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Those who toil daily on PCs know the frustration of working with computers that tend to slow down over time.  So today we share a few worthwhile tips from the editors of ComputerWorld detailing 6 ways to speed up your PC if you are running Windows 10.  Space prohibits sharing all six in depth, so we’ll share a few of the best here, and let you know that you can find the full text of the article here.

  1. Change your power settings. If you’re using Windows 10’s Power Saver feature, you’re losing performance to save energy which, particularly on a desktop PC, makes little sense.  Changing your power plan from Power saver to High performance or Balanced will give you an instant performance boost.  In Control Panel, select Hardware and Sound > Power Options.  There you can choose between Balanced and Power saver.  Click the down arrow over by Show additional plans, then choose the one you want.  Naturally, High performance gives you the biggest boost, but takes the most power, which might be a consideration if you’re running on a laptop battery.  Otherwise… go for it.

 

  1. Disable programs that run on Startup. Often, too many programs running in the background can slow you down.  Launch Task Manager with Shift-Ctrl-Esc.  Clicking on the Startup tab will display the programs launched when you start Windows.  You can right-click and then ‘disable’ programs you don’t really need to run all the time.  And you can always run the application after launch, or add it back to the list later.  (Tip: stick mostly to the ones with names or publishers you can recognize, at least to start.)

 

  1. Launch the Windows Troubleshooter. Type “troubleshooting” into your Windows search box then click the Troubleshooting Control Panel icon.  Click Run maintenance tasks under System and Security, then “Troubleshoot and help prevent computer problems” will appear. Click Next.  Troubleshooting will find files and shortcuts you don’t often use and identify other performance issues on your PC.  (You may need Administrator rights to run it.)

For info on three more tips, including the Performance Monitor, “Bloatware” and Disabling shadows and animation effects, check out the full ComputerWorld article we’ve captioned above.  Because as any power user knows, when it comes to performance, every little bit helps.

 

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