Hurry up Windows 10: Speeding up MS’s latest OS

Microsoft announced earlier this year that Windows 10 would receive two key updates per year. Time will tell if that will have any impact on speed. For now, if your laptop or desktop is running Windows 10, there’s a good chance that you may have a strong inclination to improve both speed and performance. Here are some tips to help you achieve just that.

Scan for Malware

This may seem like an obvious step but it’s one that shouldn’t be overlooked. Microsoft now packages Windows 10 with its latest anti-malware product, after the malware community had nagged MS for years. A malicious app may be hiding away in your PC, which can slow its performance, so it’s worth regularly running a scan using either or a third-party solution or Windows Defender.

Always Accept Updates

Windows users are regularly being prompted to install one update or another. Regularly updating Windows 10, however, can enhance performance levels, as well as protecting your device from new vulnerabilities and unwanted threats.

This also helps compatibility with certain browsers and websites. This is especially true with websites that run apps themselves, such as gaming sites. You might one day be playing an online game but the next the browser has been updated and you suddenly receive a warning that a Windows-based extension is out of date.

Sticking with the theme of games, this can also be true if you’re looking to play casino games or place a bet on your favourite sport. It may be that you’re checking the odds of upcoming events to take advantage of the offers. However, there’s no point in a free bet with no deposit if you can’t play due to incompatibility issues.

Use Fewer Apps

Running multiple apps simultaneously may increase productivity but it also puts more pressure on your device. The CPU isn’t affected in most cases, but that isn’t the case for RAM.

You can monitor RAM usage in Task Manager under Performance > Memory. If the stats indicate that RAM is being assaulted by certain programs, you can close them from the Processes tab and speed up your device. Ensure that you don’t end an important process, however.

Turn off Start-up Programs

Most Windows have numerous features and apps loading up when the machine starts. These are largely those that were installed by the manufacturer, as well as those that automatically start up.

When you can see these programs load right before your eyes, you can really feel the slowness. With Windows 10 (and 8/8.1, for that matter), you have the option to disable programs from automatically starting through the task manager.

Turn off Cloud Synch

Windows 10 enables integrated support for OneDrive (MS’s cloud service). All of the files and folders you want to back up can be copied to OneDrive.

Those who are using One Dive, however, are slowing down their device when turning on the synch and leaving it. It consumes resources, and in fact, you should do this for other cloud services, also.

To disable the sync and improve the speed of Windows, go to This PC > OneDrive > synch OneDrive folder, and then, on the next screen, uncheck “sync all files and folders in OneDrive” and click Ok.

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