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How to Speed Up Your Windows 10 Performance Step By Step

Having a low performing windows 10 can be much stressing. It does not only waste your time but it as well affects the quality of your work and stressing as well. Today I am going to show you, how to speed up your Windows 10 performance.
It is important to recognize that Windows 10 is ever-evolving and therefore this means there are always unique ways to increase the performance of Windows 10 day by day. By following this simple steps on your computer or laptop, 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. To speed up your Windows 10 performance, you do not need to use any third-party programs to achieve this. All you need is your Windows 10 computer and some patience to follow these steps.

How to Speed Up Your Windows 10 Performance Step By Step

Step 1: Change Power Option on Your.

Power option will let you adjust your power plan on windows 10. Basically, every power
plan is set to balanced by default.To change the power option of your computer for better performance,

  • Go to your search box on the taskbar and search ‘Choose a Power plan’.
  • Change it from balanced to the High-performance Power plan option
  • If you don’t find the High-performance power plan option, just click on the show additional plans tab, and you will find it,
  • Choose it to enable it.
  • If you don’t find it, then you have to create the High-performance power plan by yourself, which also you can do easily.
  • Create one by clicking on the create a power plan hyperlink, now choose High Performance, and name it high-performance as well,
  • Click next, now it will show up on the display,
  • 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.


Step 2: Cleanup C Drive.

If you don’t know C drive or where you usually install your Windows 10 system files. This is very sensitive towards being out of space. If your C drive gets full, you will experience serious lag or unresponsiveness on your windows
10 system. Cleaning up Drive C will automatically enhance the performance of your computer. To do so;

  • Go to the File explorer,
  • Right-click on your C drive or System drive,
  • Choose properties
  • Under the general section, you will find Disk Clean Up option,
  • Click on it to scan the drive,
  • Then click on the Cleanup System Files option
  • This will run a deep scan and show you the unwanted files you can delete under these categories.
  • Choose all of them because it’s nothing important, but if you found anything which you wish to keep, just uncheck them.
  • Click on Okay and you will be asked for confirmation,
  • Click ‘delete files option

By following this steps, you will have just freed up a huge sum 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 not deleted permanently.

Step 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. This programs will stay running in the background forever whenever your PC is on. In the process, this 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. To disable them;

  • Head over to your taskbar and right-click on an empty space,
  • Click on Task Manager.
  • While on task manager go to the startup tab,
  • Here you can find all that apps which are starting when your system boots and stay running in the background.
  • Disable all programs you don’t need to be startup when your system boots.
  • To disable a program, select a program and click on disable, do this for all unwanted programs.
  • Then restart your PC


Step 4: Defragment and Optimize Drives.

Optimizing your Windows 10 drivers is an incredible way to increase the performance speed of your computer 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, give you more efficient security and it will reduce errors overall . To do this;

  • 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,
  • Now select each and every hard drive one after another and do the same for all of them.
  • Once you are done click close, and that’s it.


Step 5: Update Windows.

It might sound silly to you but an outdated
Windows 10 OS will definitely drag your system behind, to increase the performance and stability of your system you must get the latest updates or updated version of windows.
To check for any update for you, 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 is any update available. Should you find any, click on update to get the latest version.


Step 6: Delete Unnecessary Temporary Files.

Whenever you open a program your windows will create tons of temporary file, and as the name suggests, these files are only for temporary use, the next time you open the same program it didn’t need, and it will create a new set of temporary files for its use. For Windows just like any other OS, this will be continued forever as long as you use it, however keeping these files because we will lose our valuable storage is a bad idea, so cleaning it will give your drive C a lot more free space thus giving your computer more performance. To do this,

  • Head over to your taskbar and search Run,
  • Click on it and it will open the run box, now type in temp and click Okay,
  • Select them all, 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% and hit ok, and delete these files as well.
  • By following these steps you will have successfully cleaned up the junk.


Step 7: Enable 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. To enable this setting;

  • Go to the search box and search advanced system,
  • Click on view advanced system settings, which will bring you to the system properties,
  • Navigate to settings under performance section,
  • Go to Advanced tab, and click on change under the virtual memory section,
  • Go ahead and enable the automatically manage paging file size for all drives option.
  • Then 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. The effect will only take place once your system gets rebooted.


Step 8: Ready Boost your Computer

This step is especially helpful if you are running low on your RAM, ReadyBoost enables 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 use 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. Make sure you have backed up the drive if there is anything important before doing this.

  • Insert the USB flash drive into a USB port on your computer,
  • Go to file explorer, and right-click on the flash drive,
  • Click on formant and change the files system to NTFS,
  • Click start and it will format your flash drive to NTFS file system.
  • 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 then click on it.
  • If you are running low on your ram it will definitely show you the ‘Use this device’ button and by following the instructions you can easily succeed.


Step 9: Uninstall Unwanted Apps or Programs.

Unwanted Apps on your windows can be one of the major reason your computer is slowing down. It is therefore important to uninstall any unwanted apps or programs which you might not need anymore and hopefully will increase your Windows 10 performance. To do so;

  • Go to the start menu and click on the Settings gear icon.
  • 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.
  • To uninstall any app, just click on the particular one and click on uninstall, now you will see a warning popup, click uninstall again, and you’re done.


Step 10: Perform Auto Disk Cleanup.

Auto Disc Cleaning automatically frees 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,
  • Go to System settings and navigate to the storage menu.
  • 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 settings or run it now hyperlink’, Now Set it as the way you want and it will do the job automatically.
Step 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 started at boot time or only when necessary. Because these services also take up memory, waste CPU time, and make your computer take longer to start. It is therefore important to reduce their activities. To do so;

  • Go to your start menu and right-click on the Windows icon,
  • 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.
  • Enable the ‘Hide all Microsoft services option’ because you 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,
  • It is recommended that you 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 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,

  • 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.
  • Reboot your PC to effect the changes.


Step 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 Operating System painfully slow if your computer is infected, so it is important to find and remove virus and malware from your Windows 10 using its own baked-in anti-virus program the Windows security- Windows defender. To do this;

  • Go to your search box and search Windows security
  • Click on it, to open it.
  • Now head to Virus and Threat Protection, navigate to scan options,
  • Choose full scan and click on scan now.
  • This option will scan your entire system and find and remove virus or malware threats if it found any.


Step: 14. Adjust Visual Effects.

This is the last and final thing we can do to increase your Windows 10 performance speed in terms of software tweaking, although not of great important, adjusting your Visual Effects will definitely increase your Windows 10 performance, however it will affect your Windows 10visual appearance.
Try it but if you don’t like how it treats your Windows User Experience, you can always go back by doing the steps in reverse order. To adjust your windows 10 visual Effects

  • Go your search box and search advanced system,
  • Click on view advanced system settings, which will bring you to the system properties,
  • Navigate to settings under performance section and you will reach the visual effects tab,
  • Choose the option Adjust for best performance, which will disable all these visual effects,

It is always recommend to take a look through them and if you find anything which you can’t live without, you can enable them individually.

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