About what version of the OS from Microsoft was not discussed, one of the most frequent questions – how to make it faster. In this manual we’ll talk about why Windows 10 slows down and how to speed it up, which can affect its performance and what actions can improve it in certain situations.
It will not go about improving the performance of your computer by changing any hardware characteristics, but only about what most often causes the brakes of Windows 10 and how it can be fixed, thus speeding up the OS.
In my other articles on a similar topic, there are often comments like “I useI have such a program to speed up the computer and I have it quick. “My opinion on this matter: automatic “accelerators” are not particularly useful (especially hanging at startup), and when using them in manual mode, you should still understand what exactly they are doing and how.
One of the most common reasons for the slow operation of Windows 10, as, indeed, the previous versions of the OS users – those programs that run automatically when you log on to the system: they not only increase the boot time of the computer, but also can negatively affect performance already in working hours.
Many users may not even be to see that they have something in the autoload, or to be sure that everything there is necessary for work, but in most cases it is not.
Below are examples of some programs that can run automatically, consume computer resources, but do not bring particular benefit in constant work.
For details on how to view and remove programs in startup, I recently wrote in the Startup instructions in Windows 10. If you want to make the system work faster, keep only what is really needed.
By the way, in addition to the programs in startup, examine the list of installed programs in the “Programs and Features” section of the control panel. Remove what you do not need and keep only the software you are using on your computer.
Recently, on some computers and laptops, the lag of the Windows 10 interface with the latest updates has become a common problem. In some cases, the cause of the problem is the default CFG (Control Flow Guard) function, whose function is to protect against exploits exploiting memory access vulnerabilities.
The threat is not too frequent and, if you get rid of the brakes of Windows 10 – more valuable than providing additional security features, you can turn off CFG
Disabling CFG should work right away, but I would recommend restarting the computer (note that in Windows 10 shutdown and activation is not the same as rebooting).
Sometimes it happens that the wrong operation of some background processcauses the brakes of the system. You can identify such processes using the Task Manager.
If among these processes there are those that are actively using the processor all the time (or a significant amount of RAM), search the Internet for what process it is and, depending on what is found out, take actionI.
Many are well-read that Windows 10 spies on its users. And if I personally do not have any concerns about this, then in terms of the impact on the speed of the system, such functions can have a negative impact.
For this reason, their shutdown can be quite appropriate. For more information about these features and how to turn them off, read the article How to turn off Windows Tracking 10.
Immediately after installation or upgrade to Windows 10, in the start menu you will find a set of live application tiles. They also use the resources of the system (albeit usually insignificantly) to update and display information. Do you use them?
If not – a reasonable step will be at least to remove them from the start menu or turn off live tiles (right click – unfasten from the initial screen) or even delete.
Another reason for the slow performance of Windows 10, with more users than you might expect – the lack of original hardware drivers. This is especially true for video card drivers, but may also apply to SATA drivers, the chipset in general, and other devices.
Despite the fact that the new OS seems to have “learned” to automatically install a large number of original hardware drivers, it is not superfluous to go into the device manager (through the right click on the “Start” button), and look into the property (video cards first) to the “Driver” tab. If Microsoft is listed as the provider, download and install the drivers from the official site of the manufacturer of your laptop or computer, and if it’s a video card, then from NVidia, AMD or Intel, depending on the model.
I can not say that this item (disabling graphics effects and sounds) can seriously increase the speed of Windows 10 on modern computers, but on an old PC or laptop can give some performance gains.
To disable graphic effects, right-click on the “Start” button and select “System”, and then, on the left – “Additional system parameters ». On the Advanced tab, in the Performance section, click Options.
Here you can, by selecting the item “Ensure the best performance”, turn off all the animations and effects of Windows 10 at once. You can also leave some of them, without which the work becomes not very convenient – for example, unfolding and minimizing windows.
Additionally, press the Windows keys (the emblem key) + I, go to the Accessibility section – Other options and disable the item “Play animation in Windows”.
Also, in the “Parameters” of Windows 10, the section “Personalization” – “Colors”, turn off the transparency for the start menu, taskbar and notification center, it will also have a positive effect on the overall performance of the slow system.
To turn off event sounds, right-click on the start button and select “Control Panel,” and then click “Sound.” On the “Sounds” tab you can turn on the “Silent” sound scheme and Windows 10 no longer have to access the hard disk in the file search and start playing the sound at certain events.
If your system does not understandably slows down, and no methods help, then there is a possibility of malicious and unwanted programs on your computer, and many of these programs are “not visible” to antiviruses, no matter how good it is.
Recommendation now, and in the future, occasionally check your computer with utilities like AdwCleaner or Malwarebytes Anti-Malware in addition to your antivirus.
If you experience slow browsers, among other things, you should look at the list of extensions and disable all those that you do not need or, worse, are not known. Often the problem is in them.
And now a list of some things I would not recommend doing to hypothetically speed up the system, but which are often recommended here and there on the Internet.
In addition to all of the above, I can recommend:
It is also worth noting that the reasons for the slow operation of Windows 10 can be caused not only by some of the above, but also by a number of other problems, sometimes more serious ones: for example, a failed hard drive, overheating and others.
On this all, all the good!