4 Ways To Clean & Speed Up Win 10
And it won’t cost you a dime!
Removing all the applications you’ve some how managed to accumulate
but don’t use. Deleting temporary files that are just taking up space on
your hard drive are some of the chores you probably don’t want
to do, but they can make a big difference to Win 10 performance
Here are 5 simple ways to make your Win 10 PC faster and be more
responsive,using pre installed built-in Win 10 tools to declutter
your PC and hard drive.
1st Up unused programs or software.
If you are like a lot of our customers, you probably have
dozens of programs installed, we bet you only use about 25%
of them. You can easily uninstall the ones you don’t use.
Bloatware will definitely be software you are not using.
We see a a lot of bloatware on our customers computers.
Bloatware refers to unwanted preinstalled software. Most computers
come with pre-installed programs that take up disk space and
run in the background automatically on start up.
These commonly include free trials of random programs,
games, and services that you will never use. They take up
a lot of CPU cycles, RAM, and disk space.
They can also pose security risks.
How to get rid of it.
Open “Add/Remove Programs” from the Control Panel
and uninstall unused and unnecessary software. Make sure
you don’t accidentally uninstall software you use.
If you are unsure of what a program does, either open it,
or try looking it up online to see if it’s something you might use.
Next up, stop programs from starting
You don’t have to get rid of a program from your PC to speed it up.
You could just prevent those seldom used programs from automatically
loading when you start Win 10.
Many programs default to starting with Windows so you don’t need to
wait around an extra 2 or 3 seconds when you want to use them. So
why have them running in the background? Also if Win 10 takes a
long time to boot, removing unnecessary programs from startup will help.
To find what is starting automatically in your Win 10 laptop or desktop,
simple open Task Manager. Once you have opened Task Manager, and
select the Start-up tab.
This lists all the programs that launch along with Win 10 when it starts up.
It also tells you each application’s publisher, and the impact on startup
performance, and it’s conveniently listed as low, medium, or high.
Now right click on the software you don’t want to start with Win 10,
and select Disable. That’s it!
You can reverse this process at any time by right-clicking on it, and
You can also start the software title anytime you want by clicking
on its icon and launching it. It will not hurt your computer in the least
to for you to disable it from starting.
One cautionary note, you might not want to disable security
software such as your antivirus program.
You want those kind of programs running at all times
Clean up your hard drive
As your PC ages, data will fill up the hard drive.
This can slows performance, as your PC has to go
further and work harder to find the files and programs it needs to access.
This doesn’t apply to SSDs, as they function differently, but if a
hard drive is at capacity (or pretty close ) Win 10 won’t have the
disk space it needs to run properly. You want to have at
least 10-15 GB of free disk space. And removing junk files will
help to restore your PCs responsiveness. Win 10 has built-in cleanup
functions to free up disk space, it does so by emptying the Recycle Bin,
removing temporary and other files you no longer need.
Just type Disk Clean-up in the search box next to the Win 10 Start button.
Select the Disk Clean up program at the top of the list, then choose
which drive you want to fix, in this case it would be the “C” drive.
Disk Clean-up will examine the drive and give you options of what to remove.
Usually a mixture of downloaded, temporary internet, and other files that are in the Recycle Bin.
Then just check the boxes to select the ones you want to clean and finally click OK.
As a side note, we’ve noticed some of our customers like to use the recycle bin as a
storage area. Some of the reason given, “its hidden ” and others said they could find
their saved files easily if it stored there.
If you also like to “save” your files, pictures, tax returns, etc. in the recycle bin
DON’T EMPTY IT!
Stop using your desktop as a dumping ground
Documents should be stored in relevant folders, not on the desktop. Open File Explorer, go to the Documents
folder and create a new folder by right-clicking in some white space on the right and choosing new, then folder. Give it
an appropriate name, then drag-and-drop, or copy and paste your files into that folder.
But, because the desktop is always visible, some people just can’t resist temptation.
There are good reasons to avoid saving files to the desktop. It’s difficult to organize, and it can easily become overwhelmingly crowded piece of real estate on your PC.
But most importantly, files on the desktop are not as well protected as files in libraries like My Documents and My Pictures.
If you use System Restore to return Windows to a previous saved restore point, the feature may remove any files added to the desktop since that date. Although all files in My Documents will be left untouched.
Additionally, many file-based backup programs don’t, by default, back up the desktop. But most times you can change that, somewhere in your backup program’s settings.