Even though Windows 10 keeps getting faster and leaner, and hardware more capable, eventually, the performance of your computer will slow down due to a lot of factors, including but not limited to, compatibility issues, bugs, viruses or another form of malware, and even failing hardware.
However, if you're dealing with a sluggish PC, it doesn't necessarily mean that you need to replace it. Just a few simple software and hardware tweaks can put some power back into Windows 10 and mostly all of them are free. These PC performance tips and tricks can make a world of difference when you're working at home and maybe don't have easy access to an IT help desk or resources.
Disable Startup Apps
Disable relaunch apps on startup
Disable background apps
Uninstall Non- Essential Apps
Install only high Quality Apps
Reclaim Disk Space
Run Defragmation Tools
Check computer for Malware
Install Latest Update
Change Power Plan
Disable System Visual Effects
Disable search Indexing
Increase page file size
Restore Previous working State
Repair Installation files
Reset your Device
Upgrade to a SSD
Upgrade to a better Quantity Ram
1. Disable startup apps
Many of the apps installed on your computer can configure themselves to launch automatically during startup and continue to run in the background.
However, if you don't use those apps on a daily basis, or you don't have a powerful device, they can waste valuable system resources, which can significantly slow down the experience.
To disable apps at startup on Windows 10, use these steps:
Click on Apps.
Click on Startup.
Click the Sort by menu and select the Startup impact option.
Turn off the toggle switch for any application that's not a priority (mostly those with High Impact).
6.Restart your computer.
Once you complete the steps, your device should now start faster than before. Of course, levels of improvements will be different depending on the applications you're disabling and your hardware configuration.
2. Disable relaunch apps on startup
Windows 10 also includes a feature that can restart the apps from your last session after a reboot even before you sign in to your account.
While this feature has been designed to speed up the process to quickly return to your apps, it can also impact the system performance.
If the app re-launch at startup is enabled, you can disable it with these steps:
1. Open Settings.
2. Click on Sign-in options.
3. Under the "Privacy" section, turn off the Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device and reopen my apps after an upgrade or restart option.
After you complete the steps, apps you're currently running will no longer reopen during restart speeding up the overall system performance.
3. Disable background Apps
Alongside the ability for apps to run at startup, certain apps can continue to perform a number of task in the background even if you're not using them.
If you want to increase the performance of Windows 10 as much as possible, you can disable the apps that you don't want to work in the background, or you can disable the feature entirely.
To disable background apps on Windows 10, use these steps:
1. Open Settings.
2. Click on Privacy.
3. Click on Background apps.
4. Turn off the toggle switch for the apps you want to prevent from running in the background.
5. Turn off the Let apps run in the background toggle switch to disable the functionality for all Store apps.
Once you complete the steps, apps will not waste system resources when you're not actively using them to improve performance.
Using the Settings app, you can only manage Microsoft Store apps. If you have traditional desktop apps running in the background, you'll need to adjust the settings in those programs.
4. Uninstall non-essential apps
Usually, when you purchase a new device, it'll come with many pre-installed apps that you don't need, including the usual bloatware and tools that you never use and will only be wasting space and resources on your computer.
You should always consider uninstalling all the apps that you never use to increase system performance:
1. Open Settings.
2. Click on Apps.
3. Click on Apps & features.
4. Select the app you want to remove.
5. Click the Uninstall button.
6. If you're removing a Microsoft Store app, click the Uninstall button again to confirm. If you're removing a traditional desktop app, you may need to continue with the on-screen directions to finish uninstalling.
5. Install only good quality apps
Old, poorly designed, apps not created for windows 10 and apps loaded with unnecessary features can negatively affect your device performance. And just because an app comes from a well-known brand doesn't necessarily mean that it's a good app.
To keep your computer healthy and snappy, take your time to research, and only install good apps. Whenever possible install apps from the Microsoft Store, which have been checked for performance and security. If you can't find an app you need in the Store, only then download alternative apps from trusted web sources, and make sure it's been designed for Windows 10.