How to Speed Up Your Windows 10 Performance
Hello there guys what’s going on, today we gonna be show you, how to speed up your
Windows 10 performance. We have done videos on a similar topic before, it’s still valuable,
but windows 10 is ever-evolving so we have to bring you another one, by doing this you
expect an increase in your windows 10 system performance, better responsiveness, a lot
more free space on your storage, a better boot time and a much better overall system
stability. And we are not using any third-party programs to achieve this. All you have to
need is your Windows 10 computer and some patience to follow these steps. So stay tuned,
let’s get started.
1. Power Option
Power option will let you adjust your power plan on windows 10. Basically, every power
plan is set to balanced by default. So we’re gonna go ahead a change it to a better power
plan which favors performance above all. So go to your search box on the taskbar and search
‘Choose a Power plan’. As I told you, you can see it’s set to balanced
power plan by default, but we’re going to change it to the High-performance Power plan,
which you might not see here yet. Anyway, before choosing any of those, let me give
you a shot brief on these power plans. There are three power plans available on Windows
10, Power saver power plan, which saves energy by reducing your computer’s performance,
then there is the default one, balanced power plan, which automatically balances performance
with energy, then there is the High-performance power plan which favors performance above
all. So we are going to enable that, if you don’t find the High-performance power plan
up here, just click on the show additional plans tab, and you will find it, now just
choose it to enable it. If you don’t find it here, then you have to create the High-performance
power plan by yourself, which also you can do easily. Just click on the create a power
plan hyperlink, now choose High performance, and name it high-performance as well, click
next, and there you go, now it will show up here, so choose it to enable it. If you want
you can tweak your power plan furthermore by going to the ‘change plan settings option’
on that particular power plan.
2. Cleanup C Drive
If you don’t know C drive or where you usually
install your windows 10 OS is very sensitive towards being out of space. If your C drive
gets full or kind of full you will experience serious lag or unresponsiveness on your windows
10 system, It’s very true if you don’t believe me feel free to check it from the
official source. So in this step, we are gonna show you how
to clean up your C drive to boost your system performance on Windows 10. First of all, let’s
go to the file explorer, now right-click on your C drive or System drive, and choose properties.
Now under the general section, you will find Disk clean up, click on it, now it will scan
the drive, and once you’re here click on the cleanup system files
which will run a deep scan and show you the unwanted files you can delete under these
categories, I don’t mind choosing all of them because it’s nothing important, for
example, the old updates or the files from the previous windows builds. But if you found
anything which you wish to keep, just uncheck them. Anyway once you selected them, click
on ok and you will be asked for confirmation, so click ‘delete files option’ and there
you go, you have just freed a huge some of your system drive space, and it will definitely
boost your system performance. To clean furthermore, you can consider cleaning
up your recycle bin as well, because recycle bin is also using your c drive storage to
keep the file you have deleted without pressing shift delete, in other words, the files you
haven’t permanently delete. And the default space allocated to the recycle
bin is about a hundred GB, so think if you forget to clean your recycle bin for a long
time, all the things you’re temporarily deleting will be end up on your c drive. So
go ahead and clean your recycle bin. Also, I recommend you to do that more often.
3. Disable Unwanted Startup Programs
Most programs that you have installed on your
Windows 10 are designed to run when your system startup, even if you don’t use them regularly.
And they will stay running in the background for forever until you shut down your pc. And
the fact is that a huge number of programs which are behaving this way will cost your
computer a lot of its valuable system resources and it will cause you a very laggy and unresponsiveness
windows experience as well as the slowest boot times possible. Don’t worry you can
do something about this, head over to your taskbar and right-click on an empty space,
which will bring you this menu, now click on Task Manager. On task manager go to the
startup tab, and here you can find all that apps which are starting when your system boots
and stay running in the background forever. so let’s go ahead and disable all the rarely
using programs or the programs which you don’t need to
be startup when your system boots. Just select a program and click on disable, continue this
until you disable all the unwanted. Once you did that just restart your pc, and let me
bet you, you can feel the freshness of your windows once again.
4. Defragment and Optimize Drives
In this step we ganna show you how to optimize
your drives or local disks on your Windows 10 for better performance, actually, the benefits
of optimizing your drives are incredible. By doing this your programs can run much faster
and more efficiently because the data will be grouped together for easier access, as
well as it can extend your hard drive’s life, gives you more efficient security and it will
reduce errors overall. And if you’re using an SSD or Solid-state drive I recommend you
to skip this step entirely, because with SSD’s however,
it is recommended that you should not defragment the drive as it can cause unnecessary wear
and tear which will reduce its life span. Anyway let’s get started, go to your search
box and search ‘Defragment and Optimize drives’ click on it and you will get to
the Microsoft Drive Optimizer utility. Now select your C drive and click on Optimize,
as you can see my C drive is, unfortunately, an SSD, don’t worry it will be fine. I’m
only gonna do it for the sake of the video, as I told you if yours is a solid-state drive
skip the step. Now select each and every hard drive one after
another and do the same for all of them. Once your done click close, and that it.
