Although Microsoft is doing its best to improve Windows 10 performance and it keeps getting better with time. But slow laptop has always been a frustrating problem for Windows users. It may be due to old hardware or some other issues but there are some tips that can help you to speed up Windows 10 to make it faster. So In this blog we will be covering best ways to speed up Windows 10 performance.
Ways to Speed up Windows 10
There can be many factors which slows down your Windows 10 PC. It can be due to outdated hardware, viruses, malware, compatibility issues, hardware failure or even too much load. Resolving issues which are slowing down your PC is very important and needful for improving Windows 10 performance. So here are the simple ways to speed up Windows 10 and to get best output.
Restart your PC and open only apps you want to Use
Although restarting PC may not help all users, but it can be really helpful for those who keeps their device up in working or sleep mode. Speed of devices that have not been rebooted from long time gets slow due to many apps running in the background. If system is running from long time then by time more and more apps, browsers gets accumulated which consumes CPU which results in slow PC. So if you haven’t rebooted your PC from long time, first obvious way to increase Windows 10 speed is to restart it. Restarting PC closes all running apps and processes giving a fresh start. To Restart your PC here are the steps.
- Click on “Start” button.
- Next Click on “Power” button from Start menu.
- Select “Restart” from menu.
After your PC gets restarted, it’s best to open only that apps which you need to get best Windows 10 performance. Unnecessary opening apps consumes memory and other resources which slows down your PC. So to speed up Windows 10 you must reboot your system everyday.
Limit Automatically Running Apps at Startup
Many apps that you install may configure themselves to run at system startup to provide it’s services without delay. Windows 10 takes long time to boot if your device is set to load and run many apps at startup. To many applications consumes CPU and memory resource which results in Windows 10 slow startup so it’s best to remove unwanted apps to run at startup. By disabling apps from running at startup you can speed up Windows 10 boot significantly. You can easily configure and stop apps from running at startup from Windows Task Manager. Here are steps to do the same.
- Open Task manager in Windows 10. You can open Windows Task Manager by pressing “Alt+Ctrl+Del” and choose “Task Manager”. Another way is to right click on Windows 10 Taskbar and choose “Task Manager” from menu.
- Once Task Manager is open go to “Startup” tab in it.
- Now check for apps that have High “Startup Impact”. Disable the apps that are not needed to run at startup and have high impact. To Disable right click above app name and select “Disable”.
Look At Low Disk Space
You PC may not have enough space left to keep it working fast. So if you want to speed up Windows 10, first of all check for Low disk Space and if memory is low then you should make some room to make Windows 10 faster.
To check Disk Space go to Settings>System>Storage. From Storage you can check amount of free space left under each drive. If drive is full or have very low space then you must make some room. For drives other than OS drive, you can move files from one drive to another or to external storage. To make space in OS drive, you can delete temp files or uninstall unwanted programs. To remove temporary files here are the steps.
• Click on “Settings” and go To System> Storage.
• Click on “Free up space now” under “Storage Sense” section.
• In next screen make sure to select Temporary files and Recycle Bin.
• Next click on “Remove Files”.
If your Windows 10 drive still has not enough space then you can set to save the new apps, documents, downloaded files and much more to some other drives. This way further you can reduce the burden on single OS drive and can make Windows 10 faster. Here is how to configure where various content will be saved.
- Go to Settings>System>Storage.
- Scroll down to “More Storage Settings” section and click on “Change Where new content is saved”.
- In next screen select drive for item that you want to change.
- Click on “Apply” button appears next to drop down.
- Repeat steps 3 & 4 for changing the location of other items.
Remove Unwanted Programs
If you still have low space after removing temporary files, you should consider uninstalling unwanted programs. As low disk space makes Windows slow so removing programs that you don’t need can be helpful.
To uninstall programs go to Settings>Apps>App & Features. Find apps that you don’t use and click on it. Click on “Uninstall” button to remove the app.
Scan your PC for Viruses or Malware
Virus or malware can also affect your PC performance. If you sees unexpected behavior of your PC or slow speed, it may be affected by virus or malware. Symptoms includes unexpected pop messages, automatically programs running, uncontrolled cursor movement, constantly working hard disk and more.
It is best to always protect you PC with updated antivirus to prevent any attack. But still it can be gets affected so you should scan your PC to remove any virus and malware if any.
To scan Windows 10 for viruses and malware, you can use Windows 10 security system or some other antivirus or anti-malware software.
To scan with Windows Security here are the steps.
1. Go to Settings> Update & Security> Windows Security.
2. Click on “Open Windows Defender Security center”.
3. Next Click on “Virus and threat protection”.
4. Before scanning, make sure if your Windows defender antivirus has up-to date definition file or not. To check click on “Virus and Threat Detection updates”.
5. Next click on “Check for Updates” button. After updating to latest definition file continue scanning your device.
6. Click on “Scan now” button to start scanning.
Restore Windows 10 from Restore Point
If your system have been significantly slowed down after recent changes like installed drivers, apps or update to Windows then restoring Windows 10 may speed up your PC. If you think that recent changes to your PC are causing problems to your PC then you can easily get things to work normally as previously by restoring to previous restore point.
Restoring Windows 10 to earlier point will bring your system to same point to which you are restoring. It will remove all apps, drivers, updates to windows that you installed after restore point being restored. Restoring Windows does not remove your personal files. So you can speed up your system by restoring windows 10 without worrying about your personal files.
You can’t restore Windows 10 if no restore point exist and you haven’t yet turned on System protection. To check or to turn on System Protection here are the steps.
1. Type “restore point” in Search box on the Taskbar.
2. Click on “Create a Restore point” option.
3. In opened Windows go to “System Protection” tab.
4. Select Drive and Click on “Configure” button.
5. In next Window select “Turn On System Protection” and click on “Apply” button.
6. Repeat Step 5 & 5 for other drives.
You are lucky and can restore Windows 10 if restore point exist. To restore Windows 10 to earlier point here are the steps.
1. In search box on the Taskbar type “restore Point”.
2. Click on “Create a restore point”.
3. Go to “System Protection” tab.
4. Click on “System restore” button.
5. In System restore window click on “next” button.
6. Choose restore point from list and click on “Next” button.
7. Next click on “Finish” button.
8. Restart your device.