We’ll show you how to speed up Windows 10 and how to speed up your computer or laptop, in general.
- Solid State Drive (SSD)
One of the most effective ways to make your computer faster is to install a Solid State Drive (SSD). They are many times faster than traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDD), and installing one in your computer/laptop will result in a hugely faster computer, overall.
- Adding more memory (RAM)
As time goes on, the programs that we use every day get bigger and bigger, and consume more memory when they are open. Your computer needs more memory to keep up with using them – especially if you have multiple programs open at once.
- Disable Windows Visual Effects
By default, Windows is designed to look visually pleasing but it does this at the cost of using system resources. If your computer has a fancy graphics card, then this won’t have an effect on your computer performance, but if your computer is older and slow, then these extra visual effects should be turned off.
- Page File / Swap File
When your Operating System (Windows) has used all of the RAM in your computer, then it starts using your hard drive in place of RAM. The problem is that hard drives are slow, because they are MECHANICAL.
(See the section above titled “Solid State Drive (SSD)“)
- Stop resource-hungry apps
Every app on your computer will use a different amount of CPU and memory resources, depending on how the app was written, and what it does. A web browser will use more memory and CPU time with every tab that you have open, but its memory and CPU usage reduces when you close each tab. This is normal behaviour, but some apps use lots of CPU time even when they are doing nothing.
- Disable unused Windows services