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Ultimate Guide To Speeding Up Your Sluggish PC

Make Your Windows 10 PC Smoother & Faster!

If you have found your Windows 10 PC has been running extremely slow recently and doesn’t seem to load Windows 10 as fast as it used to, or if loading software is taking a long time then this is a good time to follow the methods below as they will surely help improve the speed of your PC and remove that sluggish feeling.

To Speed up your PC try the following:

1. Give your PC a good clean:

  • Turn off your PC > Take off the side panel > Give a good clean using an air duster (Be careful when doing this as you don’t want to cause any damage to your PC, if you don’t feel comfortable doing this then skip this method)

2. Clean Windows 10 using disk clean up:

  • Open Start Menu > Search “Disk Clean-Up” > Disk Clean-Up will begin to scan your PC > Select the areas your would like to clean > Click “OK”. (This comes preinstalled with Windows 10 which means its completely FREE and safe to use, just be careful when selecting options and be sure to only select the areas you would like to clean on your PC and make sure you are happy with your selections as the clean process cannot be undone)

3. Uninstall any old, unused software and apps:

  • Right-click Windows Start Menu Icon > Click Apps & Features > Go through the list and uninstall old unwanted software. (By having these installed it can slow your PC down and also take up valuable Hard Drive space.

4. Remove software that boots up with your PC:

  • Right Click on Task Bar > Task Manager > Start-up tab > Right-click on any software that you don`t want to boot with Windows > Click disable. (If you have a lot of software booting up when your PC does then Windows 10 will take a long time to boot and feel sluggish at the start.)

5a. Disable Visual Display Settings:

  • Right-click on Taskbar > Taskbar Settings > Colours > Turn off Transparency effects. (This will help increase the speed and boot speeds of Windows 10)

5b. Disable Visual Display Settings:

  • Open File Explorer > Right Click This PC > Properties > Advanced System Settings > Advanced > Underneath ‘Performance’ click on Settings > Visual Effects tab > Go through the list and select what visual effects you would like to disable. (Remember the more you disable the more impact this will have in helping boost the speed of your PC)

6. Change Virtual Memory size:

  • Open File Explorer > Right Click This PC > Properties > Advanced System Settings > Advanced > Underneath ‘Performance’ click on Settings > Advanced tab > Underneath ‘Virtual Memory’ click Change > You can now change the Custom Size of the Virtual Memory to more than it has automatically assigned. (You can use the “Total Paging File Size For All Drives” as a guide of what you can assign)

7. Optimise Hard drives:

  • Search for “Defragment and Optimise Drives” in Windows Search Box > Open ‘ Defragment and Optimise Drives’ >You will see a list of the hard drives that are connected to your PC > Select each hard drive and click optimise). (This will help boost the speed of your sluggish computer, but just be careful if you are using an SSD as it is not recommended to optimise SSD`s as this can decrease the lifetime)

8. Disable Services:

  • Open the start menu and search for “Services” > Open Services > You will now be shown a list of all the services that are running on your PC > Go through the list of Services and disable any that you do not use

9. Update Windows 10 (Make sure Windows 10 is up to date with all the latest updates installed and also make sure you have all the latest drivers installed for your hardware)

After following the above guide if you are still struggling with performance issues with your Windows 10 PC then this could simply be down to a hardware related issue. If your Hard drive is failing then you will definitely notice your PC being sluggish or it may also be that your hardware is just quite simply too old and it’s time for an upgrade. 

****Top Tip****
If you have a free slot available, adding more RAM can dramatically help increase the performance of your PC. If this is not an option then swapping your old hard drive for a new Solid State Drive will help increase boot times and loading times of your PC.

Check out the video tutorial here on more ways to speed up your PC.

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