If your computer starts to run slowly, check out Today's Lifestyle Tips on How to Speed Up Windows 10
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Is your Windows 10 PC running slower like it's slowing down? It doesn't matter, this problem can be fixed by spending a few minutes on it. Today, Lifestyle has compiled a dozen tips on how to speed up your Windows 10 PC from Microsoft. Using our guidelines, you will notice how your laptop or desktop PC starts to run noticeably faster and performance issues can go away.
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Change your power settings
The first item in our ranking of tips is very often the reason for the slow operation of laptops. The fact is that Windows 10 often automatically selects the “Power Saving” operating mode in order to conserve battery power on budget devices. But it hurts performance. Changing your power plan can dramatically improve the speed of your computer.
Set the option “High performance”
To do this, start the “Control Panel”, then select “System and Security” -> “Power Options”. Typically there are two options to choose from: “Balanced (Recommended)” and “Energy Saving”. To select High Performance, click the down arrow next to Show Advanced Schemes. After that, Windows 10 will speed up noticeably.
Remove unnecessary programs from startup
One of the reasons your Windows 10 computer might run and boot slowly is because you have too many programs running in the background. Stop them and your computer will run more smoothly.
Start by launching the Task Manager. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc, and in the lower left corner click on the “More” button – a detailed tabbed list will open. There is a lot you can do with it, but we'll only focus on removing unnecessary programs that start when Windows 10 boots.
Exclude unnecessary programs from startup via the “Task Manager”
Click the “Startup” tab – there you will see a list of programs that are automatically loaded with the operating system, affecting its speed. Determine which programs you do not need at startup (messengers, browsers, auxiliary software) and disable them with the right mouse button.
Windows 10 regularly stores cached data on the hard drive and then retrieves it from there when it is needed. The time it takes to get the cached data depends on the speed of your hard drive. If you have a traditional mechanical hard drive instead of a faster SSD, there is a way to speed up cached file reads using Windows ReadyBoost.
This useful option appeared back in Windows 7, and allows you to use fast flash drives to speed up your computer – the cache starts to be read from removable drives instead of the hard drive. Getting data from this faster cache should speed up Windows.
First, plug your USB drive into one of the USB ports on your computer or laptop. The flash drive must support at least USB 2.0, preferably USB 3.0 or newer. The faster your flash drive is, the more speed you will feel. Also, for maximum performance, look for a flash drive that is at least twice the size of your computer's RAM.
After connecting the disk, open Explorer and click “This PC”. Find your flash drive, right-click on it, select Properties and click on the ReadyBoost tab. Leave the cache size as is or change it – we recommend using the entire size. Then select “Allocate this device for ReadyBoost”, click “Apply” and then click “OK”.
After completing this procedure, depending on how often you use your computer, it can take several days to fill the cache and ensure maximum performance. If you don't see an increase in performance, try using a larger USB flash drive.
Stop syncing with OneDrive
Microsoft's cloud-based OneDrive file storage built into Windows 10 keeps files in sync and up to date across all your computers. It is also a useful backup tool so that if your computer or its hard drive fails, all of your files remain intact. It does this by constantly syncing files between your computer and cloud storage, which can also slow down your computer.
This is why one way to speed up Windows 10 is to stop syncing with OneDrive. To do this, right-click on the OneDrive icon and in the pop-up window select “Settings” -> “Account”. Click Unlink This Computer, and then, on the screen that appears, click Unlink Account. When you do, you can still save files to your local OneDrive folder, but it won't sync to the cloud, which will speed up the system a bit.
Disable search indexing
Windows 10 constantly indexes your hard drive in the background, which in theory allows you to search your computer faster. However, slower PCs using indexing may experience performance degradation. Therefore, disabling this feature can significantly improve the speed of Windows 10.
Uncheck the “Indexing” option
To do this, go to “This computer”, right-click on the hard drive and uncheck the “Indexing” item. You will need to wait a certain amount of time for the operating system to un-index all files on the drive.
Get rid of the visuals
With the advent of the Windows Aero interface (and starting with Win 8 and Metro), the load on the hardware has increased, which, however, is noticeable only on weak and old computers. Fortunately, all unnecessary effects can be turned off.
Right-click on the “This PC” icon, select “Properties” and go to “Advanced system settings”. On the “Advanced” tab, click on “Options”. You can also get to this menu using the Win + I keyboard shortcut. Call Windows Settings and select Personalization.
You can improve performance by unchecking these menu items
You can remove all the effects or leave what is really needed. We recommend that you leave Screen Font Smoothing and Thumbnail Display Instead of Icons. The latter is especially important if you often work with images.
Optimize boot parameters
Set the mode “No GUI” and set a timeout for 3 seconds
As a rule, this item is okay by default, but you need to mention it. Press Win + R and enter msconfig command. To speed up loading, you can experiment with the No GUI and Timeout settings. If in doubt, we recommend unchecking the “No GUI” checkbox and setting a timeout of 3-5 seconds. After the restart, the boot animation will disappear, but this will help speed up the process of turning on the computer by a couple of seconds.
Disable Fast Startup
Fast Startup, which is enabled by default in Windows 10, should make your computer boot up faster. However, sometimes it may not work correctly. In such cases, it is recommended to disable it.
Disable Fast Startup
This can be done in the same power settings: you need to click on “Actions of the power buttons”, and then you need to activate “Change parameters that are currently unavailable”, and uncheck “Enable fast startup” and apply the changes.
Activate “Game Mode”
The Game Mode feature was added to Windows 10 relatively recently. Its main purpose is to use all the hardware power of the computer to the maximum. The principle of its operation is simple – it is designed so that no extraneous applications interfere with the game if you have a weak processor and the game loads it to the maximum. In this case, you can simply remove all unnecessary processes before starting the game.
Activate game mode
Use the Win + I keyboard shortcut to open Windows Settings and select Games. Then select “Game Mode” and activate it. After that, the speed of work may slightly increase, this can be especially noticeable in games.
Defragment your hard drive
The more you use your hard drive, the more it can become fragmented, which can slow down your computer. When a disk gets fragmented, it takes Windows a while to get them back together before starting.
Fortunately, Windows 10 has a built-in defragmenter. To do this, type defrag in the search box and press Enter. On the screen that appears, select the drive you want to defragment. Click the Optimize button to defragment it. After the procedure, reboot, and you will notice how the speed of Windows 10 has noticeably increased.
Recall that earlier we told how to save personal photos and videos from destruction due to “rotting discs”. We also gave useful tips on how to speed up your home Wi-Fi in 2020.
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