For the most part, the Windows 10 is a well-structured coded OS made by Microsoft. However, this prominent operating system comes with a myriad of features that need large quantities of system resources.
The good thing is that the most recent iteration of Windows also comes with amazing and beneficial integrated features to enhance the overall efficiency. Now, if you have noticed that your laptop’s performance seems slowing down, then most likely having a less powerful hardware, some temporary files, and bloatware are the cause.
So, in this article, let’s answer the enquiry of how to speed up a laptop that uses Windows 10. We will discuss how to perform hardware upgrades, disabling unnecessary effects, getting rid of unnecessary applications and defragging just to name a few.
So with that being said, let’s get started.
Upgrade Your Laptop’s RAM
Your laptop’s overall performance can be significantly enhanced by simply increasing the number of its Random Access Memory. For the most part, Windows 10 needs a minimum of 4GB in order to operate seamlessly.
Of course, you might want to upgrade if you usually play video games because 4GB is just not enough for such applications. What you want to do is simply place more RAM to your laptop. Keep in mind that your laptop comes with a particular number of Random Access Memory ‘slots’, on which you can put chips.
To check the version of memory your laptop uses, just open the Task Manager by clicking Ctrl, Alt, and Del buttons. After that, press the Performance tab. From here, you’ll see that the system will show any memory slots that are in use and the version currently in use like DDR4.
After that, the installation of new Random Access Memory chips will be pretty easy. Now, if you won’t rely on a technician and will just do it on your own, then make sure to use an anti-static wrist strap in order to preclude any possible damage to flimsy parts of the laptop.
Of course, if you don’t have the confidence, then just go to any laptop repair stores and they will be happy to serve you.
Disable transparency effects
Aside Windows 10 making heavy use of your laptop’s resources just to showcase features such as animation, the operating system also applies transparency effects to particular features which include the task menu.
This look like a simple and light effect but it’s a pretty complex one since the OS requires to calculate the same plane twice. Now, if you want to turn off the transparency features, just open the Windows menu and look for ‘Make Start, taskbar, as well as Action Center Transparent’. (Source)
From this, you’ll find the ‘Color Settings’. After that, you can then pick to switch off the transparency. Furthermore, you have the option to modify the default app mode here between dark and light.
Of course, such thing will not affect your laptop’s performance speed. Instead, it will make your laptop’s display eye-friendly.
Try Disabling Special Effects
When it comes to Windows 10, it’s pretty heavy in terms of special effects. By default, some features and Windows itself are made to fade in and fade out of display. Animations and translucency are some resource-intensive but pretty much unnecessary features on Windows 10.
If you want to take your laptop back to basics, simply open the Windows menu and look for ‘System’. After that, proceed to ‘Advanced Settings’ option, and choose the ‘Performance Settings’.
Then look for the radio button for ‘Custom’ under the ‘Visual Effects’ tab. After that, proceed and uncheck the tick boxes right next to any visual effects that you would like to turn off. Lastly, press the ‘Apply’ button to verify all the changes.
Get Rid of Unnecessary Program
A lot of laptop sellers ship their products already incorporated with 3rd-party programs. And because of these unnecessary 3rd-party programs and their large size, they are categorized as ‘Bloatware’. In addition, a lot of laptop users out there tend to install program for certain purposes for once and never utilize it again.
The takeaway here is that the unnecessary software takes up significant amount of space on your laptop hard-drive and thus can slow down the laptop’s performance.
If you want to check what programs are installed to your laptop, simply go to ‘Control Panel’, then go to ‘Programs’, after that go to ‘Programs and Features’, then you choose which program to uninstall.
Simply right-click on any application you don’t really need and press the ‘Uninstall’ button. Most of the time, Windows 10 will ask the user for permission in order to do certain changes on the laptop. Just click the ‘Yes’ button to proceed. (Source)
Utilize Disk Cleanup
One of the most amazing built-in Windows utility is arguably the Disk Cleanup. This utility can be utilized to get rid of temporary files that have accumulated on your laptop. These include offline webpages, downloaded software files, and image thumbnails.
To start using it, simply press the Windows menu and write down in the search bar the ‘Disk Cleanup’. After that, the Disk Cleanup will give you a selection of files to get rid of. Just click the check box next to each selection. In order to start cleaning, you click the ‘Cleanup System Files’. In this process, the Disk Cleanup utility will calculate the amount of space you can get.
Using Disk Cleanup is also a good way to get rid of any files on your laptop hard-drive that you no longer use. The first place you can start with is the ‘Downloads’ Folder’. (Source)
Check Startup Programs
Laptops can lag a lot because you’re running a lot of programs at the same time; or sometimes, programs that are running in the background. There are also some programs that automatically run after you on Windows, which ultimately slow down your laptop’s performance while you’re just starting up.
To check if there are many processes that are currently running, then simply open the Task Manager by pressing Ctrl, Alt, then Del. After opening the task manager, click the Startup tab and observe the Startup Impact values for each app. For the most part, if you spot apps that have ‘High’ label, then they are most likely slowing down your laptop’s performance.
To solve this, simply right click on the program you don’t want to run, and click ‘Disable’.
Keep in mind that Microsoft consistently makes some updates for Windows 10. These updates are done to fix normal bugs that significantly lower the laptop’s performance. Some updates are small.
However, there are certain big updates that make significant changes to your laptop’s system performance and optimize the speed. Now, what you want to do is open the Windows menu and simply write in the search bar the word ‘Update’.
After that, press the ‘Check for Updates so you can access the laptop’s settings. Don’t just simple press the update button if it’s a major update because you would want to save and backup your current work as well as your personal data first.
Your laptop may require you to restart it many times in order to implement all the changes.
Restart Your Laptop
Even though this is an obvious process, a lot of laptop users out there keep their laptops operating for many days. The good thing is that Windows 10 will automatically make the laptop’s display to sleep mode.
However, certain programs and processes that are currently running will continue. The data of these processes will accumulate gradually and can cause slowing down of your laptop.
It can easily be fixed by simply restarting or shutting down the laptop every day after you’re done using it. Just simply click the Windows button and choose the Power button. (Source)
Also, don’t forget to save your work first and close programs that are running. Now, if you can’t see the Power button because you laptop’s display is stuck, then simply press down the Power button until the laptop is completely powered off.
The speed of your laptop will determine the overall performance of the device. Of course, we don’t want a slow laptop that would lag a lot, right? But with all the tips we mentioned above, for sure you’ll be able to have a better laptop experience.
Furthermore, having a fast-performing laptop will especially help you in your job and also for recreational activities such as watching movies or playing games. If you don’t want a bad day using your laptop, then optimize it to make it fast using the tips we discussed above.
How about you? Do you know other methods that can speed up the performance of a laptop? Is it a unique method that needs any coding?
If you have something to share, then please kindly leave a comment down below.