As we all knows Windows 10 received mostly positive reviews when it was released in June 2015, but heavy use and aging hardware inevitably slow it down and make it sluggish.
Read on for our advice on how to keep Windows 10 performing to its maximum capacity.
The Windows 10 animation may be visually impressive, but those effects use significant computing power.
Luckily you can turn them all off in one simple move. Type performance in the taskbar search box and select Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows.
On the Visual Effects tab of the dialogue box that opens, select Adjust for best performance and click Apply. Restart your PC to make the change take effect.
If you have an excessive quantity of programmes set up to start automatically and run in the background it will slow down the startup of Windows 10.
To disable those programmes you don’t need, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, and then select Task Manager. Select More details in the lower-left corner of the Task Managerdialogue box and select the Startup tab.
Select Disable for any programme you don’t need. Restart your PC to make the changes take effect.
Another way to ensure that Windows 10 boots up faster is enabling a feature called fast startup that saves time by loading the hibernation file into memory.
The setting is normally enabled by default. To check, go to the Control Panel and click Power Options. Next click Choose what the power buttons do and then Change settings currently unavailable.
Finally, under Shut-down settings, tick the Turn on fast start up check box.
Ensuring that Windows 10 and your programmes and drivers are up-to-date can improve performance by eliminating bugs.
Automatic updates should be on by default. To check everything is up-to-date, click Start then Settings, Update & security, Windows Update and Check for updates. To turn automatic updates on, select Advanced options, and then under Choose how updates are installed, click Automatic (recommended).
Windows Update can also slow it down by using resources when it isn’t needed. To make it run when you want and don’t need the additional power, search for Windows Update settings, click on the relevant icon, and under Update settings select Change active hours.
You can then choose the times at which you want updates to be installed automatically.
You can use Disk Cleanup to save up drive space and help Windows run better by removing unnecessary files.
Click Start and search for Disk cleanupand click it when it appears. To delete temporary files, under Files to delete, select the file types you want to remove and select OK.
To free up extra space by deleting system files, select Clean up system files, and again select the file types you want to remove and select OK.
The way that Windows uses and conserves power is managed by a power plan. In Windows 10 you can choose from the default Balanced, Power saver, or High performance plans. The first two are better for preserving your battery but worse for maximising performance.
To check and change your plan go to the Control Panel and click Power Options. Consider switching to one that improves performance if saving battery isn’t a priority.
If all else fails, return to the classic IT issue panacea and turn your PC off and on again. It will clear out your memory and close all the apps, programmes, and windows you’re not using that could be slowing down your system.
Shutdown won’t have the same effect if Fast Startup is enabled, as some settings will remain saved to improve the speed of start up.
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