Microsoft has improved Windows 10 and 11’s performance a lot through regular updates. However, there are several factors that still bring down your PC performance. Third party applications, bloatware, malwares etc. can slow down your Windows 10 or 11 PC. So, you need to perform regular maintenance tasks to speed up your Windows 10 or 11.
By taking some simple steps you can make your Windows 10 or 11 fast again. These steps include uninstalling bloatware, tweaking Windows settings etc. However with time, things get piled up in your PC again. So, you need to perform these steps regularly to keep your Windows 10 or 11 running smoothly.
Make your Windows 11 and 10 Fast Again using Simple Steps (2021)
So, in this post we are going to share 10 simple tips and tricks to speed up your Windows 10 or 11 PC. These tips and tricks are quite simple and straightforward, so, you won’t have any troubles. Let’s start with the simplest one.
Step 1: Disable Startup Programs to Reduce Startup Time
You might be wondering why your Windows 10 or 11 PC takes so much time to start. You might not be aware but most of the programs you install in your PC, register themselves to run on Windows startup. So, every time you start your PC, they also start in the background. This causes your Windows PC to boot slower.
So, to speed up booting of your Windows 10 or 11 PC, you need to disable those programs on startup. This will reduce boot time and hence make your Windows 10 or 11 PC fast.
So, first of all, open Task Manager on your PC and go to Startup tab. Here, you can see the list of programs that are registered to start with your Windows 10 or 11. To disable a program on startup, simply select it and click Disable button. Make sure to disable all unnecessary programs from startup.
Step 2: Disable Third-party Services to Speed up your Windows 10 or 11
Just like startup programs, some third party services also run in the background eating up resources. You would never know about them but they will keep using your RAM and CPU, hence reducing performance. So, to prevent those unnecessary third party services from starting, you need to disable them.
So, first of all, go to RUN, type
msconfig and press Enter. This will open System Configuration utility. Here, go to Services tab. Now, you can see the list of all services in your Windows 10 or 11 PC.
If you check the box at the bottom left to Hide all Microsoft services, you will see all third-party services running in your PC. Now, you can select all unnecessary third party services and click Disable all to disable them. This will reduce a lot of burden from your PC and speed up your Windows 10 and 11.
Step 3: Disable Animations in Windows 11 and 10 to Make it Fast
You may like the animation effects in Windows while opening or closing apps etc. but they cost you system resources. The more animation effects Windows displays, the more CPU it consumes; in turn reducing the performance. So, if you disable animation effects up to some extent, it will give your Windows 10 or 11 PC some performance boost.
So, let’s see how to disable animation effects in Windows 10 or 11. First of all, go to RUN, type
sysdm.cpl and press Enter to open System Properties. Now, go to Advanced tab and click on Settings… under Performance.
Here, you can manually disable animation effects and speed up your Windows 10 and 11. Or, you can select Adjust for best performance option to disable all animation effects. After that click Apply and OK to save the settings.
Step 4: Disable Transparency Effects to Speed up Windows 10 or 11
Just like animation effects, transparency effects also consume system resources making your computer slow. So, you can also disable transparency effects in your Windows 10 or 11 PC to reduce load on your CPU.
However, the settings for disabling transparency effects is found at different places in Windows 10 and 11. So, we will show you for both Windows 10 and Windows 11 separately. Let’s start with Windows 10.
Go to Settings > Personalization > Colors. Here, turn off Transparency effects.
Go to Settings > Accessibility > Visual effects. Here, turn off Transparency and Animation effects. This will free up some system resources and help speed up your Windows 11.
Step 5: Choose High Performance Power Plan to use Boot Performance
Besides all the tips and tricks, Windows Power plans are great ways to adjust the performance. If you check in Power Options in Control Panel on your Windows 10 or 11 PC, you will find several plans there. These plans are pre-configured to provide you best experience.
So, to give a performance boost to your Windows 10 or 11 PC, simply select High performance power plan. This plan will speed up your Windows 10 or 11 PC at the cost of energy (battery). With High performance plan, your PC may consume more battery but you will get better performance.
