If Yous computer is running slow, there is nothing more frustrating, . Before you give up, Take a few minutes to try out these tips to speed up your PC and make it less prone to performance and system issues
how you can speed up your windows 10 pc we’re going to start with things that you can do right now to improve your computer’s performance and at the very end i also want to walk through a few things to be aware of so when you’re in the market for your next pc it’ll be as fast as possible
1.Check Window Update
let’s start speeding things up tip number one you want to make sure that your windows 10 pc is up to date microsoft is constantly working on performance enhancements and there are always new drivers coming out and these can impact your performance to check for updates let’s go down to the taskbar and within the search field type in update at the very top let’s click on the best match option for check for updates this opens up windows update and at the very top you can see whether you are currently up to date down below you can also click on check for updates to see if there are any additional updates to install if you see any updates or new drivers to install on your pc i’d recommend going ahead and installing those apps .
2.Tip Number Disable Startup Apps
you probably remember when you first bought your pc it booted up a lot quicker than it does today as you install more and more apps on your computer unfortunately it gets slower and slower much of this is due to apps that start up when you boot your computer to see what all of these apps are let’s go down to the taskbar and within the search field let’s type in
next let’s click on the best match
option this opens up a screen where we
can see all of the different apps that start with our computer over on the left hand side you can see the name of the app you can also see whether it’s currently turned on or off and over on the right hand side you can also see the impact that it has on the startup time now before you go through this list and just say hey i’m going to turn all of these off keep in mind that some of them are good to have startup with your computer for example i use microsoft onedrive to backup all of my files so i want onedrive to start up with my computer however there might be some that maybe you don’t really use and it has a big impact on the startup time for example i don’t really use cortana but yet it’s starting up with my computer i can click on the toggle to turn this off as i scroll down the list here too i see that i have the Brave browser i don’t really use that and it’s currently turned on i’ll turn that off and here too i see it has a high impact so it’s a good thing that i’m turning it off once i’m all done with my changes i can simply close this window to have the changes take effect tip.
3. Number Three Uninstall Apps
apps that you’re no longer using or maybe even apps that you never even used at all when you leave these apps on your computer they’re taking up space and they could even be running in the background to remove apps once again just like we’ve been doing this entire Post.
let’s go down to the taskbar and within the search field type in add or remove programs next let’s click on the best match this opens up apps and features and if we look down just a little bit on the list you’ll see all of the different apps that you have installed on your computer over on the right hand side you can see how much space the app consumes and you can also see when you installed the app as a little pro tip if you want to get the biggest bang for the buck over here you can also sort this list by default it’s sorted by name but if we click on this we can also change it to size so here if you want to free up some hard drive space you can find the biggest consumers of that space to remove the app you simply click on it and then you could go to uninstall now one word of caution before you start going through and uninstalling many different apps you might have some apps appear on this list that maybe you’re not familiar with here for example you have microsoft visual c plus keep in mind that many other apps will reference these different libraries so just go through and delete things that you’re aware of and you know that you absolutely no longer need.
4.Tip Number Four Free Up Storage Space
space very easily with windows 10. if you’re consuming a lot of your hard drive space that can also start to slow down your computer just like we’ve been doing all along let’s go down to the taskbar and here let’s type in storage settings and next let’s click on the best match this opens up storage settings and first i want to show you how you can manually review how much hard drive space you’re using and how you can manually clear some of that up right here you can see your hard drive and it’ll show you how much you’re currently consuming now right now.
i still have quite a bit of space but especially if you’re consuming a very high percentage you’ll likely see some performance degradation if you’re wondering where is all that space actually going down below you can see a breakdown of what’s contributing to that usage here in my case i can see that files stored on one drive make up a lot of my used space i also have videos apps and pictures and they make up the bulk of my usage let’s say i want to know well within videos what video files are actually taking up all that space i can click on this and then i can click into view videos and i can see these specific files that are using up that space i can then go through and i can manually free up some of that space as an alternative maybe i want the computer to manage the space for me if we shift our focus up to the top windows 10 has something called storage sense and this can help you free up some space here i’ll turn it on and next let’s click on configure storage sense within storage sense i can decide how often i want to have it run here i can have it run on a regular cadence or only when i’m low on disk space i can also tell it what i want it to do i could have it go through and automatically remove temporary files i can have it empty my recycle bin and also delete my downloads folder especially after time it can really grow in size also down below especially if you’re using microsoft onedrive you’ll likely have the files on your computer and also in onedrive if there’s a file on your computer that maybe you haven’t used that often instead of keeping it on your computer and in onedrive instead you could simply only place it in one drive and that’ll help free up some space as well now at least me personally i like also keeping a copy on my computer as well as in onedrive it gives me a little bit of extra redundancy.
5.Tip Number Five High Performance Mode
performance mode or ultimate mode on your computer now by default your computer is set to balance performance it balances energy consumption with performance however.
if you just want the best possible performance you can very easily enable that just like we’ve been doing all along let’s go down to the search field and let’s type in power and sleep settings next let’s click on the best match within power and sleep settings over on the right hand side let’s click on additional power settings this opens up additional power settings and here you could choose between balanced or high performance some machines will also have ultimate performance once again for the best possible performance choose the best option now of course the one downside is is that it’s going to use more energy so especially if you’re on a laptop with a battery it’s going to drain your battery just a little bit faster.
