Microsoft packed Windows 10 full of features. Unfortunately, some of those features require a lot of resources. Your PC can end up running slower over time. We have a few suggestions to help with that! Here are 5 ways to make that slow computer run a little bit faster. These tips work together with 7 Ways to Speed Up Windows 10

1. Run System Maintenance

Windows built-in system maintenance was designed to help improve system performance. Windows 10 smartly tries to run maintenance when your computer is idle. If you feel it’s running slowly, you can start maintenance manually whenever you like.

5 Ways to Improve PC Performance - System Maintenance

Save any open documents, and close open programs before starting. You’ll find this option in the old Control Panel. The fastest way to get there is by clicking the Start Menu and typing “maintenance.” Expand the Maintenance section, and click Start Maintenance.

Running this utility won’t guarantee performance improvements. However, it’s a good place to start. We recommend waiting for a time when you don’t need to use your PC.

2. Uninstall Old Apps

Virtually all PC manufacturers include extra software on your computer from the factory. They may just take up space on your computer, or they might try to launch at startup. Much of it goes unused.

To start the removal process, launch the Settings app. Depending on your version of Windows 10, click Apps if you see it. If there is no Apps option, click System and select Apps & features on the left.

Simply select an app, and click Uninstall. Once the process is complete, you can continue to uninstall additional apps.

3. Update Windows

Microsoft constantly releases updates for Windows 10. These range from bug fixes and new drivers to major feature updates. Type “update” in the Start Menu and select Check for updates. Then, click the Check for updates button. Any available updates will usually start installing automatically.

You may also see a major feature update available like in the image below.

5 Ways to Improve PC Performance - Feature Update

Proceed carefully if you see this option. We don’t recommend installing feature updates right after release. Initially, feature updates often include unforeseen bugs. Microsoft does fix these issues, so it’s best to wait a few weeks (or months) before installing. For example, version 2004 was released in May, but Microsoft is still resolving major issues with it.

4. Add More Memory (RAM)

Note: This tip and the next may require expert assistance.

Typically, RAM offers the easiest path to better performance. Microsoft lists 2 GB of RAM as the minimum for windows 10. Don’t believe it. At a bare minimum, 4 GB offers semi-smooth performance. If you use apps that eat up memory, then you definitely need more than that. More is always better when it comes to RAM.

We recommend upgrading to 8 or 16 GB. Every PC has a specific type and maximum amount of RAM that can be installed. Usually, your PC manufacturer’s website can provide this information. Also, if you aren’t comfortable opening up your computer, ask for help.

5. Upgrade To An SSD

Older hard drives have increased speed and capacity over time. However, the basic concept has been around for over 50 years. Speed is limited by physically moving components. Solid State Drives (SSD) have no moving parts and operate much faster.

Consequently, your entire system will run significantly faster with an SSD. This upgrade requires reinstalling Windows and all applications (unless you know how to clone a drive). Make sure to back up all data on your current drive. Again, ask an expert if you need help.

5½. Restart Your Computer

It seems necessary to remind everyone about this from time to time. Often, people leave their computers running 24/7. We’re not telling you to stop this. As mentioned in the first tip, system maintenance runs when your computer is idle. Typically, it runs in the wee hours of the morning. That won’t happen if your computer isn’t powered up. Instead, take the time to restart your computer occasionally. For the best performance, you can reboot it every day. At a minimum, restart it once a week.

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