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5 Tips for Faster Windows 10

Updated on August 6, 2018
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Fawad is currently studying Mechanical Engineering at Air University, Islamabad.

Windows 10 is latest of the Microsoft trademark 'Windows' operating systems. This operating system is particularly good at optimizing itself for best performance. But just like every computer software, it needs some tweaks in order to deliver optimal performance .


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 proper functioning of your computer; but some of them are might not be of any use at all and turn out to be additional constant burden on the computer.

These apps are automatically executed every time you turn on your computer. They slow down the overall system 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 turn on your computer. If you have disabled any program from startup apps and you need to use that program later, all you have to do is find the icon of that program and you can 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 continually in the background.

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

Keep Free Space in Drive in Which Operating System is Installed

There are multiple advantages to keep free space in the drive in which the operating system is installed. In order to store cache or temporary files, many programs need space in the same drive in which they are installed. This improves overall system performance as it allows computers to work smoothly. Certain programs might crash due to unavailability of free space to store caches. Moreover, many important windows features like windows update service, anti-malware protection may stop functioning altogether due to lack of availability of free space in operating systems disk drive. Typically, operating systems are installed in the drive labeled as 'C'.

Few Tips:

· The files that are downloaded from internet are stored by default in the following directory:

C:*\Users\Username**\Downloads

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

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

After you download a file that has relatively large file size, go to the above mentioned 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 additional space by following the procedure mentioned below, please follow these steps carefully:

1. Type ‘Disk Cleanup’ in search bar.

2. Select drive in which you intend 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 the files that can be deleted.

4. Make sure that ‘temporary internet files’ bar is checked because that is where majority of the useless data lies. By doing so browsing history or and any partially downloaded files will also be deleted.

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 serve as lifeline and support system of an operating system. They include security updates to resolve security vulnerabilities. Other updates include solutions of bugs and minor issues. Windows update service also embeds interesting new features in modern operating systems

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 Circuits of Computer

When exposed to dust for prolonged duration of time, motherboard and other electronic systems of computer may decline in performance and they can even be damaged over time by accumulation of dust.

Make sure that there is no dust on motherboard of your computer. And also ensure that hot air is freely flowing from the air vents. Ventilation system of computer must not be clogged or blocked by dust.

While using laptops, make sure that you place it in a position that cool air enters through the openings located at the sides/bottom of the laptop.

There are multiple ways of removing dust from the system. A lot of Google Blogs 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 query 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 the 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 it to the 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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