Tips To Speed Up PC and Laptop Windows 10. Today we gonna be show you how to speed up your windows 10 performance. Please note we are not using any third party software to achieve this performance boost, and it’s totally free as well, You may wonder why I’m making this post since I have already made a post on a similar topic Speed Up Windows 10 in the past.
We are covering this post in 10 main steps, and before we starting I suggest you, please update your Windows 10 to the latest version, and regularly check for updated as well. Because an outdated system may cause performance issues, and there is no doubt in it.
Step 1: Power Option Settings.
In this step, we gonna show you an important thing to boost your system performance using control panel power options settings. So let’s go to start menu, and click on this gear icon, and you will see the windows settings, Now navigate System settings and open ‘Power & Sleep tab’, then click on the additional power settings, which will launch the control panel power options window.
Normally windows default choice will be ‘Balance power plan’ but I recommend you to choose High-performance power plan, because of its favors performance over the energy usage. It will allow your pc hardware the energy that is required to achieve its maximum performance without compromising for energy usage.
If you didn’t find the ‘High-performance power plan’ up here, make sure you always check it on the Hidden additional plans tab! Now click on the change power plan settings, and you will get here, now click on ‘change advanced power settings’, and you will see this new window, Now go to Hard disk and change this ‘Setting Minutes from 20 to 0’,.
Now scroll down and go to processor power management, and go to Minimum processor state and set that to zero percent, then go to maximum processor state and make sure you set that to hundred percent.
Now click apply then click OK, and you are pretty much ready to close the window. So let’s jump to next one!
Step 2: Windows settings.
In this step, we gonna be disable every unwanted or rarely using settings or features from the Windows Settings, and by doing that you can retrieve a good amount of system resources free, which will naturally cause better system performance. So pay close attention and follow me!
First, you need to go to the start menu and click on this gear icon, or you can also search settings on the start menu as well. As you can see the windows settings is just launched, and once you are here first you gonna need to navigate to privacy settings, now disable let apps use advertising ID, Let websites provide locally relevant content, let windows track app launches, and finally disable show me suggested content option as well.
Now navigate to location tab, and I recommend you to disable the location service if you don’t use it that often. Now click on change, and disable ‘Location for this device option. As same as we deal with the location service only disable it if you don’t use it. Now navigate to Camera tab, and disable everything which uses your camera, except Skype or similar apps, because some people use it very often.
And once you have done that, Navigate to Microphone tab, and disable every app from using your microphone expect skype or voice recorder in case you’re using it. Now navigate to Contacts tab, and disable it for every other option other than Email and accounts, If you have a different preference, you can leave those apps enabled.
Now navigate to Calendar and disable let apps access my calendar, then navigate to call history, and as same as the Calendar, disable let apps access my call history. Now navigate to email and disable let apps access and send email, then Navigate to radios tab, and disable let apps control radios. Now navigate to feedback & diagnostics, Now choose ‘Basic’ option from here.
Then navigate to background apps. Now disable everything accept Alarm, Mail, Settings, and Windows Defender. Or you can leave any other app as you prefer if you think it’s important for you. And that’s all you can disable in the privacy settings. Now let’s go back to home, then navigate to system settings. And once you are here go to notification & action tab, now disable “Show notifications on the lock screen, Show reminders and incoming VoIP’s, hide notifications when I’m duplication my screen” Option.
Now disable notification from all unwanted or rarely using application, I’m disabling everything except, Mail and Skype. If you have a different preference, you can enable those apps for notification. Now go back again and this time let’s navigates to ‘gaming setting’ now on the game bar tab disable the option, Record game clips screenshots and broadcast using the game bar, Now disable Show Game bar when I play full-screen games options.
Now navigate to the Game DVR tab, and from here turn of Record in the background while I’m playing a game option, then turn of recorded audio when I record a game, and finally disable Capture mouse cursor in recordings option. I have disabled these options because game bar is the worst solution for gameplay recording, and I think most of the people don’t ever use it.
Hope Microsoft will make it better in near future. Now navigate to Broadcasting tab, and disable Record audio when I broadcast option, then disable capture mouse cursor in broadcasts option. Now go to true play tab, and make sure you are disabled that as well, it’s basically an anti-cheat feature for games, And we don’t really need it, and that’s all you can do on the windows settings.
Step 3: Defragment and Optimize Drives.
Only follow this step if you have installed your windows on your HDD or hard disk, If you are using an SSD or Solid State Drive Please Avoid doing this step. So let’s begin, Go to start menu and search Defragment and Optimize Drives, and you will see it on the result, so click on it and this window will open, once you are here select your ‘C’ drive or system driver, which you have installed your windows 10 OS on.
