Tips and tricks to speed up Windows 10 and improve computer performance
Beware of viruses and the antivirus itself
That our PC has become slow may be the reason we have been infected with a virus or malware, therefore, it is advisable to run an antivirus on our computer to detect and clean any infection on it. By default, Windows 10 has its own preinstalled antivirus, Windows Defender. However, many users prefer to install other security tools on their computer. Every precaution is small, but you should know that Many antiviruses are responsible for the laziness of the computer because of the amount of resources they use and the need to always operate in the background. Therefore, although it is advisable to pass an antivirus to eliminate any virus or malicious program that slows down our PC, it is important to emphasize the fact that Windows Defender is simply a security tool or an antivirus that Do not slow down our team too much.
Eliminate startup programs that we do not use and enable Windows 10 Quick Start.
There are many programs or applications that, once installed on the computer, are enabled by default with the option of start with Windows startup. This makes us suddenly, we find that our PC becomes very slow when starting. Therefore, it is important to eliminate all programs running when turning on the computer to speed up Windows 10. To do this, simply open the The Task Manager and tab Home, we select all the programs running at Windows startup and we click on each of them to select the option deactivate. It is also possible to access each of the programs and to search among its settings the option that allows you to indicate whether you want it to start or not when Windows starts. In addition, Windows 10 has a special option that we can enable to improve the boot speed of the system, the Quick Start. To activate it, go to the old Control Panel and in the option Hardware and Sound> Power Options, click on the option Choose the behavior of start / stop buttons.
This will show us a new window in which we can choose between different energy plans, but we will also find the section Shutdown configuration, where we will find the option to enable quick start. When this box is checked, click Save Changes. From then on, we will help accelerate Windows 10, especially at startup.
Disable the visual effects of Windows 10
Something quite useful and effective to speed up or increase the speed of Windows 10 is disable visual effects of the system. Windows 10 has visual effects in windows, tabs, and menus that result in increased consumption of system resources. On powerful computers, this may seem almost insignificant, but in teams with a fairer hardware, we can very well improve the performance of Windows 10 and the team in general. For this, we open the configuration page of Windows 10 and write in the search engine Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows. We click on the result and a window will open automatically in which, in the tab Visual effectswe can easily disable them. On the one hand, we can choose the option Adjust to get the best performance, although it is also possible to check the option Customize and disable all the effects we want to try to speed up under Windows 10.
Install an SSD or defragment the hard drive
One of the hardware components that most affect the performance of the computer is the hard drive of our computer. If we have a mechanical hard drive and want to speed up Windows 10, now is the time to evaluate the possibility of replace it with a SSD. The read and write speeds of an SSD drive have nothing to do with those of a hard drive. We will therefore note a very significant improvement in the performance of the equipment. Another option is to make a defragment the hard drive, in case we have an HD. To do this, we can use the system disk defragmenter by simply writing in the search box of the Defragment taskbar and optimize the units. This will open a window with the tool and all we have to do is select the disk drive to optimize and let the defragmenter do its work.
Delete temporary files, free up disk space and clean the desktop
A very recommended practice to speed up Windows 10 is to eliminate all temporary files, to free up space and to clean our desk. The Microsoft operating system has utility, Disc cleaning, which will help us delete the temporary files that we save on disk unnecessarily. If we write in the search box of the Disk Cleanup taskbar, we can open the tool and automatically indicate any files we wish to delete from the disk. But it is also advisable to have our office as clean as possible, otherwise we notice that every time we turn on the computer, the system has trouble loading all the information stored on the desktop and thus slows down the process.
Always keep the drivers, applications and the system itself updated
Although, for many, this does not give them much of importance, the truth is that we have always correctly updated the drivers of our PC, as well as the installed applications and the operating system itself, will help us improve the performance of Windows 10 and speed up the system. Any problem, incompatibility or outdated driver may result in malfunction of some components and performance of our equipment. is not optimal. Something similar happens with our applications because it is advisable to always have them updated.
And, needless to say, it is very important keep Windows 10 completely up-to-date to get the best performance from the system. Therefore, it is convenient to verify that all system updates are correctly installed.
Disable unnecessary services and Cortana's assistant
Windows 10 runs a good number of default services. However, some of them are not necessary for the proper functioning of the system and can be disabled. For this, just open a window Run, Win + R, write the command services.msc and press Enter. Then, in the Services window, we need to look for those that we think do not affect the performance of the equipment and disable them, indicating that they do not restart at system startup.
The Cortana assistant is not essential either. Therefore, we can disable it to try to speed up Windows 10. To do this we can go to the Windows 10 configuration page and in the option Cortana> Speak to Cortana, disable all options, although if we prefer, we can completely disable Cortana from the system registry. To do this, we open a Windows registry window, navigate to the route HKEY LOCAL MACHINE SOFTWARE Policies Microsoft Windows WcmSvc, and once there, we right-click on the WcmSvc key to create a new key with the WindowsSeach name. Inside, we create a new 32-bit DWORD value with the name AllowCortana and set it to 0.
Adjust virtual memory
Like hard drive, memory is another important component to get good performance from our computer. On the one hand there is the RAM, but on the other hand the virtual memory used by the operating system. Good management and a virtual memory size adjustment can get us speed up Windows 10 and improve PC performance. Therefore, it is recommended to check that the size of the virtual memory of our equipment is established between 1.5 and 3 times the total memory of your RAM. For that, we go to Control Panel> System and Security> System and we click on the option Advanced system configuration which is shown on the left side.
This will open a new window in which we must select the tab Advanced options and in the section The performance, we click on the button The configuration. Again, we will open a window where we have to go to the Advanced Options tab and where we will find the current size of virtual memory. To modify it, just click on the Modify button and set the desired size.
Uninstall apps we do not use and pre-installed programs
Many times we can install an application on the computer and later we do not use it. These applications, in addition to unnecessarily occupying space on our disk, can even run in the background. Anyway, it is recommended uninstall all the apps we do not use improve the performance and speed of Windows 10.
To do this, simply go to the Control Panel and from the Programs and Features option, we select and uninstall any programs that we do not use. In addition, by default, Windows 10 comes with a lot of pre-installed applications we will never use it again. Therefore, it is also good that we get rid of all of them, as well as those who could add the manufacturer himself.
To uninstall such applications, the first thing to do is to open the Windows 10 configuration page and navigate to the corresponding option. Applications> Applications and features. We will find a list of all these applications, which you can uninstall by clicking on it and clicking on the button. uninstall.
Enable high performance energy option
Windows 10 offers several power management modes that let users choose the one that suits them best. In addition, it allows you to create a personalized energy plan so that everyone decides on the behavior of the system under certain circumstances. Well, if we are looking to speed up Windows 10 and get the most out of the equipment, it is advisable to select the High Performance Energy Plan. To do this, we open the Windows 10 configuration page and go through the options. System> Start / Stop and Suspend then we click on the link Additional power configuration.
This will open the Power Options window where we should check if the high performance plan appears. If that's the case, the only thing to do is to mark it and that's it. However, if it does not appear, we will need to make a small tip to activate it.
What we need to do is open a Windows PowerShell window with administrator permissions. Once the command line is defined, we write powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61 and press Enter to execute the command. If all goes well, once executed, we can return to the Power Options window and verify that the High Performance Plan is included in the Windows Power Plans so we can select it.