So to give your desktop or laptop a boost, you should make the most of the system tools in Windows and perhaps some included in additional third-party software, as well.
This is how you can improve PC performance in Windows 10, primarily with the platform’s own options and tools, but also with a few extra utility programs.
What can I do to speed up my Windows 10 computer? The first thing you should do is clear all the useless background processes. Usually, slow PC performance is caused by lack of RAM. If that doesn’t do the job, remove some startup items or speed up context menus.
For more info on how to do that, check the guide below.
How can I increase the performance of my Windows 10 PC?
- Check RAM Usage and Close Background Processes
- Remove Startup Items
- Speed up the Windows 10 Boot up
- Adjust the Performance Options
- Check for Low Disk Space
- Run the System File Checker
- Run the System Maintenance Troubleshooter
- Update Drives With Third-Party Software
- Speed up Context Menus
Tip No. 1 – Check RAM Usage and Close Background Processes
RAM is perhaps the most crucial system resource. This is the amount of temporary storage a PC has for software. All software needs at least a little RAM, and lots of open programs and background processes will overstretch system resources.
For example, new Windows games are generally the most resource-hungry software; and they will run slower when lots of other background programs and processes reduce the amount of free RAM that could otherwise be allocated for the game.
Running games with the highest graphical settings, which further depletes RAM, will also slow the gameplay down. Thus, there’s an obvious link between RAM and PC performance.
Consequently, it’s not surprising that some Windows optimization software includes RAM optimization that free up RAM. Although Windows 10 doesn’t include a RAM optimizer, you can still free up lots of RAM by manually closing software and background processes.
Don’t forget that disabling browser extensions, apps and plug-ins will also save some RAM. This is how you can check RAM usage and close background processes in Windows 10 with the trusty Task Manager:
- First, open Task Manager by right-clicking the taskbar and selecting Task Manager.
- To check RAM usage, select the Performance tab on the Task Manager window as below. That includes a Memory graph that shows you the amount of RAM in use.
- To cut the RAM usage percentage figure down to size, click the Processes tab. That shows your software open on the taskbar and background processes.
- Now you can select background processes there and press their End task button to close them. Do not close the more essential processes listed under Windows processes.
- Of course, you don’t need any third-party software to close browser extensions and apps; but CCleaner’s Browser Plugin tool lists all Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera extensions, plug-ins, and apps. You can click Tools > Browser Plugins in CCleaner to open that tool.
- Now you can quickly switch off browser extensions and apps by selecting them there and clicking Disable or Delete.
Tip No. 2 – Remove Startup Items
You can further save RAM and speed up the Windows 10 startup by removing startup software. Those are programs that open automatically during the Windows startup.
This is how you can remove startup items with the Task Manager:
- Open the Task Manager as before.
- Now click the Start-up tab to open a list of your startup software as below. Note than in some earlier Windows platforms the startup manager is in MSConfig, which you can open by entering ‘msconfig’ into Run.
- Select startup items and press their Disable buttons to remove them from the Windows startup.