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How to Make a Computer Faster Using Windows 10

Tips on How to Make Your Windows 10 PC Faster

Are you aware that many programs, by default, are set to open at startup? This can slow down you bootup time and the programs stay running in background taking up precious memory that would be better allocated to whatever you are working on in the foreground.

Disable Programs Using Startup Manager

It's easy to fix. Just go to Startup Manager in Windows Task Manager. Right click on taskbar, select Task Manager. Click on the Startup tab and disable the programs you don’t need. Windows will help out by showing you which programs slow you down the most.

Check System Resources

Next, check your system resources. There could be one application in particular taking up extra memory or disk space. Go to Task Manager, click Processes and sort the lists by CPU, memory or disk. Again, Windows 10 will highlight any of these processes that are overusing resources. Check for app updates or delete programs and look for alternatives. If Internet Explorer 11 or Microsoft Edge are is acting up, you can try using Google Chrome instead.

Scan Your Computer for Viruses

Another cause of PC slow-down woes could be a virus or some other sneaky program that latched on without you even knowing. Windows 10 has anti-virus software that runs automatically but doesn’t catch everything. You can run Windows Defender by opening the Start menu and selecting Settings. Now, choose Update & Security, then select Windows Defender. Run a "full" system scan and see the results. Windows Defender is great for detecting viruses but it may miss unwanted programs that came with a download or free app and slow down your system. To find those tricky programs you may need to use something like Malwarebytes

Troubleshoot Windows 10 Performance

Did you know that Windows 10 has a Performance Troubleshooter? Windows 10 has lots of cool new features but as cool as they are they may slow down an older machine. You can adjust these setting using the Performance Troubleshooter. In Cortana’s search box, next to the Start button, type troubleshooting. Under System and Security, you’ll see "check for performance issues". Run then troubleshooter to look for possible slowdowns.

Install a New SSD

Ok, we have saved the best for last. To really speed up your rig install an SSD. Hard drives can be one of the slowest components of any system. An SSD will help your computer boot up, open applications and save files faster. This will make you feel like you have a brand new PC.