It’s not hard to make Windows 10 faster. Here are several methods to improve the speed and performance of Windows 10.Today we see 7 Ways to Make Windows 10 Faster and Improve Performance.
Making Windows 10 perform faster isn’t hard. You just need a few simple tips and tricks. This article covers several methods to make Windows 10 faster and improve its performance
The Main Focus Areas to Make Windows 10 Faster
There are three umbrella categories of optimizing Windows 10’s performance:
- Operating system tweaks
- Software enhancements
- App replacement or removal
While hardware upgrades also work, like buying more RAM or investing in an SSD, but those cost money, so I’m going to skip them. Let’s start with the most effective ways to speed up Windows 10 and then cover the other options out there.
Windows 10 Operating System Speed Tweaks
1. Turn On Game Mode
The latest version of Windows 10, the Creators Update, adds a new feature known as Game Mode. There’s no way to perpetually run in Game Mode, unfortunately, but you can activate it with a simple key combination of the Windows Key + G. However, you must first enable Game Mode.
To enable Game Mode (it’s only available in Windows 10 Creators Update) open Settings > Gaming and choose Game Mode. Tap the toggle switch below Game Mode. It’s only supposed to be used for games, but you can activate it whenever you need to get a little burst of speed. It’s particularly useful if you have a lot of background apps that are dragging down a resource-intensive program.
Unfortunately, Game Mode only improves gaming performance by a few percentage points.
Even so, some of you will experience a greater performance boost than others. The reduced number of background apps may improve your performance where no other tricks would help. In theory, Game Mode can function within any application that uses GPU acceleration. So if you want to try it out in Adobe Premiere, give it a try.
2. Turn Off Visual Effects
Windows offers a really easy way to shut off all visual enhancements.
- Simply navigate to System > Advanced system settings
- Choose Advanced from the tabs above.
- Under Performance, choose Settings.
- Left-click on the radio button for Adjust for best performance to shut off all visual effects.
I have visual effects disabled on a few systems and it seems to make a big impact, particularly on older computers. On the downside, things won’t look as nice. I advise leaving Smooth edges of screen fonts enabled as it helps when reading text.
3. Speed Up Your Processor
Windows has three, or more, predefined settings for how your processor ramps up its frequency. The three defaults are Balanced, High performance, and Power saver. Sometimes manufacturers also include custom plans here.
7 Ways to Make Windows 10 Faster and Improve Performance
You are almost always better off on a laptop using Balanced or Power saver, but High performance can make Windows faster by trading battery endurance for power. Because it consumes the most amount of power it’s also more appropriate for desktops.
You can alter your settings by navigating to Power Options in the Control Panel.
4. Turn Off Auto-Starting Programs
About half of the programs that I install try to run silently in the background. That’s fine for just a handful of programs, but the impact on performance is cumulative. If your computer has enough programs set to run at startup, the entire system will get bogged down.
Getting rid of non-essential startup software is absolutely essential for performance. Fortunately, Windows makes it easy to remove most auto-starters.
To remove automatically starting apps take the following actions:
- Press the key combination of Ctrl + Alt + Delete to enter Windows Task Manager.
- Choose Task Manager from the menu that pops up.
- Select the Startup tab from the top of the screen.
- From the Startup tab, you can eliminate most auto-starting applications. The majority of apps out there don’t need to run in the background, unless they came preinstalled with your computer (and even these are oftentimes bloatware).
Unfortunately, some programs hide in other locations, but you can find and eliminate stealth auto-starters as well.
5. Check Your Internet Connection
One of the biggest causes of slow internet speeds isn’t your provider. It’s your Wi-Fi connection. Thanks to common issues like channel congestion and overlapping Wi-Fi signals, it can be difficult getting a stable signal if you live in an apartment complex.
Fortunately, most routers offer two features that can improve your connection’s speed and stability:
- A direct wired connection
- Change your router’s channel.
Configuring a wired connection is simple: just buy an Ethernet cable.
Changing a router’s channel, while easy, requires a more in-depth explanation.
First, use a Wi-Fi analyzer tool to determine which channels work best for your computer, and second, go into your router’s settings to change the channel.
7 Ways to Make Windows 10 Faster and Improve Performance
6. Manage Windows Update for Performance
Change Active Hours
Windows Update, believe it or not, hogs resources when it runs in the background. You can configure it to run only at specific times—such as when the device isn’t in operation—which means no more restarts while you’re in the middle of some important task.
To configure Windows Update to run only at specific hours:
- Type Windows Update settings into the Windows Search Bar and run the configuration utility.
- Under the heading Update settings, choose Change active hours.
- You can change the active hours on this menu by clicking on Change Active Hours. I advise changing it a time period when the computer is on but unused.
Note: This setting only limits the times during which Windows will install updates automatically. Windows Update will still download updates during those hours.
Set Your Internet Connection to Metered
If you have a limited bandwidth Wi-Fi connection, Windows Update can significantly impact your internet performance by downloading updates in the background.
You can prevent this by setting your connection to metered; this will disable Windows Update, though some security patches may still download.
- Open Windows Settings (Windows Key + I)
- Go to Network & Internet > Wi-Fi.
- Select the network you’re currently connected to and under Metered connection > Set as metered connection turn the switch On.
Note: This only works with Wi-Fi networks, though a hack for applying this setting to Ethernet connections does exist.
7. Turn Off Windows 10’s Search Indexing Feature
When you search for a file, Windows doesn’t scan every directory on your computer if you have Indexing enabled. Indexing creates a text manifest of the items stored on your computer. It dramatically improves file search speed.
On my 2013 computer, I don’t turn Indexing off. There’s little benefit. Even on a modern computer, turning off Windows 10’s Indexing feature will signficantly slow down searches of your storage drive for very little performance gains on newer computers.
On the other hand, if you own a very old computer, turning off Search Indexing will help your system’s performance.
To turn off Windows 10’s Search Index tool:
- Type Index into the Windows Search Tool and left-click Indexing Options.
- Left-click Modify at the bottom of the menu and uncheck the boxes for all of the options listed here.