How to speed up your Windows 10 PC

2nd March 2021
Windows 10 PC blog

Although Windows 10 is a fast system, over time and with consistent use it can slow down. This can be a result of several factors, including temporary files, hardware issues, compatibility problems and bloatware. However, if you notice your Windows 10 PC is getting slower and is not performing how you would like, there a few simple tweaks you can make.

Here, we look at the ways in which you can speed up your Windows 10 PC to get your computer back in shape without compromising its appearance or functionality.

Check the latest updates

This may seem obvious but check to see if your PC is running the latest version of Windows 10. When checking for updates, your PC will also look for the latest device drivers which can also help to improve performance.

To check for updates select Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates. If the status says, ‘Updates are available’, make sure to install them.

Restart your PC

Again, this may seem like an obvious step, but restarting your device can sometimes help solve common performance issues. Many people leave their computer running for weeks at a time, causing processes to continue that you may not even be using. It is recommended to shut down your PC completely after each day, so you can be certain all running applications and processes have stopped.

Check your start-up apps

When you install new programmes, many can configure themselves to start up automatically when you turn your PC on and run in the background. To help speed up your machine, you should disable this automatic start up on any programmes that you don’t use regularly.

To disable start up apps, go to Settings > Apps > Startup > Sort by > Startup impact. Here you will be able to use the toggle switch to turn this function off for any unnecessary apps.

Run a disk cleanup 

This is a built-in Windows utility that allows you to clear out temporary files that clog up your machine (such as downloaded programme files and image thumbnails). To do this, click the Windows menu and type ‘Disk Cleanup’ into the search bar. Once in the utility, it will give you a choice of files to remove and also calculate the amount of space you will save.

Uninstall unused software

When you buy your machine, it might have come with preinstalled third-party software. Often referred to as ‘Bloatware’ due to its unnecessary nature and size, you can remove these redundant programmes to free up space on your hard drive and improve performance.

To do this, go to Control Panel > Programmes > Programmes and Features > Uninstall a programme. Any programmes you no longer need or want, select uninstall.

Check for spyware and viruses 

There are several applications you can use to do this, including the built-in Windows Defender app. You should also be sure to use ongoing anti-malware protection in the future to keep your PC free for viruses and spyware. Explore Hardsoft’s range of security software to find out more about keeping your Windows 10 PC protected.

Turn off search indexing

Windows 10 Search can be a great feature to find apps, but for lower-powered PCs, it can consume many resources and negatively impact performance.

To turn off search indexing, go to Settings > Search > Search Windows > Advanced Search Indexer Settings > Modify > Show all Locations. Here, you can clear the selected locations you don’t want indexed and then click OK. This will stop Windows 10 from indexing specific locations, which can help to increase speed and improve performance.

Add more RAM

More memory can help to speed up your computer. This isn’t an option for all Windows devices, for example the Surface Pro tablets, but if you have a desktop tower it’s certainly an option. Take a look at this article to find out more about how to add RAM to your Windows 10 PC.

Install an SSD Startup Drive

Installing an SSD can hugely benefit demanding applications such as Adobe Photoshop and just the overall performance of your computer. You can also use an external SSD to provide you with a speed boost, especially with those applications that use a lot of storage.

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