How to make windows 10 faster and improve its performance

edited Thursday 23 August 2018 in Computer
Please see top Tips to improve PC performance in Windows 10. Always  remember to restart your PC at the end of each procedure.
  1. Make sure you have the latest updates for Windows and device drivers
  2. Check compatibility issues with apps
  3. Always close open apps that are not in use
  4. Check for memory and memory usage
  5. Improve performance with ready boost
  6. Check for corrupted Windows system files
  7. Empty recycle bin and delete temporary files
  8. Stop programs that start automatically
  9. Scan for viruses and malware 
  10. Check for corrupted Windows system files

Make sure you have the latest updates for Windows and device drivers

  • Select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & security > Windows Update > Check for updates.
  • If status updates is "Your device is up to date," proceed to the next step
  • If it says "Updates are available," click Install now, and go to the next step in this procedure.
  • Choose the updates to install and then install
  • Restart your PC, and see if any anything changes

Check for latest version of apps

  • Make sure apps installed are meant to run in the version of windows you’re using
  • Check the company’s website to see if there are any new versions
  • Or run the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter
  • In the search box on the taskbar, type troubleshoot, and then select Troubleshoot, which has System settings listed underneath it
  • In Troubleshoot, select Program Compatibility Troubleshooter > Run the troubleshooter
  • Select the program that you’re having problems with, then select Next and continue through the troubleshooter

Always close open apps that are not in use

  1. Select the Start button > Power > Restart
  2. After your PC restarts, open the apps you want to use and close them when you’ve finished.

Check for memory and memory usage

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, and then select Task Manager
  2. In Task Manager, select More details > the Performance tab > Memory

The red numbers 1, 2 and 3 indicate

  • Memory Type
  • RAM speed
  • Memory slots being used

Improve performance with ready boost

  • Find a USB flash drive or a memory card that has at least 500 MB free
  • Insert it on your USB port
  • On the taskbar, select File Explorer
  • Press and hold (or right-click) the USB flash drive and then select Properties
  • Select the ReadyBoost tab, then select Use this device. Windows determines if the device can use ReadyBoost. If it can’t, it'll let you know.
  • If all goes well, select OK to reserve this space so ReadyBoost can use it.
  • Finally you will see ReadyBoost.sfcache on the flash drive which is an indication of how much much space is reserved for ReadyBoost.

Empty the recycle bin and delete temporary files

  • Select the Start button, and then select Settings >  System> Storage
  • Under Storage, select This PC > Temporary files
  • Please make sure that Recycle Bin and Temporary files are selected in the list of files
  • Select Remove files

Stop Programs that start automatically

  • Select the Start button, and then select Settings > Apps > Startup
  • Under Startup Apps, find the program you want to stop from starting automatically and set it to Off.

Scan for Viruses and Malware

  • Select the Start button > Settings >  Update & security > Windows Security > Open Windows Defender Security Center
  • Select Virus & threat protection, then select Virus & threat protection updates > Check for updates to make sure you have the latest definition file
  • Select the Virus & threat protection tab and select Scan now, then wait for Windows Defender Security Center to finish scanning for viruses and remove any if found

Check for corrupted Windows system files

The Deployment Image Service and Management Tool (DISM) replaces the problematic system files from a cached version that’s on your PC. If it can’t the System File Checker (SFC) can check the corrupted files then download and replace the files through Windows Update

  • In the search box on the taskbar, type powershell, press and hold (or right-click) Windows PowerShell, and then select Run as administrator > Yes
  • At the prompt, type dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth (note the space between "dism.exe" and "/" and each switch (/))
  • If DISM finds corrupted files, it will replace them.

Run System File Checker (SFC)

  • In the search box on the taskbar, type powershell, press and hold (or right-click) Windows PowerShell, then select Run as administrator > Yes
  • At the prompt, type sfc /scannow (note the space between "sfc" and the "/")
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