It’s 2018 and your computer, your laptop, or your tablet is slow. What do you do? How can you improve performance without spending a lot of time or money on the issue? Today, we’re featuring the top 5 easiest and most effective ways you can speed up your computer in 2018.
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Windows 10 has different power settings by default. Right-click on the battery icon in the bottom right corner of your screen to view those settings. Click Power Options.
You’ll see one of several different plans available to choose from, including Balanced (Recommended), Power Saver, and High Performance. Balanced is typically the best option for combining good performance with good battery consumption. However, if you always use your laptop while plugged in, then High Performance might be your best option. It uses more battery but can have a significant impact on performance.
Windows 10 makes it really easy to disable unwanted startup programs. If you just purchased a new PC, then you might have dozens of unwanted software programs that launch on startup. This can increase startup times and decrease performance.
To remove unwanted startup programs, open the Task Manager by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ESCAPE. Or, right-click anywhere on your screen and click Task Manager. Click the More details button at the bottom of the window (unless the window has already expanded).
Click the Startup tab to see a list of programs and services that launch when you start Windows. Included on the list is each program’s name as well as its publisher. You’ll also see whether or not that program is allowed to run on startup. Windows 10 has a feature called Startup impact that tells you how much each program slows down Windows 10 when the system starts up.
You can disable any program from launching at startup by right-clicking it and clicking disable. That’s it! The program will no longer launch. Feel free to do this to any non-essential programs – but make sure you don’t end any crucial processes.
This is a sneaky but effective PC optimization technique. You can disable a feature called search indexing to get a substantial boost in performance.
To do so, type services.msc into the Start Menu search box, then click the first “Services” result that pop up. You’ll see the services app appear.
Scroll down until you see Indexing Service or Windows Search. Double-click that item, then click Stop on the next screen. After you reboot, the changes will take effect.
The downside of disabling this feature is that searches will take slightly longer to implement. The benefit is that you get a significant performance boost.
Windows 10 has enhanced visual effects, including shadows, animations, and fancy transparency effects when you slide windows around. On most newer computers, these effects won’t significantly effect performance. However, older PCs may struggle with these effects.
Fortunately, it’s easy to turn off these effects at any point. Just type sysdm.cpl into the Windows 10 search box, then press Enter. This will launch the System Properties dialog box. Click Advanced > Settings to get to the Performance Options dialog box. You’ll see a long list of visual effects on this list.
Feel free to tweak individual settings on or off. Or, disable all of the settings if you like. Generally speaking, the more settings you disable, the faster your system will run.
That’s it! Those are the secrets to speeding up your PC in 2018.