Just as any software upgrades, a newer version should ideally be better and faster. The same case applies to Windows 10; it is faster than the previous versions. The speed is noticeable especially when you upgrade from an earlier Windows version. Most often, our computers contain applications we don’t use, and they end up making it slow.
Most of the tips below will be about speeding up your Windows 10 without any compromise on functionality. A word of caution, avoid using third-party registry cleaners as Microsoft does not support them. The cleaners may end up to malware which puts your PC at risk.
For starters, ensure your OS version is updated.
Tips On Speeding Up Windows 10
Uninstalling unwanted files
To remove any unwanted files, you simply right-click on the Windows icon and choose Programs and Features then uninstall.
You can sort the applications by ‘Recent,’ and you can easily see programs which you were not aware you installed. Once you find the unwanted apps, you select one by one and click Uninstall. Patience is key here as this may take a while because you can’t uninstall in bulk.
Put in mind that Windows 10 has two types of applications: traditional desktop ones and Windows Store apps.
In most cases, the apps often load processes during boot time which end up taking up too much RAM.
Disable programs during startup
Most apps will always have side processes that run every time you turn on your computer. In most cases, they don’t need to run every time as compared to other previous versions of Windows. The more straightforward way is pressing CTRL-SHIFT-ESC, and the startup tab will enable you to see all programs that run during startup.
The Status Column shows you any apps that run during startup. After you see apps that run, you can right click on any of them and change those you don’t want running during startup.
Stopping these programs does not mean they are disabled entirely, but it only prevents them from launching during startup.
The next time your computer starts, the systems will be lighter and makes the performance of the PC even more efficient.
You can always undo this by right-clicking the application and Enable.
Turn off Windows 10 search indexing
When using Windows 10, it indexes your hard disk but in the background which allows you to search your computer faster, ideally compared to without the indexing option.
Slower computers that have the indexing features will often get even slower but once you turn indexing off the PC’s speed increases.
To turn off indexing, for selected files, type Index in the Start Menu and the Indexing Options will appear. You can then click Modify, and you get results of all locations being indexed such as your personal files. 4. Uncheck all the files you don’t need indexing.
There are times your Windows Search doesn’t work when using Windows 10. It is natural for this to happen as it can sometimes become corrupted. You can reboot Windows or Restart Cortana and so much more.
Another alternative is turning indexing entirely off. In the start menu, you can search for ‘services.msc’ and click Services. Once you get the results, you can scroll down to Indexing Service and double-click then click Stop. This helps you clean up your PC as well as boost its performance.
To clean up, in the start menu, type Disk Cleanup. Once you open it, you’ll find unwanted files such as installer files, and it gives you an option of deleting them. Sometimes, this audit could make you find out that your Recycle Bin is full.
You can set a schedule for disk defragmentation in the Optimize Drives tool. If you don’t have an SSD disk, there is no need for defragging.
Consider installing an SSD Startup Drive
Some applications can be demanding, and the best way to make the process faster is using an SSD. It gives you a boost especially with apps that occupy a lot of space in your PC. Consider an external SSD that has a USB 3.0 connection.
To speed up your systems, you can consider replacing the internal startup drive. The Windows Store can be moved to an SSD. To move applications, go to settings and go to the Apps and Features page.
Make use of the Performance Troubleshooter
Using Cortana’s search box (usually next to the Start button) type Troubleshoot and it takes you to Security and System and an option, Check for Performance Issues appears. You can run the troubleshooter, and you get reasons for your PCs slow speed.
Try some of these tips on speeding your Windows 10, and you can comfortably forget about slow PC issues.
Author | Emily Forbes |
An Entrepreneur, Mother & A passionate tech writer in the technology industry!