Speed Up Your PC with These Simple Tricks
Microsoft Windows 10, the flagship operating system, is designed to work across an array of hardware configurations, and so, may not run as fast on less powerful rigs.
While Windows 10, is without a doubt, the most well-coded operating system, there are many changes that the end user may make, that will result in things running much slower.
Fortunately, it is possible for you to optimize the performance of your setup, providing you know how. However, with the tips featured in this article, you should be able to make your system go faster.
1. Update Windows
Microsoft knows that you want to get the best possible performance out of their operating system, which is why they are constantly releasing new updates.
If you ensure your operating system is always up-to-date, with the latest security patches, critical updates, then you can ensure you will always get top performance.
If your computer starts to get a little sluggish, the first thing you should do is search for a Windows update, as it may have the solution.
2. Change Your Power Settings
If you are using a Power Saver Plan on your Windows operating system, then your computer is not running at top speed. The Power Saver Plan is designed to reduce your system’s performance in order to conserve energy; even desktop machines have this power plan. If you change your power plan from Power Saver to High Performance, you should see an immediate system boost.
3. Arrange Your Start-up Apps
Some applications are configured to load during system boot up. Because these processes typically take a considerable amount of system resources, lowering the number of programs that run during this crucial time, can speed up your system.
To ensure there are no programs loading, while your computer is booting up, you can open Windows Task Manager.
To open this tool, simply right click on the taskbar and select Start Task Manager.
On Windows 10, it’s possible for you to disable startup applications, from the Start-up Tab, on earlier Windows versions, you will need to use Microsoft Configuration Utility.
4. Disable Search Indexing
With search indexing enabled, Windows will index your hard drive in the background, the idea behind this, is so it’s much quicker for the operating system to search the hard drive. However, slower systems will notice a considerable decrease in performance, when this is happening, thus, disabling this feature should improve system speed.
Even if you have an SSD drive, switching off indexing</a>, will boost system performance, this is because of the constant writing to disk, which happens on all versions of hard drives.
To maximize your system’s performance, you should definitely switch this feature off.
5. Disable Windows Effects
Windows 10 comes with a ton of fancy effects, that are designed to make your experience look modern and fancy, but all of this does take a toll on your graphics hardware.
Thus, you may want to consider turning these special effects off, to save on both graphics processing and memory.
In Performance Settings, which can be found in Search, you should be able to turn off all or some of the features. So you could turn off the more intensive features and leave the other ones.
6. Upgrade RAM
Another thing that you can do, to really speed your system up, is to purchase more physical memory for it.
RAM or random access memory, is what determines, for the most part, how quick your system is.
All systems have a limit to the amount of RAM that it can take, so you will need to find out your max capacity, then go out and purchase some modules; it’s always best to purchase in pairs.
RAM is very cheap today, so I’d recommend you went for the max.
7. Invest In Solid State
Everything on your system runs through the hard drive, which means, the faster the driver, the faster your Windows experience.
When you opt for a Solid State Drive (SSD), you get the fastest possible response times, since these drives are built on flash memory, rather than your usual mechanical drive, which uses a spinning disk, called a platter.
SSD drives are considerably more money than your standard drive, but they do consume less power and run considerably faster.
Many of these drives even come with their own software, designed to make your experience using them much faster and more pleasant.
Uchenna Ani-Okoye is a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website. He blogs at compuchenna.co.uk