Now click on optimize, and that’s it. You may wonder I have installed my windows on an SSD, and still, I’m doing this defragmentation on it? I’m only doing this for the sake of the video, I don’t recommend you do this to your SSD. In case you do, it will not cause anything serious to your SSDs, but defragmentation will Wright unnecessarily data to your SSD, And Windows 10 itself do defrag your SSD’s Automatically in certain periods.
So it’s not a big deal if you’re accidentally done it. If you’re using a conventional hard drive, definitely follow this step, Because Your mechanical drives need defragmentation, because, on a regular hard disk, data is stored in deferent sectors on the platter, and mostly the reading head had to reach to multiple locations on the palter to read a single file, so by doing this optimization, Your hard drive data will sort out and place everything where they belong to, so the read head doesn’t have to move to different locations to read a single file, may result in faster load times, and better performance.
But in the other hand a solid-state drive doesn’t read or Wright files in a similar manner, because it’s don’t have any moving part inside. We can say, It’s more like a memory card, so it’s not necessary to defrag an SSD if you can avoid it. Also make sure you have defrag all your other drivers, in case you have multiple partitions.
As well as I recommend you to replace your Hard drives with SSDs if you can afford it because SSDs had incredible read and write speeds comparing to your conventional hard drives as well as they can load thing really faster as well. So I think it’s an additional way to gain even more performance. You can upgrade it to any kind of PC’s which has the space to accommodate a common Hard Drive. So i think that’s pretty much here, so let’s jump to the next step!
Step 4: Disable Unwanted Start Up Programs.
For that all you need to go to the Task manager, just right click on the taskbar and choose task manager. Once you are here, go to Startup tab, and you will see these apps, which are the one that will atomically start when your system starts.
We don’t need most of these programs start automatically when our system start, because we don’t really use them all on a daily basis as well as they will cause your boot time go slower, and decrease in system performance, because once it startup when your system start, it will stay running in the background forever until you shut down your computer manually.
So let’s go and disable every unwanted program from starting up automatically when your system boot. Simply go ahead and select a program, then click on the disable button, which will disable the program from automatic startup while windows boot. It seems we have a bunch of them here, so let’s go ahead and disable them one by one. If you have a preference for a particular app, then you can leave that one enabled for startup.
As well as I highly recommend to don’t disable your antivirus program and windows defender. As well as please note, the changes will only effect once you restated your system. By doing this process your windows 10 boot time will become much faster than ever before. As well as it will increase your Windows 10 performance by not allowing unwanted programs to run in background. So let’s go to the next step!
Step 5: Delete Every Unnecessary File.
This is the way to free up some hard drive space and reduce system loads. We can call it a cleaning process if you want. But we are not using any tools to do it, because of most of the third party tools it self’s cause slower system performance for a variety of reasons.
We have to do a couple of things, so let’s start by clearing the temporary files, hit windows key + R, shortcut and you will see this run box, now type in ‘temp’ and click on ok, now it will open this folder, and you will see a huge number of files here.
These files are only created for one time use, Programs sometimes store temporary information in Temp folder before a program closes, it usually never uses again by the program, so we can get rid of them. Select them all, now hit shift key + delete and it will delete the fills forever.
Now we have to go the run box again, so hit windows key + R again, and then type %temp% now click on ok, and similarly, we will see another folder with bunch of unwanted files, select them all and hit shift key + Delete on your keyboard.
Now you close the folder. And Before we left for next step, I have to share you one more tip, it maybe simple but believe me it’s very effective when it comes to reducing some system lag. it none other but your recycle bin, Go to your recycle bin and delete everything you have there, I have to remind you about it even if it’s so silly, because I noticed there are people who never clean their recycle bins.
Please note whenever you delete a file from your system by choosing the right click delete option, or by pressing the delete key on your keyboard, it will not actually deleting forever from your computer, unless it will keep the files in your recycle bin for a certain limit, and the windows 10 default recycle bin limit is some were around a hundred GBs, and all those space are acquired from your ‘C driver’ or system driver, the drive which you have installed your windows 10 OS on.
So if you have a lot of things in your recycle bin, it can actually cause a system lag! So make sure you have cleaned your recycle bin as well as make sure your ‘C driver’ is never full or near full, always keep it around 40 – 50 percent, otherwise it will cause, system lag, unnecessary performance issues and so on. And I think that’s pretty much it, so let’s go to the next step!
Step 6: Disk Cleanup.
