Since Microsoft wanted all computers to be compatible with Windows 10, you may find that your computer performed better with your old Windows. This is often the case with people who migrated from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
There are a few Windows settings to check first, these few tips may be enough to greatly speed up your computer.
How can you optimize your windows 10 ?
Migrate Windows 10 to an SSD hard drive
This is my best advice for boosting Windows 10 and making your PC more efficient. Replacing your classic hard drive HDD with the latest generation SSD hard drive will greatly speed up your computer in all its uses, including during startup, SSD disks are much more efficient.
For example, before replacing my classic hard drive with an SSD, my PC take 2/3 minutes to start. And even when the Windows session was open, I usually had time to make myself a coffee before I could open my programs. Now it starts in less than 30 seconds and I can directly open programs when the computer starts.
It’s comfort that is priceless … An SSD is certainly more expensive than an HDD but the result is well worth it!
Add more RAM
It takes at least 1 GB to run Windows 10 in 32-bit version and 2 GB for 64-bit version. But that’s not enough to have a competitive PC. You will need at least 4 GB or even 8 GB of RAM for Windows to run quickly.
Afterwards, the amount of RAM required will also depend on your use of your computer: you will need less memory if you only surf on the internet, use Word / Excel or an alternative to MS Office suite.
Likewise, some free antivirus software can use a lot of RAM and slow down your machine.
Adjust Windows appearance and performance
Type performance in the Windows 10 search box (located to the right of the Start menu) and select the item Adjust Windows appearance and performance (Control Panel).
NB: it is also accessible by clicking on the Start menu then Settings and by typing performance at the top right in the search field of the control panel
In the first tab, Visual Effects, make sure that the Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing check box is not checked.
You can also if you want to let Windows manage these settings by checking Adjust for best performance : Windows will manage the display settings on its own to make your computer more efficient.
Then, go to the Advanced tab and in the Virtual memory section click on Modify
If not, check the Automatically manage swap file for drives, Windows will manage your computer’s virtual memory as well as possible, and your computer should be a little faster than before.
Uninstall unnecessary programs
There are often programs on your computer that you do not use (this is often the case with software pre-installed on your computer such as trial or evaluation versions) as well as unwanted software (such as tools).
So clean up your software and uninstall these programs!
Clean your hard drive
Unnecessary files are often present on your hard drive (installation files, system files, temporary files, log files etc.), they take up space on your hard drive and tend to slow down your operating system.
Windows has provided a utility that allows you to clean your hard drive and therefore allows you to speed up Windows 10 . To do this, type cleanup in the search bar (just to the right of the Start menu) and then click on Disk Cleanup.
Choose the hard drive where Windows 10 is installed, it is normally the C drive, then validate by pressing OK.
The utility will then search for files that can be safely deleted from your computer and which may be responsible for your PC’s slowness.
Then check all and confirm the deletion of unnecessary files.
Defragment your hard drive
Fragmentation of your hard drive is an inevitable phenomenon and it can also make your PC slower than it should.
Again, Windows has a utility to defragment your hard drive and make it more efficient.
Type defragmentation in the search bar (bottom left, right of the Start menu) then click on Defragment and optimize drives.
Select the hard drive where Windows 10 is installed then click on the Optimize button which will allow you to analyze and then defragment your hard drive, your computer should be boosted!
Manage your programs when Windows starts
It is quite possible that you have a lot of programs that are loaded unnecessarily when your computer starts, which considerably slows down its startup time.
Fortunately, it is easy to deactivate these programs. So improve the performance of your computer by following this procedure:
right click on the task bar and select Task Manager from the menu
In the task manager window, select the Startup tab. Here is a list of all the programs that run when Windows 10 starts.
Just select a program and click on the Disable button at the bottom of the window so that this program no longer loads when Windows starts.
Using an SSD hard drive
The best tip I told you about earlier in this article and replacing your hard drive with an SSD hard drive. Using an SSD will make your computer start up considerably faster. The tips below are to be tested but the boot speed of your PC will be really improved with an SSD.
If despite all these tips, your Windows 10 computer is still very slow to start, I advise you to make a backup of your personal data, backup Windows 10 and reinstall your Windows 10