There are a wide range of mixed opinions about Windows 10, from hatred to appreciation. The general consensus seems to be that it’s an improvement on previous editions. However, whether you hate or love it, it’s hard to disagree that a quicker computer is a better computer. To help make this possible, we’ll give you some tips and tricks to speed up Windows 10.
Disable unnecessary startup programs
This one is a simple one, and not new to Windows 10, but if you take two minutes to complete it, it’ll save you valuable startup time.
All you have to do is right-click the taskbar, select Task Manager, press “More details,” and click the Startup tab. From here, simply right click to disable all the programs that aren’t necessary on startup. I told you it was simple, didn’t I?
Make Windows 10 faster on startup
Windows 10 gives you the option to select a hybrid startup mode that cuts down on boot up time by just putting the PC into hibernation rather than fully shutting down.
To enable this, click Start and type in “Control Panel” and press enter. From here, click Hardware and Sound. On the new page that appears, click “Change what the power buttons do” under Power Options. Next, click “Change settings that are currently unavailable” and check the box marked “Turn on fast startup.”
Disable shadow and animation effects
Windows 10 has a much-improved UI (please don’t send me hate mail for saying this), but if you care more about function than beauty, you can take away the shadow and animation effects to make Windows 10 faster. Running these extra effects increases your CPU and RAM loads, compromising system performance.
The degree to which you can tell a difference depends on your computer’s CPU and RAM, but if you’d like to disable it, Microsoft doesn’t make it difficult.
First, if you’re comfortable with the command line, run sysdm.cpl in Windows RUN (using Win + R) box to open System Properties. Otherwise, Open System > Properties > Advanced system settings, then go to the Advanced Tab.
Look under the Performance group and click Settings. Here, there are quite a few options that you can disable. You can select “Adjust for best performance,” or if you’d prefer to choose manually, we recommend unchecking the following:
- Animate controls and settings inside windows
- Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
- Animations in the taskbar
- Fade or slide menus into view
- Fade or slide ToolTips into view
- Fade out menu items after clicking
- Show shadows under windows
- After doing this, you should notice some immediate differences, not just with the changed animations, but with your computer’s speed.