Windows 10 – How to Speed up a Slow PC

Windows 10 is probably the quickest Windows so far, but it is still vulnerable to common issues that slow down PCs like a hard drive full of junk files and background applications that waste memory. To keep your PC clean and optimized so that it runs as fast as possible there are a lot of manual things you can do.

Reduce Startup Programs

Many programs will load when Windows start, even though they don’t need to. This wastes your resources.  Follow these steps:

  1. Type “System Configuration” into the Windows search field (Windows search is now called Cortana, you can pin Cortana to the task bar).
  2. Open the app
  3. Click on the “Services” tab and check “Hide all Microsoft services”
  4. Now turn off the programs you don’t think you need and click apply

Uninstall programs you no longer use

The next step is to remove programs from your system that you no longer use. This will free up space and speed up your PC. Here’s what you do:

  1. Type “Programs and Features” into the Windows search field
  2. Open the app
  3. Highlight an app you are sure you no longer need and click “Uninstall/Change”

Find junk files and delete them to free up space

Another way to lighten your hard drive and speed up Windows is to identify all the temporary junk files that apps build up on your system. Follow these steps:

  1. Type “Disk cleanup” into the Windows search field
  2. Open the app
  3. Select the drive to clean (normally c:)
  4. Select the files you want cleaned – if you’re unsure highlight the item and Windows will explain in more detail

After completing these 3 manual tasks, you will notice a big improvement in the speed of your computer.

About Sylvia the IT Lady

About Sylvia the IT Lady Sylvia has been working in the IT industry for 25 years. Provided support for users at the Calgary Airport, Calgary City Hall, Nortel, Law firm in Calgary, Law firm in Toronto, Software start-up company and a Bottling company. She began her career after the kids went to school working for an Electrical Contracting firm in Calgary, started on the reception desk ending up as HR manager. Times were changing so she decided to change careers to IT. Received her MSCE from a small technical college in Calgary, and the rest is history. As well as my MSCE she has earned CompTIA Server+, iNet+, Network+ and ITIL.v3. certifications. When she is not supporting companies and user, she can be found in the kitchen canning pickles to enter into local agricultural fairs, (winning several ribbons) preparing pies and quiches for the freezer, hiking in the summer, snowshoeing in the winter and making wine. Learning to play the piano as well.
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