Disk Cleanup is a feature that available natively on every Windows 10 PC’s, it uses to clean Junk file on your system. So let’s get started, Go to start menu and search “This pc or my computer” Now open this pc. And once you’re here, right click on the system drive or c drive then choose properties, under the general tab you will find the ‘disk cleanup’ option, So click on it.
Now select “Downloaded program files, Temporary Internet files, Thumbnails, Temporary files and Recycle bin”. Then click on ‘Clean up system files’ button. And it will clean all the junk files and free up some disk space. I recommend you to do this to all your local disks, or partitions. You can use the same step to do the process on any other system partitions, so let’s jump to the next step!
Step 7: Registry Tweak.
In this step we gonna show you how to tweak your Registry to speed up your Windows 10 Performance! Hit windows key + R on your keyboard and launch the run box, now type in ‘regedit’, (r e g e d I t), then click on OK, and you will see the Registry window.
First you will need to go to the ‘HKEY_CURRENT_USER, Now Go to Control Panel, Then click on mouse folder. Now double click on ‘mouse hovertime’ and change its value from 400 to 10, and click on ok. Now go ahead and select the desktop folder, and look for an option called “Menu Show Delay”, once you have found it, double click and change its value from 200 to 10, then click on Ok.
Now you have to go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE tehn Software folder, then Find Microsoft, now find Windows NT folder, and to the Current Version folder, Now scroll down a little bit and find Multimedia folder, and finally go to System Profile, Now click on system responsiveness, and change the Hexadecimal value to Zero and click OK.
Now we need to go to the same ‘System profile folder’ then go to Task and finally go to Game folder, Now you have to open the file GPU Priority, and make sure you have set the Hexadecimal value to 8, then click on OK, Now open priority file and change its Hexadecimal value to 6, then click OK, and that’s pretty much it. and you can close the registry editor. Now let’s go to the next step!
Step 8: Reduce Runtime service.
Its a great way to achieve even more performance by cutting some of the unwanted services. Let me show you how to do it, first, you gonna need to open the run box by hitting windows key + R Shortcut on your keyboard.
Now type in ‘msconfig’ and click on OK, Now it will open the system configuration window. Once you are here move over to the services tab, and you will see all these services which are always active in the background.
Before we doing anything with the services, I want you to check this box Hide all Microsoft services, to make sure we’re not messing up anything accidentally. And once you have done that, you can see it’s selected every services other than Microsoft service.
So let’s proceed, you can disable them all at once by clicking on the Disable all button, or your cross-checks them and see if is there is anything particularly important for you. Don’t worry you can always restore everything back to default order if you have messed up something accidentally.
So once you’re ready you can click on the disable all button, now click apply and it will disable all the unwanted services on your Windows 10 PC. And it might ask you for a restart, in that case just give it the permission.
Step 9: Reduce Visual Effects.
In this step, we are doing something really crazy to get the maximum performance from your computer and let me warn you, only follow this if you need the extreme level of performance that your windows 10 can ever offer you.
And we are achieving this performance boost by reducing the visual effects and your windows 10 UI graphics. May result better performance, but you might find your windows 10 interface less graphically attractive than before, and please note it will not affect your gaming graphics and program graphics quality.
If you don’t mind then I suggest you have tried, because if you didn’t like it, you can always set everything back to default, by applying the same things in reverse order. So let start, first you need to go to the start menu, and search This PC, now right click on it, choose properties, and you will get here. now click on “Advanced system settings hyperlink” and you will see this little window.
Now on the advanced tab you will find the performance settings, click it and you will see another window with all these options. So go ahead and uncheck every option other than your preference, I’m going to leave the option ‘ Smooth edges of screen fonts and Show shadows under mouse pointer’ untouched.
If you have a personal preference like this. I suggest you leave that untouched and uncheck all the other options. And once you have done with that, you can click on apply, and that’s it.
Step 10: Additional Performance Tips.
In this final step, we gonna show you, everything else that can boost your system performance even in a graphical level. As well as this step is equally useful for both for gamers, or users of graphically demanded software like Premiere, aftereffects and so on.
First I will show how to optimize your graphics settings for better graphical performance, it’s both applicable if you’re a user of a graphically demanded program like I mentioned earlier or a pc gamer who expecting better frame rates. And I know there are two main graphical powers, so I created two separate post to cover both the Nvidia and AMD users.
So that’s how we can speed up your windows 10 performance, hope at this point all of you’re experience a better performing windows 10 and don’t forget to comment your experience so more people can now this post is a legit and effective one.