How to Speed up Windows 10 [Effective Methods]
Windows accounts for the highest market share in the desktop OS segment. Just recently, Windows 10 outpaced Windows 7 and became the most popular desktop OS in the world. However, despite its popularity, the old Windows issues remain there and users are always wary if the next update will botch up the performance. Currently, Windows 10 is quite fast and frankly, it’s way better than its earlier versions of Windows. However, on older PCs, the performance is lackluster. Also, if you use lots of apps on your Windows 10 computer, chances are your computer will become prone to lagging. So in this article, we are bringing some neat hacks which can speed up Windows 10 considerably. So, if you are interested in making your Windows 10 PC faster, here is how you can speed up Windows 10 in 2020.
Speed up Windows 10 in 2020
1. Restart your PC
While this may seem an obvious step, many users keep their machines running for weeks at a time. Windows 10 will automatically put the display to sleep, but any processes which have previously been started will continue. These can accumulate over time and slow down your computer.
You can fix this issue by shutting down your PC each day once you have finished using it, by clicking on the Windows button and selecting the 'Power' button.
Make sure to close any running programs and save your work before you do so. If your PC has slowed down to the extent that you can't display the Windows menu, manually hold down the Power button until the computer is fully powered off.
2. Disable Startup Programs
Startup programs are basically applications which start running the moment you turn on your PC. Even if you have not opened it manually, these programs run in the background and sit in your system tray. These apps eat computer resources in the background and slow down Windows significantly. The biggest problem with these startup program is that they make your Windows 10 PC slow to boot as there are two many apps gobbling up your PC resources. To stop these programs from automatically running when your computer starts, follow these steps.
3. Update, Update, Update
Microsoft continually releases updates for Windows 10 which are designed to fix common bugs that reduce system performance. Some of these are fairly minor whereas others make significant changes to your system, maximizing efficiency.
If machine performance is lagging, open the Windows menu and type 'Update' in the search bar and click 'Check for Updates' to access your settings.
If a major update is available, then make sure to save and back up your personal data before continuing. Your PC may need to restart several times to apply all available updates. If it's been a while since your last update, make sure to click 'Check for Updates' again after restarting to make sure no more are available.
4. Disable Cortana
If you use Cortana regularly, then you may skip this section. However, if you don’t use Cortana and want to limit your search to just PC, then it’s better to disable it at once. This will save you a lot of computer resources as Cortana keeps hogging memory and important resources in the background. Follow these steps to disable Cortana and speed up Windows 10 significantly.
1. We have created two Registry files which can enable or disable Cortana in a click. So download both the files from here.
2. After that, double click on “Disable Cortana” and click on “Run”. That’s it. Now restart your computer and Cortana will be gone.
4. In case you want Cortana back then simply double click on “Enable Cortana” and allow it to run. Further, restart your PC and Cortana will be enabled.
Note: Microsoft keeps adding back Cortana after every Windows update. So you will have to run the same Registry files to disable it again.
5. 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 e.g. designing a newsletter.
Redundant programs take up space on your hard drive and can reduce performance. To check your 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 changes to your system. Click 'Yes' to continue.
6. Upgrade your RAM
Your PC's overall speed can be hugely improved by increasing the amount of virtual memory (RAM). Windows 10 requires a minimum of 4GB to run smoothly, although this does not take into account resource hungry applications such as video games.
The easiest solution to this is to install more RAM. Your PC has a certain number of RAM 'slots' into which you can insert chips. To determine the type of memory your machine uses, open Task Manager (Ctrl + Alt + Del), then click 'Performance'. The system will display any memory slots in use as well as the type use e.g. DDR4.
Installing new RAM chips is quite simple. If you do it yourself use an anti-static wrist strap to prevent damage to delicate components. Alternatively many PC repair stores will be happy to do the hardware upgrade for you, for a small fee.
7. Use an Efficient Browser
Most of us use a web browser on our Windows 10 PC to browse the internet. In my case, I use Chrome all the time because I am deep into the Google’s ecosystem. However, it is quite popularly know that Chrome is a resource hogger. It really eats up most of my computer resources, making it slow and overall laggy for a few seconds. If you are facing a similar situation then you can use a better browser, well suited to Microsoft’s ecosystem.
Recently, Microsoft unveiled Chromium-based Microsoft Edge and it looks really awesome. The performance is on par with Chrome and unsurprisingly, it consumes less power and resources than Google Chrome. The best part is that you can install Chrome extensions on the new Edge so you are not missing out much. I have written a short guide on how to install the Chromium-based Edge on Windows 10 so check it out. I am pretty sure that you might like it.
8. Use an SSD
I believe Windows 10 is a great Operating Systemv — almost as good as the macOS — but it has been marred by sloppy hardware over the years. Most of us use Windows 10 on a mechanical hard drive(HDD) which is quite slow and further results in slow performance. However, swapping it with the modern-age solid state drive(SSD) speeds up Windows 10 to a far greater degree. SSD is much faster than HDD because of its flash memory chip. The difference between SSD and HDD is simply day and night.