17 ways to speed up windows 10

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If you want to optimize Windows 10, take a few minutes to try out these tips lớn speed up your PC & make it less prone lớn performance and system issues.

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Want Windows 10 khổng lồ run faster? We"ve got help. In just a few minutes you can try out these tips; your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.

1. Change your power nguồn settings

If you’re using Windows 10’s “Power saver” plan, you’re slowing down your PC. That plan reduces your PC’s performance in order to save energy. (Even desktop PCs typically have a “Power saver” plan.) Changing your nguồn plan from “Power saver” to lớn “High performance” or “Balanced” will give you an instant performance boost.


To do it, launch the Control Panel app, then select Hardware & Sound > power nguồn Options. You’ll typically see two options: “Balanced (recommended)” và “Power saver." (Depending on your make and model, you might see other plans here as well, including some branded by the manufacturer.) to see the “High performance” setting, click the down arrow by “Show additional plans.” 

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Change your power settings in Control Panel to give your PC a performance boost. (Click image lớn enlarge it.)

To change your power setting, simply choose the one you want, then exit Control Panel. “High performance” gives you the most oomph, but uses the most power; “Balanced” finds a happy medium between nguồn use & better performance; and “Power saver” does everything it can to lớn give you as much battery life as possible. Desktop users have no reason khổng lồ choose “Power saver,” and even máy tính users should consider the “Balanced” option when unplugged — & “High performance” when connected khổng lồ a power source.

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2. Disable programs that run on startup

One reason your Windows 10 PC may feel sluggish is that you’ve got too many programs running in the background — programs that you rarely or never use. Stop them from running, & your PC will run more smoothly.

Start by launching the Task Manager: Press Ctrl-Shift-Esc, right-click the lower-right corner of your screen and select Task Manager, or type task manager into the Windows 10 tìm kiếm box and press Enter. If the Task Manager launches as a compact phầm mềm with no tabs, click “More details” at the bottom of your screen. The Task Manager will then appear in all of its full-tabbed glory. There"s plenty you can vì with it, but we"re going to focus only on killing unnecessary programs that run at startup.

Click the Startup tab. You"ll see a danh mục of the programs & services that launch when you start Windows. Included on the list is each program"s name as well as its publisher, whether it"s enabled to run on startup, và its “Startup impact,” which is how much it slows down Windows 10 when the system starts up.


To stop a program or service from launching at startup, right-click it and select “Disable.” This doesn"t disable the program entirely; it only prevents it from launching at startup — you can always run the application after launch. Also, if you later decide you want it to launch at startup, you can just return to this area of the Task Manager, right-click the application & select “Enable.”

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You can use the Task Manager to lớn help get information about programs that launch at startup & disable any you don"t need. (Click image to enlarge it.)

Many of the programs và services that run on startup may be familiar to lớn you, lượt thích OneDrive or Evernote Clipper. But you may not recognize many of them. (Anyone who immediately knows what “bzbui.exe” is, please raise your hand. No fair Googling it first.)

The Task Manager helps you get information about unfamiliar programs. Right-click an item & select “Properties” for more information about it, including its location on your hard disk, whether it has a digital signature, & other information such as the version number, the file kích thước and the last time it was modified.

You can also right-click the item & select “Open file location.” That opens file Explorer and takes it to lớn the folder where the tệp tin is located, which may give you another clue about the program’s purpose.

Finally, & most helpfully, you can select “Search online” after you right-click. Bing will then launch with link to sites with information about the program or service.

If you’re really nervous about one of the listed applications, you can go lớn a site run by Reason Software called Should I Block It? and tìm kiếm for the tệp tin name. You’ll usually find very solid information about the program or service.

Now that you’ve selected all the programs that you want khổng lồ disable at startup, the next time you restart your computer, the system will be a lot less concerned with unnecessary programs.

3. Go khổng lồ a Previous Restore Point

As you use Windows 10, it automatically creates restore points that are essentially snapshots of your system at specific moments in time, including installed software, drivers và updates. Restore points are a kind of safety net so if something goes wrong, you can always restore your PC lớn a previous state.