5. Ready Boost
This step is especially helpful if your running
low on your RAM, ReadyBoost enables NAND memory mass storage devices, including CompactFlash,
SD cards, and USB flash drives to be used as a cache between a hard drive and random
access memory in an effort to increase computing performance. For this we are using a high-speed
USB flash drive, you can use anything beyond a USB 3.0 speed
which has at least a capacity of 256MB, So if there is a free flash drive laying around
you can use 4,8,16 GB and beyond for this. And make sure you have backed up the drive
if there is anything important before doing this.
For me I have already plenty of RAM so I highly doubted that it won’t allow me to do this,
anyway I will walk you through it. Insert the USB flash drive into a USB port
on your PC, Now go to file explorer, and right-click on the flash drive, click on formant and change
the files system to NTFS, now click start and it will format your flash drive to NTFS
file system. Now close this and right-click on the flash drive again and this time select
properties, Now go to ready boost and it will show you an option called Use this device,
so click on it. Now it will act as an additional emulated
ram on your windows 10, unfortunately, it doesn’t allow me to do this because I have
already plenty of RAM install on this computer to be precise 32 GB. But if your running low
on your ram it will definitely show you the ‘Use this device’ button and by following
the instructions you can easily succeed.
6. Windows Update
It might sound silly to you but an outdated
windows 10 OS will definitely drag your system behind, So to increase the performance and
stability of your system you must get the latest updates or updated version of windows.
In case if you don’t know, this is how it’s get done, head over to the search box and
search ‘Check for update’ click on it and it will open the windows update on windows
settings, and show you if there any update available, I’m my case it’s already been
downloaded the updates, so for me, it’s just a matter of clicking that install button.
For you, you can start the scan for the latest updates if it’s not already started and
install the updates when they are downloaded. You have to restart your PC in order to see
the updates in its full effect.
7. Delete Unnecessary Temporary Files
Whenever you open a program your windows will create tons of temporary file, and as it’s
been named these files are only for temporary use, the next time you open the same program
it didn’t need that, and it will create a new set of temporary files for its use.
And fortunately, on Windows like any other OS, we are using it to use the programs, so
this will be continued forever as long as you use it, don’t think it’s a bad thing,
it is indeed a necessary thing. But the bad thing is keeping these files
because we will lose our valuable storage and guess what temporary files are also stored
in your C drive, so cleaning it will give your C drive a lot more free space is eques
to naturally more performance. So let me dive in and show you how to delete unnecessary
temporary files on windows 10, head over to your taskbar and search Run, now click on
it and it will open the run box, now type in temp and click ok, which will open this
folder, so simply select them all, now hit shift + delete keys on your keyboard. If there
is anything undeletable leave it there, it might be the temporary files of the program
you are currently running. Now go to the Search box, and type run again, open it and type
in %temp% hit ok, and delete these files as well. Now you have successfully cleaned up
8. Page File
The paging file is an area on your hard disk
that Windows uses like memory. There’s an option in Windows 10 that manages the page
file size automatically, which can help improve your windows performance.
So we are gonna go ahead and enable that setting if it’s not enabled already.
So go to the search box and search advanced system, now click on view advanced system
settings, which will bring you to the system properties, now navigate to settings under
performance section, go to Advanced tab, and click on change under the virtual memory section,
now go ahead and enable the automatically manage paging file size for all drives option.
and once you did that click ok, which will prompt a warning, which says the changes you
have made require you to restart your computer before they can take effect, now close the
popup, and click on apply. This will show you another popup asking you to restart your
computer, click restart now, but make sure to save all important open files or programs
before hitting it, or choose restart later if you’re doing something important which
you can’t stop at the moment. but the effect will only take place once your
system gets rebooted.
9 Uninstall Unwanted Apps or Programs
Since the day we installed our windows 10, we have installed tuns of programs. I mean
most of us do. But now it’s time to look back and see if we needed all of them. Because
such a huge library of unwanted apps or programs can affect your system performance, because
they are using your system resources in other cases the same system resources should be
used by your programs in need. So in this step, we gonna show you how to uninstall any
unwanted apps or programs which you might not need anymore and hopefully will increase
your Windows 10 performance. So let’s get started.
Go to the start menu, click on the Settings gear icon, now from the windows settings go
to the apps and navigate to apps and feature menu and you will find each and every apps
or program installed on your Windows 10, look through them and find every unwanted apps
or program, but do not uninstall the programs you do not recognize that much, for example,
it might be a driver. So make sure you’re aware of what you uninstalling. Uninstalling
an app is pretty simple, just click on the particular one, now click uninstall, now you
will see a warning popup, click uninstall again, and you’re done. If it’s a program
after you clicks the uninstalled buttons twice you will be greeted with that particular program’s
uninstall wizard, in that case, follow the on-screen instruction and uninstall it.
