It’s no secret if the performance of a computer ( PC ) or laptop will decline over time. Moreover, if the user is diligent in installing applications and stuffing storage with various files and documents until it is full.
Well, to maintain or even improve the performance of computers and laptops, there are some tricks that can be done, especially for devices with the Windows 10 operating system. You can follow these steps without bothering to install additional applications.
That is, a number of features listed here are actually already installed in the system by default. Here are 10 tips and tricks to improve the performance of a PC or laptop with Windows 10.
1. Clean the storage space
The first thing you can do is clean your computer’s storage space of various junk files with the “Disk Cleanup” feature. These features can be accessed by visiting the Start menu, then typing the keyword “disk cleanup”, and then pressing Enter.
On the next page, select which hard disk you want to clean and click the “OK” button. Then, select any file that you want to clean by giving a check mark in the box provided. After that, click “OK” and “Delete Files”. This process can be done periodically to free up the storage media space of various files that are not so important.
2. Hard disk optimization
Besides cleaning, the memory blocks in storage also of course need to be optimized or reorganized ( defragment ) so that they can read and save files smoothly. This process can be done through the “Defragment and Optimize Drives” feature.
To optimize the hard disk, you can type the keyword “defragment” on the Start menu and click Enter. Then, select which hard disk you want to optimize and click the “Optimize” button. Wait until the defragmentation process is complete. Just like disk cleanup, you can do this process periodically.
3. Uninstall unnecessary applications
Applications installed on the computer basically take up storage media. If you like to install applications, especially various heavy software such as games, we can be sure the rest of your storage will quickly run low. Well, you can uninstall various applications that are unnecessary or rarely used as a solution.
To do this, you simply type the keyword “add or remove programs” in the Start menu and press Enter. A few moments later, you will be presented with a list of applications installed on the computer. Select an application that you are not using and click the “Uninstall” button.
4. Limit the program when the computer is booting
When the computer is turned on ( boot ), Windows 10 will actually run a number of applications automatically. The row of applications can be a default program from the OS itself, or applications installed by each user. If there are a lot of applications running automatically, the boot process will take some time.
You can disable these various applications through the “Task Manager” feature that can be accessed by right-clicking on the taskbar . Then, select the “Startup” tab, select a program that is not that important, right-click on the program, and select the “Disable” menu.
5. Turn off background programs that are not important
In addition to disabling the Startup program, Task Manager can also be used to turn off various programs that are running. Programs that are active, or that are running in the background, basically take up memory or RAM. This can erode computer performance, especially if you have a small capacity RAM and a program that runs a lot.
Now, to turn off various programs that are operating, you can access the Task Manager feature again and this time select the “Processes” tab. In that view, select any application that you don’t think is needed anymore, then right-click and select “End task”.
6. Scan the computer regularly
It’s no secret if a virus or harmful software ( malware ) can have an impact on computer performance. To prevent these negative programs from entering, you can periodically scan a computer. Windows 10 itself is equipped with security features that can scan computers for viruses, malware, to spy applications ( spyware ).
This feature can be accessed by entering the keyword “virus & threat protection” in the Start menu and pressing Enter. Then, click the “Quick scan” button to scan the computer. Wait until the scanning process is complete. If a dangerous program is found, this feature can clean it automatically, so you don’t have to bother cleaning it manually.
7. Change the power setting to “Best performance”
If you use a laptop, the Windows 10 power mode can affect the overall computer performance. This aims to save power, because laptops rely on batteries as the main power source and are intended for mobility. The performance of the laptop itself can be set to “Best performance” mode, but later the battery will be more wasteful.
There is also a “Best battery life” mode that allows the system to dampen all processes and hardware capabilities to save battery. You can switch between the two modes easily by clicking on the “battery” icon in the row of notification tray located in the lower right corner of the desktop display. Then, slide the “lever” to the “Best performance” setting.
8. Change the appearance and remove the desktop animation
Desktop appearance or computer interface (UI) that is not simple can have an impact on the overall performance of the computer. Because, a variety of animation effects and so on make the system work harder. You can ease the workload of the computer by eliminating various effects and making the desktop UI more system friendly.
You do this by typing the keyword “adjust performance” in the Start menu and press Enter. Then, select the “Adjust for best performance” option, click “Apply”, and click “OK”.
9. Turn off the Indexing feature
Ever searched for various files on the storage media using the “Search” feature in Windows 10? The search engine in Windows 10 basically relies on the “Indexing” feature to provide search results as efficiently as possible.
If the Indexing feature is deactivated, the search process will take time, but on the other hand will also improve computer performance. For those of you who don’t use the search feature very often , it’s a good idea to turn off the Indexing feature.
You do this by entering the keyword “search indexing” and press Enter. Then, click the “Modify” button and uncheck all available boxes and click “OK”.
10. Update your Windows 10 system regularly
Quite often an update system brings a number of improvements that are likely to also improve overall computer performance. Likewise in Windows 10. To keep your computer in top condition, you can update your computer regularly.
Updates can be done by typing the keyword “check for updates” in the Start menu and then press Enter. Click the “Check for updates” button to see whether there is the latest update or not. If there is, the computer will automatically update the system as long as there is an internet connection.