On the Internet, they like to be limited to the advice “do defragmentation”, “update drivers” and “clear the cache”. Of course, such tips will not always improve performance. Below you will find real and effective recommendations on speeding up Windows 10 on a computer or laptop from compfixer.info.
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How to speed up a computer with Windows 10 at the software level
Before you try to speed up your computer, you need to understand if performance is slowing down artificially. Perhaps software problems create an unnecessary load or do not allow the gland to develop full power.
Viruses and malware
Run a virus scan and remove malware. Recommended utilities are CureIt, HitmanPro and AdwCleaner. For how to use them, read the relevant instructions on the links provided.
Unnecessary programs and startup items in Windows 10
Paradoxically, this includes various optimizers, super-utilities for the registry, as well as pre-installed and little-needed software from PC manufacturers. This all needs to be removed. We also recommend that you turn off the autorun of torrent clients and other resource-intensive programs that run when Windows starts.
Unnecessary and useless browser extensions
Carefully review the list of extensions, applications, and add-ons in all browsers. Remove those that you don’t use. Please note that some extensions can cause ads to appear in the browser, which significantly slows down the computer. (How to remove the extension from the browser)
Clean up your computer with debris using CCleaner. By garbage, I mean primarily the browser cache and temporary files of the operating system, which can slow down Windows and ultimately degrade computer performance.
Registry errors can not only reduce performance directly, but cause glitches and crashes, which in turn slow down the workflow. Resolve registry errors using the same CCleaner.
Make sure that the system has official drivers for all devices running Windows 10, update them to the latest versions. It is also recommended to update the BIOS to the latest version (this is especially true for Acer, eMachines and Gateway laptops).
For the sake of justice, it is worth mentioning the exceptions. Sometimes, with older BIOS and drivers, the system is faster or more stable. Therefore, it is very desirable to monitor stability and verify performance results before and after updating drivers using special test utilities.
SSD or hard drive
Now make sure that there is 30 GB of free space on the system drive. If necessary, use the MiniTool Partition Wizard to expand the system drive.
If the system was installed long ago, especially if there were virus infections and a large number of programs were installed / uninstalled, perhaps you should reinstall the system in order to get rid of the braking due to the fault of the software part.
Defragment your disks if you haven’t done it for a long time. By the way, on an average computer, defragmentation should be done no more than once a month.
The essence of these preparatory actions is to eliminate software problems that artificially reduce performance.
Windows 10 hardware acceleration
Now directly about effective ways to improve performance. It is extremely important to evaluate the prospects of the upgrade: to estimate what costs it will result in, and compare the cost of the upgrade with the cost of a new PC. If you are not well versed in computer hardware, consult a specialist.
1. Installing an SSD
Replacing a hard drive with an SSD is practically the best way to speed up a computer with Windows 10. Modern desktops and laptops are simply without options required to have an SSD for normal operation with Windows 10. This new generation of drives provides much faster reading and writing information and instant access to it. After replacing the HDD with SSD, you really feel the improvement in performance. When you click on a program’s shortcut, you will be surprised at how quickly it started.
2. The increase in RAM
Launch your working set of programs that you work with every day. Most will have a browser, skype, photoshop. Open those sites that you usually keep in tabs, turn on music, a movie if you are used to listening in the background. Now start the task manager and see how much free memory you have left. Thus, you can get the approximate value of RAM that is required specifically for you.
On average, every Windows 10 computer should have 8 GB of RAM. In 2016, this will definitely not be too much or too much.
Do not forget! If the operating system does not fill RAM at 100%, this does not mean that it enough the current amount of RAM. Windows is simply forced to write part of the data to the page file and store it on disk. At the same time, naturally, there will be slower access to this part of the data. Do you have 2 GB and of which 1 GB is free? Install 8 GB and you will see that there is no free 7 GB.
3. Upgrade the video card
This item is relevant mainly for fans to play powerful games. With the upgrade here, as a rule, everything is approximately clear: the more expensive. the more powerful. However, you need to choose a video card so that it can realize its potential in the existing system. However, often when replacing the video adapter, you also have to change the power supply to a more powerful one.
How to speed up Windows 10 without an upgrade
If your computer slows down, but the situation does not allow replacing the HDD with an SSD or adding RAM (you are in the forest, your computer is not at the moment there is no money), you can speed up Windows 10 in the following ways.
1. Turn off visual effects
This will help improve response a bit. It is especially recommended to do this on not very powerful laptops and netbooks:
2. Remove the antivirus. Use the built-in Windows Defender.
This is quite extreme advice, but it will come in handy for owners of weak computers in the situations described above: when there is no way to replace anything, but you need to make the system move faster. Before removing the antivirus, check and make sure that there are no viruses.
Myths about improving the performance of a computer with Windows 10
Let us, without further ado, simply list frequent recommendations from the Internet that will NOT help significantly improve performance. So, to speed up the computer, we do NOT recommend:
- Disable "extra" services.
- Turn off disk indexing.
- Perform daily defragmentation and "optimization" of the system using programs like Boost Speed, Glary Utilities or the like (better buy an SSD).
- Transfer the swap file, resize it or disable it.
There will be little benefit, but a lot of problems can happen.