How to Speed up Windows 10
As time goes by, you might notice your computer getting slower. This is a natural thing that happens, especially under heavy use. More and more files are created on your device, your system receives updates, and your hardware might become less powerful to handle it all. In this article, we’ll explore how you can speed up Windows 10 even without having to upgrade your setup.
Our tips focus on how you can increase the operating speed of your system without having to sacrifice features, visual appearance, and services. We’ve also kept the methods below accessible and easy to perform — however, for even better results, we’ve linked some products in our store for you.
Tip: If you’re not familiar with how Windows 10 works, we recommend reading our Getting started with Windows 10 article first.
Make regular restarts
The longer you leave your computer on, the slower it might become. With your hardware constantly running, your system may slow down due to temporary files being created, or various components simply overheating.
Although by default, Windows 10 will put your display to sleep, many users leave their computers on for days or even weeks. During this time, applications continue running in the background, accommodating memory over time and causing serious slowdowns.
To avoid this from happening the next time you use your device, make sure to turn it off when you’re done. You can do this by clicking on the Start menu in the taskbar, then clicking on the Power button. Here, select Shut down. After a few minutes, turn your computer back on using its power button.
Keep your system updated
It’s extremely important to keep your operating system up to date. New updates bring not only new features but better optimization and often even security patches. You can update Windows 10 from the Settings application.
If you want a more in-depth guide on how to update windows 10, check out our article titled Update Windows 10. Here, we go into the details of how you can ensure your operating system is always on the latest available version.
Disable unnecessary startup apps
Every time your system boots up, various applications launch at startup. This is a feature used by many apps that you might want to have ready from the moment you gain access to your computer, such as antivirus software. However, many apps are not necessary for your device to load upon startup.
Some apps, especially freeware, often make modifications to your system and set unnecessary startup apps. This doesn’t only slow down your boot time, but may cause serious performance drops as these applications continue running in the background.
Here’s how you can disable unwanted startup apps to improve the speed of your Windows 10 operating system.
- Open the Task Manager using one of the following ways:
- Right-click on any empty space in your taskbar. This will open up a context menu. Here, click on Task Manager.
- Alternatively, press the Ctrl, Alt, and Esc keys simultaneously on your keyboard.
- Note: Make sure that the application you’re trying to disable doesn’t have Microsoft Corporation stated in the Publisher column. These applications usually don’t impact your system’s performance and might be required for Windows 10 to run as intended.
Now, your computer should launch up without any impact-heavy or unnecessary apps automatically launching. This gives you the ability to test if your boot time and the performance of your device as well.
Run the Disk Cleanup utility
Windows 10 comes with a built-in tool to help you clean your computer’s files, called the Disk Clean-up tool. It’s easy to run and may free up a plethora of space on your device by deleting files you never even knew you had and certainly don’t need. Doing so will create more available space on your computer and improve performance.
Here’s how to run the Disk Clean-up on a Windows 10 device.
- Use the search field in your taskbar, or press the Windows and S keys on your keyboard to open up the Search feature.
- Type in “Disk clean-up” and launch the tool from the matching search results.
- If prompted, select the drive you want to clear. We recommend you start with the drive Windows 10 is installed on, then repeat these steps for any or all other drives.
- Allow some time for the utility to analyze your device, then select what you want to delete from the system. You can also see how much space you will free up on your drive after completing the action.
- Click the OK button to proceed and permanently delete the files you’ve selected. A reboot is recommended after the process has finished running.
Uninstall unused applications
There might be some applications on your computer that you no longer need, or didn’t even know were existing.
This can happen because of various reasons. Some vendors ship their machines with pre-installed software, which is often referred to as bloatware. Free applications, also called freeware apps, are capable of successfully installing hidden apps on your computer. Many computer users also install apps for a specific purpose, only to never use it again.
The best thing you can do is head to Settings, and uninstall applications you no longer need. Make sure to check out our Install and uninstall applications in Windows 10 article for further instructions.
Run antivirus scans
Your device might be slow because of malware, especially if you often use the internet. There are tons of ways to get infected by malicious threats that might slip onto your device without proper protection. If you want to properly secure your device, check out our Set up security in Windows 10 article.
To not only remove but prevent future malware infections, we recommend using Norton Security 2020 or Malwarebytes Premium.
We hope that this guide was able to teach you how you can increase the speed of your Windows 10 device. If you ever need further assistance, our customer service is happy to guide you through any issues you might have.
Do you want to learn more about the Windows 10 operating system? We recommend proceeding with our Update Windows 10 article or backtrack to our main Windows 10 tutorials page to find your next lesson.
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