How to Speed Up Windows 10 Laptop?
Gone are the days when you had to wait several minutes for your laptop to boot or to start an application. With the latest version of windows, Microsoft claims that users will enjoy a smoother and quicker experience of using different applications. But even then, numerous users complain of lagging and of sluggish performance of their laptops, running on Windows 10.
Follow these tips and tricks to speed up your laptop running on the latest Windows OS.
Restart your PC
Sometimes due to workload, users keep their laptops running for several days. Many processes accumulate in the background and slow down your computer. To fix this issue, shut down or restart your laptop once every day.
Keeping apps up to date
Microsoft recurrently releases updates for Windows 10 that fix general bugs that diminish system performance. Updating them boosts the laptop efficiency.
To check updates, open the Windows menu, type ‘Update’ in the search bar, and click ‘Check for Updates.’ Click on the update after backing up your data. Check for Updates at regular intervals to prevent lagging.
Disable startup apps
Sometimes multiple apps launch when we start our laptop.
To prevent a program from launching on login, open Task Manager (Ctrl + Alt + Del) > ‘Startup’ tab > Programs with ‘High’ impact value on start > ‘Disable’. It will improve performance.
Run Disk Cleanup
You can run Disk Cleanup, a very useful, built-in tool, to delete temporary files from your disk drives, such as image thumbnails, downloaded program files, and offline web pages. Make sure you back up your files to an external harddrive before this step.
Type ‘Disk Cleanup’ in the search bar and launch the tool. You can select the files you would want to remove > mark the checkbox adjacent to each option > select ‘Clean up system Files.’
Uninstall unused software
Unused programs occupy space on your hard drive and can lessen performance. To check them navigate to Control Panel >Programs > Programs and Features > Uninstall a Program > Right-click on a program > ‘Uninstall’ > Click ‘Yes’ on the prompt to make the changes.
Disable special effects
Fade-in, fade-out views, and animations take a toll on your laptop performance. Make your laptop basic by navigating to ‘System’ > ‘Advanced Settings’ > ‘Performance Settings’ > ‘Visual Effects’ > ‘Custom’. Uncheck the tick boxes next to any visual effects you want to disable > ‘Apply’ to save changes.
Upgrade your RAM
The overall speed of your laptop hugely enhances if you increase the amount of memory (RAM). Windows 10 requires at least 4GB to run smoothly. Depending on your usage you may even need more memory but in any case it’s always important to make sure you get the maximum performance out of your hardware. You can install more RAM in the dedicated RAM ‘slots’ and installing them is quite simple.
Use an SSD
Solid State Drives use Flash memory, similar to USB sticks. They allow quick access and writing times than traditional mechanical hard drives. This can enhance the speed of your laptop.
Run System Maintenance
Windows 10 system maintenance performs routine system maintenance tasks such as cleaning the hard drive, scanning for updates, and checking for malware.
These tasks usually run in the background, but you can run maintenance manually if your laptop is slow.
Almost none of the laptop users get the 100% of performance from the hardware they paid for. Before you move on and buy new ram or a better laptop make sure you that you did you all you could to optimize the speed of your current laptop.