Speeding up your Windows PC
Windows can get really slow when you are running it on a budget computer. There are certain things & tweaks than can slightly boost the speed on your PC.
Disable unwanted startup programs
Programs like Adobe Creative Cloud, Spotify, etc.. start in along with Windows and run in the background. Even some built-in apps like OneDrive. Cortana, Skype do this. They all occupy your precious RAM and consume data. To disable the startup programs,
- Open Task Manager
- Go to the Start-up tab
- Right click on the program you want to disable and click disable
Turning off background apps
This only works for apps that are installed via Microsoft Store. You can turn off background activities of an app to conserve power and improve performance.
- Open Settings.
- Go to Privacy -> Background Apps
- You can turn off background activity for apps on a case by case basis or in total. We recommend for doing it on a case by case basis.
Sacrificing UI for performance
Certain elements and fancy animations in UI can be turned off in favour of performance.
1. Disabling Transparency
The Acrylic effect of transparency and blur can be disabled in Windows 10 using simple steps.
- Open Settings.
- Go to Personalization -> Colours.
- Turn off the transparency effect toggle.
2. Disabling Animations and Shadows
Things like Shadows under windows, mouse pointers, etc… can be turned off.
- Search for “Advanced System Settings” in the start menu.
- Click on Settings within the performance section
- You will now be presented with a windows that lists various Visual Effects that you can turn off.
Reduce telemetry data
This will no have a visible impact. But why spend your mobile data and computer resources for telemetry when they are limited. Windows 10 collects a lot of telemetry data about you and your computer. Here is how to reduce all the telemetry data in Windows 10.
- Open Settings app.
- Go to Privacy > Diagnostics & Feedback.
- Change the Diagnostic Data to Basic
Disabling Unwanted Services & Programs
Certain Windows services & OEM services can be turned off to improve the performance, but you will need to be careful on what you turn off.
- Turn off services from OEM software - These services often run in background and consume battery and RAM. Some of them are useful, some of them are for features you never use and some of them are just telemetry.
- Tweaking Windows Services for performance - Delaying non-essential Windows services could result in essential services booting faster and prevent the sluggishness during system startup.
- Turn off Indexing - Indexing services often cause increased disk usage particularly on hard drives. The main purpose of indexing is making Windows search faster. If your disk usage or you don’t use Windows search then turning off indexing is good.
- Turn off app updates - While this is not much, store update does consume data and resources in background, particularly when installing large apps. You can choose to update them manually, which also gives you an option to skip updates for apps that you don’t use.
- Disable thumbnail cache - This will be useful when you have a Hard disk and often see high disk usage activity.