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If Windows 10 operating system is compared with its predecessor operating system, then obviously it is better at managing itself. However, still, users face degradation in the performance of the PC over time due to certain factors like aging hardware, software issues, outdated drivers, malware infections, and more. But the good news is that it can be fixed with certain tweaks and you can up the performance of your system again.

So if you too are facing issues with the performance of your Windows PC and thinking of getting a new one then we strongly recommend you to try the tweaks listed below. Hopefully, this will help you rejuvenate your lost PC performance.

Restart your PC

A simple yet powerful tweak that is often ignored by the users. But believe it or not, it is one of the first things that can fix the slowness of your PC if not completely but to some extent.

If you ask how, then let me explain to you that restarting your PC will close all the active applications and running processes. This will release the memory held by these processes that in turn resolve memory issues that cause slowness.

Note: If you are continuing using hibernate and sleep mode on your PC then restarting your PC is a must to speed up the performance.

  • Close all active applications and then click on the Windows Start button and select Shut down option.
  • Once your PC turns off, wait for 2-3 seconds and press on the power button to restart your PC.

After the restart of your PC you will see a performance boost of your PC.

Disable Startup Apps

Are you facing a delay in the startup of your PC? Do you feel that your PC is taking longer than usual to boot up? Do you feel that your PC becomes slow right from the start or following the first step i.e. restarting the PC doesn’t help you much. Then the common cause behind all these is a lot of applications that startup with the start of your PC. Therefore our next step is to disable all the startup applications that are unnecessarily running on your system startup and causing your computer to load slowly.

To disable apps at startup on Windows 10, use these steps:

  • Press Ctrl+Shift+Esc key together to launch the Task Manager
  • Now click on the Startup tab. Here you will find all the apps that launch automatically at startup.
  • Now select all the apps that you wish to disable at startup and disable them.
  • Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

Alternatively, on Windows 10 you can disable startup apps through Windows Settings.

  • Open Windows Settings.> and select Apps.
  • Now from the left pane’ select Startup.
  • On the right panel click on the Sort by and select the option Startup impact.
  • Next, turn off the toggle button located in front of the apps. Disable all the unneeded apps, especially those marked as “High impact” .
  • Restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

Once you have followed the above steps and disabled the startup apps you can find that now your PC will start faster than before.

Uninstall Unwanted Applications

When we buy a new PC, it comes with lots of pre-installed programs, out of which most are unneeded. Similarly, we too install a lot of third-party software and later we forget to remove them when they are no more needed. Now, all these applications and their supporting files not only occupy a lot of space on your hard drive but also unnecessarily consume system resources making your pc slow. So, the next method to speed up your PC is to have a look at all the installed apps and remove the ones that are no longer required.

To remove the unnecessary apps from your computer follow the steps below:

  • Open Windows Settings.> and select Apps.
  • Now from the left pane select Apps & features.
  • On the right panel select the app you wish to remove and click on the uninstall button to remove it completely from your system.
  • Repeat the process to remove all the unwanted applications.

Alternatively, you can also uninstall applications from the control panel of your system.

Disable Apps from Relaunching on Startup

Windows 10 has many features that make your work easy and convenient. However, sometimes this convenience comes at the cost of performance. We are talking about one of the Windows features that allow programs to restart from your last session after a fresh restart. Now, this feature provides you with the convenience to start the work from where you have left in the last session, but it can considerably impact the performance of your system. Therefore, what we recommend is to disable apps from relaunching on startup by following the steps below:

  • Open Windows Settings and select Accounts.
  • Now on the left pane select Sign-in options.
  • On the right pane under the “Restart apps” section, toggle the switch to Off position.

After you perform the above steps, the apps that were previously relaunching on the system startup will no more restart on the next system start. You have to start the applications now manually, which can be a bit inconvenient but it will help in overall system performance.

Disable Background Apps

There are certain applications that continue to run their services in the background even while not in use. And the worst thing is that many times we don’t even know the number of apps running in the background and consuming valuable system resources.

So the next step to boost the performance of your PC is to restrict the apps from running in the background.

To disable apps from running in the background, follow these steps:

  • Open Windows Settings and click on the Privacy option.
  • On the left panel select Background apps.
  • Now on the right panel toggle the switch to off position in front of the apps that you want to stop from running in the background.

If you do not feel a considerable amount of change in the performance you can even toggle off the switch below the option, Let apps run in the background. This will disable all the background apps.

Once you have performed the above steps, the apps will no more consume system resources when not in use.

Defrag your Hard Drive

This step depends on the type of hard drive you are using. So, if you are using an SSD then you can skip this step, however, if you have a conventional hard drive then you need to defrag it regularly to keep it faster.

With time, the files stored on your hard drive get fragmented, which results in making your computer slow, as it has to check all over your hard drive when information is requested. However, once you defrag your hard drive it arranges all the files sequentially making it easier and faster to access the files when needed.

To defrag the hard drive follow these steps:

  • Click the Windows Start button and type defrag in the Windows Search bar. This will open the inbuilt disk optimization tool of windows.
  • Next, select the drive that you wish to defrag and press the Analyze button.
  • This will start the process, and you will be presented with the exact percentage of fragmented files on your system.

Note: You should defrag your hard-drive, whenever the fragmented percentage goes above 5%.

Use a Third-Party Optimization Tool

Although all the steps that have been discussed above can be performed by a normal user, however, they still require some technical knowledge of the operating system and obviously the time. And this is the reason many at times users just don’t follow the above steps to optimize their PC. Now, what they all need is a third-party tuneup utility that can optimize their system in a few clicks. When you check out the web you will find many optimization tools that are designed in a way that even novice users can use to optimize the PC like a Pro. These optimization tools have modules like junk cleaner, duplicate finder, malware removal, startup manager, disk defragger, and much more to keep your PC in optimal condition.

Perform a Scan for Malware

If your PC is running slow and responds slowly to your request then it could be a sign of malware infection. It is seen that most of the malware, virus, and other infections take up the system resources and make computers completely slow to respond.

Windows 10 itself comes with an anti-virus utility named as Windows Defender that can scan and remove the virus and other malware that your computer is infected with. Therefore we suggest you first update the virus definition updates and then run a deep scan on your system.

After the scan completes, Windows Defender will probably scan and remove all the infections that are making your PC slow. You can also use a third party antivirus if you are not satisfied by the results of Windows Defender

Wrapping Up

We hope that the above tips will help you in optimizing Windows for better performance. Also, we suggest you perform all the tips shared above in the article as they help you in the overall optimization of your PC.