Now you can go ahead and uninstall the rest of those unwanted programs which you have
10. Auto Disk Cleaning
In this step, we gonna show you how to set
up an automatic disk cleaning on your Windows 10, for that you can use a feature called
Storage sense which is backed into every Windows 10 OS, which will let your Windows Operating
system automatically free up space by getting rid of unnecessary files, including files
in your recycle bin, when you’re low on disk space or at intervals you specify. By enabling
this, even if you forget to clean your windows once in a while, it will clean up most of
the unnecessary junks automatically, which will naturally speed up your windows 10 performance.
To do that, go to your start menu, click on the Settings gear icon, which will bring you
to the Windows settings, now go to System settings and navigate to the storage menu.
Now go ahead and toggle the on-off switch which will enable the storage sense.
If you want to run the storage sense immediately or to configure the task to run on a specific
interval which you choose, you can click on the ‘configure storage sense or run it now
hyperlink’, Now Set it as the way you want and it will
do the job automatically.
Step Number 11. Reduce Run-Time Services. The runtime services are background tasks
that Windows runs, even when no user account is signed in. They’re controlled by the Windows
operating system. Depending on the service, it may be automatically startup at boot time
or only when necessary. which is an essential thing, and they are using your system resources
such as your RAM and CPU. but there are some unwanted Runtime services as well which you
don’t have any reason to keep, these services also take up memory, waste CPU time, and make
your computer take longer to start. So in this step, we are going to disable all the
unwanted or rarely useful runtime services, which will definitely improve your boot time
and system performance. So let’s get started, go to your start menu and right-click on the
Windows icon, which will bring you this menu, now click on run and type in MSConfig, click
ok and you will get to the system configuration, now navigate to the services tab and here
you will find all the run time services on your system, before you do anything, enable
this ‘Hide all Microsoft services option’ because we don’t want to accidentally disable
any of the Windows services which are necessary for the flawless operation of your Windows
10 system. Now look through them and uncheck any unwanted services, these services are
may not be the same for us both, so you can kinda look at their name, and if you found
it familiar to a program’s name you’re rarely using, uncheck that. And I recommend,
to do not disable anything from your CPU and GPU manufacturers, for example, services from
Intel, AMD, or Nvida. Once you uncheck the unwanted, click apply and Ok. Now you have
successfully disabled the unwanted run time services.
Step Number 12. Pause One Drive Syncing. Your windows 10 is automatically syncing files
with One Drive by default for purpose such as backup or to access files
remotely from any device. But these syncing activities can slow down
your PC. So if you’re not considering using it as a backup, You can pause OneDrive syncing
temporarily and see if it helps improve your Windows 10 performance furthermore. To do
that you can go to hidden icons on your taskbar and right-click on One Drive. Now click on
pause syncing and choose a temporary period, if you feel a change in the performance you
can make it permanent by going taskbar, startup, now disable the One Drive from startup. The
next time you reboot there no One Drive anymore.
Step Number 13. Check for and Remove Virus and Malware.
We know computer virus is a threat to our valuable files,
but it also makes your windows 10 OS painfully slow if your computer is infected, so in this
step, we are going to show you how to find and remove virus and malware from your Windows
10 using its own baked-in anti-virus program the Windows security. So let’s get started,
go to your search box and search Windows security, now click on it, and you will get here. Now
go to virus and threat protection, navigate to scan options, choose full scan and click
on scan now. Now it will scan your entire system and find
and remove virus or malware threats if it found any. But Windows Security is not the
end game, if you have a more serious threat then I have an entire video detected for that,
watch my video on How to Remove Any Virus From Windows 10 For Free! It is absolutely
in-depth on the subject and it will help you fix any kind of virus or malware threats related
to windows 10. You can find the video in the card section up above or on the video description
down below. I recommend watching it after this.
Step Number 14. Adjust Visual Effects. Now, this is the last and fine thing we can
do to increase your Windows 10 performance in terms of software tweaking, I will not
gonna force you to do this, but it is a necessary sacrifice if you’re dealing with a very limited
machine in terms of hardware capabilities. As I told you it will definitely increase
your Windows 10 performance, but it will affect your Windows 10 visual appearance.
Try and if you don’t like how it treats your Windows U I,
you can always go back by doing the steps in reverse order. So let’s get started,
go your search box and search advanced system, now click on view advanced system settings,
which will bring you to the system properties, now navigate to settings under performance
section and you will reach the visual effects tab, now choose the option Adjust for best
performance, which will disable all these visual effects,
which you see on your Windows 10 user interface. I recommend to take a look through them and
if you found anything which you can’t live without, you can enable them individually.
if you can sacrifice all of them and all you care about a smooth windows experience on
limited hardware. Disable them all, and it will definitely squeeze that last bit of performance
out of your Windows 10 system. So that’s all for today, If you like what
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