17 Tips & Tricks To Speed Up Windows 10 And Make It Faster

High performance trick to speed up Windows
Redmond has
stopped increasing the version number of their operating system;
we can only see themed Windows 10 Updates. In April 2017,
Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be receiving two major updates per year.

Despite all the rapid development, Windows machines slow
down over time as they get amassed with programs and files. So,
if you own a desktop or laptop running Windows 10, chances are
high that your DNA might compel you to make Windows 10 faster
and improve its performance.

In the past, we have told you about the tips and tricks for
improving performance on
 and iOS devices. So, I thought I
should include whatever I know and create a post on how can we
speed up Windows 10 and improve its performance to get the most
out of the operating system.

It is possible that you might’ve come across some or many of
these Windows 10 performance tricks across the web. But I think
it would be great to refresh your memories.

Also Read: 12 Easy Ways To Maximize
Battery Life On Windows 10

How to speed up Windows 10 using 17 ways?

1. Prevent programs from loading at startup

It’s a common sight for most Windows users to have tons of apps
and features loaded when their machines start. These are mostly
the ones installed by the manufacturers, and others which
automatically launch at startup.

Watching these programs load is one of the most visible
instances where you feel slowness of your machine. On Windows
10 (and Windows 8/8.1), you can disable programs from loading
at startup using the task manager.

Prevent programs from loading to Speed up Windows trick

And if you’re cherishing the old Windows 7 or Windows XP, the
interface to disable startup programs can be accessed via the
msconfig utility.

2. Use fewer apps at a time, reduce RAM usage to speed up

Running multiple apps at the same time increases your
productivity. But doing the same puts an extra burden on the
shoulders of your PC. Well, in most cases, the CPU isn’t
affected much, but the RAM is the resource that gets exploited.

You can head over to the Task Manager app and monitor memory
usage under the Performance tab > Memory. If the usage stats
show that the programs are harassing the RAM chip, you can kill
the culprits from the Processes tab to speed up your Windows
machine. But make sure you don’t end up killing an important
process. You have to see that there is a difference between the
‘Available’ memory and the memory ‘In Use’.

Your system memory filling up to the brim causes things to
slow down on your computer.
Adding more RAM is one option, but it requires you shell out
your hard-earned money. A less efficient measure to boost
Windows 10 performance would be increasing the size of the
Windows Page File.

How to change Windows Page File size? (Read our detailed
article on Windows Page File here)
  1. Go to This PC > Properties.
  2. Click Advanced System Settings.
    Advance system settings
  3. Under Performance, click
    Settings. Go to Advanced
    Advance tabs
  4. Under virtual memory, click Change.
    virtual memory
  5. Untick Automatically manage paging file size for
    all drives
    check box. Select a drive and enable the
    Custom Size option. Choose the Initial size and Maximum size of
    the page file. Click Ok to save the changes.
    Automatically manage paging file size for all drives to Make Windows Faster

There is one thing, if you have excess RAM, like some 16GB, you
really don’t need to increase page file size. However,
disabling the page file isn’t an option you should consider.
Your PC might run into problems.

3. See if your Windows isn’t corrupt

While the word “corrupt” is mostly used for a special
category of humans, the data on operating systems like Windows
can also get corrupt. Probably, some process or an app messed
up things.

The corrupt data can make your Windows 10 PC work like a sloth
(no offense to the animal, please). And in the worst scenarios,
your system might crash.

One of the easiest ways to fix corrupted files on Windows 10 is
to run the system file checker utility. You might have used the
same while trying to repair corrupt pen drives
and hard drives that went
rogue. Fixing corrupted files will surely speed up Windows
machine of yours.

How to run System File Checker in Windows 10?

You can start an elevated command prompt window and execute the
following command.

sfc /scannow

The process might take some time depending on the size of your
hard drive. Alternatively, you can run the tool by visiting
This PC > Windows drive (right-click) > Properties >
Tools. Click Check.

