how to speed up and improve PC performance
Do you have a slow computer and want Windows 10 to run faster? In a few minutes you can try our advice and your computer will be leaner and less prone to performance problems.
Change your power saving settings
If you are using the plan "Energy saving”Of Windows 10, you are slowing down your PC. This plan reduces system performance in order to save energy. Changing the energy saving plan from "Energy Saving" to "High Performance" or "Balanced" will allow you to get instant performance from your slow computer.
To do this, launch the Control Panel app, then select Hardware and Sound> Power Options. Generally two options are displayed: "Balanced (recommended)" and "Energy saving". (Depending on the brand and model, other plans may also appear here, including some from the manufacturer's brand.) To view the "High Performance" option, click the down arrow for "Show additional plans".
Disable programs run on startup
One of the reasons you have a slow computer is that you have too many programs running in the background, programs you rarely or never use. Prevent them from booting and your PC will work more smoothly.
Start by starting Task Manager (task management): press Ctrl-Shift-Esc, right-click in the lower right corner of the screen and select Task Manager, or type task manager in the Windows 10 search box and press Enter. If Task Manager starts as a compact app without tabs, click "More details" at the bottom of the screen. You can do with this feature, but we will focus only on disabling the launch of unnecessary programs.
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Clears the registry
Under the hood of Windows, there is the Registry which tracks and controls almost everything about how Windows works. This includes information on the locations of archived files, programs, which DLLs they use and share, which types of files should be opened by which program and pretty much everything else.
But the registry stores this information in a very messy way. When you uninstall a program, for example, the settings of that program are not always cleared from the registry. So, over time, it fills up with countless obsolete settings, and this can lead to system slowdowns.
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It is possible, however, that the function has been accidentally disabled or that the PC has not been connected for a while, so maintenance has not been performed. To make sure otherwise, run the Control Panel app and select System and Security> Security and Maintenance. In the Maintenance section, under Automatic Maintenance, click "Start Maintenance" if you want to run it now. To make sure it runs every day, click "Change maintenance settings" and from the screen that appears, select the time you want to perform maintenance and check the box next to "Allow scheduled maintenance to wake up my computer at scheduled time. ”Then click OK.
Turn off bloatware
Sometimes an element that slows down your PC is not Windows 10, but a bloatware or adware which take up CPU and system resources. Adware and bloatware are particularly insidious because they may have been installed by the computer manufacturer. You will be surprised to see how much faster your PC is without these software.
First, run a system scan to find adware, malware or viruses. If you have already installed a security suite like Norton Security or McAfee LiveSafe, or any antivirus you can use them. You can also use the built-in Windows 10 antimalware app: type Windows Defender in the search box, press Enter, then click Scan Now. Windows Defender will search for malware and remove everything it finds.
It's still a good idea to have a second opinion, so consider a free tool like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The free version searches for malware and removes what it finds; the paid version offers always-on protection to stop infections in the first place.
Defragment your hard drive
The more you use the hard disk, the more it is subject to fragmentation, that is, the data of the individual files are stored in the sectors of the disk that it finds free and are often not adjacent, being in this situation to go and recover it will be forced to make one greater effort in reconstructing the sequence and the result is a slow computer.
Windows 10 does, however, have a defragmentation program integrated that you can use to defragment your hard drive. You can also set it for automatic execution so that it remains constantly defragmented.
To do this, type defragment in the search box and press Enter. From the displayed screen, select the unit you want to defragment. Click the "Optimize" button.
If you want your disk or disks to be automatically defragmented, click the Change settings button, then check the box next to "Run on schedule". Now select how often you want the disks to be defragmented by clicking on the drop-down menu next to Frequency and selecting Daily, Weekly or Monthly. (Every week will be the best solution.) From this screen you can also choose multiple units to defragment.
… reinstall Windows 10
The last action you can take to speed up a slow computer is to reinstall Windows 10, it might seem like a drastic solution but sometimes it turns out to be the best thing to do if your computer doesn't work as it once did or doesn't work at all.
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There are several reasons why you may want to reinstall Windows, your PC may be infected with a virus or it could be clogged to the point where each operation is difficult and slow. If there are no problems with the hardware, reinstalling Windows will return you to a functioning and fast computer. For the various procedures, we refer you to the guide How to install Windows 10 on your PC (quickly).