Step 6: Defragment Hard Disk Drives to make Windows 11 or 10 Faster
As you use your Windows PC over the time, files in your hard drive becomes scattered (means your HDD becomes fragmented). And it takes more time for Windows to read and write data on a fragmented hard drive. Which in turn causes a drop in performance. This problems is very common on HDDs compared to SSDs.
So, to boost up your Windows 10 or 11’s performance, you need to defragment your hard disk regularly. However, Windows 10 and 11 automatically defrags your HDD or SSD on weekly basis. But you can still give it a shot.
To launch Windows defragmentation tool, search for
defragment on Start and select Defragment and optimize hard disk from search results. Here, you can see current fragmentation status of all hard disk drives.
So, if you see any drive needs optimization, simply select it and click on Optimize button to start defragmentation and boost performance of your Windows 10 or 11 PC.
Step 7: Run Windows Update to Fix Performance Issues
Sometimes, old and outdated drivers may cause your PC to underperform. Even a corrupt USB driver may hang your PC after plugging in a pen drive. You can use Windows update to fix driver related issues. Besides that Windows updates also bring bug fixes and performance improvements with them. So, always keep your Windows 10 or 11 PC updated to latest version. It will solve most of your performance issues and speed up your Windows 10 or 11 PC.
To update your Windows 10 PC to latest version, go to Settings > Update & Security. Here, click on Check for updates button to install latest Windows updates.
Similarly, you can update your Windows 11 to latest version from Settings. So, go to Settings, select Windows Update from left pane and click Check for updates.
Step 8: Use SSD instead of HDD to Boost Performance
Hard disk drives are best choice for data storage but if you are looking for performance, SSD is the best option for you. Most of the new computers these days come with SSDs to boot Windows performance. SSDs effectively reduces Windows boot time. You might have noticed a SSD Windows 10 or 11 PC booting faster than the HDD one. Check comparison of HDD and SSD here.
So, you can go for SSD to speed up and make your Windows 10 or 11 faster. And if you are looking for better storage options, you can go for the combination of SSD and HDD. You can combine a 250 GB SSD with 1 TB HDD to get speed and storage together. Install your Windows 10 or 11 on SSD and use HDD to store your data.
Step 9: Use Windows Security to Protect against Virus/Malware
Viruses and malwares are one of the most common reasons for your PC to run slower. Sometimes, they can make your PC inoperable. In such cases emergency rescue disks are only option. But you can prevent this from happening by using antivirus programs.
There are several antivirus programs like Quick Heal, McAfee, ESET etc. that protect your PC against virus or malware attacks. However, these antiviruses also consume your PC’s resources and hence slow down your PC a bit.
But since Windows 10 and 11 both come with a decent antivirus/antimalware tool, you can use that to protect against viruses or malwares. It is called Windows Security (formerly Microsoft Defender) and it is default antivirus for Windows 10 and 11.
Step 10: Few more things to Try
Besides the tips described above, you can try these for making your Windows 10 or 11’s performance even better.
Kill Applications that are eating resources
Some of the application keep running in the background even if you close them. They keep using your system resources even when they are not in use. So, it’s a good idea to close background programs to release CPU and RAM.
You can close background programs from Task Manager. So, open Task Manager and scroll down to Background processes section to see which programs are consuming more resources. Simply select them and click End task to close them and speed up your Windows 10 or 11 PC.
Uninstall Bloatware from your PC
If you purchase a new laptop, you will find a lot of bloatware already installed on it. Most of them are useless programs which run on Windows startup and share your data with manufacturers. Though manufacturers do this to improve user experience but that may cost you in terms of performance.
So, go to Control Panel and uninstall all the bloatware from your laptop or PC. You can check this tutorial to uninstall programs from Control Panel or Command Prompt. If you have purchased a new laptop, don’t forget to perform these steps before you bring it to daily use.
10 Simple Tips to Speed up your Windows 11 and 10 PC
Above tutorial explained 10 simple steps to boost performance of your Windows 10 or 11 PC. You should perform these tasks at regular intervals to keep running your Windows smooth. You can also try running scheduled maintenance service for automated maintenance. But you will still need to do some tasks manually.
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