If you feel that your computer, with the Windows 10 operating system, works slower than you want or that some programs have performance issues, there are various tricks that can offer solutions for better performance. As a hardware solution, if you have an HDD in your laptop or desktop PC, we tell you how to clone Windows 10 to an SSD.
If your computer has a low-power processor, if it is an old computer or if you have too many programs, it may run very slow. Another problem is that you may have certain applications that take up a lot of space. Some of the main tricks that you can carry out to solve typical performance problems in Windows 10 are these:
Uninstall programs you don’t use if they have background processes
It is very important that you uninstall the programs that you do not use since, if they run processes in the background (something that happens sometimes even if you do not perceive it), they will slow down the computer. For it. enter the Windows 10 Configuration, and in it click on the Applications option. There is a search engine to find specific apps, although you also have the complete list of applications installed on your computer.
Simply click on the ones you don’t use, and in the options that will appear click on Uninstall to proceed to delete them from your computer. Yes indeed, there are programs created by Microsoft for basic system functions and other basic ones for the computer. So if you are not sure about an application, do not delete it without informing yourself.
Although it is not only for performance reasons, but also space to make room for other programs that are more useful for your tasks, it is advisable to delete the applications that you never use.
The Cortana voice assistant can take a lot of capacity and resources from your team. Unless you put it to great use, you can disable it. How? If you have the May 2020 update of Windows 10 or later, you will find that Cortana appears as a separate process in the application list at the start of Task Manager.
Removing it from there is a simple way to increase the startup speed of Windows 10 and not have Cortana consuming resources from the moment you turn on the computer. Just press CTRL + SHIFT + ESC to open the Task Manager, click on More details, go to the Home tab, click on Cortana and then on Disable.
If you want uninstall Cortana you can do it with a simple and only command from PowerShell. Open the Start Menu, search for “PowerShell” and click on “Run as administrator”. In the terminal window type the following command: Get-AppxPackage -allusers Microsoft.549981C3F5F10 | Remove-AppxPackage and press “Enter”. If you want to reinstall Cortana later, just search for it in the Microsoft Store.
Look for alternative programs with better performance
Some Windows 10 proprietary programs like the Photos app have a reputation for being slow. The AWindows 10 Photos application allows you to view your photos, edit them, put filters, color, crop them, remove red eyes or draw on them. It also orders the images according to collections. Also, it is the video editing application built into Windows 10.
But many users complain about its lack of performance. With this program and many others there are free alternatives (also paid) that may be better for your needs and have better performance, taking up less space on your PC, such as XnView, Apowersoft Photo Viewer or Nomacs, among other alternatives.
Prevent your programs from opening when you turn on Windows
There are programs like Skype, from Microsoft itself, or others that you can download as uTorrent (software to download) that are very common on users’ computers, which open automatically when you start your Windows 10-based computer, making this startup process slow.
To speed up the performance of Windows 10 there is the option to disable applications so that they do not open when the operating system boots to prevent the computer from turning on slowly. To remove applications from the Windows startup, use the Windows Task Manager. To open Task Manager, right-click on an empty part of the Windows taskbar and choose Task Manager from the menu.
If you have opened the Task Manager in simple mode, click on “More details”, where the Home tab will appear, where you must access, to find all the applications that are currently configured to start with Windows. The list includes many tools to check for updates and support applications for printers, graphics or sound cards. Disabling applications from Windows startup is very simple: select an application in the list and then click “Disable”.
Disable the periodic indexing of the search engine
If you have some of the recent versions of Windows 10, you can disable content indexing. This Microsoft operating system has a search engine that allows you to find files and programs within the team immediately. For this, the software has an internal indexing process carried out by the system itself. This slows down your computer’s performance.
The Redmond company also has Indexer Diagnostics which arrived in beta in January 2020. Its purpose is analyze Windows file indexer and detect potential problems. Indexer Diagnostics, after carrying out an analysis of the equipment in question, shows how many files can be searched and how many recently added files have not yet been indexed and, therefore, could not be found by tools such as Cortana or Explorer.
If you want to disable this feature of Windows 10 to prevent it from running in the background, you have to go to the search box of the Windows 10 Start menu and press the button with the three dots in the upper right corner. Choose the “Indexing Options” function to go to the Windows 10 Settings function. Another way is to access Settings, click on Search and access “Searching in Windows 10”. Choose the “Classic” option to stop the operating system from performing the aforementioned periodic indexing that consumes a lot of resources. Of course, you should know that if you do this you will run out of the search function within Windows 10, since it needs this indexing.
Upgrade to new versions of Windows 10
When a software company updates its programs, it looks for improvements. The performance problems that Windows 10 could present in the beginning have nothing to do with what happens now. Therefore, if you have an old version, better look to update new versions. For example, in November 2020, the Redmond company announced an update to replace versions KB4541301, KB4541302, and KB4559309, which had reported performance issues.
Don’t forget that Windows 10’s next big update, 21H1, is coming with telecommuting-centric features. Although the specific date is not yet known, it has been anticipated that it will offer in the Windows Defender Application Guard performance, which includes the optimization of document opening times. Also the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) is updated to improve the performance of remote work contexts.
Many times, updates are made automatically and this time, this is how it will be: John Cable, Microsoft’s boss in Windows Servicing and Delivery, has anticipated that “this update will be applied as October 2020 Update was doneIn other words, we may not even know that our team already has it when we receive it. “
Defragment your hard drive
Defragmenting the hard drive in Windows 10 is a necessary operation, as operating systems like Windows they tend to leave fragments in them that over time can slow them down. The files inside your computer are not complete pieces in themselves, since a video, a photo or any other file is made up of small fragments that are saved on your hard drive. Windows knows where they are and how to locate them, but as you use the hard drive writing and deleting files, it may not always be possible to arrange them all correctly in close areas of the disk.
This clutter makes the system have to work harder to find the fragments of files that may have been scattered on the disk, causing little by little and over time the speed of the entire computer can suffer. In this way, the team becomes less agile and it may take longer to do some tasks.
Therefore, defragmenting the storage drives is the task with which files are reorganized on hard drives. To enter the defragment application, press the Windows 10 Start button, and in the search bar type defragment.
When you do, click on the application Defragment and optimize drives. You can also enter Windows File Explorer, and right click on one of the disk drives. In the pop-up menu, press the Properties option and from there to Tools. In them, go to the Optimize and defragment drive box, and press the Optimize button. You will go to the defrag application.