They can also be used lớn speed up your PC if you notice — for no reason you can fathom — it’s started khổng lồ slow down. Recently installed problematic drivers, software, or updates could be to blame, so going back to lớn a previous restore point could speed things up again because the system will be returned to lớn the state it was in before the problems started. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll only be able lớn restore your system khổng lồ the state it was in during the last seven khổng lồ 10 days. (Restore points don’t affect your files, so you won’t thảm bại any files by going to lớn a restore point.)

To go lớn a previous restore point:

Save any xuất hiện files & close all your programs.In the tìm kiếm box type advanced system and then click View advanced system settings. You’ll be sent lớn the Advanced tab of System Properties in the Control Panel.Click the System Protection tab.In the System Restore area, click System Restore. From the screen that appears, click Next.You’ll see the most recent restore point. Click Next if you want to lớn go that restore point. To lớn see others, click Show more restore points. Highlight the one you want to lớn use và click Next.Click Finish from the screen that appears.Your system will restore khổng lồ the restore point you chose và shut down. Restart your PC.
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Going lớn a restore point can help tốc độ up your PC if you’ve recently installed drivers, software, or updates that have slowed down your system.

Note: there’s a chance System Restore isn’t turned on, meaning you won’t be able to lớn use this tip. If that’s the case, you should turn it on to solve any future problems. To bởi vì so:

In the search box, type create a restore point, then click Create a restore point.On the System Protection tab và select Configure.Select Turn on system protection. Leave the other settings on the page as they are.Click OK. From now on your PC will automatically create restore points.

4. Use ReadyBoost lớn speed up disk caching

Windows 10 regularly stores cached data on your hard disk, & then when it needs the data, fetches it from there. The time it takes to lớn fetch cached data depends on the tốc độ of your hard disk. If you have a traditional hard disk instead of an SSD, there’s a trick that can help speed up your cache: use Windows’ ReadyBoost feature. It tells Windows khổng lồ cache data lớn a USB flash drive, which is faster than a hard disk. Fetching data from that speedier cache should speed up Windows.

First, plug a USB flash drive into one of your PC’s USB ports. The flash drive needs to support at least USB 2.0, and preferably USB 3 or faster. The faster your flash drive, the more of a tốc độ boost you should see. Also, look for a flash drive that is at least double the size of your PC’s RAM for maximum performance.

After you plug in in the drive, mở cửa File Explorer & click “This PC.” Look for the flash drive. It may have an odd name, like UDISK 28X, or something even less-obvious. Right-click it, choose Properties và click the ReadyBoost tab.

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Turn on ReadyBoost from this screen khổng lồ speed up your PC.

You’ll come khổng lồ a screen that asks whether you want to lớn use the flash drive as a cache & recommends a cache size. Leave the cache kích cỡ as is or change it if you like. Then select “Dedicate this device lớn ReadyBoost” & click Apply và then click OK.

(Note that if you see the message, “This device cannot be used for ReadyBoost” when you click the ReadyBoost tab it means your flash drive doesn’t meet ReadyBoost’s minimum performance standards, so you’ll have to lớn insert a new one.)

As you use your computer, ReadyBoost will start filling the cache with files, so you may notice an increase in disk activity. Depending on how much you use your PC, it can take a few days for your cache to fill & offer maximum improved performance. If you don’t see an increase in performance, try a flash disk with more capacity.

Note: If you have an SSD, you won"t get any extra tốc độ from ReadyBoost, và it might even hurt performance. So don"t use this on a system with an SSD.

5. Shut off Windows tips and tricks

As you use your Windows 10 PC, Windows keeps an eye on what you’re doing & offers tips about things you might want to do with the operating system. In my experience, I’ve rarely if ever found these “tips” helpful. I also don’t like the privacy implications of Windows constantly taking a virtual look over my shoulder.

Windows watching what you’re doing & offering advice can also make your PC run more sluggishly. So if you want to lớn speed things up, tell Windows khổng lồ stop giving you advice. To vì chưng so, click the Start button, select the Settings icon & then go khổng lồ System > Notifications và actions. Scroll down khổng lồ the Notifications section and uncheck the box marked “Get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use Windows.”

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Turning off Windows" suggestions for you should help things run more smoothly (and give you back a measure of privacy). (Click image to lớn enlarge it.)

