We are living in an era where speed defines our decision. Speed can decide which gadget or computer to buy and which one to avoid. Speed can be a deciding factor for your success for which you bought that gadget/ computer. Computer hardware has evolved like anything recently and so is the software. We have transformed from Celeron to I9 processor, and our windows also transformed from XP to Windows 10. One of the biggest reason for Windows Vista failure was the speed. Windows 7 solved that problem somewhat and Windows 10 proved to be the fastest Windows ever. Trust me, Windows 10 is the silkiest OS that Microsoft has ever made.
Well, Windows 10 fast, But no software or operating system like Windows is immune to slowdown. Right? The more you use the software, the slower it will be. That?s a usual logic and a common phenomenon of all computer application. Windows 10 is also not an exception. No matter how fast Windows 10 is but after few months of usage, you might feel the pain of slowness. But can we get rid of this slowness? The internet is flooded with so many articles giving tips on how to boost up your windows 10 speed. This article won’t ignore those tip but will add up a couple of more tips so that you can get that extra juice. So let’s discuss Top 10 Tips To Speed Up Windows 10
1.Restart Your PC
The reason why I kept this tip as the first point is that most of your windows problem will be solved if you restart your computer. Restarting your computer is not an option but a necessity. A restart helps your computer to free up unused programs which were running in the background and clears RAM. This also helps by killing unnecessary processes that were slowing your computer. A computer can survive without slowing down for a couple of days even if you don’t restart it, but it?s a good practice to restart it very often if you really bother about the computer speed.
2.Prevent Startup Program
One of the most annoying problems of Windows 10 is the startup delay. Sometimes it takes forever to load windows. You can speed up this startup by disabling programs which do not need to start when you boot your computer. For example, my printer software always loads during startup which is not at all required. You can always disable those programs and you will notice a good improvement in startup time. But please make a note that, you should not disable certain programs which are required for booting. If you do so, your computer may not boot even. You can use software like CCleaner or any Tune up tools to disable unnecessary startup programs
3.Increase Virtual Memory
Frankly speaking, this is the first trick that every windows user do to speed up their computer. But increasing the virtual memory does not help in boosting your computer speed. It just helps in keeping some programs running when memory goes low. You might have noticed that some program gets crashed because of no memory available. Increasing the virtual memory helps those program to keep alive by using a chunk of your hard disk space as virtual RAM. But since the hard disk speed and RAM speed is different so you will computer will never run faster even if you increase the virtual RAM. If your PC supports Ready boost, you can use your pen drive to temporarily speed up your computer by a small margin.
To increase the virtual you will have to follow the below steps.
Right Click on My Computer ->Properties ->Advanced System Settings-> Advanced-> Performance Settings-> Advanced ->Change the Virtual memory to your desired value
4.Clear Temp files
Temporary files are created by the operating system to temporarily store data when you work on a certain program. For example, you might have noticed that if you are working on Microsoft Excel, it autosaves the file after a certain amount of time. Those are called temporary files. This is required so that do not lose your data. Even when you actually save the excel file, those temporary files remain there. Those occupy the drive space and slow down the hard disk speed. You will have to clear those temporary files to speed up your computer thought you may not observe a drastic change.
To clear temporary files you will have to follow the below steps
Windows+R -> Type %temp% and Enter -> Ctrl+A And Shift+Delete to delete all temporary files.
Don’t get surprised if all temporary files cannot be deleted. We cannot delete temporary files of those which are still running in the background.
5. Remove Viruses and Malware
One of the major reason for your computer getting slow is because of virus and malware. Those viruses and malware will eat your computer processes, sit on your valuable RAM and will slow your computer. Using a good antivirus can help to get rid of those and bring back the speed. But do make a note that you have to use good antivirus like Norton as every antivirus cannot catch strong viruses.
Please do not use multiple antiviruses as some might feel that it will give double protection. But using two antiviruses can make your computer very slow.
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6. Turn off cloud synchronisation
Cloud services occupy a good amount of your system processes. Turning off cloud synchronisation services like one drive, google drive can help you to gain speed. By default, those programs will always synchronise files whenever files are updated. But we may not need to upload files to the cloud server whenever those are updated. Right? Instead, you can synchronise your files once in a day so that your computer runs fast throughout the day and only slows down when you upload those files to the server.
7. Disk cleanup
Whenever we run programs on our computer, it keeps on saving so many files in the harddisk. Some files are necessary and some files are junk. Although nowadays hard disks are really fast and few junk files cannot make it slow. But when the number of junk files increases, hard disk tends to lose its breath. If that situation arises, we need to clean up the hard disk to remove those junk files. Fortunately by default windows offers the disk cleanup command. You can use that feature to clean up your disk space and speed up your computer.
To use Disk Clean Up feature you will have to follow the below steps
Right Click on any Drive -> Properties -> Disk CleanUp
8. Disk Defragmentation
Many of us may not aware of the fact that Windows creates a version of your files whenever you save those. What that means, when you edit a file and save it, Windows creates a version of that files and saves it in a different location than the original file. So every file will have multiple version stored in different location of your hard disk. If those version files are increasing in number in the hard disk, the system runs very slow. That?s why we need to run the disk defragmentation tool to clear those copies of the versioned file from hard disk which will help to gain speed.
To use Disk Clean Up feature you will have to follow the below steps
Right Click on Disk -> Properties-> Tools -> Optimize
9. Registry Cleaning
Whenever we install an application in Windows it creates some entry in the windows registry. When we uninstall that application, it usually takes away a few of the registry entries but leaves behind many. When those registry entries clogged up, we need to clear those to bring back windows into shape. There are many third-party software application available to clean registry entries but I would suggest you use CCleaner which cleans registry smoothly.
10. Set your computer for high performance
We can set our computer to perform high by setting these two options. One is available in the power option and the other is in advanced display setting. Both settings do some sort of optimization at the backed to offer you an optimum speed of your computer. However, you will have to sacrifice some of the visual effects like animation, transparent task etc if you enable those options. So if your priority is performance over visual then you can enable these options.
The power option can be activated by following below process
Right Click on Battery Icon-> Power Option-> Select best performance plan
Display option can be activated by following below process
Right Click on My Computer ->Properties ->Advanced System Settings-> Advanced-> Performance Settings-> Visual effects -> Select ” Adjust for best performance”
Two Bonus Tips?
Get Rid of Pirated Software
Never ever use any pirated /cracked software. It can spoil your computer. No tips will work if you use those kinds of software. If you care for your PC and its speed then get rid of cracked software.
Reset Your PC
If no tips work for you to bring back your computer to shape, then resetting your PC is the only option. Reset will take your PC to factory default with no extra or unnecessary program installed. Fortunately, Windows has default command available to reset your PC.
To do reset you will have to follow below process.
System Setting -> Update and Security ->Reset your PC
These are the Top 10 Tips To Speed Up Windows 10 performance. For almost all cases these tips should suffice but even after that if you are not satisfied, you may need to upgrade your computer hardware. After all your computer speed does not only depends on software but equally depends on hardware as well.
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