the disk. This speeds up all operations and it improves performance, increases the life of your system.

To run the defragmentation tool,

  • Press Windows key
  • Search for Defragment and Optimize drives and select itWin Optimize
  • Then click the optimize button

Once you complete these steps, the defragment utility will reposition the chunks to make them accessible more quickly the next time.

12. Manage Page File Size

On Windows 10 storage, a ‘pagefile’ is a prearranged section of a hard disk that is used as an extension of RAM. A pagefile can be read from the hard disk as one contiguous chunk of data and this is faster than re-reading data from many different original locations on hard disk.

So by increasing the size of the pagefile, it can help to speedup system performance.

  • Right-click on My computer/This PC and select Properties
  •  Then select Advance System Setting from left side list
  • Click on Advance tab
  • Then select Settings under Performance sectionWin Pagefile 1
  • Now click the Advanced tab
  • Click the Change button under the ‘Virtual memory’ section
  • Then uncheck the Automatically manage paging files size for all drives option
  • Now select the Custom size radio button
  • Update the initial size(one and half times the total available memory) and maximum size(three times of available memory) for the paging file in megabytesWine Pagefile 2
  • Click the Set button.
  • Click the OK button.
  • Then Restart your computer

After system Restart, you should be able to notice a boost in PC performance.

13. Stop Onedrive Syncing

Microsoft OneDrive is a file hosting service and synchronization service operated by Microsoft as part of its web version of Office. Microsoft OneDrive built into Windows 10, this keeps all files synced and up to date on all of your PCs. OneDrive also act as backup tool.
It does this by constantly syncing files between your PC and cloud storage and it slow down your PC performance.

To speed up your PC is to stop the OneDrive syncing,

  • Right-click the OneDrive icon (it looks like a cloud) in the Notification area on the right side of the taskbar
  • Then click the More button at the bottomWin Ondrive
  • Now click Pause syncing option and select either 2 hours, 8 hours or 24 hours, depending upon how long you want it paused

14. Restart And Open Only Needy Apps

This may be a simple step, but Restarting your PC always helps to speed up PC performance.

Note: The Sleep/Hibernate options do not reset the system session or clear the data in the memory.

When you Restart/Shutdown the PC will close all the running applications and processes. And the data stored in memory will be cleared, which should help fixing the most common performance issues.

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