Windows 10 is pretty much the most efficiently coded operating system Microsoft has created. However, it also contains quite a number of features that require large amounts of system resources. Fortunately, the latest version of Windows also possess some pretty useful inbuilt features to improve general efficiency.
Anyways, you may discover that your PC’s performance has slowed down. Well, quite a number of reasons may probably be responsible. Which includes bloatware, temporary files and a not too powerful hardware.
In this post, I’ll explore five of the best ways you can speed up your Windows 10.
Restart your PC
Folks, this may look like an obvious step, some users keep their computers running for days/weeks at a time. Here, Windows 10 automatically puts the display to sleep. Meanwhile, any processes that have previously been started will continue. These can accumulate over time and slow your PC down.
This issue can be fixed by shutting down your PC after making use of it every day. Do this by clicking on the Windows button and selecting the Power button.
Also, ensure you close all running programs and save your job before you do so. In a case where your PC has slowed down to the point that you can’t display the Windows menu, hold down the Power button until the PC is fully powered off.
Regular Update of Windows 10
Microsoft consistently releases updates for Windows 10. These updates are designed to fix common bugs that negatively affect system performance. Some may be fairly minor whereas others can make significant changes to your PC, which increases efficiency.
In case your PC’s performance is lagging, type ‘Update’ in the search bar of your Windows menu. Then click on ‘Check for Updates’ to access your settings.
If there’s a major update available, ensure you save and back up your personal data before you continue. Your PC may have to restart several times to apply all the available updates.
Run Disk Cleanup
Disk Cleanup is an amazing inbuilt Windows utility. You can use it to remove temporary files that accumulate on your PC. These include image thumbnails, downloaded program files and offline web pages.
On the Windows menu, type ‘Disk Cleanup’ in the search bar to launch the utility. This will offer you a choice of files to clean out. Now, just mark the checkbox next to each option. Click on ‘Clean up system Files’ to begin. Disk Cleanup will then calculate the amount of space you will rescue.
Also, this is a good opportunity to delete files on your hard drive that you no longer need.
Delete unused software
Some PC vendors send their machines with unwanted third party software. Due to its large size and its unnecessary nature, it is sometimes called ‘Bloatware’. Many PC users also install software for a particular purpose and never use it again.
Unused programs consume space on your hard drive and may reduce performance. To crosscheck your installed apps, go to ‘Control Panel’>’Programs’>’Programs and Features’>’Uninstall a Program’.
Right-click any of the programs you no longer need then select ‘Uninstall’. Hence, Windows 10 will seek permission to make changes to your PC. Select ‘Yes’ to continue.
Upgrade your RAM
The overall speed of your PC can be hugely improved by increasing the amount of RAM (Virtual Memory). Windows 10 needs a minimum of 4GB to run nicely.
The best solution to this is to increase the RAM. Your computer has a specific number of RAM ‘slots’ into which you can insert chips. To crosscheck the type of memory your PC uses, go to Task Manager (Ctrl + Alt + Del), then click on ‘Performance’. Your system will display all the memory slots in use as well as the type used.
These five ways, if properly understood, should help you in your quest to speed up your PC. You can also run frequent system maintenance, Use SSD Drives, disable transparency effects, etc.