10 Ways to Fix Slow Windows 10 and Speed Up Your Computer
Windows 10 is the most preferred operating system in the world because of its ease to use and bulky features. So many background processes, services and programs running at the same time can make the system slow. Also installing multiple apps for documentation, playing games and many other purposes also can slow down your PC over the period of time. If your Windows 10 computer is running slow, here we have come up with some tweaks which can help you in making Windows 10 faster.
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1. Uninstall Unnecessary Apps
Installing apps with no use can make the Windows slower. It's a good thing to uninstall them timely.
- Go to 'Start' and type 'Control Panel' then hit 'Enter' key.
- Under 'Programs', click on 'Uninstall a program'.
- Choose the unnecessary app and right-click on it to uninstall.
2. Disable Startup Apps
By disabling the startup apps in Windows 10, you can decrease the loading time for it. To do this:
- Right-click on the 'Taskbar' and choose 'Task Manager' to open it.
- Go to 'Startup' tab and check the 'Startup impact' column for the apps.
- Right-click on the app you want to disable and click on 'Disable' option.
You'll see a quick change in Windows 10 and it loads faster than before.
3. Check for Malware
The slowness of your PC can be due to the malware in it. There is a pre-installed antivirus tool provided by Microsoft known as 'Windows Defender'. Well, it does its jobs pretty well though and protect your PC. But even this tool is 'On' there can be some threats which are non-traceable by Windows Defender. We recommend you to use 'Malwarebytes', it's a free tool to run a regular scan in PC.
- Download and install it from their official website.
- Run it and click on 'Scan now' button. It will take some time to scan the whole system and find malware.
- Select all the malware and click on 'Remove selected' button.
4. Disable Effects & Animations
You can disable some effects & animations which take a bit more time to load in your PC. These effects and animation consumes a lot of resources and makes our system slow. To disable them:
- Go to your 'Desktop', right-click on 'This PC' and choose 'Properties' option.
- Click on ‘Advanced system settings’ from left-side menu.
- In 'Advanced' tab, click on 'Settings' in 'Performance' section.
- Click on 'Adjust for best performance'.
- Press on 'Apply' and 'OK' button to save the changes.
This will give you the best performance but it will also give your Windows an ugly look.
5. Check for Corrupt Windows and Updates
You need to make sure that your Windows isn't corrupted. Yes, the Windows data/files can sometimes also get corrupt. This can be due to any app which was malicious and probably damaged your Windows files. To check:
- Open 'CMD' (Run as administrator) through Windows 'Start' menu.
- Type 'sfc /scannow' command and hit 'Enter' key. It's a system file checker command and the process can take while depending upon the size of your hard drive.
You can also run a check manually through 'File Explorer' on your hard drives. To do this:
- Double-click on 'This PC' to open it. Right-click on the 'Windows installed drive' and choose 'Properties'. Generally this should be your C: drive.
- Under 'Tools' tab, click on 'Check' button.
Windows updates come up with many bug fixes and performance improvements every time. You should keep your PC up to date. To check updates for Windows 10:
- Go to 'Start' and type 'Windows update'. Hit 'Enter' key to open it.
- Click on 'Check Update' button. Now, Windows start looking for updates and ‘Install’ them.
6. Disable Transparency Effects
Windows has a transparency effect which you can see in the start menu, taskbar, action center and in the settings app. This effect consumes resources on your PC and you can disable it.
- Go to 'Start' menu, type 'Personalization' and press 'Enter' key from the keyboard.
- Click on 'Colors' from the left-side menu.
- Under 'More options', turn 'Off' the option 'Transparency effects'.
7. Turn Off Live Tiles
Live tiles in Windows are since Windows 8 and with no great use, they consume resources & battery too. It's a good choice to disable them.
For Windows 10 Home users, there is no permanent way of disabling the live tiles but you can do it manually:
- Press 'Windows' key from the keyboard to open the start menu.
- Right-click on any live tile and hover the cursor on 'More'.
- Choose the 'Turn live tile off' option.
For Windows 10 Pro users, there is a permanent way through 'Group Policy Editor'. To do this:
- Go to 'Start' menu, type 'Edit Group Policy' and hit 'Enter' key.
- Navigate to 'User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar > Notification'.
- Right-click on 'Turn off live notifications' and choose 'Edit' option.
- Click on 'Enabled' and press 'Apply' then 'OK' button.
8. Turn Off Cloud Synchronization
There is OneDrive cloud support in Windows 10 for synchronization of files PC to OneDrive and vice-versa. If you have been using this service lately then this must be running all the time in your background. You need to turn it off to make Windows run faster.
- Right-click on 'OneDrive' icon in the taskbar.
- Click on vertical three dots or more options icon at the top-right corner of OneDrive and choose 'Settings'.
- In the 'Account' tab, click on 'Choose folders' button.
- Uncheck all the folder shown and click on 'OK' button.
9. Fast Startup
To boost the startup speed of Windows 10, you can turn on fast startup tweak. This will accelerate the speed on startup of your Windows 10. This feature is enabled by default but if you want to cross-check then:
- Right-click on the 'Battery' icon on the taskbar and click on 'Power options'.
- From the right-side, click on 'Choose what the power button does'.
- Click on 'Change settings that are currently unavailable' to unlock the bottom options.
- Make sure the 'Turn on fast startup' is 'On' and click on 'Save changes' button.
10. Resetting Windows 10
When nothing works out then it's always well to start from the new. This is the last option and it always works because it completely deletes the apps and programs. It deletes every single malicious app and its data from the computer. To do this:
- Open 'Settings' app from the 'Start'.
- Go to 'Updates & Security > Recovery', click on 'Get Started' button under 'Reset this PC'.
It will ask you to reset all the files including your personal data. It's your choice to delete all your files or not. We recommend you to 'Delete only settings, not your personal data'.
After resetting, your Windows 10 will look all new as it was on its first day in the PC.