A PC that runs slowly is not uncommon these days and even if the user adds RAM or buys a faster SSD, there is still some frustration regarding the speed or performance the device has. However, there are other ways, cheap alternatives that can work better and are worth trying.
Therefore, here are the options you can try to speed up the Windows 10 PC:
This is one is an obvious alternative and should also be tried first. If the personal computer runs terribly slow, a reboot should do the trick. However, the user has to keep in mind that the Hibernate or Sleep option will save power, but only a full reboot process will clear out the cobwebs for Windows.
If the PC is really slow, this option can be done every day.
Turning on High Performance
Windows usually assume that the user wants an energy-efficient PC, but they can always replace the electricity efficiency with speed.
This tip can be used if the user is aware of the fact that increasing the electric bill will also decrease the battery’s performance. In order to turn on High Performance, the user needs to right-click the Start button, select Power Options and in the resulting Control Panel window, there will be a Show additional plans option where the user will search for High Performance.
Changing appearance options
Windows also makes sure the experience is simple and makes the screen easy on the eyes. If the user wants to exchange aestethics for speed, they can right-click Start again, select System, then go to Advanced system settings; it will appear a System properties dialog box where the user needs to choose the Settings button in the Performance box.
Afterwards, the user is free to uncheck some of the options or choose the Adjust for best performance option.
Removing some autoloaders
After every reboot, a lot of programs want to load automatically. Some of these programs slow down the PC and that is unwanted. The antivirus should one of the few that loads when the PC boots and should keep running while the computer is on.
In order to evaluate the situation, the user can right-click the taskbar, choose Task Manager, and then click Startup tab. This tab will show the user the programs that auto-load. In order to stop one program from auto-loading, the user select the program’s entry and choose Disable.
Stopping the hogging process
The PC may be running a poorly written process and that can hog a lot of its resources. To find out, the user has to right click the taskbar and select Task Manager. Then, on the Processes tab there is the CPU column that shows the items that hog the CPU; the top items usually are the ones responsible for hogging it.
However, not all top processes are hogging, some applications require a lot more CPU. One way to manage this issue is to close the programs when they no longer serve a purpose.
Turning off search indexing
When the user searches for a word in the files from the Documents library, the results tend to appear in a moment. However, when the user is not searching, the indexing needed to create the fast searches slows the PC down.
Turning off the indexing can be done by opening Windows Explorer, right clicking C: drive and selecting Properties. Then, on the General tab, the user needs to uncheck the Allow files on this drive to have content indexed in addition to file properties and in the resulting box, select Apply changes to drive C:.
Turning off Windows tips
The operating system occasionally gives the user tips on how to use it properly. To turn this option off, the user has to click Start, then Settings, select System then Notifications & Actions. Finally, they will need to turn off Get tips, tricks and suggestions as you use Windows.
Cleaning the internal drive
Windows’s own Disk Cleanup tool is quite useful and does the job. In the Cortana field, the user types Disk and selects Disk Cleanup, and then selects Clean up System files.