Sluggish Computer? How to Speed Up Windows 10 in 9 Simple Steps

Learn how to speed up Windows 10 using these 9 tips

Today’s article will help you learn how to speed up Windows 10 so you can see greater productivity using your computer. The last thing online business owners want is a sluggish, virus laden computer. It prevents you from getting things done in your online business.

Technology involving PC hardware and software is improving and evolving in all directions, all the time. New operating system and third party apps, utilities, and new features are constantly emerging and it is a great thing to see. The graphics are better, logic is smarter, features are much more numerous indeed, even the sound is better, but at a significant cost.

With this sphere of growth and integration of features and increased complexity, there is a downside. Even though the specifications are so much better, the work that your computer now must do is much harder than in yesteryear.

Oftentimes, things we do on the PC seem to be either similar or even slower in apparent speed than five, even ten or more years ago.

Many people I know are nostalgic about the older windows versions of past times. They’ll mention how slow their brand new Windows 10 computer is in getting it to do what they want as compared to some of their long gone, now extinct computers from the past, which now run only in their mind memory.

Surprisingly, most of the stories involve Windows XP, followed by Windows 7, Windows 98, sometimes going all the way back to Windows 95 with their fond memories! I snap my fingers to wake them up and say, “Hey, it’s going to be okay.

There are things you can do to make your computer much better”. I do it for others daily and it never fails, because I know that Windows 10 has to be something for all different kinds of users and in that lies its strengths and weaknesses.

Its strength is that it has more capabilities and its weakness is that in offering so much to everybody, there are many more folds in it and things that can go wrong. That is why us professionals do so much reading, research, testing, and invest lots of time to fix these increasing number of things that go wrong as the complexity rises.

Here are 9 things that can be done quickly and easily to take care of your system and often either fix or buy more time to keep your computer running smoother and faster.

1. Windows 10 Errors – Check For and Repair Them

It is a waste of time to do a bunch of software fixes and tweaks on your PC only to find that the main issue of performance was due to a damaged hard drive or error prone RAM. It is worth it to check your system hardware as your first step. With free or built in Windows 10 software you cannot necessarily match a professional tech’s service, but more often than not, at least get the job done or buy some time. You may miss a diagnosis here and there but at least you did your due diligence in this area and it may just be enough to fix things up and cure your slowdown problem.

  • Left click start, type “this” without quotes in the search box,
  • Left click “This PC”, Right click C: drive (Windows Drive),
  • Left click properties, Left click “Tools”,
  • Left click the “check” button,
  • Left click “Scan Drive”… and let it do it’s thing. It’s a good Idea to run the system file checker as well…
  • Left click start, type “cmd” without quotes in the search box,
  • Right click “cmd.exe” above and select “Run As Administrator” type “sfc /scannow” without the quotes and hit enter… let it do it’s thing.

2. Uninstall Built-in and Unneeded Windows 10 Apps

It is recommended to do a system restore first by taking these steps:

  • Left click start, type “restore” without quotes in the search box,
  • Left click “Create a restore point”,
  • Left click “Create” button towards bottom right area
  • Left click start, type “appwiz” without quotes in the search box Go down the list and remove programs you’re sure you won’t need. Google search built in apps from hardware manufacture if needed to be sure, but most of the time it works out fine to uninstall most things from them. Make sure you check as sometimes there are functions that stop working which you may need or enjoy.

If things went too far and you didn’t want to lose certain apps/features run system restore again and select the restore point made from above. Difference is on the last step, left click on “System Restore” button instead of “Create” button. You should see the restore point date and time from the one you had just created.

You can start from the top again, noting which programs you want to keep, beforehand.

3. Take Out the Trash

  • Google search “ccleaner” and download, install, and run it. It will already be on “Easy Clean” section,
  • Left click “Analyze”,
  • Left click “Clean All” button,
  • Restart your PC, afterwards.

Emptying the trash on your computer is one of the most simple tips to know on how to speed up Windows 10.

4. Minimize Startup Items With Command Prompt

  • Left click start, type “msconfig” command prompt. In the search box and left click on msconfig.exe at the top,
  • Left Click the “startup” tab Left click “Open Task Manager”,
  • Left click items and left click enable or disable as desired Try to minimize the number of startup items

5. Run Malwarebytes Free Scanner Software

  • Go to Malwarebytes at the link below and click the green “Free Download” button: https://www.malwarebytes.com/
  • From there install the program and run a scan.
  • When the scan is complete it will usually have you restart.

6. How To Speed Up Windows 10 By Upgrading RAM OR HDD/SSD

Go to this site, download, then run the tool and it will open a browser showing upgrade options for your RAM or SSD. Very polished tool. https://www.crucial.com/usa/en/systemscanner

7. Change Performance Options

  • Left click start, type “performance” in the search box and left click on “Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows”.
  • Left click “Adjust for best Performance”. Done.

8. Power Settings – Maximum Performance

  • Left click start, Type “choose” in the search box and left click on “Choose a power plan” at the top.
  • Left click “High Performance”. If it does not show on top or on dropdown at bottom of the screen, select “Create a power plan” on the left side of the screen.
  • Select “High Performance” and name it what you want. Done.

9. Search Indexing – Disable

  • Left click start, type “indexing” In the search box and left click on “Indexing Options” at the top.
  • Left click “Modify” and uncheck the locations you don’t want indexed

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