After installing Windows 10, do you notice that the computer is running slowly? If compared to previous operating systems such as Windows XP/7/8, will the speed of Windows 10 improve? So, is there any way to improve the boot speed of Windows 10? Check out the article below and apply it to your system!
Here are the tips to speed up Windows 10 mentioned in the article:
- 1. Turn off System Restore
- 2. Check out the Startup program
- 3. Turn off Windows Defender
- 4. Disable Windows Firewall
- 5. Upgrade, replace a regular HDD with an SSD
- 6. Disable graphics, transparency effects in Windows 10
- 7. Prioritize operating mode according to performance
- 8. Uninstall bloatware
- 9. Activate Hibernate mode
- 10. Disable Search Indexing
- 11. Reduce the load for the browser
- 12. Clean up the drive (s)
- 13. Do not defragment the drive (s)
- 14. Turn on fast booting
- 15. Uninstall fonts and drivers
- 16. Turn off applications that run in the background
- 17. Virtual memory optimization
- 18. Turn off Windows Tips
- 19. Turn off Dynamic Color Adaptation
- 20. Disable the services that run in the background
- 21. Turn off Windows features
- 22. Use CCleaner regularly
- 23. Fix Registry errors
- 24. Use Troubleshooter
- 25. Customize the File Explorer options
- 26. Check for drive error (s)
- 27. Turn off the synchronization feature
- 28. Reset your PC
1. Turn off System Restore
If you do not want to use System Restore function, you should turn it off, to free up memory, storage capacity as well as limit the background services of Windows 10. To turn off System Restore on Windows 10, click Right This PC > Properties > Advanced system settings > select the System Protection tab, by default this mode is enabled (Protection = On):
Click Configure, the next window appears, select Disable system protection to turn off System Restore. Then click OK:
Check back on the System Protection tab, you see that the Protection mode on C drive is Off which means the backup mode has been successfully turned off:
2. Check out the Startup program
Windows 10 automatically installs and launches an online backup application – OneDrive to the user’s system, which can also be a cause of slow startup with computers with a slow Internet connection. To turn off OneDrive while Windows starts, open Task Manager, select the Startup tab:
Right-click on OneDrive and select Disable as shown below (do the same for other applications):
3. Turn off Windows Defender
Windows Defender is one of those good and stable free antivirus programs, but what if we don’t want to use, or are accustomed to using other Antivirus applications? Turn off Windows Defender! Open Control Panel> Windows Defender or right-click on the program icon in the lower right corner of the screen> Open:
Select Virus & threat protection.
Select Virus & threat protection settings > Manage settings.
In the next setup window displays, how many of the On options, you switch all to Off. Windows will display a notification, and display the status of Windows Defender from green or yellow to red as shown below:
4. Disable Windows Firewall
Nobody uses the feature Firewall on their personal computers. So why do we have to turn Firewall on? Better turn it off, right. Open Control Panel > Windows Defender Firewall:
In the Turn Windows Firewall on or off setting, remember to select Turn Off. Then click OK:
5. Upgrade, replace a regular HDD with an SSD
Nowadays, hard drive technology has changed a lot, with a price that is quite cheaper compared to before, but you can still use the latest SSD hard drive with much better storage capacity (at least compared to when SSDs first appeared), but the data access speed is much faster, so Windows 10 on your computer also seems to run much faster.
6. Disable graphics, transparency effects in Windows 10
The graphic effect is a quite drastic change from the time of Windows XP and above, for a computer with strong configuration, OK, very nice, but for normal, weak average computers, it is an extreme. On Windows 10, right-click on the Desktop, select Personalize> select the Colors section:
Transfer all options:
- Show color on Start, Taskbar and Action Center
- Make Start, Taskbar, and Action Center Transparent
From On to Off.
7. Prioritize operating mode according to performance
Many years ago, Windows XP came with many improvements and hopes of Microsoft’s ambition to dominate the desktop market. And Windows XP really did something that hardly any operating system could do at that time. From Windows 98 and earlier, users had no choice in using and customizing Windows, but with Windows XP, it was totally different. Besides changing the interface, prioritizing performance or graphical interface also helps users have many interesting experiences. Back to Windows 10, to increase the performance of this new operating system, open System> Advanced system settings> Advanced> click the Settings button:
In this option, you switch to Adjust for best performance:
8. Uninstall bloatware
One of the biggest factors slowing down Windows systems is an unwanted software, also known as bloatware. They unnecessarily take up disk space and memory space, hindering other applications from fulfilling their potential.
