10 simple tips to optimize Windows 10

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windows 10 optimize

Last updated: December 31, 2022

Have you installed the Windows 10 update offered by Microsoft? Finding that your computer has become slow and your applications are not launching very quickly? So here are 10 simple tips that will help you increase Windows 10 performance and optimize Windows 10.

Without going through third-party software, it is possible tooptimize the performance of your computer. Windows 10 includes all the necessary tools.

Personally, I have tested these tips on my PC and it has helped a lot to make Windows 10 much faster.

1) Disable the graphical effects of the interface

Visual effects in Windows 10 are nice, but they can slow down aging computers. deactivating them will then give your machine a facelift.

To access the visual effects, go to the menu search field Start, type performances and select the item Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows (Control Panel).

In the first tab, Visual effects, make sure that the Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing check box is not checked.

You can also check " Adjust for the best performance "(Which deactivates all effects), or"Custom settings"to uncheck only the effects of your choice. Don't forget to Apply the changes before validating with OK.

2) Optimize the use of RAM

Similar to the previous tip, go to the search box in the Windows bar and type the keyword "performances". Then click"Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows".

Then click on the "Advanced"and click on the button"Edit"from section Virtual memory.

As you can see in my screenshot, the size of the paging file currently used by my Windows 10 is 1152MB.

Windows recommends that we use 1233MB of virtual memory. So uncheck the box "Automatic management"and fill in the custom size, the same number as indicated in" Recommended ".

3) Maximize processor performance

If you are using a desktop computer or laptop which is always plugged in, you can optimize your processor performance by changing the power options. Right click on the button Start  and access the menu 'power options'.

Then select the 'High performance'.

Note that this trick will quickly drain the battery. So use it wisely.

4) Disable inules programs that start when Windows starts

Often times, when you install or download a program, it will run automatically during the computer start-up procedure which decreases the speed of your machine.

Fortunately, it is easy to disable these programs and therefore greatly improve the performance of your machine by following this procedure:

Right click on the taskbar (at the bottom of your screen) and select from the menu Task Manager.

Click on "Plus de détails"to enlarge ...

Then go to the "Start-up"and with a right click, take care to disable all unnecessary programs that you do not need when starting Windows.

You can for example deactivate the Microsoft cloud service and Microsoft OneDrive, if you do not use it, Windows will start up faster.

5) Don't wait before loading Windows

If you are using only one operating system on your PC (no multi-boot), there is no point in waiting 30 seconds before loading Windows.

To do this, go to the Windows menu, and find and click on "Recovery". Then click on"Configure System Restore".

Click on "Parameter" in the zone "Start-up and recovery".

In the window that opens, you can either reduce the waiting time or completely deactivate it. So your Windows will load immediately.

6) Enable Windows 10 fast startup

Windows 10 integrated some dedicated tools for optimize system start-up and shutdown time. Here's how to use the start and stop options:

Go to the menu search field Start, type "Power Options".

On the left panel, click "Choose what the power button does".

Then select "Modify currently unavailable settingsNew options under shutdown settings appear.

Check the box "Enable fast start"and save the changes.

7) Disable Windows 10 transparency effects

Indeed, there are beautiful effects in Windows 10, including the transparency effects of the taskbar.

However, these effects consume some resources. So if you are not too sensitive to this kind of detail, it is best to turn off these effects to optimize Windows 10.

To do this, go to the menu "Settings -> Personalization -> Colors"and deactivate the option that talks about transparency of the menu bar.

8) Disable Cortana Windows 10

The personal assistant Cortana is one of the great new features of Windows 10. It can be very practical, but also very resource intensive.

If you don't want to use Cortana, here's how to turn it off. The deactivation of Cortana must go through the registry.

With the key combination Windows + R, launch the execution box. Then type regedit and validate.

Go to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Windows Search (if the key does not exist, create it there by right-clicking> New> Key).

Right click on the key in the left pane and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

Rename this new value to Allow Cortana.

Double click on it and assign it a value of " 0 ". and restart your PC.

9) Defragment your hard drive

Fragmentation of your hard drive can make your PC slower than it should. Here again, Windows has a utility which allows you to defragment your hard drive and makes it faster.

type defragmentation in the search bar (bottom left, right of the Start menu) then click on Analyze et Optimize their campaigns.

10) Disable unnecessary services

Among all the programs and processes that start at startup, some are not necessarily useful and slow down the startup of the PC. Windows automatically launches at startup all a collection of not always useful and resource-intensive services. It's easy to stop them. You only need to follow the steps below:

In the start menu search box, type Services. Click on Services, with the gear as a logo, or on Show local services.

Now just uncheck the services you deem unnecessary. Then validate by pressing the button Ok.

Services that can be safely disabled include any software update services, ASP.NET State Service, Mobile Device Enumerator service, and Windows Media Player Network Sharing service, for name only them.

With these tips, you will see that your machine has become faster both in startup and in use.

It is good to know that these procedures allowoptimize Windows 10, but it is essential to always maintain your computer by cleaning it periodically to prolong its good functioning.