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How make Windows 10 run faster on old computers (Updated 2023)

Looking to speed up a slow laptop or PC? Try these free fixes to make your laptop faster!

Windows 10 laptop freezes not perform as expected? Computer Running slow, startup, and shutdown take much time after installing the latest Windows update? Here we have listed important tips you need to apply to fix the slow performance issues and make Windows 10 run faster on older computers. And even optimize the startup performance, and fix Windows 10 slow start or shutdown problems as well.

Enable Windows 10 Fast Startup

With Windows 10 there is a new “hybrid” startup mode that should cut down on bootup times. It does this by putting the PC into hibernation instead of fully shutting down.
To enable Windows 10 fast startup:

  • Right-click the Start button.
  • Click Search.
  • Type Control Panel and hit Enter on your keyboard.
  • Click Power Options, then Choose what the power buttons do.
  • Click Change settings that are currently unavailable.
  • Scroll down At the bottom, click “Turn on fast startup” under Shutdown settings Click “Save changes”

Make Faster shutdown windows 10

If you like to shut down your computer after a hard day’s work, then you will realize that the process still requires three clicks. To speed this up you can use a shortcut.

  • Simply right-click anywhere on a free part of the desktop
  • then click New > Shortcut.
  • In the Location field, type in the following.
  • %windir%\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 0
  • Click on the Next Name it fast shutdown and click finish.
  • The shutdown shortcut will take place on the Desktop,
  • which adds an actual shutdown icon to the desktop.
  • Now each time you click on that shortcut, your PC will immediately shut down.


Make Faster Windows 10 Start menu

If your machine is a few years old (or older), you may have noticed that Windows 10’s spiffy new Start menu is slow to appear. That could be because it’s animated, and animation consumes horsepower.
To turn off this animated feature,

  1. Click in the start menu search field, type sysdm.cpl, and press Enter.
  2. On the system properties window click on Advanced Tab.
  3. Now click the Settings button in the Performance section.
  4. Uncheck the box for Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing,
  5. then click Apply.

This should speed up not only the Start menu but also all other windows that appear on your desktop.

Disable unnecessary Third Party Startup services

  • Open the run command and type msconfig in the Run Window and press enter.
  • This will bring the system configuration tab.
  • Select the services tab and you will see the list of services running.
  • you must check the box below to hide all Microsoft services.
  • Now here you will see all the third-party services which are running.
  • Now you will be able to disable unwanted services and this will make Windows faster.

Disable programs that run on startup

Many of the programs and services that run on startup may be familiar to you, like OneDrive or Evernote Clipper. But you may not recognize many of them. The Task Manager helps you get information about unfamiliar programs. These startup services make computers slow startup. Stopping some programs from starting up will speed up the OS.

  • Right-click the taskbar and choose Task Manager,
  • If the Task Manager launches as a compact app with no tabs, click “More details” at the bottom of your screen.
  • The Task Manager will then appear in all of its full-tabbed glory.
  • And then click on the Startup tab.
  • You’ll see a list of the programs and services that launch when you start Windows.
  • Included on the list is each program’s name as well as its publisher.
  • Whether it’s enabled to run on startup, and its “Startup impact,” which is how much it slows down Windows 10 when the system starts up.

To stop a program or service from launching at startup, right-click it and select “Disable.” This doesn’t disable the program entirely, it only prevents it from launching at startup. You can always run the application after launch.

Disable background apps

  • Go to Settings from the Start menu
  • Then click Privacy and Background apps.
  • Turn off the toggle switches next to the apps you don’t want to have running all the time.

Of course, you can still launch these programs manually if you need them.

Disable visual effects

Windows 10 comes with lots of animations that are included and enabled by default. These animations take up additional time and in case you want your PC to be ultra-fast you can disable them. To do this,

  • Open the Run command ( Win+ R) and type sysdm.cpl and Enter.
  • That launches the System Properties dialog box.
  • Click the Advanced tab and click “Settings” in the Performance section.
  • That brings you to the Performance Options dialog box.
  • You’ll see a varied list of animations and special effects.
  • Here you can adjust the visual effects for the best performance.

You can also choose custom settings and then select the animations you want and disable the rest of them. This will improve the performance of Windows 10.

Disable Windows Indexing

Windows Search service provides content indexing, property caching, and search results for files, e-mail, and other content. Whenever new files are added to your PC, indexing services are in action. You can make a PC faster by disabling the indexing services.

  • open the Run command and type services.msc and press enter.
  • Search for the Windows search option and right-click to select properties.
  • In the properties tab, select startup type as disabled.
  • This will make Windows search slow, but if you do not search files often, this can actually speed up your PC.

Manage Power Plans

There are different power plans available in Windows, to manage them open the Control panel and navigate to Hardware and Sound-> Power Options. Here you can select the high-performance power plan. It might use up more battery, but it is optimized for better performance.

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