That’s why deleting such applications increases the performance of the system, especially if you download a lot of programs but don’t or rarely use them. For rarely used applications, to avoid having to install software, you can use portable applications instead.
To remove bloatware or unused applications, follow these steps:
- Right-click Start> Control Panel.
- Select Programs> Programs and Features.
- Select Uninstall/Change to remove unwanted programs, delete each one.
- Follow the instructions in the dialog box to uninstall the software.
9. Activate Hibernate mode
In Hibernate (hibernate mode), the state of the computer (programs and their data is open) is written to the hard drive when you turn off the PC. When you turn on the system, Windows 10 takes a few seconds to open and allows you to go back to where you left off (because your programs are still open with their sessions).
Follow these steps to turn on the hibernate option:
- Press Win + I and then select System
- Select Power & sleep> Additional power settings, then open Power Options.
- On the left panel, select Choose what the power buttons do.
- In the new window, click Change settings that are currently unavailable.
- Select Hibernate and click the Save changes button at the bottom.
You can now select the Hibernate option from the Start menu whenever you want to put the computer into hibernation, and then return to work quickly.
10. Disable Search Indexing
The Search Indexing feature improves search engine responses and speeds up the search in Windows 10. However, it weakens performance when running in the background and is heavily used. lots of system resources. For this reason, if you are searching occasionally, it is best to disable this feature.
Follow the steps mentioned below to turn off Search Indexing:
- Right-click Start> Computer Management.
- Double-click Services and Applications> Services.
- In the service list, find Windows Search and double click it.
- In the new window, in the Startup type section, select Manual or Disabled and then press the OK button to save your changes.
11. Reduce the load for the browser
Browser extensions and add-ons work for every opened tab or window and thus consume a significant amount of system resources. Therefore, installing many browser extensions and add-ons will reduce your computer’s performance. Therefore, to speed up Windows 10, you must disable or remove all unused extensions and add-ons.
If you use Chrome as a web browser, follow these steps to delete the extension:
- Click the 3-dot icon in the top right corner of the browser window.
- Select More tools> Extensions.
- Uncheck Enabled for any gadgets you want to temporarily disable, or click the trash icon to completely uninstall it.
If you use Mozilla Firefox, follow these steps to delete the extension:
- Click the 3-dash icon in the top right corner of the browser window.
- Select Add-ons to open the Add-ons Manager tool.
- Select Extensions from the left sidebar to view the list.
- Click the Disable button for the add-ons you want to disable temporarily or click the Remove button to completely uninstall the add-ons no longer needed.
View more: Brave Browser Review.
12. Clean up the drive (s)
Over time, your computer is filled with lots of useless data and takes up space, which can slow down the overall operation of the system. That is why you need to remove unnecessary files using the Disk Cleanup tool.
To run Disk Cleanup to free up space on your system, follow these steps:
- Click Start> File Explorer> This PC.
- On the right, in Devices and Drives, select Local Disk (C:), then right-click and select Properties from the menu.
- Switch to the General tab and in the Capacity section, click the Disk Cleanup button.
- After the tool completes a system scan, select the category of files you want to delete and click OK to delete them.
13. Do not defragment the drive (s)
Your drive gets fragmented over time and increasing disk fragmentation also increases the time Windows 10 fetches data when its portion (s) are spread evenly across the drive. This results in slower performance and further increases the risk of disk failure.
Defragmenting cleans the hard drive and combining fragments creates sequential data on the drive and speeds up the operation of the system. In addition, defragmenting the drive on a regular basis improves performance and increases the life of the system.
To defragment and keep the hard drive always working effectively, follow these steps:
- Click Start > File Explorer.
- Select Local Disk (C:), then right-click and select Properties.
- Click the Tools tab, see the Optimize and defragment drive section, and then click the Optimize button to open the Optimize Drives tool.
- Select the disks, one by one, and click the Optimize button to defragment each drive.
14. Turn on fast booting
The Fast Startup option helps boot your computer faster after shutdown by reducing the time it takes to boot, caching some necessary resources into a single file on your hard drive.
At boot time, the main file is loaded back into RAM to speed up the process manifold. Note that this option does not affect the restart process.
