If your good looking new Windows 10 PC has begun to lose some of its battery strength, there are ways to put a little pep back in its step. Here are some quick, easy ways to improve its performance without swapping out any hardware.
1. Go opaque: Windows 10’s new Start menu is a transparent, but that see-through will be costly. In order for those resources to be reclaimed, you disable transparency in the Start menu, taskbar, and action center: Go to the Settings menu and go to Personalization > Colors and toggle off Make Start, taskbar, and action center transparent.
2. No special effects: The ability of activating transparency to the Start menu, taskbar, and action center is one thing, a lot of other snazzy, special effects which are in-built are in windows 10. For this special effect to be deactivated, right click the Start button and click on System. Click Advanced system settings to open the System Properties menu. On the Advanced tab under Performance, click Settings. This will open the Performance Options menu. Choose either Adjust for best performance to turn off all unnecessary animations and special effects, or choose Custom in the virtual effects tab. and deselect the visual effects you think can live without. When all these are done, click OK to apply your selected changes.
3. Disable Startup programs: If your PC do take a long time to boot up, and Fast Startup and everything has been enabled, this may means that too many programs do start up when you turn your computer on. For this to be fixed, right-click on the Start button and click Task Manager. select the Startup tab and access all the programs that start up with your computer. Click on disable to remove any program that is not supposed to be there. Startup impact can be used to arrange the list of programs, if you’d like to see the programs that are taking up the most resources (and time).
4. Locate the problem: There is an in-buit troubleshooter in Windows 10 that can identify any problem which might affect the PC’s speed and fix it. For the troubleshooter to be opened, right-click on the Start button and click Control Panel. Under Security and Maintenance at the top, click Troubleshoot common computer problems. Next, under System and Security, click Run maintenance tasks.
5. Reduce the Boot Menu Time-out: When your computer starts up, the boot menu is displayed for a certain amount of time before the operating system loads. This gives you time to do things like start Windows in Safe Mode. You can shave a few seconds off your startup time by changing the boot menu time-out, which is set to 30 seconds by default. To do this, right-click on the Start button and click Control Panel. Go to System > Advanced system settings, and, under Startup and Recovery, click Settings.
6. No tipping: While trying to be helpful, Windows 10 sometimes scans the computer to give you tips on how to get the most out of the OS. This process that can reduce the performance of the computer. To turn off these tips, go to Start > Settings > System > Notifications & actions and toggle off Get tips, tricks and suggestions as you use Windows.