We all want things to load fast, efficiently and be ready at the click of a mouse in Windows, but sometimes background processes, other applications running alongside what your task is, can cause serious performance degradation.
Here are a few tips that any casual PC user can do on their own to help improve the local performance of Windows 10
As reported by Gadgetsnow.com, applications that are configured to launch automatically when a system first starts up, after logging into your desktop, taking several precious seconds, even minutes away from you. “To find out which are these programs, follow the simple steps. Right click on the taskbar and select Task manager. Here you will find the Startup tab, click on it. You will now see the list of programs that load automatically. To stop the ones from loading, simply Right click on it and select the Disable option.”
Stop Windows Tips
“While Microsoft does want you to know the latest tips and tricks, Windows 10 has up its sleeve, it really slows down your computer. To disable those ‘tips and tricks’, simply follow these steps:
- Click Start and go to Settings.
- Here, click on the System tab and you will see Notifications and Actions on the left pane.
- There will be an option of turning off ‘Get tips, tricks, and suggestions’, just click on it and you won’t see them again.”
This can help improve overall system speed.
Disk Cleanup is one process that can really help a system that’s operationally bogged down with speed issues. The steps to run this process are as follows: “This tip has been around almost ever since Windows has been there. But there’s a reason why it’s still used as it remains as effective as ever. In the search or Cortana field, just type Disk Cleanup. Here you will see the files and data which can easily be dumped. Disk Cleanup will take care of it and save you a lot of space and boost the performance of your machine.” –Microsoft
If you haven’t heard of ‘Bloatware’ before, don’t worry, I guarantee you’ve experienced it at one point or another using your PC/Mac or mobile devices. Its manufacturer specific software preloaded onto devices prior to shipping to retailers. This software package(s) can be large, taking up precious space on the local hard drive and slowing down the system as most of these will continue to run in the background, even if you’re not using it. The best option is to manually uninstall each one by right-clicking on the Start menu and go to Control Panel. Under the Programs tab, click on Uninstall a program. Select the manufacturer branded apps/program, right click and select uninstall. It may prompt you to restart the PC to complete the uninstall process, so make sure you save all your open work prior to restarting.
Reduce the extra ‘Bells and Whistles animations’ in Windows 10
Reducing on-screen animations that are enabled by default in both Windows 10 Home and Pro, can greatly help improve the performance and speed of the OS. Here’s a quick method to adjust these settings and some recommendations:
- “Right-click on Start and select System.
- Here on the left pane, select the tab Advanced System Settings.
- Once you land here you will see the System Properties Dialog box, simply click the Settings button. Here you can uncheck a few options or better, just select the ‘Adjust for best performance’ option” –Gadgetsnow.com
- Now, setting the PC to Adjust for best performance is a heavy-handed configuration, as it’ll give Windows the appearance of Windows 98/XP.
If you want to keep the ‘look’ of Windows 10 without all the excessive overhead resource usage, keep the following options check-marked:
- Smooth Edge of screen fonts,
- Smooth scroll list boxes,
- Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop,
- show thumbnails instead of icons and Enable Peek.
Leaving just these options enabled will not cause a noticeable impact in performance and allows you to retain the look and feel of Windows 10, without the excessive user interface animations eating up resources.
Update Windows 10 Drivers
There are several software solutions for this that are free, that will automatically scan your entire hard drive, find out of date drivers and automatically update them for you. Keeping your system drivers up to date is key for a healthy PC environment. Applications like Driver Booster and others can do this for free (although occasional pop-up ads will appear from your taskbar unless you purchase the pro version). It’s recommended to check for new system drivers at least once a month, to keep your system operating at peak efficiency.