WINDOWS 10 TIPS

For improving the performance you can follow the simple guide which starts with checking updates.

For checking updates

  1. Select the Start  button, then select Settings  > Update & security  > Windows Update  > Check for updates.
  2. Look under Update status and do one of the following:
    • If the status says “Your device is up to date,” go to the next tip.
    • If the status says “Updates are available,” select Install now, and then go to the next step in this knowledgebase.
  3. Select the updates to install, and after that select Install updates.
  4. Restart your PC, and check if your PC has better performance or not if you still face issues then continue the troubleshooting on your windows 10 PC.

Restart your windows 10 PC

  1. Select the Four flagged key(start)  button > Power  > Restart.
  2. After your PC restarts, open just the apps you need, then close them when you’re done.

Sometimes apps that were made for an earlier version of Windows will still run on Windows 10, but they might slow down your PC. If this happens after you open a certain program, check the software company’s website for an updated version, or run the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter.

To run the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type troubleshoot, and then select Troubleshoot, which has System settings listed under it.
  2. In Troubleshoot, select Program Compatibility Troubleshooter > Run the troubleshooter.
  3. Select the program that you’re having problems with, then select Next and continue through the troubleshooter. If your windows 10 PC is still running slow? Continue on to the next troubleshooting step.

To check memory and memory usage

  1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Delete, and then select Task Manager.
  2. In Task Manager, select More details > the Performance tab > Memory.

If you find that most of the PC’s RAM is used continuously then you need to add more RAM to you PC if the RAM already installed is 1 GB or 2 GB. To learn more about what kind of RAM your PC model uses, first look at the memory info in Task Manager, and then visit the PC manufacturer’s website for more specific info.

Windows 10-32 bit can run on 1 GB RAM but its recommended to use min 2 GB of RAM or if you can just upgrade it to 3 GB performance will be much more better than before on your windows 10 PC.

Windows 10-64 bit can run on 2 GB of RAM but recommendation is to run it on minimum 4 GB of RAM or if you can just upgrade it to 6 GB that will be boost add-on to your windows 10 PC. also check the below trouble shooting steps for clearing the disk space and temporary files.

To check for low disk space

  1. Select the Start button, and then select Settings  > System  > Storage.
  2. Under Storage, your drives will be listed. Note the amount of free space and total size for each drive.

To empty the recycle bin and delete temporary files

  1. Select the Start button, and then select Settings  > System  > Storage.
  2. Under Storage, select This PC > Temporary files.
  3. Make sure that Recycle Bin and Temporary files are selected in the list of files, and review any other files types that are selected.
  4. Select Remove files.
  5. Restart your PC and try to reproduce the performance issue.

If your PC still runs slow, uninstalling the apps is also the option we can go for that you don’t use anymore. for uninstalling the apps you need to navigate to settings then select apps and click on apps and features from there you can now uninstall any program that is of no use to you. if you still face the issue then continue to next step for restoring your PC.

To restore your PC from a restore point

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type restore point, then select Create a restore point from the list of results.
  2. On the System Protection tab, select System Restore.
  3. Select Next, then choose the restore point related to the app, driver, or update that might be causing the problem. Then select Next > Finish.
  4. Restart your PC to see if performance has improved.

If you don’t see any restore points, it might be because system protection isn’t turned on.

To turn on system protection

  1. In the search box on the taskbar, type restore point, then select Create a restore point from the list of results.
  2. On the System Protection tab, select Configure.
  3. Select Turn on system protection > OK.

If your PC still runs slow, try the next step.

Disable unnecessary startup programs

When you turn on your windows 10 PC, some of the programs start automatically and run in the background. You need to disable these programs so they don’t run when your PC starts.

Some of the programs are designed to start automatically, Software manufacturers mostly set their programs to open in the background—you don’t realize they’re running, but they’ll open quickly when you go to use them. This is helpful for programs you use a lot, but not for programs you don’t use often because it increases the time for starting up the Windows.

Notice the programs that start automatically after windows boots up

Sometimes you can determine which programs start automatically by looking at the program icons in the notification area on the extreme right of the taskbar. Check there first to see if there are any programs running that you don’t want to start automatically. Try to find out the name of the program by pointing to the icon show hidden icons which has an arrow pointing upwards  with your mouse pointer on the extreme right of the taskbar to make sure you don’t have any missed background programs.

Even after you check the notification area, you might still miss some programs that run automatically at startup. Here’s how you can find all the programs that start automatically, and stop the ones that you don’t want to start automatically when Windows starts.

To stop a program from starting automatically

  1. Select the Start  button, and then select Settings  > Apps  > Startup .
  2. Under Startup Apps, find the program you want to stop from starting automatically and set it to Off.

If any programs still continues running in startup you need to scan your windows 10 PC for viruses and malware.

Virus and malware removal

A virus, malware, or other malicious software could cause your PC to run slowly. Some other symptoms include unexpected pop-up messages, programs that unexpectedly start automatically, or the sound of your hard disk constantly working.

The best way to handle viruses and malicious software is to try to prevent them by running antimalware and antivirus software and keeping it up to date. Even if you take precautions, your PC can still become infected.

You can scan your PC for viruses or other malicious software by using Windows Defender, which is included in Windows 10. or you can check the link for the best Malware removal software & Anti Virus suite that meets your requirement.

The other option is to run a SFC (system file checker) scan on your PC

To run the SFC scan you need to open the command prompt or windows power shell with Administrator rights and type sfc /scannow make sure there is a space between sfc and /, hit enter the scan will complete  consuming your some minutes.

  • If SFC finds corrupted files and replaces them, restart your PC and see if that improves your PC’s performance.
  • If SFC doesn’t find corrupted files or finds corrupted files but can’t replace them, try using the Deployment Image Service and Management Tool (DISM).

DISM (Deployment image service and management tool)

Open the command prompt or power shell with Administrative rights and type in dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth (note the space between “dism.exe” and “/” and each switch (/)).

If DISM finds corrupted files and replaces them, restart your PC and see that improves performance. If the issue is still not fixed continue to the last option and that is PC Reset.

When you reset your PC, you can choose whether you want to keep your personal files or remove them, then have Windows reinstalled. Resetting your PC should be one of the last things you should try.

Do one of the following:

  • If you want to keep your files, follow the steps in To back up your data.
  • If you want to remove your files and not back them up, follow the steps in To reset your PC.

To back up your data

  1. Select the Start  button > Settings  > Update & security  > Backup  > Add a drive, and then choose an external drive or network location to back up your files to.
  2. On the Backup screen, select More options > Back up now.
    This backs up all the files in your Users folders—including Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Favorites, Music, Pictures, and more.

To reset your PC

  1. Go to Settings  > Update & security  > Recovery .
  2. Under Reset this PC, select Get started.

After PC reset you can restore the backup files from selecting the option

  1. Select the Start  button > Settings  > Update & security  > Backup  > Add a drive, and then choose the external drive or network location that you backed up your files to.
  2. On the Backup screen, select More options > Restore files from a current backup.
  3. When the external hard drive or network location that you backed up to is available, select the green circle at the bottom to start restoring your files and folders.
    It might take several minutes for Windows to restore your files.