6.Tips Number Six Task manager
you can use a task manager on both your pc and in your browser to see what’s consuming your system resources to access it on the pc let’s go down to the taskbar right click and then go up to the option that says task manager this opens up the simplified task manager and here i can see all of the apps that i currently have open now let’s say there is an app that i’m no longer using and i want to close it i can simply select that app right click and then i can end the task if i want to see additional details like how many system resources any one of these apps is using let’s go down to the bottom left hand corner and click on more details this opens up the detailed view of the task manager and wow there’s quite a bit more detail here compared to the previous screen over here.
We can see all the apps that are currently open and we can see all of our different background processes that are running here if i take an item you can see how much cpu it’s using how much memory it’s using and you can see across all these other metrics now especially if you’re trying to track down why your computer is running slower you can look at these top categories here and if any of them are at or near 100 that’s likely your culprit if you want to identify what’s contributing to that usage you can click on the column header and this will sort it from the most usage all the way down to the least usage if you want to close any of these apps just like we could do in the simplified view you can right click on it and then you could click on end task within the task manager the next tab is performance and this will show you a visual of all of your system resources over time you could also click into app history and you can see by app how much cpu time and network it’s been consuming over a longer time period and the last tab that we’re going to touch on is startup and this is similar to one of the earlier tips that we looked at where you can enable or disable apps that start up with your computer now it’s all well and good that windows has its own task manager but we spend a lot of time in our browsers and browsers can really slow down our computer especially if you have a lot of tabs open luckily browsers these days also include a task manager here i have chrome and i also have microsoft edge you can simply right click on the header and then go down to the option that says task manager this opens up the browser task manager and it looks pretty similar to what you get in windows here you can see all of your different tabs and any add-ins that you might have you can see the associated memory usage the cpu usage and also the network usage now let’s say you have a tab that’s really bogging down your computer you can simply select that tab and then you can go down and end that process.
7.Tip Number Seven Windows Security
you can rely on the windows security anti-virus software there’s no need to run m cafe or norton those are only going to consume additional resources but it won’t really provide you much additional protection to access windows security let’s go down to the taskbar and within the search field type in windows security and then click on the best match this opens up windows security and it provides virus and threat protection you get a firewall it basically does everything that some other anti-virus software would do over here we could click on virus and threat protection you could scan your pc you could also check for updates so there’s really no need to install additional software because this does a fantastic job.
tip number eight you can disable
8. Tip Number Eight Background Apps
background apps if you remember earlier when we looked at the task manager there were a ton of different background processes some of them are related to background apps once again let’s go down to the taskbar and within the search field type in background apps and let’s click on the best match this opens up all of the different background apps on your computer and right now i see a ton of different apps and they’re currently all turned on now there is some benefit to allowing them to run in the background for example they’ll be updated they’ll get the most recent information so when you launch the app it’ll be up to date but maybe on this list there’s an app that you really just don’t use and you don’t want it consuming those system resources here you can click on the toggle to turn it off .
9.Tip No Nine Visual Effects
you can also adjust the visual effects on windows 10 to prioritize performance over the visuals to adjust this let’s go down to the search field and then type in adjust the appearance and performance of windows here let’s click on the best match this opens up performance options and here you can see all of the different visuals that windows uses now maybe you’ll decide that well i don’t really need a fader slide menu into view so i can uncheck that box and that will help me eek out a little bit more performance now.
if you want to take it to the extreme you can also adjust for best performance and that unchecks all of the boxes the one thing to be cautious of though some of these visuals really do make it look like a better experience for example you probably want smooth edges of screen fonts i’d recommend instead going with custom go through the different options and identify which ones you want and which ones you’re willing to give up once you’re all done click on apply another visual that you can changes the transparency in windows within the search field down here type in show transparency in windows and then click on the best match this opens up windows settings and here if i take the window and i move it you notice that there’s a slight bit of transparency here behind this menu i can turn that off and that’ll help me save a little bit more system resources it doesn’t look quite as nice but once again performance is a little bit better.
10.Tip Number Ten Hardware accelerated GPU scheduling
scheduling instead of relying on windows for that to turn this on let’s go down to the search field and type in graphics settings let’s click on the best match this drops us in graphic settings and right now you can see hardware accelerated gpu scheduling is turned off by default the eventual plan is to turn it on by default today window schedules the gpu and that causes some latency the plan is to have the gpu handle all of the scheduling and as a result of that you’ll see slightly better performance now if you turn it on this will help you get a little bit ahead of the curve.
tip number 11 if your pc is still going
11. Tips Number Eleven Reset PC
extremely slow and you really just feel like giving up don’t worry you can also go back to the original state when you first got your pc down below in the search field type in reset this pc and click on the best match this opens up the recovery view and right up here you can reset your pc when you click on get started you can decide to keep your files on your computer or you could simply remove everything and start from scratch we’ve gone through many tips for how to improve your computer’s performance if performance is still poor and you want to make sure that your next pc.
is as fast as possible there are two things i highly recommend getting first i recommend getting an ssd this is a solid state drive your pc will be able to access data much faster than with a traditional spinning hard disk drive second i recommend getting raid 0. raid 0 saves files on two separate hard drives so instead of waiting on one hard drive to read a file two hard drives can do it faster together there are some redundancy concerns but if you have a backup and you want the most speed possible this is a great choice alright if you now see better performance from your computer