Increase the performance of Windows 10

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Although there is always skepticism when it comes to tricks to speed up the computer, there are some procedures that can really speed up the PC, not only to get it back as just installed, but even better since you are going to optimize some settings.

The increase in performance is possible because Microsoft uses very conservative default configurations, which favor aesthetics over speed, which trying to keep the system stable at most, often sacrificing performance (since it then has to run on a different multitude of computers ).
We must also not forget the slowdowns caused by the programs installed by the manufacturers (HP, Acer, Asus, etc.), which for promotional purposes fill the PC with often useless tools and games.
In this guide we see together how increase the performance of Windows 10 on all types of computers in a short time, applying some simple changes that do not require advanced computer knowledge.



As mentioned in the introduction, the advice provided below can be applied to any version of Windows 10 but, with the right precautions, we can also apply them on PCs with older Microsoft operating systems such as Windows 8.1 and Windows 7.

1) Remove autostart programs

Removing programs from autostart has a double benefit: it decreases the PC startup time and leaves more memory free to open the programs we actually use.
Programs like Spotify, Office, Chrome, Adobe Acrobat and many others don't really need to stay active in the background and start automatically; the only exceptions are the antivirus and some peripheral management programs (printer, mouse, etc.), which we must leave in auto-start in order to better manage them.
In Windows 10, you can check auto-starting programs from Activity management, which can be called up by simultaneously pressing the CTRL + Shift + Esc keys on the keyboard, opening the advanced menu with the item More details and selecting the named tab Start.


From this menu we right-click on each item that we want to deactivate (in particular those with an impact on the system cataloged as Alta) and select the item disable.
In Windows 8.1 it is the same thing, while in Windows 7 the auto-start programs tab can be found by opening the Start menu and typing msconfig, so as to open the advanced startup manager.

2) Disable Windows Visual Effects

This is perhaps the most effective trick to improve the performance of Windows 10 and its previous versions (Windows 8.1 and Windows 7).
By choosing to have fewer menu and window animations, Windows becomes lighter and more performing.
The menu to disable visual effects can be opened by opening the Start menu and typing "Change the appearance and performance of Windows" or by taking us to the path Control Panel> System and security -> System> Advanced system settings.
From this window we select the Advanced tab, press on Settings under Performance and, in the menu Visual effects, we put the sign next to the item Adjust for best performance.


Click Apply at the bottom and then OK to close the window.
Windows 10 will now be much lighter, graphics effects will be minimized, and the processor can only be used for program execution (instead of processing graphics effects as well).

3) Energy saving type

Activating an energy saving profile makes sense on a battery-powered laptop, but is not suitable for saving energy when connected to the mains.
In many PCs, in fact, the default energy saving plan is the balanced one and not that of maximum performance, which is the one that takes full advantage of the processor (even if the actual differences may not be as important and visible).
To make this change, open the following path Control Panel> Hardware and Sound> Power Options and select the named plan High performance or one of the plans integrated by the manufacturer of the PC or SSD (should be listed as Performance o High Performance).


Alternatively, you can open the advanced power management settings and change the various items set as an option Maximum performance.

4) Uninstall unused, pre-installed or useless programs

Removing programs can have a positive effect on performance if you remove programs that run in the background automatically as a result of certain actions such as accessing the Internet or if you remove all programs provided by the laptop or motherboard manufacturer.
To check the programs installed in Windows 10, we open the Settings and click on App.
To uninstall a program simply select it and click the button Uninstall.


In Windows 10 and also in Windows 7 and 8 you can always open the Control Panel to open the Programs menu, from which to uninstall the "old way" (right click on an item -> Uninstall).
In this regard, we can also read our guide with the best programs to uninstall software on Windows.

5) Clean the disc

Cleaning the disk of unnecessary files is always a useful maintenance operation, which can also improve Windows performance if the disk is almost full (more than 80% of the maximum capacity).
Without using special programs, we can proceed to cleaning the disks by looking for the entry in the Start menu Cleaning disk, selecting the disk and files to clean.


The Disk Cleanup tool is quite fast at its work and can delete files from previous installations, which in Windows 10 can take up a lot of space.
To unlock the advanced cleaning functions, remember to press the button System file cleanup.

6) Anti-malware scan

Whatever version of Windows you are using and the antivirus installed, it is important to check with portable antivirus at regular intervals for fast scans.
Sometimes even silent malware or spyware can cause slowdowns in Windows loads, and if Defender doesn't react to the threat, we can take action with these scanners.

7) Restore the operating system

If we have been using Windows 10 for more than 2 years and can reinstall all the programs we use on a daily basis, we can increase the performance of Windows 10 by performing a system restore.
With this procedure your personal files will be preserved, while the operating system will be restored to its original condition, as just installed.
To do this, open the Start menu, click on Settings and then take us to the path Update and security -> Restoration; from here we click on the button Start, found under the Reset your PC section.


The system will ask us if we want to keep personal files or if we want to format everything; we choose the first solution and wait until Windows restores all its files (this is possible because Windows 10 keeps a copy of the original installation and can use it to restore itself in case of need).
Upon restarting the computer will be back as just formatted or just purchased, but with all our personal files in place.
With the system reset we will eliminate any kind of problem or slowdown, just reinstall the desired programs.
If the recovery does not work, we recover the files as described in our guide to recover important files from blocked or broken Windows (in which we recommend downloading a GNU / Linux distribution such as Linux Mint), then we proceed to manually format the computer by downloading the Windows 10 ISO and proceeding as described in the guide format and install Windows from scratch, to have the PC clean and new.



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