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How to Speed up Windows Computer?

To optimize Your Windows Computer, Follow these tips that can help speed up your PC and have less performance and system issues.

Do You Want Windows 10/11 to run faster? We can help. In a few minutes, you'll be able try out these tips; your machine will be faster and issue free.

1. Disable programs that run on startup

Your Windows PC may feel sluggish when you’ve got too many programs running in the background — You may not be using these programs a lot. It's logical to stop them from running, and this can make your PC will run more smoothly.

Launching the Task Manager: Press Windows Key and type in Task Manager, Click on Task Manger. We're going to disable the unnecessary Start-up Programs,

Click the Startup tab. You'll see a list of the programs and services that run when you start Windows. Included on the list is each program's name as well as its publisher, its status, and its “Startup impact,”

To stop a program or service from launching at startup, select it, then click on Disable. Although; it doesn't disable the program entirely; it just prevents it from launching at startup — you can always run the application when you wish. Also, if you later decide you want it to launch at startup, you can return to the Task Manager, and click on “Enable.”

2. Change your power settings

By Changing your power plan from “Power saver” to “High performance” or “Balanced”, you can get an instant performance boost.

To do it, Press Windows Key on your keyboard and type in Power Plan and Click on Choose a Plan, You might see two options: “Balanced (recommended)” and “Power saver." To see the “High performance” setting, click the down arrow by “Show additional plans.”

To change your power setting, choose the one you want, then exit. High performance” gives you the highest performance while keeping your computer in good boost, but uses the most power; “Balanced” finds a happy medium between power usage and better performance; and “Power saver” does everything it can to give you as much battery life as possible.

3. Shut off Windows tips and tricks

Windows always offers tips about things you might want to do with the operating system as you continue to use your system. These “tips” have rarely been helpful as per my experience. Therefore; I don’t like the privacy of Windows constantly taking a virtual look on me.

Windows watching what you’re doing and offering advice can also make your PC run slow. To speed things up, you can stop windows from giving you advice.

Click the Start button, select the Settings icon and then go to System > Notifications, Turn off all the Notifications.

4. Turn off search indexing

Windows 10 indexes your hard disk in the background, allowing you to search your computer more quickly than if no indexing were being done.

But PCs that are slow, the indexing can see a performance hit, and you can give them a speed boost by turning off indexing. Even if you have an SSD disk, turning off these indexing can improve your speed, because the constant writing to disk can eventually slow down the hard disk.

Let's turn indexing off completely. Type services.msc in the Windows search box and press Enter. Scroll down to either Indexing Service or Windows Search in the list of services.

Double-click it, and from the screen that appears, click Stop. Then reboot your machine. Your searches may be slightly slower, although you may not notice the difference. But you should get an overall performance boost.

5. Clear The Registry

The Registry files track and control how Windows works and looks including information about where your programs are stored, which DLLs they use and share, what file types should be opened by which program, etc.

But the Registry is a very complicated thing. When you uninstall a program, the settings of that program don’t always get cleaned up in the Registry. So over time, it can get filled with countless outdated settings of all types which can lead to system slowdowns.

Don’t even think of trying to clean any of this out yourself. It’s impossible. To do it, you need a Registry Cleaner. There are plenty available, some free and some paid. You can try ccleaner free version that can do a good job and if you like it, you can buy it as well.

6. Disable shadows, animations and visual effects

Windows 10 has wonderful shadows, animations and visual effects. If you have a fast, new PCs, these don't usually affect your system performance. But on slower and older PCs, they can hit a performance hit.

It's easy to turn them off. Press the Windows key on your keyboard, type sysdm.cpl and press Enter. It brings up the System Properties dialog box. Click the Advanced tab and click Settings in the Performance section. That takes you to the Performance Options dialog box. You'll see a varied list of animations and special effects.

Select “Adjust for best performance” at the top of the screen and then click OK. Windows will then turn off the effects that slow down your system, you can always go back to the best appearance if you like.

7. Disable Game Mode

If you’re a serious gamer, you probably know all about Game Mode, which optimizes your PC for playing games. That’s great for when you’re doing just that, but it can slow down your system when you’re not playing because it keeps some system resources in reserve in case you start playing a game and has occasionally been linked to stability issues. So turning off Game Mode can give your PC a quick boost. (You can always turn it back on again when you want to play a game.)

Game Mode is turned on by default, so even if you’ve never played a game on your PC, it’s probably enabled. To turn it off, go to Settings > Gaming > Game Mode and move the Game Mode slider to Off.

8. Restart Your Computer/PC

One of the secret weapons for troubleshooting and speeding up a PC is to restart your computer which usually solves the issue: Restart your computer, it will clears out any excess use of RAM. It also kills processes that you might have set in motion and are no longer needed. If your Windows 10/11 PC has turned sluggish over time for no apparent reason, you may be surprised at how quickly it will run when you do this.

Try these tips and tricks, and you'll find that you've got a faster Windows 10/11 PC — and one that is less likely to have any reliability problems.

This article was published in September 2023

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