Need to improve and speed up Windows 10 performance? Some of these options are also available in any Windows or Server OS Editions.

Consider improving your physical memory (RAM), CPU, Video Card and HDD where necessary. You should choose your hardware configuration according to your needs (what applications are you going to use on your workstation). I advise you buy and install an SSD drive for your computer’s OS the computer performance its gonna increase significantly.

Adjusting Visuals Effects for Best Performance

Your graphical user interfaces (GUI) can be a major hindrance to your processing power. By default, your Windows 10 appearance settings are set to impress. Games running in your foreground may conflict with a shiny GUI running in the background, so it’s best to adjust these settings for performance rather than appearance.

Step 1: Adjust your visual effects settings under Start, type performance and select Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows.



Step 2: You can select Adjust for best performance or create a Custom one, click Apply and head to the Advanced tab of the same window



Step 3: Click the Change… button in the “Advanced” section.



Step 4: Let’s assign a Custom size to the Paging file, in this case I have around 100 GB free, so I’m going to assign 6000 MB / 6000 MB (static). Click on Set, then OK and OK one more time.



Reducing the number of startup items

Windows systems eventually begin to suffer under the weight of software that is installed in the normal course of business. Many software titles install more than is necessary and include helper applications designed solely to make the software start up more quickly or facilitate other communication (e.g., Quickbooks Automatic Updater). And new software installations might add a permanent presence to the system tray, even if it’s not absolutely necessary for the system to function (Microsoft One Drive, in this case).

Step 1: Right click on the Taskbar, click on Task Manager. (or Ctrl + Shift + Esc)



Step 2: Go to the Startup tab, select the non necessary applications and click the Disable button.


Maximizing the Power Settings

Power options are often left alone due to their supposed, negligible effect. Some swear by faster gaming without lag when adjusting for higher performance, while others will not note any difference with changing their PC power settings. The only way to know for sure is to test it out on your PC.

Step 1Right click on Start, click on Control Panel.


Step 2: Go to Power Options.



Step 3: Select High performance under Hide additional plans.


Disabling unused Windows Services

Windows loads many services at startup, most of them are essential for the core system features. By disabling unnecessary services, the performance can be improved significantly, especially on computers with low system resources.

Step 1: Right click on Start, then click on Run. (or Win+R)



Step 2: Type “msconfig“, click OK.


Step 3: Go to the “Services” tab, if you don’t have much experience with services, you can Hide all Microsoft services, and select the services you don’t need or you can manually run. Click Apply and then OK.


Need more?

  • Keep your drivers up to date.
  • Keep viruses and spyware off your system.
  • Keep your system defragmented. (If you are still using an HDD)
  • Use ReadyBoost.
  • Uninstall unused programs.
  • Cleaning up your Hard Disk.
  • Update Windows with the latest definitions.