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How to Speed Up Windows 10

Uninstall Crapware

Preinstalled software continues to be a nuisance with new computers. Get rid of these so-called helper programs by going into the Start button (Lower left of the display) and click All Apps. Then right click and choose uninstall.



Limit Startup Processes

When you start up your computer you may notice side processes unnecessarily running at all times.  Limit this by invoking the Task Manager. Start by pressing Ctrl-Shift-Esc and Switch to the Startup Tab. You’ll notice all the programs that run at startup and the impact for each one.  Right click on the status column to reject or enable the program from running at startup.


Clean up your Disk

Type Disk Cleanup from the Start Menu and open up the utility.  Disk Cleanup discovers unwanted junk files, offline web pages, and installer files and gives you the option to delete them all at once.  If the disk defragmentation is not scheduled regularly you can set it up by typing “Optimize Drives tool” in the Cortana search box next to the Start button.


Add more RAM

Adding more memory is a great way to speed up PC operations. RAM makers’ such as Crucial, Kingston, and Corsair present with you on their website which type of RAM your PC takes.


Install an SSD Startup Drive

Install a solid-state startup drive and notice a remarkable speed boost especially if you use applications that take up a lot of storage.


Check for Viruses and Spyware

Run the built-in Windows defending or implement a third-party app to check for viruses, spyware, and malware.


Change your power settings to Maximum Performance

If you’re not concern about saving electricity, utilize this option to boost the speed of your computer. Go to Control Panel>System and Security>Power Options and click the dropdown arrow on the right side to choose High Performance.


Use performance Troubleshooter

Check to see if there are any root causes for you slowdown. Open Cortana’s search box next to the Start Button and type troubleshooting. Under System and Security notice the Check for performance issues and run the trouble shooter to find out if there is anything going on. You can also run other trouble shooters including System Maintenance, Search and Indexing, Hardware and Sounds, and Programs.


Change Appearance in Performance Options Dialog

Easily do this by typing “Adjust appearance” in Cortana and selecting “Adjust for best performance.” You can also pick and choose which feature you can live without from the long list of check boxes.  Keep in mind that if you choose overall best-performance you will lose all visual effects.


Turn off Search Indexing

If you conduct a lot of searches take note that search indexing can consume your system resources.  To turn off indexing, type “index” in the Start button search box, and see the Indexing Options at the top of the list, select Modify and remove locations being indexed.  If you want to leave search indexing on but notice that it occasionally slows you down you can stop the process only when you need the extra speed.  Right-click on Computer in the Start menu>Manage>double-click Services and Applications>Services. Then find Windows Search and double click. In the properties dialog choose the new Automatic (Delayed Start) to help reduce the effect on the systems overall boot performance or simply disable to silence the process by default.