Windows 10, the latest iteration of Windows from Microsoft has some extremely useful built-in features to improve overall efficiency. Efficiently coded for the most part, this vast number of features also require large amounts of system resources. So, if you’ve discovered that your computer‘s performance has taken a beating, there are a number of culprits who are most likely responsible. These include bloatware, temporary files and weak hardware.

Here, we’ll explore some of the best ways to speed up Windows 10.

Keep on Updating

MS regularly releases updates for it’s operating systems which are meant to fix common bugs that affect system performance. Some may be minor even while others make significant changes to your system, thus maximizing efficiency.

Open up the Windows menu and search for ‘Check for Updates’ to access your system settings. Make sure to save and backup your personal data before progressing with an update. Your system may have to restart at-least once to apply all the updates. Make sure to select the ‘Check for Updates’ option after restarting to make sure you are always notified.

Check startup

Operating systems often tend to get bogged down by the sheer number of processes running in the background. This happens as most programs have Windows run their programs immediately after log in, thus draining system resources.

To view the running programs, open up the Task Manager and click on the ‘Startup’ tab. The ‘Startup Impact’ values for each program deserve close attention. Those marked ‘High’ are the ones slowing down the system. Disable all unwanted programs by right-clicking.

Cut down special effects

Windows 10 is rather heavy on bells and whistles. Windows and other OS features are designed to fade in and fade out of view by default. Some other unnecessary and resource-hogging features include animations and transparency.

To revert your systems back to the basics, you need to go to “System > Advanced Settings tab > Performance Settings. Click the ‘Custom’ radio button under the ‘Visual Effects’ tab. Proceed to uncheck the boxes for any visual affects you wish to disable. Finally, click ‘Apply’ to submit your changes.

In addition to features like animation, Windows 10 also heavily employs transparency effects for certain features including the task menu. Though this may seem light and trivial, the effect is actually quite complicated, as the OS needs to render the same plane twice.

In order to disable transparency effects, open up the Windows menu and go to ‘Make Start, taskbar and Action Center transparent’. From here you can choose to switch off transparency under the ‘Color’ Settings. You also have the option to set the default app mode between ‘Light’ and ‘Dark’. While this does not impact your system speed, it does make the Desktop easier on the eyes.

Remove unwanted software

Most vendors ship their PCs loaded with third party software, which often being huge in size and unnecessary in nature is rightly referred to as ‘Bloatware’. Some users also routinely install software for a specific task and never use it again, say designing a template.

These forgotten redundant programs end up hogging space on your hard drive and affect performance. You can view all the installed programs from the control panel and easily uninstall anything that’s not required.

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