9 awesome tips to improve performance in Windows 10

Matthew Adams
by Matthew Adams
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9 awesome tips to improve performance in Windows 10

4. Speed up the Windows 10 Boot up

  1. In the Windows search box type Control Panel and hit Enter.
  2. Click on System and Security, then select Power options.
  3. Click Choose what the power buttons do on the left of the tab.
  4. The System Settings tab includes a Turn on fast startup option. If that option is grayed out, select Change settings that are currently unavailable.
  5. Click the Turn on fast startup checkbox to select that option.
  6. Press the Save Changes button to apply the new setting.
  7. Press the Win key + R keyboard shortcut, enter msconfig and click OK to open the window.
  8. Click the Boot tab to open the settings and select a No GUI boot option that removes the Windows welcome screen.
  9. Press Apply, hit OK, and restart Windows to apply the new MSconfig settings.

If Windows 10 is taking a while to fully boot up, you can speed it up at least a little. Removing startup items will speed up the Windows startup.

You can also boost the startup with the Turn on fast startup option and MSconfig tool included in Windows

Do you want to speed up SSD boot speeds on Windows 10? Here’s a guide that will show you how 

5. Adjust the Performance Options

  1. Press the Win key + R hotkey, tap in sysdm.cpl and click OK.
  2. Click the Advanced tab on the System Properties window and press the Settings button.
  3. The Visual Effects tab lists all the effects, which will probably be selected by default. Selecting the Adjust for best performance option will deselect all the effect settings.
  4. Press the Apply and OK buttons to confirm the new settings.

Windows 10 also has a Performance Options window from which you can adjust the platform’s visual effects. The snazzy effects might add a little extra gloss to Windows, but they also need extra system resources.

If your desktop or laptop has more limited RAM, maybe you should switch some effects off to speed it up a bit.

6. Check for low disk space

  1. Click the File Explorer button on the taskbar.
  2. Then select This PC that shows you devices and drives and how much free HDD you have as below.
  3. You can use a more detailed disk analyzer tool by adding CCleaner to Windows 10. Then open that software, click Tools, and select Disk Analyzer.
  4. You can select to scan for more specific file categories to see what file formats are taking up the most HDD space. Alternatively, you could just select the Everything checkbox and press the Analyze button.
  5. Click the Cleaner button at the top left of CCleaner to open its HDD cleaner tool.
  6. You can select to scan for a variety of Windows and third-party software junk files by clicking their corresponding checkboxes. As such, CCleaner is much more flexible than the Disk Clean-up tool.
  7. Press the Scan button to scan for items to delete. Then CCleaner will show you what it will erase and how much storage space will save.
  8. Press the Run Cleaner button to erase the files.
  9. Removing software is the best way to free up HDD space. Click Tools and select Uninstall.
  10. You can select the software there and press the Uninstall button to remove programs.

Almost every PC optimization utility comes with a hard disk cleaner, and Windows also has its own Disk Clean-up tool to delete junk files with. HDD cleaners are essential tools as overly full hard disks can slow things down.

Virtual memory combines RAM and hard disk space, so a really full hard disk restricts the amount of virtual memory. In addition, erasing junk files will also give you more space for software and your own documents, photos, MP3s, videos, etc.

The solution above shows you how you can check for low HDD space and erase junk files with CCleaner, which has better options than the Disk Clean-up tool.

Editor’s Note: This article continues on the next page. If you want to read more guides and tips, check out our How to Hub.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published in February 2017 and was revamped and updated in January 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.
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