There are many reasons when Windows 10 suddenly runs slower. It does not always have to be broken hardware, if the system suddenly appears noticeably slowed down after an update or just like that over time. Instead of investing in more RAM, an SSD, or a new PC directly, you can take simple steps that often directly bring a speed advantage, let the system boot faster, and more. We’ll introduce four quick tips for Windows 10 that help.
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Windows settings: If the system is too slow, simple tips usually help.
Tip 1: Just clean up
Data junk such as temporary files, system memory dumps after crashes, error reports, and more causes disk fragmentation. On a standard system, where, for example, virtual memory is on the same hard drive as Windows, there can be a large amount of real system brakes so quickly – the result: Windows boots slower and every access to files becomes noticeably slower over time. With an almost full system partition, this happens even earlier – even large updates slow down noticeably.
The solution: clean up! Windows 10, like many of its predecessors, brings disk cleanup, which you should run regularly. Simply click on the Start menu and enter “Disk Cleanup”. Then select a drive that you want to rid of junk data, such as “C:,” which usually contains the Windows operating system. The tool then searches for items to clean up that you can easily tick to clear after confirming them with “OK”.
Depending on the system, you can also search for “system files” to be cleaned up in addition to a direct confirmation with “OK”. This may allow you to find complete, old Windows installations that Windows has created for system recovery after an update.
Supplement to Tip 1:
Microsoft will move classic options such as disk cleanup to the settings you open using the Ctrl + “i” shortcut. There you will find “System” and “Memory” for a long time (depending on the Windows update status). You can enable memory optimization, which periodically deletes temporary data and empties the recycle bin.
In the Settings window, you can also manually click on entries such as “Apps and Features” or “Temporary Files” on a drive to see what you might throw from your computer.
Tip 2: Detoxify autostart
Over time, you will install many programs that can also be installed at startup. Windows then uploads and must load many tools before you can work with the operating system. In addition to the mandatory virus scanner, there may be many programs in the Windows 10 autostart that you can run manually or simply don’t need – at least not every time you start.
To edit the startup, right-click the taskbar and select Task Manager. In Task Manager, click More Details if you see only the small view that shows only active programs. In the tabs above, select “Autostart”. Ideally, you can find at most your antivirus program or software for your hardware drivers. Turn off everything else with a right click and the appropriate selection.
You can easily disable tools such as software updaters or “quick starters” for the multifunction device. You can also run updates for Adobe Photoshop, Java & Co. manually via appropriate programs, the printer or scanning functions run via graphics or word processing programs even without a start entry. However, disable only programs that you can identify beyond a doubt. If necessary, a quick search engine search helps. As a result, Windows boots faster and is ready for use earlier after power-on.
Tip 3: Delete unnecessary programs
Typically, users use a Windows installation for months or even years. Over time, many installed programs accumulate. Some of them you may have used only a few times and then forgot – for example, a tool for ripping CDs that you used before switching to Spotify; or a free Photoshop alternative before you buy the Adobe package.
Here it is worth to check regularly and simply uninstall unnecessary programs. But where and how? Click on the Start menu, type “Add or remove programs” and confirm with “Enter”. A list of apps and tools that are set up on your computer appears. A left click and there is a way to uninstall a program. Sort out here – then there is more space on the hard drive.
Tip 4: Turn off background apps
The RAM is precious, there should not be too many programs running at the same time, because at some point the barrel is full, the access esthetes to the hard drive can also increase – all this slows down the system and can also damage the life of the hard drive. Therefore, you should turn off background apps that you don’t need.
To do this, open the settings. Then navigate to “Privacy” and click on “Background Apps” on the left. The sliders now make it easy to disable the apps you don’t need.
Now, in many cases, the system should run much faster.