How to Speed Up Windows 10 PC (Master Guide)

Usually, after using your PC for 3-4 months it starts slowing down. But the problem is not with Windows, there are few other reasons which results in slow down of your PC. So here we have written some of the best methods to speed up Windows 10 PC.

Methods to Speed up Windows 10

As said earlier there might be several reasons why your computer is running slow, It might be because of viruses, adwares, registry issues, hard disk errors or some resource hungry programs. Here are some ways using which you can speed up your slow Windows PC and boast it’s performance.

Disable Startup Programs

There are many programs which get automatically started when windows boot. This can slow down or hang your computer after startup. So by disabling some unwanted programs you can speed up things.

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc on your keyboard to open task manager.
  • Switch to the Startup Tab. Now you can see a list of programs which gets started while Windows start.

task manager

  • Now we need to disable programs which have low Startup Impact.
  • Click the program which has low startup impact and click on disable.

disable startup programs to speed up windows 10 PC

  • Now you can disable all the programs which have low startup impact.

Note –It’s not essential to disable only low start-up impact programs. You can disable any program except your antivirus and audio drivers.

Delete Junk Files

Did you remember you brought a movie from your friend years ago and it’s still there on your computer eating lots of space? This happens with me every time, So just look for some old unwanted files and delete them permanently. You can also use CCleaner to remove junk files from your computer.

Delete Temp Files

Tmp/Temporary files are the files created by programs on a temporary basis to store data. Although these files are not deleted automatically by the creators so we need to delete them manually.

  • Press Windows + R key to open the run window.
  • Now type %TEMP% and press enter. This will open the folder where all temp files are saved.

run window

  • Press Ctrl + A and delete all the files. If some files are used by other programs then skip those files.
  • Now restart your computer and you could see some improvement in your computer’s performance.

Disable Shadow, Animation Effects

Windows 7,8 and 10 comes with lots of fancy stuff likes shadows and animations. Most of the animations are useless and it can make your PC run slower. So here’s how to disable them.

  • Right click computer/this PC and select properties.
  • On the left-hand side click on Advanced system settings.

disable animations to speed up windows 10

  • Under the Performance, tab click on Settings.

performance settings

  • Now uncheck the following features and click Ok.

adjust best performance

  • If you want to totally boost your computer’s performance then select Adjust the best performance and click OK.
  • It might not look very appealing but it will definitely speed up windows 10 PC.

Enable Fast Startup of Windows

Windows 10 comes up with a feature called Fast Startup. This feature helps your PC to start up faster after shutdown. Here’s how to do it.

  • Right-click on the start button and select control panel.
  • In control panel click System and Security.

enable fast start up to make windows 10 run faster

  • Now click on Power options.
  • On the left-hand side click on “Choose what the power button do”.

power options

  • Now scroll at the bottom and under shutdown settings check Turn on fast startup.

turn on fast start up

  • If it’s already checked then you can skip this method.

Uninstall Unwanted Programs

We usually install lots of programs on our computer. This results in slow down of your Windows 10 PC as these programs run in the background and consume lots of memory (RAM). So open the control panel and find the list of installed programs on your computer. Uninstall the programs which are no longer needed. Also, stop using heavy antivirus suits as they usually consume lots of memory.

Scan for Virus or Malwares

There might be chances that your PC is infected with viruses, adwares or malwares. So these malicious programs might run in the background and slow down your computer. So perform a quick scan using your antivirus program or you can use windows defender which comes with windows 10. You can find windows defender by just searching for windows defender in the start menu.

use windows defender to speed up windows 10

Scan Your Hard Drive for Errors

If your computer has some good specifications but still it freezes then it’s because of bad sectors present on your hard drive. So it’s recommended to scan your hard drive for errors. Here’s how to do it.

  • Right-click on C drive and select properties.
  • Now switch to the Tools tab and under Error-checking click check.

check disk

  • Click on Scan drive and it will start scanning the drive.
  • If the drive is in use then it will automatically schedule a disk scan on the next startup.

If you found some bad sectors and windows is unable to fix it then check out our guide to fix bad sectors on your hard drive.

Defragment Your Hard Drive

This is an essential maintenance task which is performed to rearrange fragmented data so that your hard drive works more efficiently. To defragment your hard drive we use an inbuilt tool called Disk Defragmenter. Follow the below guide to defragment your hard disk manually.

  • Go to start, search for Disk Defragmenter and open it.
  • Now you will get a list of all drives connected to your computer.
  • Select C drive and further click on analyze. This will start analyzing your hard drive.

analyze hdd

  • Once it’s completed, if the current status of the drive is more than 10% then click on optimize. Otherwise, there is no need to defragment the drive.

Scan Your Registry

Usually, bad registry entries don’t slow down your PC. But sometimes cleaning your registry might work great. So it’s recommended to scan your computer for invalid registry entries. You don’t need to buy any PC cleaning tool as most of them are scam. You can use a free tool called CCleaner to scan your registry. Here’s how to do it.

  • So first of all download and install CCleaner on your computer. Download CCleaner
  • Once it’s installed on your PC open it.
  • Now click on Registry tab and further select Scan for Issues.

clean registry

  • Once the scanning is completed click on Fix selected issues and it will delete all the invalid registry entries.

So these were few tips to speed up your Windows 10 PC. Let me know which method worked best for you.


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