By being around for 4 years now since its release, Windows 10 proves that it is unquestionably a proficient operating system from Microsoft. Compared to previous versions though, updates are now mandatory. You can always pause them, but keep in mind that they are important for the system to keep running smoothly.
While the actual update itself can cause lag, they won’t take eternity to finish. Unless you’ve delayed your updates far too long. These updates are the ones that address system bugs and errors that can cause your computer to slow in its performance. Along with start-up apps and temporary files in your system, there are other things that cause slow computer performance. Here’s what you can do to fix them.
If your computer has a few “extra” software, uninstall them. You can download for free or buy just about anything on the web, including software. But if you don’t use them often, it’s better to just remove them. You may have also noticed these extra programs when you first purchased your laptop or computer. These vendors partner with other software companies. But sometimes, they are unnecessary as well.
Redundant programs take up space on your hard drive and can reduce performance. To check your installed apps go to ‘Control Panel’>’Programs’>’Programs and Features’>’Uninstall a Program’.
Right-click on any programs you no longer need and select ‘Uninstall’. Windows 10 will ask for permission to make changes to your system. Click ‘Yes’ to continue.
In order to show everyone it is superior, Windows 10 has impressive graphics and animations. They do look great but they can be inessential when it comes to performance.
To take your PC back to basics, open the Windows menu and search for ‘System’, then go to ‘Advanced Settings’ tab and select ‘Performance Settings’.
Under the ‘Visual Effects’ tab, click the radio button for ‘Custom’. From here, you can uncheck the tick boxes next to any visual affects you want to disable. Click ‘Apply’ to confirm your changes.
The same goes for transparency effects.
To disable transparency effects, open the Windows menu and type ‘Make Start, taskbar and Action Center transparent’. This will pull up the ‘Color’ Settings. From here you can choose to switch off transparency.
You can also change the default app mode here between ‘Light’ and ‘Dark’. This won’t affect your system speed, but may make your Desktop easier on the eye.
If real speed is what you’re after, you can choose to upgrade your RAM.
Your PC’s overall speed can be hugely improved by increasing the amount of virtual memory (RAM). Windows 10 requires a minimum of 4GB to run smoothly, although this does not take into account resource hungry applications such as video games.
The easiest solution to this is to install more RAM. Your PC has a certain number of RAM ‘slots’ into which you can insert chips. To determine the type of memory your machine uses, open Task Manager (Ctrl + Alt + Del), then click ‘Performance’. The system will display any memory slots in use as well as the type use e.g. DDR4.
If you don’t mind spending a bit more for optimum speed, get yourself a Solid State Drive (SSD).
SSDs (Solid State Drives) use Flash memory, the same kind found in USB sticks. They allow for much faster access and writing times then traditional mechanical hard drives which use magnetized disks.
SSDs do cost much more per GB than regular hard drives, but if you’re are willing to pay the cost, you’ll notice a huge improvement in boot time, files access times and overall system responsiveness.
And last but certainly not least, run routine maintenance.
Windows 10 has a built-in utility which performs routine system maintenance tasks such as defragmenting the hard drive, scanning for updates, and checking for malware.
These tasks usually run in the background while your PC is idle but if you have noticed an issue with system performance you can run maintenance manually if you wish.
To get started, open Control Panel, select ‘System and Security’ then choose ‘Security and Maintenance’. Click the arrow to expand the maintenance options. From here you can select ‘Start Maintenance’. Close and save any open files before going ahead.
So basically, every part of your computer needs care and attention. There are things you can buy to make your computer faster, and there are also those that you can do yourself. If you happen to run into problems with your hard drive, address it with our hard drive data recovery service.