How to Speed Up Windows 10

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There’s nothing more frustrating than a slow computer. Here are some ways to speed up Windows 10 -Photo by Oladimeji Ajegbile from Pexels

Windows 10 may be one of the most efficiently-coded operating systems on the market, but there’s no doubt that Windows 10 runs slow sometimes. If you’re getting tired of dealing with a slow computer, then here are some tips on how to speed up Windows 10. Don’t worry, it’s nowhere near as complicated as it might sound. 

  • Turn it Off and On Again 

Restarting your computer might sound obvious, but some people have their machines running for weeks. Windows 10 might put the screen to sleep automatically, but processes are still running in the background. All of those processes build up and drag your computer speed down. 


The best way to fix a slow computer is to restart it. Shutdown your computer at the end of the day. Don’t forget to save your work and close programs and apps before turning the computer off. If the computer has slowed down so much you can’t even open the Start menu anymore, hold the power button on the computer down until it shuts off. 

  • Check for Updates 

Microsoft continues to release new Windows 10 updates. These updates fix bugs and other performance issues slowing your computer down. Some of these issues are relatively minor, but some are so bad they bring your whole system to a halt. 


If you’re having computer speed issues, open Windows Update and check for updates to see if anything is available. Save your work and do a data backup if necessary, then install the update. Your computer might need to restart a few times to download and install a huge update. Check for updates again after installing new ones to see if there’s anything left to install. 

  • Check Start-Up Apps 

What makes a computer run slow? Too many processes. One reason your computer is running too many programs is because your computer automatically opens them at start-up, even if you don’t realize it. Open the Task Manager, click the “Startup” tab, and look through the programs that run when you start your computer. Check the “Startup Impact” tab to see how much damage these programs are doing. 


Right-click a program and click “Disable” to prevent it starting up with your computer. 

  • Do a Disk Cleanup 

Disk Cleanup is one of the best Windows 10 utilities there is. This tool lets you remove temporary files that take up space on your machine, including offline webpages, unnecessary program files, and image thumbnails. Open the Start Menu and type “Disk Cleanup” into the search bar. The tool lets you choose which types of files to remove. Tick the box for anything you don’t need and click on the button to start. 


While you’re at it, why not manually delete some unnecessary files Disk Cleanup doesn’t cover? When was the last time you cleared out your Downloads folder? 

  • Uninstall Unused Software 

We’re all guilty of installing programs and not using them. It doesn’t help that software is commonly bundled with other programs and Operating Systems. This “bloatware” does nothing more than slow down your computer. It’s time you got rid of it. 


Open your Control Panel, access Programs > Programs and Features > Uninstall a Program. Find the programs you want to remove and choose to uninstall them. Speed up Windows 10 by getting rid of that program you used once – or never at all. 

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