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5 Tips for Faster Windows 10

Updated on March 10, 2018
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Fawad is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Air University, Islamabad.

Windows 10 is latest of Microsoft trademark 'windows' operating systems. This operating system is really good at optimizing itself for best performance. But like any other computer software, over the period of time it needs some maintenance as its speed begins to decrease over time.


Disable Unnecessary Apps in Startup Menu

Startup apps are the programs which are launched automatically whenever you turn on your computer. Few startup programs like antivirus software are essential for your system to work properly; but most of them are completely useless and turn out to be additional burden on the computer.

Startup apps are executed whenever you boot your computer, and thus slow down the boot time, consume significant chunk of memory and CPU consumption.

Disable all such apps in your startup menu that are not useful to you.

In order to do that:

· Right click on task bar

· Open task manager

· Go to startup tab

· Disable all apps which are unnecessary.

Please note that disabling a specific program from startup menu only stops your computer from automatically executing that program whenever you boot your computer. If you have disabled any program from startup any you need to use that program later, just find icon of that program and run it.

By disabling a program, you are not deleting or un-installing it, you are just preventing it from automatically executing itself and consuming memory and processing power of your system.

By reducing the enabled number of programs in startup menu, you will be able to reduce the boot time significantly (i.e. your computer will turn on faster) and performance of system will improve considerably.

Keep Free Space in Drive in Which Operating System is Installed

There are a lot of reason why you need free space in the drive in which your operating system is installed. Many programs need space in the same drive in which you have installed your operating system; in order to store cache or temporary files which allows them to function properly, if you don’t have any space to store these files, that program might crash. Moreover, many important functions like windows update, anti-malware protection may stop functioning altogether if you run out of space in your operating systems disk drive. Typically, operating systems are installed in C drive.

Few Tips:

· The files you download from internet are stored by default in the following directory:

C:*\Users\Username**\Downloads

* ‘C:’ refers to the directory in which operating systems are typically installed, if you have installed operating system in any other drive, replace ‘C’ by that drive letter.

** ‘Username’, please replace this by corresponding username specific to your computer.

After you download a large file from internet, go to this directory and move that file to any other disk drive so that you can free up space in your operating system disk drive.

· You can free up some space by following this procedure, please follow these steps carefully:

1. Type ‘Disk Cleanup’ in search bar.

2. Select drive in which you want to free up space.

3. After scanning that drive, you will see an interface which provides a list of how much space can be freed up and which files can be deleted.

4. Make sure that ‘temporary internet files’ bar is checked because that is where majority of the useless data lies.

5. Go through these files to make sure there is no file which you may need in future, if so, uncheck that file.

6. Do not click on ‘delete system files’.

7. Click ‘OK’ button in the bottom (Do not click on delete system files), after which you will see a prompt, ‘Are you sure you want to permanently delete these files’, click ‘Yes’.

Keep Windows Updates on

Windows updates are lifeline and support system of an operating system as they include security updates to resolve security vulnerabilities. Other updates include solutions of bugs and minor issues. Interesting new features are also regularly embedded in modern operating systems using windows update,

Go to Settings< Update & Security and verify that windows update is on.

In this tab, you can also view update history to verify that windows is installing updates regularly. Moreover, window notifies you in case of any serious problem with windows update mechanism. Take all notifications seriously especially the ones regarding windows update and antivirus software.

Remove Dust from Electronic Systems of Your Computer

If exposed to dust for prolonged duration of time, motherboard and other electronic systems of your system may decline in their performance and they can even be damaged over time.

Make sure that there is no dust on motherboard of your computer. And also make sure that hot air is freely flowing from the air vents and they are not clogged or blocked by dust.

If you are using laptop make sure that you place it in a position that cool air enters through the openings located at the sides or bottom of your laptop.

There are multiple ways you can remove dust from your system. A lot of blogs on Google and YouTube videos guide users on how to do it.

In order to do this, you can find specific and customized instructions on YouTube or Google.

For Example, You can put this search in YouTube, “How to remove dust from dell Latitude E5400”, you will see multiple videos in which multiple ways to blow off dust from electronic systems of your computer are illustrated.

As design of computer and laptops vary in various manufacturers and models. It is strongly recommended to refer the user manual or do some search relevant to your model and devise a proper and safe way of doing it.

Keep Anti-Virus Software Updated

In order to combat the latest computer viruses, malwares and other online demons, it is very important to keep your anti- virus software updated. Unlike its predecessors, Windows 10 has sophisticated and efficient built-in antivirus software installed and it updates itself whenever you connect to internet. Antivirus is continuously evolving software which updates itself regularly in order to keep up with new computer viruses and malwares.

If your computer hasn’t been connected to internet for a few weeks, do a favor to your computer, connect to internet for a few minutes and follow these steps:

· Type ‘windows defender’ in the search bar.

· Run Windows defender.

· Go to update tab and click on update definitions.

In that way, your computer will detect and eliminate all viruses and malware whenever you insert a USB sticks contaminated with computer viruses or whenever you accidently download a Trojan to your system.

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