Windows 10 performs efficiently, but it may be slowed down by a variety of factors, such as overflow of files, presence of viruses, or system downgrades. In addition to turning off superfluous graphics and visual effects, other simple actions can help speed up machine performance, such as cleaning disk, defragmenting your hard drive, and deleting temporary files.
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Here are seven tips to make your Windows 10 PC faster. Actions can also be applied or adapted in other versions of the Microsoft system.
Here's how to improve the performance of your Windows 10 computer.
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1. Check for system updates
Step 1. Access the system search and enter "updates". Click on the "Check for updates" option;
Search for new system updates in Windows 10
Step 2. The Windows Update menu will open. If updates are available, the system will do so immediately.
Windows 10 will start to update the system automatically
2. Do disk cleanup
Step 1. Right click on the disk and go to "Properties";
Access the disk properties for cleaning
Step 2. Click the "Disk Cleanup" button next to the capacity graph;to free up HD space
Step 3. Mark the files that will be deleted and click "OK" to start cleaning.
Check the items that will be deleted in Windows 10 Disk Cleanup
3. Uninstall unused programs
Step 1. Open the Control Panel and click the "Programs and Features" option;and Features "is in the Windows Control Panel 10
Step 2. Click on the desired program and go to the "Uninstall" option. Each program has a different uninstall process - you should follow the screen directions.
Uninstall programs you do not use to improve Windows 10 performance
4. Defragment the system
Step 1. To defragment the system, go to the system search and type "defragment". Click on the "Defragment and Optimize Drives" option;
Windows 10 has tool for system defragmentation
Step 2. Choose the disk that will be defragmented and click on "Scan", for the system to check the current degree of fragmentation;
Windows will analyze the level of disk file fragmentation
Step 3. At the end, click on "Optimize" to start the defragmentation process.
Windows 10 does system defragmentation to improve system performance
5. Delete temporary files
Step 1. Open the Start menu and click on "Settings";
Access the system settings from the Start menu
Step 2. Click the "System" option;
Access Windows 10 System Settings
Step 3. Access the "Storage" tab and click on "My Computer";
Open the disk storage settings
Step 4. Find the "Temporary files" option and click on it;
Access temporary system files in Windows 10
Step 5. Select the temporary files that will be deleted and click on "Remove files".
Delete temporary files from Windows 10 to improve system performance
6. Scan malware and viruses
If you do not have a virus scanner, you can use Windows Defender to check if your computer is vulnerable to threats.
Step 1. In the search field, type "Windows Defender" and open the "Windows Defender Security Center";
Open Windows Defender Security Center
Step 2. The program will show whether your computer is secure or not. Click "Virus and Threat Protection" to do a scan.
Windows Defender has virus protection options
Step 3. You can do a quick or advanced system scan.
Windows Defender scans the system to identify potential threats
7. Restart the PC
Keeping the computer turned on for very long periods can accumulate processes in the system, including services that are no longer being used, leaving the system heavy. It may not seem like an important action, but the simple gesture of turning the machine off or restarting it will cause the system to eliminate those processes and return to traditional performance.
Shutting down or restarting the computer may speed up machine performance