How To Speed Up Windows 10

If you notice delayed start-ups or slow performance on your PC, we have a few tips to help you speed up your Windows 10. Let's jump right into it.

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Ways To Speed Up Your Windows 10

Optimizing the start-up

We all hate when our computer takes a long time to start up. Windows 10 comes with a Fast Startup. This feature works in collaboration with the hibernation feature.

However, hibernation mode must be switched on before you can enjoy the Fast Startup. Here is what you need to do:

  • Right-click on the Start menu and click on Command Prompt to open the black command box. Alternatively, you can also press the Windows and X keys to pull up the Power user menu and then click on Command Prompt to proceed.
  • Enter the following in the command prompt – powercfg /hibernate on.
  • Pull up the Power User Menu again by pressing the Windows and X keys together and clicking on Control Panel.
  • Click on Power Options (you will find it under System and Security depending on your computer’s settings).
  • From the left menu, click on Choose what the Power button does.
  • Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable, and the shutdown settings will be available for you to change.
  • Put a check next to Turn on fast Startup or Hibernate and click on Save changes.

While a fast startup will help you start your computer quickly, it will keep your computer from updating. To ensure that your computer is updated, restart it once in a while. Since restarting is not affected by a fast startup, your computer can install the latest updates.

Check for Programs That Are Bringing Down the Performance of Your Windows 10 PC

There are times when the performance of your operating system is affected by misbehaving programs that have developed faults over time.

You can easily find the programs that hurt your computer’s performance by checking them on the task manager. This is helpful when you are in the middle of work, and you experience slow performance.

  • Right-click on the Start button and click on Task Manager.
  • Check the running programs and see if any show the wrong numbers.
  • You can click on that program and then click on More Details to find out more about a program and the processes that are running.
  • Click on End Task.

Check for Malware

Poor performance can also result from a malware attack on your operating system. Complete a system scan to make sure that you are protected.

While Windows 10 offers Windows Defender as its security program, you can use a third-party anti-virus program like Norton or AVG.

If you are using Windows Defender, then you can begin a scan by following these steps:

  • Click on the start menu and then click on the Settings icon (it looks like a cog wheel).
  • Look for Update and Security and click on it.
  • From the left menu, click on Windows Defender and then click on Open Windows Defender.
  • From the Scan option, click on Full and then click on Scan Now. Make sure you do not need your computer for a while and allow Windows Defender to complete the whole scan without interruptions.

In the latest version of Windows 10, click Start > Settings > Update and Security > Windows Security > Virus & threat protection > Open Windows Security settings. Then, click Quick scan.

The results will help you identify problems and resolve slow performance.

Optimize Visual Effects

If you do not require all the animations your Windows 10 computer brings in, reducing these visual effects is a good idea to help you speed things up.

  • On the search bar in your Start menu, type Advanced System Settings and hit Enter.
  • Click on the first result, which will open a new box that has a section for Performance.
  • Click on the Settings button next to Performance and you will see a host of settings that define how animations work on your system.
  • The easiest way to optimize performance is by clicking on the radio button that says Adjust for best performance.
  • Alternatively, you can customize your performance to ensure that you do not lose all the visual effects on your Windows 10 device.

Changing the visual effects can improve the overall performance of your system.

Check Your Hard Drive Storage

Many computers running on Windows 10 face performance issues, not because of the OS but because of the hard drive storage of their system.

An essential step in speeding up Windows 10 computers is to check the storage and ensure that you have at least 10% of the storage free so your system can perform well.

  • Go to the Start Menu and click on the Settings icon.
  • Click on System and then go into Storage.

You can find details regarding the storage available on your computer by clicking This PC. If you notice that your device is near the storage limit, it is a good idea to clear up some space.

You may want to try using the Disk Cleanup Tool to help clear unwanted files from your device.

Search for Disk Cleanup from your Start menu and choose the drive you want to clean. The tool will look for temporary or unwanted files and remove them from the system, helping you free up valuable space.


These are some of the easiest ways to speed up Windows 10. Try them out and save some time while working on your computer.

See also: How to manually connect to Wi-Fi in Windows 10

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