When buying a new PC, the first thing we verify is its speed in performing all the operations we do every day. However, it may happen that, after a few years of use, the services are no longer the same as those of the first days.

If in the meantime we have also updated the computer to the latest version of Windows, it is doubtful whether it is necessary to change PC or find a way to optimize the system to speed up Windows 10. Fortunately, in most cases, problems can be solved by adjusting some settings within the Windows operating system.

If you’re experiencing speed issues with your computer, or would like to get the most out of your device, in this guide I’ll show you how to speed up Windows 10.

Speed up Windows 10: Manage apps when Windows 10 starts

Our perception of how fast our computer can be, whether it is a notebook or a Desktop PC, is influenced by the time the machine is opened and the operating system is loaded. There’s nothing more frustrating than sitting at a desk waiting to start the first application and start working. It is in this case that you really want to speed up Windows 10.

One of the problems that cause the slow start of the PC is due to the many apps that start at the same time the first power up Windows 10. Microsoft has noticed that this is a problem well known to users and tried to act accordingly.

Within Task Manager there is a page that allows more advanced users to see which programs start when the computer is turned on. This screen also shows how much an app can negatively affect the startup speed of Windows 10.

To access Task Manager, press the ctrl + alt + delete keys at the same time and then select Task Manager from the list. You can also right-click on the Windows 10 Start menu icon and select Task Manager.

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On the Task Management screen, click the Startup tab. Search for all programs that have a high or medium impact on Windows 10 and, if they are not needed to start when you open your PC, disable them.

Uninstall unnecessary programs that work in the background

Staying in Task Manager, the next thing you need to do is take a look at the programs that are currently running. To do this click on the Processes tab. You’ll see a list of apps and programs that are open and are doing background operations.

If your PC is slow, I suggest you take a look at this screen to see which apps are causing such slowdowns. Below the list of Apps is the list of processes in the background, ie all the apps that are currently running but for which there is no visible window. Background processes are normal. For example, among these, you could find the antivirus or Dropbox. Scroll through this list and check if there are any applications that you would not want to be running.

Task Manager

My advice is not to close the background process every time you remember, but if the program is not useful, uninstall it to free space and memory. You can uninstall apps via the Control Panel.

Change the Battery Settings in Windows 10

For a long time, Windows users have used Battery Settings to better manage PC performance as well. The idea was simple: saving battery life meant finding compromises by sacrificing screen brightness and processor performance. A balanced battery can limit PC performance because Windows believed you were trying to make the battery last as long as possible.

To access the Battery Settings on Windows 10, right click on the battery icon at the bottom right and then select Power Options. From the page that will open, you can manage how Windows must behave when you unplug your PC from a power source and use only the internal battery. If it does not appear, click on “Show additional combinations“, select High performance and your PC will be faster at the expense of the battery.

Increase the RAM and add a disk to the usual SSD state

To speed up Windows 10, software solutions can help, but if your PC is not very recent you have to act also from the hardware point of view. Many Desktop and Notebook PCs allow the user to change the amount of RAM and the hard disk.

If your computer also allows you to upgrade the internal components, I suggest you increase the amount of RAM (a good result could be to get at least 8GB of RAM).

I hope that through this guide you have been able to speed up Windows 10. If you have other suggestions that you would like to share with Teknologya readers, you can write a comment at the end of this article.