7 Tips  To Speed Up Your PC[Windows 10]

Windows PC doesn’t slow down with the time. But, though, if your PC is running at a slower speed then surely there are some problems with your PC. These problems may be either hardware related or software related or both.
Now let’s admit that working with a slow Windows PC is very annoying. So if you are thinking about taking your PC to the nearest repairing shop then before doing that you can try these 7 tips given below.
In this article, I will share with you 7 tips that can speed up Windows 10 PC.

Tips To Speed Up Windows PC:

Delete Temporary Files:

When you run a program Windows 10 will automatically create temporary files to store information as you go along. This not only helps to perform the program smoothly, but it helps with recovery process in case your PC close or shut down unexpectedly. So temporary files are very useful.

Temporary files supposed to delete themselves once they become redundant. However, sometimes they do not delete themselves and hence consume storage of your disk and eventually, it slows down your PC. 

To bring up the list of temporary files, press ”Win + R” key together and type ”%temp%”. From here select all temporary files and delete them. Now restart your PC and see the differences in speed.

Speed Up Your PC[Windows 10] -Delete temporary files

Disable Visual Effects:

By default, Windows 10 use fancy visual effects ( example: windows and taskbar animation, icon shadow, aero peek, etc.) to make the appearance more catchy. However, these visual effects consume a part of the system resources may causing slow down your devices and can also impact on battery life. Though you can cut out these visual effects by performing the following steps.

  • Open “Run” command by using “Windows Key + R”
  • Type sysdm.cpl  and then click “Ok” to launch the “System Properties”

6 Fixes To Speed Up Old System Running On Windows 10 - Run command

  • Navigate to the “Advanced” tab and click on “Settings” inside the “Performance” box
  • On “Performance Options” select “Adjust for best performance” under “Visual Effects” to disable all the effects and animations.
  • Now click on “Apply”

6 Fixes To Speed Up Old System Running On Windows 10 - Disable visual effects

Once you have complete the above steps, you will surely feel a faster speed while navigating Windows 10.

Run Windows 10 on High-Performance Mode:

Windows 10 runs on balance power mode by defaults which automatically balance the performance and energy consumption by hardware. However, erratically it can cause of the lag of power in different segments of hardware. As a result, many components of the motherboard like CPU, GPU, etc. may not be able up to the mark. Hence the system can be slow down drastically for this reason. To get rid of this

  1. Right-click on the battery icon
  2. Click on “Power Options”
  3. Select “High Performance”

6 Fixes To Speed Up Old System Running On Windows 10 - Run Windows on high performance mode

Increase Virtual Memory:

Virtual memory acts like physical memory or RAM in Windows 10. When a system is running out of the RAM, Windows 10 automatically create virtual memory or page file in the hard disk and transfer extra information from the RAM to it. This is how Windows 10 can run many applications together with no error. However, virtual memory put enable by default in Windows 10, but sometimes the default size of virtual memory may not be sufficient. Especially, if your system accommodates less RAM, then in many instances both RAM and virtual memory can get exhausted causing slow down your system. To increase the virtual memory in Windows 10

  • Press “Windows key + R” to open the Run command.
  • Type sysdm.cpl  and then click “Ok” to launch the “System Properties”
  • Navigate to the “Advanced” tab and click on “Settings” inside the “Performance” box
  • On “Performance Options” navigate to “Advanced” tab and click on “Change” under “Virtual memory”
6 Fixes To Speed Up Old System Running On Windows 10 - Virtual memory
  • On “Virtual Memory” un-tick “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives” and select “Custom size”
  • Now enter the value for both “Initial size” and “Maximum size” and click “Ok” (You can also choose the drive partition where the page file will be stored, by defaults in “C” drive)

6 Fixes To Speed Up Old System Running On Windows 10 - Increase Virtual memory

Once you have completed the above step, restart your system and you will surely observe a little gain in system speed, especially when multiple programmes are running on your system.

Free Up Storage:

6 Fixes To Speed Up Old System Running On Windows 10 - Free Up Storage Space

Windows 10 needs sufficient free space to work adequately. Otherwise, it may slow down the system as the operating system require space to use the swap file, prevent fragmentation, and to create temporary files, etc. Therefore if you see a red sign on the storage partition especially in “C” drive you should free up some space so that Windows 10 can run smoothly.
You can free up storage space either manually or by using “Disk Cleanup” feature of Windows 10. To use Disk Cleanup:

  • Type “Disk Clean” on the “Search Windows” and then open it
  • Select the drive you want to clean then click Ok.
  • After selecting the drive, Windows will scan the entire drive and list out all the unnecessary files.
  • Now check all the listed file and click on Ok.

6 Fixes To Speed Up Old System Running On Windows 10 - Free Up Storage Space Using Disk Cleanup

Defragment Hard Drive:

When you store something, information bits are getting occupied by several blocks in the hard drive. This is known as fragmentation of information bits. Now when you delete something that means you delete the bits, not the fragmented blocks. Later on, if you store some new files then Windows OS fills these blocks again, though in a disorganized manner. Therefore, Windows can take a bit of extra time while accessing these disorganized bits.
Defragmenting hard drive means to relocate these blocks in an organised manner so that Windows can access information bits without spending extra resources. Hence defragmentation can speed up your system. To defragment a drive on Windows 10:

  • Type “Defragment” on Search Windows and click on “Defragment and Optimize Drive”.
  • Select the drive partition that you want to defragment.
  • Click on “Analyze”.
  • If you see the result is over 10% then click on “Optimize”.
  • You can also set schedules for drive Optimization, however for this, go to “Change setting” option under “Scheduled optimization”.

Remember, If you have SSD hard drive then you need not defragment your drive, this only applies for the optical drive.

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