Really want to Speed Up Windows 10? You can think of Windows 10 as The Flash in Microsoft OS (Operating System). Just like The Flash has weaknesses that limit his speed, so does Windows 10. But the great news is that you can still attach a nitro boost to your slow pacing windows and get it back to The Flash speed.
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How To Speed Up Windows 10 OS
Here are several ways you can get this done:
This simply means downloading and installing the latest version of Windows 10 onto your PC. Most times, these updates come with upgraded security patches, fixes to bugs found in the previous versions, some new features that can lighten up your machine, etc. To achieve this, connect to your home or office Wi-Fi or router depending on your preferred internet connection.
To Get Started
- Go to Start button >> Settings >> Update & Security >> Windows Update >> Check for updates,
- If you receive a message “Updates are available”, just click on Install now.
- Select your preferred updates to install, then click on Install.
- Restart your PC and check the speed.
- If the message displays “You’re up to date,” then check solution 2.
2. Open Only Apps You’re Working On
Opening almost all apps on your PC can really slow down your windows, it makes it try to process all at the same time, which can be a draining task. It is recommended to only open the ones you need and close them when you are done before opening others.
If by any means, your PC was already running those apps, you restart it to forcefully close them and reset some things.
To Restart – On your Keyboard, simply press and hold ALT+F4, then tap R and click ENTER or with the mouse cursor click OK.
To restart your Windows 10 OS hover your mouse pointer to the bottom left, click on the “Power” button and hit the “Restart” button.
3. Program Compatibility Troubleshooter
Some apps meant for older windows versions tend to slow down your windows 10. You can check for its update from the Manufacturer’s website and update, or you can uninstall them if they’re not necessary. You can also check if the app is compatible with your PC.
Running The Troubleshooter.
- In your search box on the taskbar, type Troubleshoot, then select Troubleshoot settings, sometimes typing troubleshoot brings up Troubleshoot settings. When this happens, just click on Troubleshoot settings.
- The Troubleshooting page is separated into two: Get up and running & Find and fix other problems.
- Scroll down to find and fix other problems, click on Program Compatibility Troubleshooter, then click on Run Compatibility,
- Select the program that you’re having problems with, then select Next and continue through the troubleshooter.
- Still, not working, try the next step.
4. Use ReadyBoost
This feature allows you to add more memory (RAM) without buying a RAM stick and opening up your PC to insert it. This can simply be achieved with the help of a USB drive or a Memory card with free space not less than 500 MB with high data transfer speed.
To use ReadyBoost
- Insert your USB drive into your PC,
- Right-click on the USB drive and click on Properties,
- Click on Ready Boost, and select Use this device,
- Allow windows to determine system reserved space, then click OK.
- When you open the USB flash drive or Memory card, you will see ReadyBoost.sfcache on the flash drive. This file displays the amount of space reserved for ReadyBoost.
PS – ReadyBoost doesn’t apply to SSDs (Solid State Drives) as they’re already fast.
5. Ensure that Windows is managing the page file size
The paging file is an area on your hard disk (HDD), which Windows uses like memory. It can be customized to automatically manage the page file size, which can help improve your PC’s performance.
- Right-click on This PC, and click on Properties,
- Then click on Advanced system settings, and on the Advanced tab click on Settings,
- On Performance Options, click on the second tab Advanced and click on Change,
- Make sure Automatically manage paging file size for all drives is ticked, then click OK,
- Then restart your system for it to take effect.
6. Check Storage Space
If you are low on storage space, it can be the reason your PC is running slow. Delete unnecessary files from your PC’s drive or move them to either your external drive or your cloud if you have any.
To use disk cleanup:
- On your search bar type in disk cleanup and click on it,
- Next, you see Disk Cleanup: Drive Selection, select the drive you want to clean up, it’s usually (C:) and click OK,
- Tick the things you want to clean up like Temporary files, Thumbnails, Recycle bin, etc.,
- Click OK and click Delete Files and wait for the process to be completed.
7. Check For Malware And Viruses
Viruses and Malware are well known for causing mischiefs on PCs; they tend to corrupt your files, contaminate your boot, slow down your PC, etc. Regularly update your Windows Defender to keep it fit for fighting viruses and Malware.
8. Disable some startup apps
Some apps automatically start working as soon as your PC boots up, some of these apps are too heavy, and they first start by slowing down boot time, and after the PC boots up, they continue to run in the background alongside the apps you’re working on. This doesn’t just slow down the PC. It also takes a toll on the battery life if you’re using a laptop or notebook.
- On your keyboard press and hold down CTRL+SHIFT+ESC to bring up Task Manager,
- Click on the Startup tab,
- Right-click on the ones you don’t want to start automatically and click Disable,
- Once you’re done, Restart your PC.
The steps above should be able to resolve whatever issues you have if it doesn’t try clean, reinstalling your windows.
Goodbye and Stay Safe.