Follow these steps to enable the Fast Startup option in Windows 10:
- Right-click Start to open the context menu and select Control Panel.
- Click Hardware and Sound and see Power Options in a new window.
- Click Change what the power buttons do.
- Now click Change settings that are currently unavailable.
- Check the box next to the Turn on fast startup (recommended) option.
- Click the Save changes button.
15. Uninstall fonts and drivers
Drivers, like fonts, load, and resource usage, cause a delay in starting the system. So, if you don’t need them, delete them to improve the performance of your Windows 10 PC.
To uninstall the driver, see the “Uninstalling bloatware” section above. In the Programs and Features section, just select the driver you want to delete. If the driver does not show up in Programs and Features, you can follow these steps:
- Right-click on Start, select Device Manager to open the window.
- Locate the hardware you want to uninstall the driver from, then right-click on it and select Uninstall.
- Select the Delete the driver software for this device and press OK.
To delete fonts, follow the steps below:
- Right-click on Start and select Control Panel.
- Select Small icons in View and then select Fonts.
- Select the fonts you are not using and then click the Delete button.
16. Turn off applications that run in the background
Applications running in the background will take up system resources, heat up your computer, and reduce its overall performance. That is why it is better to turn them off to speed up your Windows 10 and manually launch them whenever you have a need to use them. This reduces resource usage and helps speed up your system.
Follow these steps to turn off applications that run in the background:
- Select the Start button, go to Settings.
- Click Privacy, go to the last option in the left panel – Background apps.
- Turn off applications that run in the background you do not need to use.
17. Virtual memory optimization
With low RAM memory, it is difficult to run multitasking smoothly on Windows 10. The recommended solution is to upgrade RAM. However, if you are not willing to pay for this, then another option is to allocate more virtual memory.
Virtual memory is a software-level optimization measure to improve the responsiveness of any system. The operating system uses virtual memory whenever it lacks real memory (RAM). Although Windows 10 manages this setting, configuring it manually gives much better results.
Follow these steps to optimize virtual memory:
- Click Start, select Control Panel, and then select the System and Security option.
- Click System in the window that appears, then select the Advanced system settings on the left.
- In the new window, click the Advanced tab and then click the Settings button within the Performance section.
- Select the Advanced tab in the new window and click the Change button in the Virtual Memory section.
- In the window that appears, uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.
- Select drive C: and then click the radio button to customize the size.
- Now set the Initial size (MB) by the size of RAM and the Maximum size (MB) is twice the size of your RAM (for example, if the RAM size is 4GB, set the Initial size to 4000 MB and Maximum size is 8000 MB).
- Click the Set button and then click OK (reboot when required).
18. Turn off Windows Tips
The Tips feature of Windows 10 has proven itself to be very useful for new users to better understand the system and in particular, to avoid unnecessary configuration changes. However, experienced people can disable the Tips feature and maximize system performance.
Follow these steps to turn off the Tips feature of Windows 10:
- Select the Start button, go to Settings.
- Select System and on the left, select Notifications & actions.
- Turn off the Get tips, tricks and suggestions as you use Windows.
19. Turn off Dynamic Color Adaptation
The Dynamic Color Adaptation feature of Windows 10 automatically selects colors from the desktop background and adjusts the colors of the user interface accordingly.
This feature increases resource usage and reduces the performance of Windows 10 computers. That is why disabling this feature frees up resources and improves system responsiveness.
Follow these steps to turn off Dynamic Color Adaptation:
- Click the Start button and from the menu, select Settings.
- Select Personalization from the sidebar on the left then chooses Colors.
- Turn off Automatically pick an accent color from my background.
20. Disable the services that run in the background
In Windows 10, there are some services that run in the background that are either infrequently or never used. So, it’s best to turn them off or turn them on manually. Disabling such unnecessary background services will reduce system resource usage and the system will become faster.
Turn off the service that runs in the background by following these steps:
- Enter services.msc into the search field of the Start menu and click on the first search result to open the Services tool.
- Double-click each service that you want to disable and in their Startup type section, select Disabled or Manual each use.
21. Turn off Windows features
Windows offers many optional features such as .NET, PowerShell, Telnet, and more. They may or may not be useful to you, but they still take up memory and disk space. So, if you have Windows features you don’t use, turn them off to make Windows 10 faster.
Follow the steps below to turn off unnecessary features:
- Press Win + X and choose Programs and Features.
