Upgrading to Windows 10 can really help with performance woes, as this new operating system optimizes your computer’s existing hardware. However, your device is still vulnerable to the same pitfalls that will eventually slow it down, such as bugs, malware, compatibility issues, and hardware degradation, just to name a few.
But if you notice your PC starting to slow down, this doesn’t mean that your unit needs replacing right away. Most of the time, the sluggishness of your PC can be attributed to software issues that can be easily fixed. In this post, We’ve gathered the best tips to help you boost your Windows 10 PC’s performance.
Disable Startup Apps
Sometimes, it’s great to have your go-to programs already up and running when you launch your PC — and many of your applications actually do this. However, as you lose the need to use specific software over time, you may forget to disable them from automatically launching during startup. As this happens, the program continues to run in the background while eating up your RAM and slowing down your PC. That’s why it’s important to disable startup apps that you don’t use and, more specifically, to disable the typical startup apps that eat up the most of your RAM. This includes disabling video conferencing app Skype or even antivirus software like Avast from launching automatically, which can help you avoid losing extra computing power.
Refine Power Settings
If you’re using a Windows 10 laptop, you’re certainly willing to do what it takes to prolong your battery life. One way to do this is by using Windows 10’s ‘Power Saver’ plan. However, using the ‘Power Saver’ plan can prove to be detrimental to your PC’s performance. This option slows your PC down in order to save your battery’s energy. So if you’re keen on maintaining optimal PC performance, choosing the ‘High Performance’ plan will give you the most power. But, it’s important to note that the ‘High Performance’ option will also drain your battery faster. Thus, Business News Daily’s post on Windows 10 power settings points out that the ‘Balanced’ plan is the best option as it finds a middle ground between performance and power use.
Clean Out Your Hard Disk Space
As you use your computer, you also accumulate a ton of data — and some of these are from programs that you don’t even use anymore. This, then, slows down your computer’s processing power. This is why cleaning out your hard disk regularly is a sure-fire way of boosting your machine’s performance. The first step to doing this, according to HP’s guide to cleaning your laptop, is to check how much free space you have. You can do this by running your computer’s Disk Cleanup program, which removes temporary files and other files or programs that you don’t need anymore. If you don’t want to lose any applications but want to create space in your hard disk, you can try compressing some of your files. Doing this monthly can be a good practice to maintain optimal PC performance.
When you buy a new computer, you’ll notice that it already comes with pre-installed apps. While some can be useful and even save you money, you’ll barely touch most of the unfamiliar apps included by the manufacturer. These are called bloatware, and NordVPN’s Daniel Markuson notes that you don’t want these programs on your device as they only burden and slow it down. What’s more, some bloatware programs even have hidden adware and malware that can compromise your computer’s security. So, uninstall the pre-installed programs that you never use to give your Windows 10 device some breathing space and improve its performance.
Having a high-performing computer will save you a lot of trouble and can even make you more productive. So, try to routinely do the tips we’ve listed above to give your Windows 10 computer — and yourself — a performance boost.