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Want your Windows 10 PC to run faster? We’ve here to help. By tweaking some of the operating settings, your machine will be zippier and less prone to performance and system issues.

And if you’re already running Windows 11, we’ve got you covered there. Check out our top 12 ways to keep Windows 11 devices chugging along smoothly. Here’s our list of tips for Microsoft’s current OS.

The top ways to speed up Windows 10

  • Change your power settings

  • Disable programs that run on startup

  • Go to a previous restore point

  • Use ReadyBoost to speed up disk caching

  • Shut off Windows tips and tricks

  • Stop OneDrive from syncing

  • Use OneDrive files on-Demand

  • Turn off search indexing

  • Clean out your hard disk

  • Clean out your registry

  • Disable shadows, animations and visual effects

  • Disable transparency

  • Turn on automated Windows maintenance

  • Kill bloatware

  • Defrag your hard disk

  • Disable game mode

  • Shutdown and restart Windows

You may notice that that last tip is the most tried-and true way of (hopefully) smoothing out any problems in Windows 10. There’s a reason it’s effectively an internet meme.

1. Change your power settings

If you’re using Windows 10’s “Power saver” plan, you’re slowing down your PC. That plan reduces your PC’s performance in order to save energy. (Even desktop PCs typically have a “Power saver” plan.) Changing your power plan from “Power saver” to “High performance” or “Balanced” will give you an instant performance boost.

To do it, launch the Control Panel app, then select Hardware and Sound > Power Options. You’ll typically see two options: “Balanced (recommended)” and “Power saver.” (Depending on your make and model, you might see other plans here as well, including some branded by the manufacturer.) To see the “High performance” setting, click the down arrow by “Show additional plans.” 

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Change your power settings in Control Panel to give your PC a performance boost. (Click image to enlarge it.)

To change your power setting, simply choose the one you want, then exit Control Panel. “High performance” gives you the most oomph, but uses the most power; “Balanced” finds a happy medium between power use and better performance; and “Power saver” does everything it can to give you as much battery life as possible. Desktop users have no reason to choose “Power saver,” and even laptop users should consider the “Balanced” option when unplugged — and “High performance” when connected to a power source.

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