Windows is probably the most commonly used operating system in the world. It is used almost in all settings like schools, colleges, offices, workplaces, software companies, shops, businesses, hotels and where not! Microsoft, with its latest Windows 10 has brought in many advanced features to the PCs and the Tablet PCs, without neglecting the Microsoft Smart Phones.
Windows 10 was indeed a sensation when it was announced that a single kind of software will be available to use on almost all kinds of devices.
- 1 What Makes Windows 10 Slower?
- 2 How to Make Windows 10 Faster and More Efficient?
Plus, the initial versions of Windows 10 was let out for free download for the users of genuine previous Windows version. Later, it was made a paid software package.
Sometimes, the advanced features of the Windows 10 place extensive demands on the system resources that make the device work very slow.
This is especially true if you updated your Windows 7 or 8 or XP to Windows 10 without updating the hardware. Because your computer’s hardware is built to support that particular version of Windows with which it came.
Newer and more advanced versions of Windows might place greater demands on the system resources, making the system slower and sometimes may also damage the system.
In this article, we shall look into the causes that make a system slow to run with Windows 10 and also few tips to make your PC work faster with the latest version of Windows.
What Makes Windows 10 Slower?
A slower PC with Windows 10 is a result of many underlying conditions. Some of them are as follows:
1. Bloatware and Malware
The PC may come with much-unwanted software called bloatware. Bloatware is nothing but a burden on the system resources because it is not even used by the user.
It unnecessarily starts itself as and when the PC boots and shuts down with the PC, without being of any practical use to the user. A bloatware may just consume all the resources that many other crucial services on the system require in order to ensure a smooth startup.
Another reason for slower PCs is malware. Malware often contains malicious programs like viruses which interfere with the normal functioning of the PC.
Many times they also come with unwanted ads that do nothing but occupy your screen and memory. The viruses may cause further nuisances by interfering with the system’s core functioning faculties.
2. Outdated Hardware
Every new version of Windows comes with new and revised system components. So, make sure that the hardware is on par with the system requirements (both hardware and software) so that the operating system can function effectively.
For example, Windows 10 requires a more advanced graphics card and far more memory than its previous versions, thanks to its new and advanced features.
Damaged hardware is also one of the chief reasons why Windows slows down sometimes. The system will constantly try to communicate with and obtain the results from the hardware, which will be unable to perform its duties because of the damage.
The system keeps waiting for this and spends its resources on that hardware. This brings other processes to a halt.
3. Outdated software
Microsoft releases updates every now and then to ensure that Windows is in the best working condition to ensure maximum consumer satisfaction. These updates are usually based on the bugs that the users report or some new demand that the latest software market puts on the operating system.
This backlog of software creates a gap between the latest apps in the market with the system resources. So, if you try to install a new app with latest advanced features, it may not work very well because your operating system does not meet the requirements.
Also, you should never forget the security updates and other crucial updates. All these, if maintained properly, keep your system working at a steady pace with minimum freezes.
4. Cache and other unwanted junk memory
If there is a lot of cached memory in the operating system and also storage memory which exceeds or even near to exceeding the memory capacity of your hardware, the system usually becomes slow.
Cache memory is basically the memory or data that is stored to enable you to access the data which you frequently access faster by storing the file on the Random-Access Memory (RAM).
When such data gets built up on the RAM, the system becomes slower as it becomes difficult for the other programs running on the computer to access RAM. In other words, the RAM becomes very slow because of this and a slower RAM means a slower Windows.
5. Unwanted Background Software
Point to note is that many software packages don’t actually stop working in the background unless you stop it manually.
Though nothing is visible on the foreground, these applications are silently eating up your system resources, thus making the computer slow to work. You need to quit the process using the Task Manager.
6. Unwanted Programs that start at the startup of the system
Many programs will automatically get authorized to start working right from when the computer boots up. Such programs actually hamper the startup of the computer and prolong the booting process.
Just like unwanted software, they occupy a lot of space in the Random-Access Memory (RAM). This reduces the effective functioning of the software and keeps it slow to start and run.
7. Too Many Apps on the system
This is common for all gadgets like PCs, laptops, smartphones, Smart TVs and so on. Too many apps on a device occupy too much memory and also too much cache and other junk and, this in turn, leads to a slower system as crucial system processes cannot perform their functions effectively.
8. Fragmented Drives
Continuous long-term use of a memory device like disks with all the numerous adding and removing of the files scatters the files saved in the disk. This will not be evident to the user and he/she will be able to access the file as it was.
