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Making Windows Run Faster

Fast Racing

If your Windows 10 has lost that 'like new' performance, there are things the user can do to put a little 'spring' back into Windows 10's step. 

Following are easy ways to improve its performance without swapping out any hardware. 

These are suggestions for those that are more concerned with overall performance than all of the advanced visual effects Windows has created. 

1. Go opaque

 Windows 10's new Start menu is exotic and crystal clear, but that translucent effect will cost the user some minor resources. To get back those resources, the user can disable transparency in the Start menu, taskbar and action center: Open the Settings menu and go to Personalization > Colors and toggle off Make Start, taskbar, and action center transparent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. No special effects

but Windows 10 still has a lot of other snazzy, built-in special effects. To really go bare-bones on the special effects, right-click the Start button and click System.

Making the Start menu, taskbar, and action center transparent is one thing, but Windows still has a lot of other interesting, built-in effects. 

To really get to where the rubber meets the road on special effects, take the plunge, right-click the Start button and click System. 

Click Advanced system settings to open the System Properties menu. On the Advanced tab under Performance, click Settings...

This will open the Performance Options menu. In the Visual Effects tab, either choose Adjust for best performance to turn off all unnecessary animations and special effects, or choose Custom: and deselect the visual effects you think can live without. When you're finished, click OK to apply your changes.

3. Shut Down Auto-Starting Programs

If Windows is taking a long time to boot up -- and you've checked the box for Fast Startup and everything -- there maybe too many programs starting up when you turn your computer on.

 

You can fix this by right-clicking on the Start button and click Task Manager. Click the Startup tab (click More details if you don't see the Startup tab) and peruse the list of programs that start up with your computer. If you see a program that doesn't need to be auto-starting (which typically are all programs excepting the virus detecting programs)  right-click it and click Disable. You can also arrange the list of programs by Startup impact, if you'd like to see the programs that are taking up the most resources (and time).

4. Find (and fix) the problem

Windows 10 has a built-in performance troubleshooter that can help the user to find and fix any problems that might be affecting your PC's speed. To open the troubleshooter, right-click on the Start button and click Control Panel. Under Security and Maintenance at the top, click Troubleshoot common computer problems. Next, under System and Security, click Run maintenance tasks.

5. Reduce the Boot Menu Time-out

When your computer starts up, the boot menu is displayed for a certain amount of time before the operating system loads. This gives the user time to do things like start Windows in Safe Mode. Windows allows the user 30 seconds each and every time the PC starts for you to enter into safe mode. You can shave a few seconds off your startup time by changing the boot menu time-out, which is set to 30 seconds by default. A good startup time rather than 30 seconds would be to shave the time to 10 seconds. Still allowing time for the user to select safe-mode should need-be. 

To do this, right-click on the Start button and click Control Panel. Go to System > Advanced system settings, and, under Startup and Recovery, click Settings.

Next to Time to display list of operating systems:, change the value from 30 seconds to 10 seconds and click OK.

6. Run Disk Cleanup

This one's a win-win. It'll improve performance and free up space on your hard drive. Disk Cleanup has been around forever, but this trusted Windows utility can still help clean out the temporary files, installers and other junk littering your hard drive. To run it, just search for Disk Cleanup, run it and click the button labeled Clean up system files. 

7. Restart your PC

Is speeding up your computer as simple as...restarting it? Maybe. Restarting your PC clears out its memory and stops any processes that might be taking up resources. Also, shutting down your computer is not the same as restarting it -- shutdown is affected by Windows 10's Fast Startup, which saves a snapshot of your PC and its processes in a hiberfile for faster boot-up. Restart is not affected by Fast Startup, so if you have Fast Startup enabled, restarting your PC is the only way to fully clear the memory and shutdown processes.

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Go opaque

Open the Settings menu and go to Personalization > Colors and toggle off Make Start, taskbar, and action center transparent.