If you’re running a Windows 10 PC for a while, chances are, it has slowed down a bit. This tends to happen with almost every Windows PC and besides the usual steps of cleaning up disks and dumping temporary internet files, there are some additional things you can do to ensure a speedy performance.
These tips may vary in their output depending on the type of device you are running and since Windows 10 is now available on a variety of different ones, let’s not get confused with what works for what. I’ve taken broad strokes and will only speak of options that work on almost any system. Laptop, Desktop, Convertible, you name it.
The one major change in Windows 10 is all the animation introduced by Microsoft. Although it doesn’t affect newer systems that much, some of the older systems might not be able to keep up. So, go to the search bar in the taskbar and type Advanced and then click the View advanced system settings option. Under Performance click on the Settings tab, which is where we need to make some changes.
Under Visual Effects first check the radio option for Adjust for best performance. This will uncheck all the options below, but we need to re-enable some of them. These are Enable Peek, Smooth edges of screen font, Smooth-scroll list boxes and Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop.
The last 2 aren’t mandatory, but if it helps your system, uncheck these too.
02. Remove Unwanted Software
This goes without saying, but removing unwanted software is the best way to keep your PC running smoothly. Problem is, sometimes one software installs another software unbeknownst to us. The best workaround to this problem, I’ve found, is using CCleaner.
CCleaner is a multifunction tool for keeping your PC safe, secure, and fast. In this section, you’ll learn how to clean your PC, clean the Windows Registry, manage which programs start when you start Windows, check for program updates, choose which files and Registry entries to include or exclude when you clean your system, and more.
b. Registry cleaning: The Windows Registry is a set of files that contains settings for your Windows PC – such as what program to use to open HTML files, when your antivirus program should run, or what desktop background you use. You can read more about the Windows Registry at Wikipedia.
Over time, the Registry can become cluttered with missing or broken items as you install, upgrade, and uninstall software and updates. CCleaner can help you clean out the Registry so you’ll have fewer errors. The Registry will run faster, too.
c. Uninstalling programs: CCleaner can uninstall programs just like the Add/Remove Programs part of Windows’ Control Panel. CCleaner is better, though, because once you’ve installed a lot of programs, the Add/Remove Programs applet takes a long time to start. CCleaner lets you see a list of all your programs right away.
Another reason CCleaner is better is that you can simply delete an entry in the Programs to Remove list. Why would you do this? Say you uninstalled the program before, but it didn’t quite uninstall itself correctly and it’s still listed as an installed program. Or say you deleted the program folder manually without running the installer.
Either way, you can delete the entry in the installed programs list. Note that deleting the entry doesn’t uninstall the program. It’s like taking an item off a restaurant menu – doing so doesn’t delete the dish from the kitchen!
3. Maintaining Healthy Disks
Your hard disks are the primary source of all your information as well as the place where everything is installed. Keeping your primary hard drive is imperative, therefore old tips like Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmentation work great for Windows 10 too. However The best workaround to this problem, I’ve found, is using CCleaner too.
a. Wiping free disk space: When you delete a file, Windows removes the reference to that file, but doesn’t delete the actual data that made up the file on your hard drive. Over time, this data will be overwritten as Windows writes new files to that area of the drive.
This means that, given the right software, someone could reconstruct all, or parts of files that you’ve deleted. For privacy and security reasons, you can set CCleaner to wipe the free areas of your hard disk so that deleted files can never be recovered.
b. Finding Duplicate Files:The File Finder enables you to track down duplicate files on your PC that can take up extra space. You can tell the File Finder exactly what to look for and what to ignore, and delete duplicate files easily.
3.Managing auto-starting programs
When you install a program, often it will set itself up so that it starts every time you start Windows.
This can be a real pain, because having a lot of programs start that way means it takes longer for Windows to start and the memory used can slow your PC to a drag.
Not every program has to start automatically. You may decide to let some do so – like messenger programs. For the others, CCleaner gives you a way to stop them in their tracks.
Windows keeps a list of programs to start automatically in the Registry. You can do one of two things with each item in this list:
- Disable it – the item will still be in the auto-start list, but it won’t run.
- Delete it – the item is deleted from the auto-start list.
Why would you choose to disable the auto-start instead of deleting it? Sometimes you might want to remove an item, but have the option to add it back in later if you change you mind.