That’ll vì chưng the trick.

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6. Stop OneDrive from syncing

Microsoft’s cloud-based OneDrive tệp tin storage, built into Windows 10, keeps files synced và up to date on all of your PCs. It’s also a useful backup tool so that if your PC or its hard disk dies, you still have all your files intact, waiting for you khổng lồ restore them.

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Here’s how lớn turn off OneDrive syncing temporarily, khổng lồ see if that boosts system performance. (Click image to lớn enlarge it.)

It does this by constantly syncing files between your PC and cloud storage — something that can also slow down your PC. That"s why one way lớn speed up your PC is to stop the syncing. Before you turn it off permanently, though, you’ll want to check whether it is actually slowing down your PC.

To vị so, right-click the OneDrive icon (it looks like a cloud) in the notification area on the right side of the taskbar, then click the More button at the bottom of the screen. From the popup screen that appears, click “Pause syncing” & select either 2 hours, 8 hours or 24 hours, depending upon how long you want it paused. During that time, gauge whether you"re seeing a noticeable tốc độ boost.

If so, và you decide you vì chưng indeed want to lớn turn off syncing, right-click the OneDrive icon, and from the popup, select Settings > Account. Click “Unlink this PC,” & then from the screen that appears, click “Unlink account.” When you vì chưng that, you’ll still be able lớn save your files khổng lồ your local OneDrive folder, but it won’t sync with the cloud.

If you find that OneDrive slows down your PC but prefer lớn keep using it, you can try to troubleshoot OneDrive problems. For info on how to bởi that, kiểm tra out Microsoft’s “Fix OneDrive sync problems” page.

7. Use OneDrive Files on-Demand

Some users may not want to lớn stop OneDrive from syncing; doing so defeats its purpose of making sure you have the latest files on whatever device you use. And it would also mean you won’t be able to lớn use OneDrive as a way to safely back up files.

But there’s a way khổng lồ get the best of both worlds: You can keep syncing lớn an absolute minimum và only do it when absolutely necessary. You’ll speed up performance, and still get the best of what OneDrive has to lớn offer.

To do this, you use Windows’ OneDrive Files on-Demand feature. With it, you can choose lớn keep only certain files on your PC, but still have access to all your other OneDrive files in the cloud. When you want khổng lồ use one of those online files, you xuất hiện it directly from the cloud. With fewer files on your PC sync, you should see a performance boost.

Right-click the OneDrive icon on the right side of the Taskbar & select Settings, then click the Settings tab on the dialog box that appears. Check the box next khổng lồ Files On-Demand. Now click the OneDrive icon & select open Folder. OneDrive appears in a tệp tin Explorer window. Right-click a thư mục whose files you want stored only in the cloud, but not on your PC, then select “Free up space.” Files from that thư mục will be removed from your disk, but still kept in OneDrive in the cloud.

For every thư mục whose files you want kept on your PC, right-click the thư mục and select “Always Keep on this Device.” You can change the options on any thư mục at any time by right-clicking it and choosing what you want done.

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Use this dialog box lớn turn on OneDrive Files on-Demand

If you change your mind & want all your files stored locally and kept in sync via OneDrive, go back khổng lồ the OneDrive settings dialog box và uncheck the box next lớn Files on-Demand.

Note that OneDrive Files on-Demand is available only on Windows Version 1709 & higher.

8. Turn off tìm kiếm indexing

Windows 10 indexes your hard disk in the background, allowing you — in theory — to tìm kiếm your PC more quickly than if no indexing were being done. But slower PCs that use indexing can see a performance hit, and you can give them a tốc độ boost by turning off indexing. Even if you have an SSD disk, turning off indexing can improve your speed, because the constant writing lớn disk that indexing does can eventually slow down SSDs.

To get the maximum benefit in Windows 10, you need to lớn turn indexing off completely. To bởi vì so, type services.msc in the Windows 10 tìm kiếm box & press Enter. The Services ứng dụng appears. Scroll down to either Indexing Service or Windows tìm kiếm in the danh sách of services. Double-click it, và from the screen that appears, click Stop. Then reboot your machine. Your searches may be slightly slower, although you may not notice the difference. But you should get an overall performance boost.

