How to Speed Up Your Windows Computer: A Simple Guide from Your Managed IT Services Company

Is your Windows computer running slower than it used to? Don’t worry! We at Your Trusted Managed IT Services are here to help. You don’t need to be a tech expert to follow these steps—just a bit of time and patience. Let’s get started on making your computer faster and more efficient!

how to speed up your computer

1. Check for Windows Updates

  • Keeping your computer up to date is crucial for performance and security. Here’s how to ensure you’re running the latest version of Windows:
    1. Click on the Start Menu and select Settings (the gear icon).
    2. Go to Update & Security.
    3. Click Check for updates. Windows will automatically download and install any available updates.
Windows Updates

2. Uninstall Unneeded Apps

  • Over time, we tend to accumulate apps that we no longer use. Removing these can free up space and improve your computer’s performance:
    1. Open Settings from the Start Menu.
    2. Go to Apps and then Apps & features.
    3. Scroll through the list and click on any apps you don’t need.
    4. Select Uninstall and follow the prompts.

3. Adjust Start-Up Apps

  • Too many apps starting up with your computer can slow it down. Here’s how to manage them:
    1. Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
    2. Go to the Startup tab.
    3. Look at the list of programs that launch at startup. Right-click and select Disable for any non-essential apps.

4. Disable Privacy Options

  • Disabling some privacy settings can help speed up your computer. Here’s how:
    1. Open Settings.
    2. Go to Privacy.
    3. Navigate through the tabs (e.g., General, Speech, Inking & typing personalization, etc.) and turn off any settings that you do not use or need.

5. Disable Custom Inking and Typing Dictionary

  • This feature can slow down your computer if you don’t use it:
    1. Open Settings.
    2. Go to Privacy.
    3. Select Inking & typing personalization.
    4. Turn off Getting to know you.
inking and typing personalization

6. Turn Off Background Apps (Windows 10)

  • Background apps can consume resources. Turn off those you don’t need:
    1. Open Settings.
    2. Go to Privacy.
    3. Select Background apps.
    4. Toggle off any apps you don’t need running in the background.
background apps

7. Turn On Game Mode

  • Game Mode can improve performance even if you’re not a gamer:
    1. Open Settings.
    2. Go to Gaming.
    3. Select Game Mode.
    4. Turn it on.
game mode

8. Do a Disk Cleanup

  • Clearing out unnecessary files can help free up space and improve performance:
    1. Type Disk Cleanup in the search bar and open it.
    2. Select the drive you want to clean (usually C:).
    3. Check the boxes for the types of files you want to delete (e.g., temporary files, recycle bin).
    4. Click OK and then Delete Files.
disk cleanup

9. Do Error Checking on the Hard Drive (Non-SSD Only)

  • If you have a traditional hard drive (not an SSD), checking for errors can help:
    1. Open File Explorer.
    2. Right-click on the drive you want to check (usually C:).
    3. Select Properties.
    4. Go to the Tools tab and click Check under Error checking.
    5. Follow the prompts.

10. Optimize and Defrag the Hard Drive (Non-SSD Only)

  • Defragmenting can help organize your hard drive and improve performance:
    1. Type Defragment and Optimize Drives in the search bar and open it.
    2. Select the drive you want to optimize (usually C:).
    3. Click Optimize.
optimize and defrag

11. Delete Temporary Files

  • Deleting temporary files can free up space and improve speed:
    1. Open Settings.
    2. Go to System and then Storage.
    3. Click on Temporary files.
    4. Check the boxes for the types of temporary files you want to delete and click Remove files.
temporary files

12. Adjust Power Plan and Sleep Settings for High Performance

  • Choosing a high-performance power plan can make your computer faster:
    1. Open Settings.
    2. Go to System and then Power & sleep.
    3. Click on Additional power settings.
    4. Select High performance.
power mode settings

13. Disable Visual Settings in Advanced System Settings

  • Reducing visual effects can speed up your computer:
    1. Type Advanced system settings in the search bar and open it.
    2. Under the Advanced tab, click Settings in the Performance section.
    3. Select Adjust for best performance. If you prefer, you can choose Custom and select the visual effects you want to keep.

By following these steps, you should notice a significant improvement in your computer’s performance. If you need any assistance or have any questions, feel free to contact us at Your Trusted Managed IT Services. We’re here to help you get the most out of your technology!