windows 10 slow

When you can hardly get anything done on your computer or laptop because it’s acting slow and lagging all the time, there can be a number of reasons why this is happening.

There could be a lot of installed programs in your system or you’re trying to run programs that require resources that your computer doesn’t have. In any case, an upgrade to the new Windows 10 Operating System may have affected the speed of your processor.

Here’s are 8 ways to fix a slow Windows 10 PC:

1. Adjust your Advanced Performance Settings

One of the first things you can do to speed up a slowing Windows 10 laptop is to adjust the advanced performance settings.

  1. Press the Windows key and type Control Panel 
  2. Type “Performance” on the top right. This should be done in the search bar for quick navigation.
  3. Click Adjust the Appearance and Performance of Windows. A window will pop up and show you the performance options of Windows.
  4. Make sure to uncheck the following under the Visual Effects tab:visual effects
  5. Click apply.
  6. Click on the Advanced tab.
  7. Select “Change” under the Virtual memory option. Another window will open and you’ll have to uncheck “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives”
  8. Select “Custom Size”.
  9. Input the recommended paging file size for all drives. The figure is seen in the bottom portion of the same window.  The value is different for all types of computers. Use the recommended figure for initial and maximum size.visual memory
  10. Click Set, then Ok. Restart the Computer.

2. Select Best Performance under Power Options

Since we’re talking Windows 10 laptops, this is a quick step to boost the system. Right click on the battery at the lower portion of the task bar. Slide the bar to Best Performance, which is all the way to the right. Sometimes performance is limited in order to save power so try this step as well.

3. Check the Drives for Errors

One way to help speed up a slow Windows 10 laptop is to check the drives for errors. The errors in the drives can potentially slow down the processing speed because the system is trying to make sense of corrupted drives.

  1. Open This PC, or My Computer.
  2. Right click on your Local Disk C. If you have more than one local disk on your computer, you should first check the drive where your OS is installed.
  3. Click on the Tools Tab
  4. Click on the Check button under Error Checking. This will take a few minutes or so but the system will scan the disk for errors. If it finds anything, you’ll be prompted by the system troubleshooter to get it fixed.

You can do the same steps for all your disk drives.

4. Update your Video Card Drivers

  1. Press Win + R Key to open Run.
  2. Type devmgmt.msc to open Device manager.
  3. Click on the Display adapters, and double click on the Video card.
  4. Once you see the display properties, click on the Driver tab, and select Update Driver.

This will help your system get important updates that may be the cause of the slowing performance.

5. Disable Start Up Programs

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del and pull up the Task Manager
  2. Click on the Startup tab.
  3. Select the programs and applications that you can do without during Windows Startup. This dramatically increases boot speed because the computer will only open the programs that are necessary during startup. Some programs may be taking up a lot of your computer’s memory hence things are slowing down.

6. Uninstall Unnecessary Apps

  1. Open up the Control Panel and click on Uninstall a Program.
  2. Go through your list of installed programs and look for things that aren’t supposed to be there like web plugins, or apps and programs that you rarely use.

7. Delete Temporary Files

  1. Press the Win key and type Disk Cleanup.
  2. Go through the list and check the options that you want to clean up. I suggest removing temporary internet files. Click Clean Up System Files then Click ok.

8. Add Random Access Memory

This last step is to check if your memory and processor is capable of running the programs you’re using.

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del and pull up the Task Manager.
  2. Click on the Performance tab.

In this screen, you’ll be seeing the Speed of your system and the memory you have. If you have 2GB of RAM and below, consider upgrading to a laptop with 4GB up.

Another point to consider is the CPU speed. In the image, you’ll see its 1.73 GHz but it can go higher with a better processor installed in a stronger laptop.

Bottom Line

In this guide, I’d tried to enumerate the few ways you can do yourself in order to get your laptop back to speed.

The best way to really get results is to attempt some of the steps before concluding that it’s a hardware issue, especially when your laptop has good specifications.

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