Windows 10 free quick tips on Windows to speed up your PC

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Do you want Windows 10 to speed up? Take a few minutes to give a try out on these tips, and your machine will be faster and less to have performance and system issues.

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1. Change your power settings

If you’re using Windows 10’s Power saver plan, you’re slowing down your PC. That action reduces your PC’s performance in order to save energy. (Even desktop computers usually have a Power saver plan.) Changing your power plan from Power saver to High performance or Balanced will give you an instant performance boost.

To do it, launch Control Panel, and choose Hardware and Sound > Power Options. You can see two options: Balanced (recommended) and Power saver. (Depending on your make and model, you might see other plans here as well, including some branded by the manufacturer.) To see the High-performance setting, click the down arrow by Show additional plans.

To change your power setting, just choose the one you want, and exit Control Panel. High performance will give you the highest oomph, but utilizes the most power; Balanced direct a median between power use and better performance, and Power saver will do everything it can to give you long life battery life as possible. Desktop users should choose Power saver, and even laptop users must choose the Balanced option when unplugged, and High performance when plugged to a power source

2. Disable unnecessary programs that run on startup

One reason your Windows 10 PC may feel slower is you’ve got too many programs that are not in use running in the background. Disable them to let your computer run faster.

You can do it by launching first the startup, right-click it and just select “Disable.” Disabling the program doesn’t mean you disable the program entirely but it only prevents it from launching at startup, you can run the application after launch. You may “enable’ it later.

Many of the programs and services that run on startup may be familiar to you, like OneDrive or Evernote Clipper. But you may not recognize many of them. (Anyone who immediately knows what “bzbui.exe” is, please raise your hand. No fair Googling it first.)

The Task Manager helps you get information about programs that are not familiar to you. Just right-click an item and choose  Properties for more information about it, including its location on your hard disk, whether it has a digital signature, and other information such as the version number, the file size and the last time it was modified.

3. Turn off the search indexing

Windows 10 will index your hard disk in the background, that allows – in theory – to search your PC more quickly compared no indexing was being done. You can give a slower PCs that use indexing and giving a speed boost by turning off indexing completely.

You can turn off indexing for only files in certain locations. You can do this first by typing index in the Start Menu search box, and hit the Indexing Options result that appears. Click the Modify button and a list of locations will appear that are being indexed, such as Microsoft Outlook, your personal files, and others. Uncheck the boxes next to any location, and indexing will stop.

4. Clean your hard disk

Go to Settings > System > Storage and at the top of the screen, in the Storage Sense section, move the toggle from Off to On. Windows delete old junk files you no longer need, temporary files, files in the Downloads folder that haven’t been changed for month; and old Recycle Bin files.

You could customize how Storage Sense works and use it to free up more space than it normally would. Under the Storage Sense, click “Change how we free up space automatically.” From the screen that appears, you can change how often Storage Sense deletes files (every day, every week, every month or when Windows decides). You can also direct Storage Sense to delete files in your Download folder, depending on how long they have been there, and wait to delete files in the Recycle Bin automatically.

You may also wish to delete old versions of Windows that might be hogging space.

5. Clean out your Registry

Below the Windows hood, the Registry tracks and controls are about everything about the way Windows looks and works. It includes information regarding where your programs are stored, which DLLs they use and shares, what file types should be opened by which program or just about everything else.

You should back up your Registry so you can restore it if something is wrong. (Auslogics Registry Cleaner will do this for you as well, but it can’t hurt to have it backed up twice.) You can do your own Registry backup, just type regedit.ext in the search box, then press Enter. That runs the Registry editor.  From the File menu, select Export. Make sure to choose the “All” option in the Export range section at the below the screen. And choose a file name and file location and click Save. To restore the Registry, open the Registry editor, select Import from the File menu, then open the file you saved.

You can now download, install, and run Auslogics Registry Cleaner. On the left-hand side of the screen, you can choose the kinds of Registry issues you want to clean up – for instance, File Associations, Internet or Fonts. You can generally select them all.

6. Disable visual effects, shadows, and animations

When you have a slower PCs it affects the system performance but if you have a Windows 10 it doesn’t affect that much.

Go to Windows 10 search box type sysdm.cpl and press Enter. It launches the System Properties dialog box. Click the Advanced tab and click “Settings” in the Performance section. It brings you to the Performance Options dialog box. You’ll see a varied list of animations and special effects.

7. Launching the Windows troubleshooter

Windows 10 has a very useful, a not known tool that can eliminate out performance problems and solve them. To execute it, run Control Panel and select System and Security > Security and Maintenance > Troubleshooting > Run maintenance tasks. A screen titled “Troubleshoot and help prevent computer problems” will appear. Click Next.

The troubleshooter will find files and shortcuts you don’t use, identify any performance and other issues on your PC, report them to you and then fix them. Note that you may get a message that says, “Try troubleshooting as an administrator.” If you have administrative rights to the PC, click it and the troubleshooter will launch and do its work.

8. Seek help from the Performance Monitor

There’s also one great tool in Windows 10 and it’s called the Performance Monitor that can create a very detailed performance report about your PC, detail any system and performance issues, and suggest some fixes.

Simply type perfmon /report into your search box and press Enter. (Make sure there’s a space between “perfmon” and the slash mark.) The Resource and Performance Monitor launches and gathers information about your system. It will say that it will take 60 seconds, but I’ve found that it takes several minutes. When the Monitor finishes, it will launch an interactive report.

9. Get rid of bloatware

Sometimes the biggest factor slowing down your PC isn’t Windows 10 itself, but bloatware or adware that takes up CPU and system resources. Adware and bloatware are particularly treacherous because they may have been installed by your computer’s manufacturer. You will be amazed at how much more quickly your Windows 10 PC can run faster if delete it.

Run a system scan to look for adware and malware. If you’ve already installed a security suite such as Norton Security or McAfee LiveSafe, you can use that. You can also use Windows 10’s built in anti-malware app by simply typing Windows Defender in the search box.

It always has a good idea to get a second opinion, though, so consider a free tool like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. The free version scans for malware and removes what it finds; the paid version offers always-on protection to stop infections in the first place.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is a helpful application that will scan for and fix Windows 10 PC problems.

10. You may shut down and restart Windows

Here’s one of IT’s not-quite-secret weapons for troubleshooting and speeding up a PC: Shut it down and restart it. Doing that clears out any excess use of RAM that otherwise can’t be cleared. It also kills processes that you might have set in mbuilt-ind are no longer needed, but that continue running and slow your system. If your Windows 10 PC has turned sluggish over time for no apparent reason, you may be surprised at how much more quickly it will run when you do this.

Try just some of these tricks, and you’ll find that you’ve got a faster Windows 10 PC — and one that is less likely to have any reliability problems.

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