4. Scan your Windows 10 PC for malware

Well, this might be the most naive thing you would read in the
post intended towards speeding up Windows 10 PCs. Malware
community has existed for decades, and their fear
compelled Microsoft to include an anti-virus tool in their
operating system; it’s called Windows Defender.

Your slow Windows 10 system might be due to some
ishy app hiding inside the machine, disguised as some
system update program or anything else.

You should regularly scan your PC for malware, either by using
Windows Defender or some third-party antivirus
, to make your Windows faster.

5. Shutting down and restarting Windows isn’t an option, it’s a

During college, I had some friends who probably didn’t know the
‘Shut Down’ and ‘Restart’ options existed on Windows. Their
poor PCs had to stay up for weeks without getting any chance to
restart even once.

Do keep in mind, your PC can survive a few days without
rebooting or shutting down. But, that doesn’t mean one always should
keep it running

Restarting or shutting down your PC at regular intervals clears
the system memory that gets consumed over time, and it also
kills all the errant processes to speed up your Windows PC.

6. Prefer to hibernate your PC, or maybe sleep

When you hibernate your PC, less time is required when you turn
it back on. That’s because the current state of the system is
saved on the hard drive and gets loaded when you power on the

Speed up Windows hibernate trick

Give your PC some sleep

Putting their computer on sleep mode is mostly a routine for
Mac users because these devices can live for almost a month in
that way. But now, Windows users also find it comfortable keep
their PC in sleep mode for long hours.

In Sleep Mode, only the RAM on the device remains active. But
sleep mode drains the battery, although in small amounts.
So, you might not want to prefer it every time for your Windows
PC, but sleep mode makes it quicker for you to start working on
the system.

Don’t forget to check out our post on the difference
between Shutdown, Sleep, Fast
Startup, Hybrid Sleep, Hibernate

7. Make Windows ugly as possible

Do away with animations and special effects

Our modern PCs are all about software that should look great,
filled with animations and effects that soothe users’ eyes. But
these visual improvements consume system resources. The
machines which don’t possess efficient hardware could suffer
the consequences sometimes.

There are also some people who don’t use their computers
diligently; they install random apps and do things that cause
problems. Sometimes, the normal operation of the machine

How to disable/enable animations in Windows 10?

You can tune Windows for best performance by disabling the
animations. Go to This PC (right-click) > Properties >
Advanced System Settings > Settings (Under Performance).

In the Performance Options window, select the radio button that
says “Adjust for best performance”. Alternatively, you can
select Custom and choose the options you want to disable.

Adjust for best performance to Make Windows Faster

Disable transparency

Having the taskbar, start menu, and action center transparent
can be good to your eyes, but the feature consumes some of the
resources on your PC. You can disable transparency by visiting
Settings > Personalization > Colors. Turn off the toggle
button that says ” Make Start, taskbar, and action center

Disable transparency speed up Windows trick

8. Always keep Windows updated

There is an abundance of updates in the Windows ecosystem that
are regularly pushed to the users, sometimes forcefully. But
regularly updating your Windows 10 PC can improve performance
in addition to protecting the device from unwanted threats and
newly discovered vulnerabilities.

Starting from Windows 8, Microsoft provides universal drivers
for a vast collection of third-party hardware. Updates for such
devices are delivered through Windows Update. But in the case
of unsupported third-party apps and hardware, you might have to
update them manually.

9. Open apps lightning fast

This is one of the ways you can make Windows 10 faster during
daily usage. You can create custom keyboard shortcuts to open
apps by pressing a single key. In this post, we have detailed the process to create
custom keyboard
shortcuts in Windows.

10. Choose what your PC should prefer

In the same Performance Options window I mentioned above (point
7), switch to the Advanced tab. There, you can determine
whether your PC should give preference to the programs you use
or the services that run in the background.
This adjustment could give a considerable performance
boost according to your needs.