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Here’s how to lớn turn off Windows 10 indexing. (Click image to lớn enlarge it.)

If you’d like, you can turn off indexing only for files in certain locations. To vày this, type index in the Windows 10 tìm kiếm box và click the Indexing Options result that appears. The Indexing Options page of the Control Panel appears. Click the Modify button, and you’ll see a các mục of locations that are being indexed, such as Microsoft Outlook, your personal files, và so on. Uncheck the box next khổng lồ any location, & it will no longer be indexed.

9. Clean out your hard disk

If you’ve got a bloated hard disk filled with files you don’t need, you could be slowing down your PC. Cleaning it out can give you a speed boost. Windows 10 has a surprisingly useful built-in tool for doing this called Storage Sense. Go to Settings > System > Storage and at the đứng đầu of the screen, move the toggle from Off khổng lồ On. When you bởi this, Windows constantly monitors your PC và deletes old junk files you no longer need — temporary files, files in the Downloads folder that haven’t been changed in a month, and old Recycle Bin files.

You can customize how Storage Sense works and also use it to không tính phí up even more space than it normally would. Underneath Storage Sense, click “Configure Storage Sense or run it now.” From the screen that appears, you can change how often Storage Sense deletes files (every day, every week, every month or when your storage space gets low).

You can also tell Storage Sense to lớn delete files in your download folder, depending on how long they’ve been there, & set how long to wait to delete files in the Recycle Bin automatically. You can also have Storage Sense move files from your PC to the cloud in Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage if they’re not opened for a certain amount of time (every day, or every 14 days, 30 days or 60 days).

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Here’s how lớn customize the way Storage Sense works, and to tell it to lớn delete old versions of Windows. (Click image to enlarge it.)

You can also delete old versions of Windows that might be hogging space. At the bottom of the screen, kiểm tra the box next to “Delete previous versions of Windows.” Storage Sense will then delete old versions of Windows ten days after you’ve installed an upgrade. Chú ý that if you vị this, you won’t be able to revert khổng lồ the older version of Windows.

10. Clean out your Registry

Under the Windows hood, the Registry tracks and controls just about everything about the way Windows works & looks. That includes information about where your programs are stored, which DLLs they use và share, what tệp tin types should be opened by which program, & just about everything else.

But the Registry is a very messy thing. When you uninstall a program, for example, that program’s settings don’t always get cleaned up in the Registry. So over time, it can get filled with countless outdated settings of all types. & that can lead lớn system slowdowns.

Don’t even think of trying khổng lồ clean any of this out yourself. It’s impossible. To do it, you need a Registry Cleaner. There are plenty available, some không lấy phí and some paid. But there’s really no need lớn outright buy one, because the không lấy phí Auslogics Registry Cleaner does a solid job.

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Before using Auslogics or any other Registry Cleaner, you should back up your Registry so you can restore it if anything goes wrong. (Auslogics Registry Cleaner does this for you as well, but it can’t hurt khổng lồ have it backed up twice.) To bởi vì your own Registry backup, type regedit.ext in the tìm kiếm box, then press Enter. That runs the Registry editor. From the tệp tin menu, select Export. From the screen that appears, make sure to choose the “All” option in the Export range section at the bottom of the screen. Then choose a tệp tin location & file name và click Save. To lớn restore the Registry, mở cửa the Registry editor, select Import from the file menu, then open the file you saved.

Now download, install và run Auslogics Registry Cleaner. On the left-hand side of the screen you can select the kinds of Registry issues you want to clean up — for example, tệp tin Associations, internet or Fonts. I generally select them all.

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Auslogics Registry Cleaner scans for and fixes problems in your Windows Registry. (Click image lớn enlarge it.)

Next, tell it lớn scan the Registry for problems. To bởi vì that, click “Scan Now,” & from the drop-down menu that appears, select Scan. That lets you first examine the Registry problems it finds. If you instead choose “Scan và Repair,” it makes the fixes without you checking them.

It now scans your Registry for errors, then shows you what it found. It ranks the errors according khổng lồ their severity to lớn help you decide which khổng lồ fix. Click Repair when you’ve made your decision, & make sure that “Back Up Changes” is checked, so you can restore the Registry easily if something goes wrong.