How to Speed up Windows 10? (Short Guide)

So your Windows 10 is also troubling you with speed? Well, no worries, you have come to the right place.

In this guide, we will provide you with some of the effective tips and solutions that will help you eliminate this problem from your computer. 

Speed Up Windows 10!

Windows 10 is indeed the best coding operating system developed by Microsoft.

But, with the availability of a vast range of features, it needs a large capacity of system resources to be used.

There are several aspects that could lead to Windows 10 slowdown.

However, we will not discuss those aspects but solutions. Here are a few solutions that you may try to speed up Windows 10.

Restart Up

Well, we are sure that you are well aware of this step. It is what most users find a go through option when their PC slows down.

The display is automatically put down to sleep by Windows, but the processes recently been running continue running. These can slow down your PC when they gather over time. 

Restart Up

Shutting down or restarting your computer can help in getting rid of this problem. Before doing so, make sure that you have closed all the running programs.

And in case, if it has stopped displaying windows menu, you can shut down the system by manually holding the power button on your CPU. 


There are several updates released by Microsoft to fix common bugs in Windows 10. When they accumulate in large numbers then they affect the system’s performance.


Most of these make minor changes to the system while others have some significant impact on your system. 

When your system starts lagging, search “Updates” in the Windows search menu. Then click on “Check for Updates” to open settings. If you find any major updates here, so before continuing, you must backup your data.

When you undertake updates, it restarts your PC several times. And if you have not to check for updates for a long time then click “Check For Update” to check if there is any more update available. 

Disable Special Effects

Windows 10 comes with a lot of vibrant effects to offer. There are several built-in features in windows that are programmed to fade in and fade out.

Translucency and animations also include resource-intensive yet needless functionality.

Disable Special Effects

To return to basics on your Computer, go to ‘Advanced Settings” tab and select ‘Performance Settings’ from the Windows menu and check for the ‘System’ 

Click on the radio button for ‘Custom’ in the ‘Visual Effects’ category.

You will uncheck the tick boxes next to any visual effects you choose to deactivate from here. To confirm the changes, click ‘Apply.’

RAM’s Upgrade

Upgrading to a higher capacity RAM then you currently have is still one of the best and effective solutions to speed-up your system’s overall performance.

A minimum of 4gb RAM is needed by Windows 10 to run smoothly. 

RAM’s Upgrade

You may also install a new RAM to add up to your current RAM. The CPU has several slots for RAM, so you can insert one or two chips in here. But before you buy a RAM make sure to check which type of RAM your system supports.

To check the system’s compatible RAM, press (Ctrl + Alt + Del) simultaneously to open Windows Task Manager. Click “ Performance “ it will provide you with information such as the memory slot in use and the type i.e DDR.

Installing new RAM is simple and easy. We would recommend you to use an antistatic wrist strap if you are doing it yourself. This will help in preventing damage to delicate components.

Or you may just simply consult a hardware shop near you. 

Run Disk CleanUp

Drive Cleaning is a built-in Windows feature that is exceptionally useful.

You will use it to delete transient data, including image thumbnails, system data downloaded and offline Web pages that collect on your computer. 

Run Disk CleanUp

Type ‘Disk Cleanup’ in the search bar and click on the Windows menu to continue.

You will pick the files to be removed from the utility. Only click the checkbox next to any option. Tap “System Files Cleanup” to continue.

Disk Cleanup measures the amount you will be saving. This is also a perfect opportunity to uninstall any data that you no longer use from your hard drive. Your Downloads folder is a simple starting point.

Check Startup Apps

When a number of running processes gather they bogged down the PC and affects its efficiency.

This happens because when you login, installers force Windows to run their programs right away which leads to the system’s slow down. 

Check Startup Apps

Open Windows Task Manager to check Startup Apps. Click on the “ Startup” option. “Startup impact” is what needs your attention here.

Apps such as “High” is a good approach to identify the apps that are slowing down your PC.

From here you can disable the programs that you don’t want to start after login by simply click on “Disable”

 Remove Unused Software

Many computers come with already installed third party software from the manufacturers.

This software due to uncertain nature and large size are referred to as “bloatware”.

 Remove Unused Software

Moreover, many users install certain unnecessary software but never use it. These needless programs consume a lot of space on your hard drive and thus result in impacting the system’s performance.

To check the programs installed in your system go to the Control panel, click on “Programs and Features”, there you will an option “Uninstall a program” select the program that you no longer use and click on this option to delete all the unnecessary programs and software. 

After that, Windows 10 will ask for your permission to allow changes to your system, click on “Apply” and proceed. 

Disable Transparency Effects

Windows 10 has several integrated transparency effects for specific features such as task menu, other than heavily using your system resources to show features like animation.

The appearance of this light and simple effect, as the system needs to calculate the same plane twice, is actually very complicated. 

Disable Transparency Effects

Open the ‘Make Start taskbar and Action Center transparent’ menu for disabling transparency effects.

The “Color” settings are then pulled up. You will remove transparency right here.

The regular device mode between ‘Light’ and ‘Dark’ can also be adjusted here.

This does not affect your system speed but can make it easier for your desktop to look at.

Stop OneDrive from Syncing

OneDrive is built into Windows 10 which is a Microsoft cloud-based file storage. It keeps files up to date and synced in your PCs.

OneDrive is also a very useful and beneficial backup tool that provides you great help when you PC or hard drive crashes.

You still have all your data and files, and you just need to restore them. 

Stop OneDrive from Syncing

It does this by synchronizing your computer with the cloud storage files constantly, which also can slow your PC down.

That’s why you quit syncing, one way to speed up your computer. You need to verify first if your Computer really is going to slow down until you completely shut it off.

For that function, right-click on the OneDrive icon (it’s cloud-like). Press the More button at the bottom of the screen on the right-hand side of the taskbar.

Click “Sync pause” on the pop-up screen that appears and select 2 hours, 8 hours or 24 hours depending on how long you wish it to be stopped. Watch for a noticeable speed boost during that time.

When you are confirmed that this is slowing down your PC, right-click OneDrive’s icon. Go to settings, select “Unlink Account”. After doing that, the cloud will not sync your data but you will be able to save into your local Onedrive folder. 

Turn On Automated Windows Maintenance

Windows 10 performs system maintenance tasks such as cleaning up the hard disk, scanning malware and checking for important updates.

This automatic maintenance feature runs at 2 am by default.

If you have not already observed this, then it may be possible that either this feature has been turned off inadvertently or you have not plugged in your Pc at that specific time. 

You can turn it on to perform daily automatic maintenance for your system or you may run it manually.

Turn On Automated Windows Maintenance

To do so, navigate to the Control Panel, click on “System and Security” and from there you will choose ‘Security and Maintenance’.  To run it now, you can click the “start maintenance” option.

Or you can also adjust it according to your preferred time via “Change maintenance settings,” and from the windows displaying your screen, you can choose a time you want the automated maintenance feature to start working.

Save all the changes before closing the files. 


With that being said, you may also troubleshoot the problem related to OneDrive if you still want to continue with it. Microsoft will provide you with alternative solutions.

Other than that we have mentioned solutions to some major problems that become the reasons for the system’s slowdown.

We hope that you find this article helpful and one of these solutions is useful for you.

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