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Windows 10 is the last Windows we will ever see (according to Microsoft), so let’s make the most of it and speed it up. In this guide we will provide a few tips that you can follow to make your Windows 10 run faster. The first two tips are depending on buying new hardware for your computer but the rest of the tips are some configurations you can do without spending a penny.
Tip 1: Switch to SSD
Well, this is really the BEST SOLUTION THERE IS (if you have the money to spend)! SSD (Solid State Drive) is different from HDD (Hard Disk Drive): there is no mechanical rotating disk, it’s purely electronic. This makes the Read/Write speed up to 5 times faster. This can be noticed since startup, Windows 10 usually starts up in about 5 seconds when running on SSD, while on HDD you can wait for 10 – 15 seconds.
Tip 2: Add more RAM
Your RAM (Random Access Memory) is responsible for running processes, the more RAM you have, the smoother these processes run without calling Data from your disk. This makes your computer faster and decreases the amount of lag.
Tip 3: Disable unwanted Startup Processes
Some apps start automatically with Windows startup, which makes it a little slow during the first couple of minutes after startup. All what you need to control them is to:
- Open task manager from your taskbar or by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc.
- If you see the small panel, click More details to switch to the big panel.
- Open the Startup tab.
- Right-click on the apps you don’t need to start automatically at Windows Startup and select Disable.
- A simple way to choose which programs to disable is by using the Startup Impact column. There are four different levels of impact here: Low, Medium, High and Not measured. If you can get rid of some high impact programs (that you don’t need) – that could make a large difference for your startup speed. Once you disable any process, you will see that the impact is None – meaning that this process can’t affect your startup speed anymore.
- If you can’t see the Startup impact column, right-click on any column and click on Startup impact in the list.
Tip 4: Use Disk Defragment
All our disks contain tons of unused/chunk files that Windows 10 barely needs, so we can always clean our disk to free up this space and speed it a little more. To do so:
- Right click on any disk drive and select Properties.
- Open the Tools tab and click Optimize.
- Choose the drive you want to clean and select Optimize.
Tip 5: Use Disk Cleanup
The goal is still the same as in Tip 4, but this option is more efficient when it comes to your C: drive because it also cleans your Temporary files and Old Windows versions – if your computer used to run Windows 7 or 8/8.1 and was upgraded to Win 10. follow these steps to do it:
- Right click on your C: drive and select Properties.
- Select Disk Cleanup at the General tab.
- Check those boxes: Temporary Files, Previous Windows installation(s) and then click OK.
- Select Delete Files.
- You can also delete your previous Windows installations by manually deleting the Windows.old folder in your user’s folder. You can simply go to C:\Windows and delete the folder named Windows.old
Tip 6: Change some power options
Power plans are different from each other. Power saving isn’t just lowering your brightness, it decreases your computer performance to save some battery. So, generally, to keep a good performance, you have to be on the balanced or the High performance plan.
If you want to make sure your plan uses the entire 100% of your processor, however, please follow these steps for every plan you have:
- Go to your Power Options in your control panel.
- Click Change plan settings next to any plan.
- Now, select Change advanced power settings.
- Expand the lists to this option Processor power management > Minimum processor state and make sure that the percentage is set to 100% when plugged in, you can also set the percentage you want on battery. Remember that this is the minimum state.
- Now switch to Maximum processor state and make sure that the percentage is set to 100% when plugged in AND on battery, now you’re sure that your computer can use 100% of your processor when needed and your performance is always good.
Tip 7: Edit search indexing
Windows 10 deploys so much effort to be ready to find the files you’re searching for. That’s why this process takes some processor usage and you need to tame it a little bit.
Please click here and take a look at this guide to learn how to make your search more efficient.
Tip 8: disable Windows 10’s window animations
Windows 10 has many transitions and animations that make it cool looking while switching from one window to another. If you cancel these animations, it will save you a few seconds and make you feel better and that your computer is running faster. Here’s how to disable these animations:
- Right-click on This PC icon and select Properties.
- Select Advanced system settings from the left pane.
- Click the Settings button at the Performance tab.
- Uncheck this option: Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing.
- You can also the other options if you don’t care about them: Animate controls and elements inside windows, Animations in the taskbar.
Tip 9: No tipping
Not ours! We mean Microsoft’s tips. Windows 10 will sometimes give you tips to help you through your experience. The process responsible for this impacts your computer performance for sure. Here’s how to disable it:
- Open Windows 10’s Settings and select System.
- Select Notifications & actions from the left pane and then turn off Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows.
Tip 10: Clean up your Desktop
Well, this may be the simplest tip but you can’t believe how much it’s efficient. All what you need to do is remove unwanted files and folders from your desktop and leave only the important shortcuts and icons. This can speed stuff up considerably.
Tip 11: Disable Cortana
Cortana is a really great assistant but many users don’t even use it. If you’re one of those people, then it’s really better to disable her, this will save you some RAM and CPU usage that take care of the service, which can make your computer a bit lighter and run faster, Here’s our full guide about disabling Cortana.
Tip 12: Try Auto login
If you’re planning to make your computer as fast as you can, then you should think about activating the auto login feature. It’s recommended that you use it in case that you’re sure no one has access to your computer other than yourself, and it saves a couple of seconds every time you turn the computer on or wake it from sleep. You can then just press the power button, go make a cup of coffee and once you’re back, your Windows will be warmed up and ready for your clicks and strokes. Here’s a full guide explaining all that you need to know about the feature and how to use it: