Other things to try
1. Restart device
Shutting down and restarting your computer is perhaps one of the first things you can do to improve the overall performance. It might be obvious, but it’s not the first thing that usually comes to mind.
2. Disable startup apps
On Windows 10, many apps can register themselves to start automatically during startup and continue to run in the background, wasting system resources that can slow down the experience. When you try to speed up Windows 10, it’s recommended to disable all the apps running at startup, or, at least, those you do not use regularly.
3. Disable apps relaunch on startup
Windows 10 has a feature that restarts the apps from your last session after a reboot, even before you sign in. Although this is a valuable feature that can speed up the process of quickly resuming where you left off, it can also impact system performance.
4. Disable background apps
On Windows 10, some apps can continue to run tasks in the background even when you’re not using them. If you want to speed up your computer as much as possible, you can decide which apps can operate in the background or disable the feature to block all apps.
5. Uninstall non-essential apps
Typically, new devices come with applications you do not need, including the usual bloatware and system tools that you will never use that will only waste space on the drive and resources. When trying to increase the system performance, you should always remove those non-essential applications.
6. Install quality apps only
Old and poorly designed apps and apps that load unnecessary features can negatively affect the performance of your computer. Also, just because an app comes from a company you trust does not mean it’s a good app.
If you want to keep your device healthy and snappy, only install good apps. Usually, you want to install apps available from the Microsoft Store because they’ve been reviewed for security and performance. If the app is not available through the store, only download apps from trusted sources and confirm they work on Windows 10.
If you are unsure, you can research online to get more information about the app. For instance, you can check the software vendor’s forums to check whether users are experiencing issues or post a question in the forums to find out more details.
7. Clean up hard drive space
Whether you have a traditional Disk Hard Drive (HDD) or Solid-State Drive (SSD), it’s never wise to run Windows with an almost full hard drive because it will affect performance.
If the computer has relatively new hardware and you notice apps, managing files, and other tasks are struggling to complete, it is likely because the drive is running out of space. Usually, this becomes more evident after the drive is filled up around 70 percent of the total capacity.
One way to prevent the storage from impacting performance is to use the Storage settings to delete temporary and unnecessary files to reclaim space.
8. Use drive defragmentation
If you have a computer with older hardware and a traditional rotating platters hard drive, organizing the data can increase the responsiveness.
9. Configure ReadyBoost
In addition, to use the defragmentation tool on computers with older hardware, you can also use the ReadyBoost feature to boost performance.
ReadyBoost is not new to Windows 10. It’s been around for years as a feature that uses a flash drive or SD card to cache files to boost the overall system performance. (If the device has an SSD, this feature won’t be available since it won’t offer additional benefits.)
10. Perform malware scan
When a device starts to run very slowly, this could indicate a malware infection. Typically, viruses, spyware, and other malware types are known to take up many system resources making a device unusable.
Although Windows 10 comes with the Microsoft Defender Antivirus, it does not guarantee that malware will make its way into the system. If you suspect the device has been infected, you should try running a full virus scan.
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