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5 Things You Can Easily Do to Speed Up Your Windows 10 Operating System

Modern PCs, tablets, and desktops already come up with pretty respectable tech specs, especially with RAM and processor speeds. However, you might still find a need to speed up your Windows 10 Operating System.

There are tons and tons of things you can do, and indeed there are numerous resources available online (this post being one of them), here are 5 things you can easily do.

Limit Startup Programs

Windows likes to, or more like, the softwares you have, would love that they always start as soon as you start your operating system. You might think that its beneficial that way, but, what actually ends up happening is that your system keeps on loading these processes in the background, slowing your ability to begin work — after your system starts.

Plus, if you ever need to use those programs, you can always open them manually. I believe that during startup, only have your essential applications, resources, or softwares enabled. In my device, I only have three things enabled. One of them being the Windows’ own antivirus/security, and 2 for audio. Rest, I have them disabled.

windows 10 startup programs. Part 1 to speed up your windows 10 operating system
Only have three items “enabled.” Rest, I don’t need it for when my OS starts.

How to Limit Startup Programs?

  1. To do so, open your task manager, and then head over to the “Startup” tab.
  2. Then, find the program/resource you want to disable at startup > right click on it, and hit Disable.
how to disable startup programs in windows 10.
The “startup impact” column should also give you additional insights into which programs you should disable.

Limit the Number of Services

Windows services typically run in the background, and it’s not something you can access from the front-end, or open. Think of services as components that are needed to run your OS, and other applications. If that sounds confusing, think of an engine that’s required to run your car. The engine is not that easily accessible, but it’s a critical component for your car to run.

While essential to a seamless OS experience, there are tons of services that keep running in the background, that you probably aren’t going to use. For instance, there are services for Remote Registry. This allows remote users to modify registries on your device. I decided that I don’t want that service to run, so I disabled it.

How You Can Disable or Stop Services

  1. Press Windows key + r.
  2. Type “services.msc” without the quotes, and hit enter.
  3. You’ll notice that a Services Windows opened up. You might feel a bit too much in the beginning, but you can click on each individual item to learn about its description.
main services window. Part 2 to speed up your windows 10 operating system
Click on an item, and on the left, you’ll see a brief description of what that service is supposed to do/enable. You’ll notice that there are tons of services running.
  1. To disable or stop a service, double click to open up more details.
individual service details.
You’ll see full details for a specific service, by double-clicking.
  1. Depending on your needs, you can choose what to do with “startup type,” and “service status.” Once satisfied, hit okay.
  2. Repeat the process for all services.
  3. Restart your device.

The only caveat I’d add here is that you better know what you’re doing. Just be careful of not ending up disabling or stopping services that are essential to run the core OS, or actually run programs/features that you regularly use. For example, I believe there is a service for printers. You can disable it, but then you can’t print. There are tons of resources online that you can look up to decide which service you can or cannot disable. Alternatively, you can literally click on each service item, read its description, and decide. Again, be cautious about ending up disabling core services.

Prioritize Performance Over Battery Life

Depending on your manufacturer, and individual OS settings, you can emphasize performance over battery life. Obviously, the downside of that would be faster use of battery life, and/or resources, but you should see a positive impact in performance right away!

Clicking on the battery symbol/icon in your systems tray, should immediately allow you to customize a few options. See below for what I have.

battery setting options. Part 3 to speed up your windows 10 operating system
I have a toggle scroll to optimize performance. But, clicking on battery settings will give me more options.

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Turn Off Notifications

windows notifications and actions. Part 4 to speed up your windows 10 operating system
  1. Press Windows key > search for notifications. You should get the best match result.
  2. Open the “notifications & action settings.”
  3. You’ll see something like the screenshot above.
  4. Turn off whatever you don’t want. Additionally, you can choose to turn off the same for apps.

Tweak Advanced System Settings

windows system properties. Part 5 to speed up your windows 10 operating system
  1. Press Windows key > search for “advanced system settings.”
  2. You’ll see a new window open up, like the screenshot above.
  3. Under “performance,” hit the settings button.
  4. From there, you can individually un-check the effects & animations you don’t want, or simply select adjust for best performance. That’ll turn off everything.
  5. Make sure to hit okay, and restart your device.

Conclusion

No joke, there are easily 20-30 things you can do to speed up your Windows 10 operating system. So before you decide to buy a new RAM, upgrade your PC (and by all means feel free to do so), try these 5 things to improve your Os’s speed.

Other Resources

  1. techradar
  2. wikiHow