Windows 10 and a multitude of third-party apps include system optimization tools. Those tools enable you to speed up Windows and fix system errors that might undermine the OS.
So to give your desktop or laptop a boost, you should make the most of the system tools in Windows and perhaps some included in additional third-party software, as well.
This is how you can improve PC performance in Windows 10, primarily with the platform’s own options and tools, but also with a few extra utility programs.
What can I do to speed up my Windows 10 computer? The first thing you should do is clear all the useless background processes. Usually, slow PC performance is caused by a lack of RAM.
If that doesn’t do the job, remove some startup items or speed up context menus. For more info on how to do that, check the guide below.
- How can I increase the performance of my Windows 10 PC?
- 1. Check the RAM usage and close the background processes
- 2. Run the System File Checker
- 3. Use a third-party software
- 4. Remove the Startup items
- 5. Update the drives with third-party software
- 6. Speed up the Windows 10 Boot up
- 7. Adjust the Performance options
- 8. Check for low disk space
- 9. Run the System Maintenance Troubleshooter
- 10. Speed up context menus
How can I increase the performance of my Windows 10 PC?
1. Check the RAM usage and close the background processes
RAM is perhaps the most crucial system resource. This is the amount of temporary storage a PC has for software. All software needs at least a little RAM, and lots of open programs and background processes will overstretch system resources.
For example, new Windows games are generally the most resource-hungry software; and they will run slower when lots of other background programs and processes reduce the amount of free RAM that could otherwise be allocated for the game.
Running games with the highest graphical settings, which further depletes RAM, will also slow the gameplay down. Thus, there’s an obvious link between RAM and PC performance.
Consequently, it’s not surprising that some Windows optimization software includes RAM optimization that free up RAM. Although Windows 10 doesn’t include a RAM optimizer, you can still free up lots of RAM by manually closing software and background processes.
Don’t forget that disabling browser extensions, apps and plug-ins will also save some RAM.
2. Run the System File Checker
The System File Checker is a somewhat overlooked maintenance tool that can fix corrupt system files. Thus, it can fix various system errors.
You can use the System File Checker by typing cmd in the Windows search box and clicking on the Run as administrator option below the results.
Type in sfc /scannow and press Enter to launch the scanning, which might take a while.
3. Use a third-party software
It goes without saying that one of the best ways to improve performance in Windows 10 is to use a reliable third-party optimizationtool.
While some of the optimizations themselves could be done manually, they require a certain degree of skill and experience to pull off, otherwise, you might end up damaging your PC instead of repairing it.
That being said, keep in mind that the best Windows 10 optimizer software comes with PC cleaning features, PC speed boosters, and integrated performance monitors.
On top of that, many of these tools allow you to create backups of your registries before fixing them, ensuring that no damage is done to your PC.
You can also use these utilities to manage your disks. They typically include disk defragmentation tools, as well as disk backup and restore options.
4. Remove the Startup items
You can further save RAM and speed up the Windows 10 startup by removing startup software. Those are programs that open automatically during the Windows startup.
5. Update the drives with third-party software
Antiquated drivers can slow down desktops and laptops, and some hardware devices might not work correctly without the most updated drivers.
True, Windows Update automatically updates the most essential drivers; but that doesn’t guarantee it will update all of them. As such, you can check and update drivers with the Device Manager in Windows.
However, there are also various third-party programs that identify and update outdated drivers.
DriverFix is an excellent utility that you can update your drivers with more quickly. It has a database of over 18 million drivers so you can be sure that it will find yours.
Downloading and installing the tool is extremely simple. It will launch right after finishing the installation and it will perform a scan to look for any outdated drivers.
After just a few seconds, you will get a report with a list of recommended drivers to install.
Then you can press an Update All button to update the antiquated drivers. There is also the option of updating the drivers individually by checking their corresponding boxes and clicking on the Update button from their right.
6. Speed up the Windows 10 Boot up
If Windows 10 is taking a while to fully boot up, you can speed it up at least a little. Removing startup items will speed up the Windowsstartup.
You can also boost the startup with the Turn on fast startup option and MSconfig tool included in Windows
7. Adjust the Performance options
Windows 10 also has a Performance Options window from which you can adjust the platform’s visual effects. The snazzy effects might add a little extra gloss to Windows, but they also need extra system resources.
If your desktop or laptop has more limited RAM, maybe you should switch some effects off to speed it up a bit.
8. Check for low disk space
Almost every PC optimization utility comes with a hard disk cleaner, and Windows also has its own Disk Clean-up tool to delete junk files with. HDD cleaners are essential tools as overly full hard disks can slow things down.
Virtual memory combines RAM and hard disk space, so a really full hard disk restricts the amount of virtual memory. In addition, erasing junk files will also give you more space for software and your own documents, photos, MP3s, videos, etc.
The solution above shows you how you can check for low HDD space and erase junk files with CCleaner, which has better options than the Disk Clean-up tool.
9. Run the System Maintenance Troubleshooter
The System Maintenance troubleshooter is another handy tool that can boost PC performance. This deletes unused shortcuts and files and fulfills other maintenance duties.
For example, when you run the tool, it can fix the troubleshooting history that’s taking up disk space.
10. Speed up context menus
This is a basic registry tweak. By adjusting the MenuShowDelay string, you can minimize the delay before a context menu opens.
By default, that string has a 400 milliseconds delay.
Those are a few of the best ways to optimize Windows 10 for better PC performance.
There’s no essential requirement for extra third-party software, but freeware programs such as DriverFix and CCleaner certainly have better options for updating drivers and deleting junk files.
However, Windows 10 already has most of the more essential maintenance tools and options you’ll need.
Hope that these tips helped you speed up your Windows 10 PC and now you can enjoy a faster and better experience. If you have any more tips or questions about the subject, please share them in the comments section below.