- Click Turn Windows features on the right.
- In the new window, uncheck the features you do not use and click OK.
22. Use CCleaner regularly
Over time, every Windows system is filled with temporary data and junk data, thus slowing down the system. It is best to remove that data regularly. However, the Disk Cleanup tool (discussed above) does not clean all this data, and here you should use CCleaner instead.
CCleaner is a tool to clean the drive, delete temporary files, cookies, cache, and other junk data, which requires regular cleaning to keep the system running smoothly. To find and delete temporary and unnecessary files using CCleaner, follow these steps:
- Download the CCleaner tool and install it.
- Launch the CCleaner tool and then select the Cleaner icon.
- Select what needs cleaning and press the Run Cleaner button.
23. Fix Registry errors
The Windows Registry is the central repository for the configuration of a complete system. Over time, this database dramatically increases unnecessary or lost entries, resulting in a slowdown of the registry and a decrease in the overall performance of the system.
To avoid this situation, the Registry should be cleaned regularly with a dedicated tool. CCleaner is one of the tools to help clean up problematic items in the registry and even provides a backup for the registry before performing the cleanup.
To fix Registry errors with CCleaner, follow these steps:
- Download and install CCleaner.
- Open CCleaner and click the Registry icon on the right.
- Select the issues to fix and click the Scan for Issues button.
- After the scan is complete, click the Fix selected issues button.
24. Use Troubleshooter
Windows 10 has a built-in tool to find problems and resolve them automatically without user assistance. If there are problems affecting your PC but you can’t find them yourself, then you can easily find and fix those problems by using the troubleshooting tool.
Moreover, if your system is poorly functioning, there may be many different reasons behind it, and finding these problems is a real challenge.
You can fix your system problem by following these steps:
- Click on the Start button and select Control Panel.
- Click System and Security and in the Security and Maintenance section, select Troubleshoot computer problems.
- In the new window, look under the System and Security option and click all three options, one by one then follow the onscreen instructions.
25. Customize the File Explorer options
Windows 10’s File Explorer has several options to improve the overall user experience, also affecting PC performance. Disabling unsolicited options will improve the overall performance of Windows and give you a smooth experience, especially when using explorer.
To configure File Explorer options in Windows 10, follow these steps:
- Click Start, select File Explorer to open it, and click the View tab.
- Click the Options button and click Change folder and search options.
- A Folder Options dialog box will open. Select the View tab and uncheck the following options in Advanced settings:
Always show icons, never thumbnails.
Display file icon on thumbnails
Display file size information in folder tips
Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color
Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items
Show preview handlers in the preview pane
- Also, in Advanced settings, select the following options:
Hide empty drives
Hide extensions for known file types
Hide folder merge conflicts
Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)
- Click OK to save the configuration changes.
26. Check for drive error (s)
After a lot of reading/write operations, power failures, and other reasons, the computer’s drive may be completely damaged or damaged in some places. This results in a slower system and may even cause system crashes and system freezes.
That’s why you should check for drives regularly with a disk checker. Follow these steps to run error checking on your drive:
- Open the File Explorer, access This PC select a drive.
- Right-click on the drive and select Properties from the menu.
- Switch to the Tools tab, then click the Check button in the Error checking section.
- Follow the onscreen instructions, given in a new window, to check the drive.
27. Turn off the synchronization feature
Windows 10 syncs things like passwords, browser settings, language and system preferences, etc. with your Microsoft account. Therefore, this feature consumes system resources and your web connection bandwidth. Therefore, consider turning off the synchronization feature, if you do not really need because it helps improve the performance of the system.
To turn off sync on a Windows 10 PC, follow these steps:
- Click the Start option > Settings > Accounts.
- On the left, select the last option Sync your settings.
- Turn off sync settings.
28. Reset your PC
If all of the above tips don’t help you improve performance for Windows 10, then the final solution is to reset your system. This option will give you a new configuration installed on the system. Note that although this will not harm your saved files, you will still not find your old software and configuration.
Follow these steps to reset your PC:
- Open the Start menu> Setting > Update & Security.
- In the window that appears, select Recovery on the left.
- In the Reset this PC section, click the Get started button to begin the process.
These are all tips and tricks that can help you speed up a Windows 10 system. Hopefully, with some of the steps above, your Windows 10 boots up and runs faster than before.
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