But, this state of any disk causes slowing of the system as the system should search for each scattered piece of a file when needed and this takes time.
Now that we know the reasons for Windows 10 becoming slower, we shall now look into how to make it faster.
How to Make Windows 10 Faster and More Efficient?
Here are a few general tips on how to make Windows 10 work more efficiently and respond more quickly.
1. Delete the Bloatware and Malware
While inbuilt apps on the computer can come of great help, they also consume a lot of system resources. So, keep these apps to the most minimum possible extent. Uninstall the apps which you no longer use. This cleans up your memory, thus making your Windows 10 faster.
Tackling Malware is a more difficult job. Make sure you run regular virus and malware scans through your antivirus software and uninstall them. Also, be very careful when you download anything from the internet.
- Open Add or Remove Programs from the Start Menu.
- Look for programs did not install and are suspicious about it and uninstall them.
2. Upgrade Your Hardware
If you used your PC for a previous version of the Windows and now have upgraded to the latest version, this fix might help you out. Update your hardware drives like the Hard Disk Drive (HDD), graphics card, etc. This helps your system to meet the requirements for Windows 10. For this, you need to go through the basics like what the system specifics and other related things and install Windows 10 only if your computer meets the basic system requirements.
In short, the more equipped your hardware is, more is the quickness and efficiency of your PCs performance.
3. Update Windows regularly
Microsoft releases regular updates with various bug fixes, codes for better and efficient utilisation of the system resources and enhance customer experience.
So, keep updating your version of Windows 10 or even set it to automatically download updates regularly. This way, you can be on par with the latest features of Windows 10 and also have the best utilisation of the system resources.
A relevant analogy will be that if you try to run Microsoft Office 2010 or 2013 on a Windows XP, it will not work. Even if it does, the functionalities will not be properly in action.
Here is how to Manually Update Windows
Click on Start Menu and search for Windows Update.
When the window opens, click on check updates.
Windows will check for updates and revert back to you if an update is required. Follow the on-screen instructions and install the updates. Your PC may restart several times during this.
Also, make sure that “Automatically Update Windows” is turned on, so that you are saved from the hassle of updating.
5. Clearing Cache and Unwanted Files regularly
Clearing cache helps to clear RAM so that the crucial processes get memory space to function. With the cache cleared, there will be nothing that will interfere in their functions. This speed up the system and the apps.
How to Clear Cache?
You can use PC cleaning tools to clear cache and other background junk files.
You will have to navigate to each file and then delete each of those which you don’t feel is necessary.
6. Disabling the apps from starting up
Preventing apps from starting up is very necessary in order to make computer boot-ups faster. Here are the steps to do it.
Open Task Manager by pressing ctrl+shift+esc and click on Startup Tab.
You will now have the list of the apps that are enabled to start up and their impact. Any program with low impact can be allowed to startup, but with those with medium and high impact need to be stopped so that the PC boots quickly. Just make sure that you do not disable the default processes, or else the system itself will become corrupt.
7. Quit Unimportant processes
The background running apps which consume the system resources need to be quit. To do this open task manager and look for running programs that you have not started and quit them.
Please note that you will have to be very careful not to delete crucial processes in the system.
8. Defragment Disk Drives
You should Defragment Disk Drives so that the disks are more organised and more and more space is made available for storage and/or use. Broken tits and bits of the files need to be brought together and unwanted, orphan and junk files need to be deleted. Disk Defragmenter is one of the best utility tools for this purpose. To defragment the disk, follow the steps below:
In the Start Menu, search for “Disk Defragmenter” and open it.
Select each of the drives and click on Analyse. This analysis takes some time.
Then, the percentage of the disk which is fragmented will be shown. Just click on the most fragmented disk and click on defragment. This also takes a while. After the process is complete, restart the computer.
9. Use external storage disks
Another method that experts recommend for making your PC work faster with Windows 10 will be to store all your large and important files in an external storage device like a USB drive, an external hard disk drive, etc.
This works in two ways for your benefit – first, you =r PC works faster because of the small number of files and second, your data will be least susceptible from damage as it will be safely stored in the device.
You may also consider saving the important files in the cloud files. The idea here is that more the local files you store, worse will be the memory of the computer. There are few tips that you can you to Optimize Windows 10 For Gaming.
So, these were a few ideas on how to Speed up Windows 10 and have a better PC experience. If none of these works, you either need to reset the PC or install a lower version of Windows which works perfectly on your PC.