Speed ​​up Windows 10, seven and a half methods

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In this article, we explain how to speed up your Windows 10 PC with a little cleaning and maintenance. There are a few ways to speed up Windows 10 if your computer is slow. For example, you can limit the number of programs that open during startup, or you can use the Disk Cleanup utility to increase the speed of your PC. Here are seven methods to make Windows 10 faster.


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1. Disable startup programs to speed up Windows 10

The more applications that are enabled to start, the longer the startup process can take. However, you can select which applications should be part of the startup process to speed up Windows 10:

  1. Right-click the Windows taskbar at the bottom of the screen, then select Task Manager.
  2. Once Task Manager opens, select More details.
  3. Select the Startup tab.
  4. Select the program you want to disable, then select Disable at the bottom of the window.

These changes will take effect after the computer is restarted.

2. Optimize Windows 10: Turn off Windows Tips

Windows 10 has a built-in feature that runs in the background and will show you helpful tips to make sure you're using the tools available. By disabling these Windows tips, you'll free up resources for other tasks:


  1. Open the Start menu, then select the gear to open Windows Settings.
  2. Select System.
  3. Select Notifications & Actions in the left pane, then scroll down and set the switch under Get tips, tricks and tips while using Windows to Off.

3. Speed ​​up Windows 10 with Disk Cleanup

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Running the Disk Cleanup utility will not only free up hard drive space; but it will also speed up your PC as you gain more resources for Windows 10 to use:

  1. Type Disk Cleanup in the Windows search box, then select Disk Cleanup from the search results.
  2. If you have more than one hard drive, you may be prompted to select the drive you want to clean.
  3. Select Clean up system files.
  4. Administrative privileges are required to clean up system files.
  5. Once Disk Cleanup loads again, select the files you want to remove, then select OK.
  6. If you have more than one hard drive, you may be prompted to select the drive you want to clean.
  7. Select Delete File.

Once the system cleanup is finished, the window will close automatically, but the files will not be completely removed from the device until the next reboot.

4. Access data faster: defragment the disk

Like most other versions of Windows, Windows 10 has a built-in disk defragmenter. Using this utility to defrag your Windows device will allow faster access to your data, as it won't be fragmented across the entire disk:


  1. Type Defragment in the Windows search box and select Defragment and optimize drives.
  2. Select your hard drive, then select Optimize.

Solid state hard drives do not require fragmentation since they have no rotating parts.


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5. Change the power settings to High Performance to optimize the speed

Of course, this isn't a good choice if you want to save electricity, but it could speed up your Windows 10 PC. Go to the System> Power & Sleep option in the Settings app, then click the Additional Power Settings link. From here, click the drop-down arrow on the right side for “Show additional plans” and then choose High performance.


6. Remove unused software

Many PC vendors ship their machines with bundled third party software, which due to its large size and unnecessary nature is sometimes referred to as "Bloatware". Many computer users also install software for a specific purpose and never use it again, for example for designing a newsletter.


Redundant programs take up hard disk space and can degrade performance. To speed up Windows 10, check the installed apps, go to 'Control Panel'> 'Programs'> 'Programs and Features'> 'Uninstall a program'.

Right click on any programs you no longer need and select “Uninstall”. Windows 10 will ask for permission to make system changes. Click "Yes" to continue.

7. Disable the special effects

Windows 10 is pretty heavy from a special effects standpoint. By default, Windows and other features are programmed to fade in and out. Other resource-intensive but unnecessary features include translucency and animations.


To speed up Windows 10, open the Windows menu and search for "System", then go to the "Advanced Settings" tab and select "Performance Settings".

In the "Visual Effects" tab, click the "Custom" radio button. From here, you can deselect the checkboxes next to any visual effects you want to disable. Click "Apply" to confirm the changes.

7. Disable the transparency effects

In addition to making intensive use of system resources to display features such as animation, Windows 10 also uses transparency effects for some features such as the task menu. This seemingly light and simple effect is actually quite complicated to draw, as the system has to calculate the same plane twice.


To disable transparency effects and speed up Windows 10, open the Windows menu and type “Make Start, Taskbar and Action Center transparent”. This will bring up the 'Color' settings. From here you can choose to turn off transparency.

You can also change the default app mode here between "Light" and "Dark". This will not affect the speed of the system, but it may make the desktop more pleasing to the eye.

To conclude a nice restart of the computer

A computer restart can sometimes speed up your Windows 10 PC. Each time Windows 10 restarts, some of the temporary files are removed and the pagefile size is reduced, giving the operating system more resources to work with.

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