Just in case you’re not one of the folks who has already upgraded to Windows 10, there are several easy steps you can take to speed up your Windows 10 system before Windows 11 arrives and makes your computer even slower. Just follow these simple tips and tricks and watch your computer run like it’s on fire!
Uninstall unwanted apps
While installing programs may be one way to slow down your computer, another way is uninstalling unwanted programs. Programs can slow down your computer by taking up resources or freezing the machine. You may be using a program you no longer need, like an old version of a media player, and removing it will have no noticeable effect on performance.
However, removing unnecessary applications like antivirus software can speed up your machine and make things run smoother. As we get closer to Microsoft’s release of Windows 11, users are looking for ways to speed up their computers before the new operating system arrives. This means that now is the time for people who haven’t uninstalled any unused apps in awhile (or at all) to start doing so today. Another thing you should do is periodically delete temporary files from your hard drive. There are many easy-to-use tools available for this task, but you can also just go through folders manually.
The same goes for browser cookies– clear them out if they’re not important to you anymore. One final tip is to free up storage space by deleting junk files stored on your hard drive– these include temporary internet files and duplicate downloads as well as any photos that are saved on your device but already backed up elsewhere.
Optimize hard drive space
There are a few reasons why you might want to save space on your hard disk drive. It could be because your laptop or computer is running out of storage space or because you have limited internet and don’t want to download a big file onto your laptop. There are lots of great ways that you can free up more hard drive space for free, but there are also tools available for purchase that allow you to manage your data and reclaim more room from it.
One of the best methods I’ve found for managing my data is deleting unnecessary programs from my computer when I know that I’m not going to use them. Most programs leave hidden files in the background which takes up precious hard drive space, so always be sure when deleting something if it’s worth the time saved on your system memory.
Clean up system files
Start by performing a Clean up system files scan. This option will let you delete unnecessary data from your hard drive, and as we’ve discussed, that can speed up your computer. Once you’ve completed the scan, check the items it has recommended for deletion. Take note of any big or old files that it recommends deleting, and find out if those files are still necessary. If they’re not necessary anymore, then feel free to delete them using the delete button next to each file in question.
These steps should take about five minutes and won’t have much of an impact on the performance of your computer. Afterward, I recommend restarting your computer so that these changes are actually put into effect. The other steps listed below will have more of an impact on the speed of your computer than this one. But even though it takes just a few minutes, this is still an important step that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Update drivers and BIOS
In addition to turning off unnecessary startup items, you should also check the settings for each of your drivers. As you may know, drivers are the software that communicates with the hardware and provides basic control. Drivers are different from applications in that they work exclusively with one piece of hardware.
To improve performance and enhance security, be sure to update any driver you find outdated. You can check whether or not a driver is up-to-date by selecting Settings > System > Hardware and then looking at the tab under Device Manager. Just as before, make sure that what programs start automatically when your computer turns on will help you achieve your goals instead of slowing things down. Check the BIOS, too.
The BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) is like an operating system that manages the CPU’s hardware settings; it needs to be updated periodically because manufacturers fix bugs and introduce new features with new releases. It’s best to consult your laptop manufacturer’s website for instructions about how to access your BIOS and how often it needs updating. If your laptop isn’t made by Apple, HP, Dell, Lenovo, ASUS or Samsung (among others), chances are good that there’s no universal approach to checking the BIOS version.
Change boot options for speed
These changes won’t have any bearing on the upcoming Windows update and they can speed up your PC significantly in the meantime. Whether you’re running a light laptop or an older computer, these tweaks will help you enjoy a speedy computing experience while we wait for Windows 11.
1) Disable automatic hibernation and standby features to avoid using your hard drive unnecessarily;
2) Use the task manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) to kill background processes that are hogging resources without doing anything useful;
3) Update all software by checking for updates manually or using built-in updater program (Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update);
4) Defragment your hard drive monthly with a third-party app like Piriform’s Defraggler;
5) Uninstall unused programs from Control Panel > Programs and Features.
6) Turn off battery optimization if it’s not already disabled from Settings > Battery Saver.
7) If you’re using Dropbox, try adjusting settings to save files locally instead of online and switch default file type to compressed files instead of storing them as a single large document.
8) Upgrade your antivirus software when there is an available update.
9) Turn off Wi-Fi Sense feature from Settings > Wi-Fi so that other devices cannot automatically connect to yours.
10) Remove old temporary files often left behind after uninstalling apps or changing settings so that free space is maximized;
There’s no guarantee these steps will make the October release of Windows 11 any faster than the current version, but these simple optimizations should improve performance for those who want them now.