Make Windows Faster 9

11. Turn off cloud sync to make Windows faster

Windows 10 offers integrated support for Microsoft’s cloud
storage service OneDrive. You can copy all the files and
folders to OneDrive which you want to upload to the cloud. Many
users have a soft corner for Google Drive; there are chances
they might not be using One Drive.

But even if you’re a die-hard fan of the OneDrive, turning on
the sync and forgetting about it wouldn’t be a wise move. It
would consume your resources and slow down Windows 10. In fact,
it’s not only OneDrive, and you should do this for other
services too.

To disable OneDrive sync and make your Windows faster, go to
This PC > OneDrive (right-click) > Choose OneDrive
folders to sync. On the next screen, untick the checkbox
Sync all files and folders in OneDrive and
click Ok.

Speed up Windows sync off trick

12. Use fast startup to speed up your computer’s load time

One way to accelerate Windows 10 startup process is by turning
on the hibernation feature that’s disabled by default. Fast
Startup (enabled by default) is another feature which reduces
the booting time of Windows 10. It’s a combination of shutdown
and hibernation.

You can check whether Fast Startup is enabled for
your computer by visiting Power Options > Choose what the
power button does. Click “Change settings that are currently
unavailable” to unlock the shutdown configuration. There,
you’ll see the option to enable/disable fast startup. Check out
our post on the difference between Fast Startup, Hybrid Sleep,
Hibernate Shutdown and Sleep

13. Use ReadyBoost to speed up Windows 10

ReadyBoost is a Windows feature that can supplement your RAM
when your hard drive is slow. You might see visible differences
in system performance if you’re running low-end hardware. Keep
in mind, ReadyBoost doesn’t work in the case of SSDs as they’re
usually faster than USB drives. You can read our detailed post
on “How To Speed Up Windows Using ReadyBoost And USB
” to get a better idea.

14. Turn off live tiles

Live Tiles debuted with Windows 8. The live tiles in the Start
Menu or Start Screen provide updated information related
to an app, either sourced from the web or locally. But they
also consume resources and battery, not up to the level that it
would slow things down. But turning the live tiles off would be
beneficial if you never bothered to see what a live tile is

How to turn off live tiles in Windows 10 to speed up
your computer?

If you’re running Windows 10 Pro, you can use the Group Policy
Editor. In the editor, open User Configuration >
Administrative Templates > Start Menu and Taskbar >
Notifications > Turn off tile notifications.

Otherwise, you’ll have to disable the live tiles manually for
each app. Open Start > Right-click a live tile > More
> Turn live tile off.

15. Use High-Performance Mode to improve PCs performance

The ‘High Performance’ mode in Power options helps you make the
best out of your PC. The CPU can utilize its full potential,
while the high-performance mode prevents various components
like hard drives, WiFi cards, etc. from going into power saving

High performance trick to speed up Windows

Connect a charger while doing resource-heavy tasks

Did you ever realize why power users prefer desktops? One of
the reasons is the constant power supply which improves
performance. In the case of laptops, you can keep the charger
connected while you play games, or use a large software.

16. Use the build in troubleshooter

With the release of the Creators Update, Microsoft has started
providing a dedicated section for various Windows
troubleshooting utilities. You can visit Settings > Update
& Recovery > Troubleshooter. There, you’ll find options
to fix errors related to Bluetooth, BSOD, audio, Windows
Update, keyboard, and other hardware on the system. Fixing
various problems can make your Windows 10 PC run faster and
without errors.

17. Reset your PC

Apparently, the last and the least option to end all of the
Windows-related problems is to Reset your Windows 10 PC. You
can do so by visiting the Recovery section in Settings or by
the utility provided by your device manufacturer which you can
access by pressing some key when the PC boots. Reinstalling
Windows 10 would revert all the wrong-doings and changes you
and various apps have made to the system.

So, these were some of the methods that can help you speed up
your Windows 10 PC.

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