Windows at some point might start degrading in speed, but you can still optimize its performance. Learn how to make your Windows PC run faster with our tips.

Why is Windows gets so slow?

  1. Too many running startup apps – They increase the boot time and negatively affecting the performance of Windows.
  2. Running less capacity RAM – When the OS runs out of RAM memory, it uses a part of the storage drive as virtual memory, thus resulting in low performance.
  3. Running out of disk drive space (like HDDs or SDDs) – This one is similar to running out of RAM, being based on the same explanation. And if you need more space, you can always upgrade to a new SSD.
  4. Malware and viruses – They can be caught from untrusted sources when you download different apps or programs.
  5. Poor Windows or driver updates – Not constantly updating your software and hardware pieces can cause serious crashes on your PC.
  6. Older or outdated Hardware.
    • Less ram than 4 GB might not be suitable today for most users. Slow ram can impact the responsiveness of app loading times.
    • Slow processor. Recent processors perform much better than older ones. Ensure you also maintain the temperatures of the CPU by cleaning the computer regularly.
    • Slower Storage. Hard Disk Drives are slower than Solid State Drives.

1. Install latest update

Windows updates automatically but may not always download and install as soon as they become available. It could be possible that an update is available to improve performance.

Steps:

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Windows Update > Check for updates.
  2. Check for Windows updates.
  3. Update and install the updates if available.
  4. Restart your PC and see if it seems to run better.
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Windows-Update-Check
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Windows-Updating
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Windows-Update-Restart

2. Disable background apps

Some windows applications can continue to run tasks in the background even when not using them. If you want to speed up your device as much as possible, you can decide which apps can operate in the background or disable the feature to block all apps.

Steps for windows 10:

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Privacy > Background apps.
  2. Turn off the toggle switch for the apps you want to stop running in the background.
  3. Restart your PC and see if it seems to run better.

Steps for windows 11:

Unfortunately, at the time of the righting this article, the Background apps page was removed. However, you can disable the apps one by one on the individual apps page.

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Apps > Apps & features.
  2. locate the programs that you like to stop running in the background.
  3. Click the three vertical dots and choose Advanced options.
  4. Under the Background apps permissions section, choose Never.
  5. Restart your PC and see if it seems to run better.

3. Remove unused apps

Nowadays, new devices come bundled with many unnecessary applications, including bloatware and system tools you will never use and will only waste space on the hard drive and resources. When you are trying to increase the system performance, you should always remove those non-essential applications.

Steps:

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Apps > Apps & features.
  2. Select the app to remove.
  3. Click the three vertical dots and choose Advanced options. (for Windows 11)
  4. Click the Uninstall button.

Windows prevent some apps form being uninstalled. Find out how to uninstall these apps from this post – Uninstalling Programs using PowerShell (Coming Soon).

4. Turn off Startup apps and programs

  • Click the Start button and select Settings.
  • Go to Apps.
  • Choose Startup.
  • Disable the toggle for the apps you don’t need to start in an automatic way.

5. Adjust the Performance Power Plan settings (impacts battery life for laptops)

  • Click on the Start button, type power plan, then select Choose power plan.
  • Checkmark the High Performance section, then select Change Plan Settings.
  • If you can’t see it on the list of plans, click on Show additional plans.
  • Click on Change Advanced Power Settings.
  • Go to Processor Power Management and make sure the minimum and maximum processor state is 100%.

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