Though Windows 10 is considered as the most optimized versions of the Windows OS by many tech journalists from around the globe, it is far from being perfect and has a fair share of issues are being fixed via and add new issues are being added as well via updates. 😉 Though the second part of the update chapter is not claimed by Microsoft, we know it. Sluggish performance or lags is one such common issue. The Microsoft Community forum is flooded with users complaining about the slow performance on Windows 10 PCs. Despite all efforts done by Microsoft’s developer team in fixing the issues, Windows PCs tend to slow down over time. As per my experience, most of the slow down in Windows 10 PCs is in the form of input lags for example- the 2 or 3-second delay in opening the start menu, any folder/file or while refreshing the PC.
If you have experienced similar slow down while using a Windows 10 PC, I have you covered with some nifty tips and tricks.
- 1 Tips And Tricks To Boost Windows 10’s Performance
- 1.1 1. Enable High-Performance Mode
- 1.2 2. Make Your User Interface Elements Look Ugly
- 1.3 3. Use Your Discrete GPU (if any) To Its Fullest Potential
- 1.4 4. Turn Off Unnecessary Notifications
- 1.5 5. Carry Out A Disk Cleanup Session
- 1.6 6. Stop Programs From Loading Up In The Background During StartUp
- 1.7 7. Use ReadyBoost To Speed Up Your Windows
Tips And Tricks To Boost Windows 10’s Performance
1. Enable High-Performance Mode
If you are not aware of this, there is a high-performance mode buried inside the Power settings. By default, it is set to a Power Saver mode which is not the mode to extract the best performance from your PC’s internal hardware. Hence, it can be suggested to enable high-performance mode. To do so follow these steps:
- Open Control Panel.
- Under “Hardware and Sounds,” select “Power Options.”
- Now, click on “High Performance” mode.
2. Make Your User Interface Elements Look Ugly
According to me, Windows 10 is the most visually appealing version of Windows with the implementation of the Start menu, the taskbar, and the action center being my favorite. The transparent theme makes it looks the best but this transparent visual appeal costs you some performance. You can avoid that performance drain by going for an opaque interface which can be done by the following step:
- Open Settings.
- Under “Personalisation”, select “Colors.”
- Now, toggle off “Make Start Menu, Taskbar and Action Centre Opaque.”
You can get a further boost in performance by turning off the Windows animations and other elements that work to enhance the appearance of the user interface. Follow these steps to do so.
- Open “This PC.”
- Right click on the This PC window and click on “Properties.”
- Click on “Advanced System Settings.”
- Now, under “Performance”, click on “Settings.”
- Under “Visual Effects” tab, click on the “Adjust for best performance” option.
- Now, click on Apply.
Live Tiles in Start Menu is another UI element in Windows 10 that enhances its appearance but like any other appearance enhancing elements, it uses some resources from your processor. You can turn live tiles off by following these steps.
- Open Start.
- Right-click on any live tile which you want to turn off and then from the pop-up menu, click on “More.”
- Click on “Turn off the live tile.”
- You can repeat this process for all the other live tiles.
3. Use Your Discrete GPU (if any) To Its Fullest Potential
There is no doubt that a discrete GPU is always powerful than the integrated ones (Intel HD Graphics 🤢🤢). Now, if you are facing problems with any specific app, you can use your discrete GPU instead of the integrated ones to get take advantage of your discrete GPU. This method is not for those who are not using a discrete GPU.
- Open “Settings.”
- Click on “System.”
- Under the “Display” tab, click on “Graphics Settings.”
- Now, select the classic or universal app that you want to configure and click “Add.”
- Now, click on “Options” against the selected app and choose “High Performance” and save it.
4. Turn Off Unnecessary Notifications
Windows 10 has this feature built in that gives you tips on how to get the most out of the OS in the form of notifications. In order to do so, it scans the entire system and it may take a slight toll on your system’s performance. You can turn this process off by following these steps:
- Open “Settings.”
- Click on “System.”
- Under “Notifications and actions,” toggle off “Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows.”
5. Carry Out A Disk Cleanup Session
Disk Cleanup has been a proprietary feature in the Windows OS for a long time now. This feature can still help clean out the temporary files, installers and other junk eating up space on your storage drives. It serves two purposes: clean up your PC and increase performance. To do a disk cleanup, follow these steps:
- Open “This PC.”
- Right click on any local disk that you want to run cleanup.
- Click on “Properties,” and then click on “Disk Cleanup.”
- Choose your required options and run a cleanup.
6. Stop Programs From Loading Up In The Background During StartUp
It is a very common thing on the Windows side of things for applications to try loading themselves up in the background while the PC is booting up. This consumes a lot of resources and slows down your system. To stop this annoying process, follow these steps:
- Open Task Manager.(ctrl+alt+del)
- Under the Startup tab, you can see programs that get loaded while your PC is busy booting. Right-click on any program that you do not want to load while PC is booting and click on “Disable.”
7. Use ReadyBoost To Speed Up Your Windows
ReadyBoost dates back to the days of Windows Vista back in 2007 when it was introduced as a disk caching service. ReadyBoost is not the perfect solution to the sub-par performance of your PC. You may not notice it if you have more than 6GB of RAM or an SSD. Note that the ReadyBoost feature doesn’t work if your computer is running an SSD because it’s already fast enough to outperform the USB drive.
For more information on ReadyBoost, click on the link appearing below:
These are the tips and tricks to make your PC running Windows 10 faster. I hope this article works the way it is intended to be. Let us know about your experience trying out the methods mentioned in this article in the comments section down below. In case I missed mentioning anything or if there is some topic which you want me to cover, please let me know in the comments section down below.
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