Is Your Windows PC Slow? 9 Ways To Speed It Up!

Is your windows PC slow and you want make it faster? Than read this article till the end to learn how to make your Windows 10 PC lightning fast!

We’ll show you what the causes can be and how to fix them to speed up your computer and Windows.

All tricks can be done with just a few clicks and without additional installations. In addition, we will show you three free tools that will speed up your computer in general.

We will show you all the tips using Windows 10 as an example – but they apply just as much to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Speed Up Windows Automatically – 3 Free Tools

Here we briefly show you three tools with which you can free your computer and Windows from data ballast and speed up.

1) Data Cleanup And Data Garbage In Windows

The most popular product to remove data garbage and erroneous entries from the registry is the program CCleaner.

The free program also allows you to delete pre-installed apps. Leftover data from the browser and apps like Skype are also deleted by CCleaner. You can achieve an optimal result by additionally downloading the add-on program CCEnhancer.

This allows you to thoroughly clean the registry. CCleaner & CCEnhancer are compatible with Windows Vista, XP as well as Windows 7, 8, and 10.

2) Ashampoo Winoptimizer 2021 – System Optimization For Beginners

Get easy system cleaning and repair with Ashampoo’s WinOptimizer.

With the included “one-click optimization”, especially beginners can easily free their PC from data junk.

Furthermore, you can disable the spy functions of Windows and thoroughly eliminate traces of Internet use. Ashampoo WinOptimizer 2018 is compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10.

3) Delete Programs Thoroughly With IObit Uninstaller

IObit is an uninstaller with which you can delete unused and unwanted programs.

You choose from Standard, Forced, and Advanced Uninstall; before uninstalling, a restore point is created so you can undo the process.

Likewise, the program scans the registry for unnecessary data. IObit Uninstaller is compatible with Windows Vista, 7, 8, and 10.

9 Manual Hacks For A Faster Windows Startup

In addition to the three free tools for fast optimization, here we present 9 manual tricks & hacks that you can use to control the optimization yourself and further speed up your computer when Windows starts slowly.

1) Disable Autostart Programs

If your PC starts up slowly, autostart and background programs may be to blame. We will show you how to edit them.

To do this, open the Task Manager with “CTRL+ALT+DEL“. Now select the menu for “Autostart” in the upper bar (here you will find all the apps and programs that delay the startup of your computer because they are loaded at boot time).

In the right column, you will find the startup effect of the programs, via right-click you can deactivate them. You should exclude anti-virus programs and all system programs. You can recognize the latter by the fact that Microsoft is entered as the publisher.

Before you disable a service, type its name briefly into Google and check if it can be disabled without any repercussions.

A good example is “Wondershare Studio“, a system launcher that belongs to Windows, but is a security risk and is not really needed.

Google Drive, WinZip, or Dropbox are also started with the system, although it is not necessary.

Autostart Task Manager

You can also uninstall other apps that you don’t need or no longer use in the system settings.

To do so, select the “Apps” field in the settings menu or open the Control Panel and the “Programs & Features” tab there.

Click on the individual apps to get the option to uninstall them. Uninstall all programs and apps that are unknown to you or that you no longer need.

2) Minimize Visual Effects And Work More Effectively

Visual effects like window shadows and animations make Windows look better, but they drain the performance of your PC. However, with a few clicks, you can adjust them to your personal requirements.

To do this, open the “advanced system settings” via search or in the control panel. In the “Performance” field you will find the settings for visual effects.

Now you can change the default setting to “Customize for optimal performance“. If the effect that follows seems too drastic, personalize the visual effects in the “Custom” option or return to the default settings.

Disable Transparency Effects

In addition to that, you can disable transparency effects.

You can find this option by opening the Windows / Microsoft app “Settings” via search and selecting the item “Personalize“.

On the left side of the window, you will see the color selection box. Scroll down to the “advanced options” where you can edit and “turn off” transparency effects.

3) Speed Up Slow Menu Opening

Another trick to work faster from a startup is to shorten the time it takes to open menus. To do this, you must first access the Registry, the central database of your PC.

To do this, first press the key combination Windows key+R. Now a window opens where you enter the command “regedit“. In the new “User Account Control” window, confirm with “Yes” and you will get access to the Registry.

First, open the folder “HKEY_CURRENT_USER“. Then follow the path Control Panel > Deskop. On the right side of the window, you will see a list, scroll until you find “MenuShowDealy“.

Click on it to set the duration for opening menus.

The time range is 0 to 600ms. Decrease the default value of 400ms if necessary. Note that too low a value will again limit the user experience.

We recommend a value of 200ms.

4) Remove Data Garbage From The Cache

Another trick to get your Windows PC running faster is to clear the cache.

Programs collect data in the cache to be able to retrieve it faster at a later time. Over time, however, superfluous data accumulates, which burdens the runtime.

  • Search for the app with the name “Disk Cleanup” using the search function.
  • Then select the memory that you want to clean up.
  • After Windows checks how much memory can be freed up by the process, you can select which data you want to delete in the detail view (additionally, you can see how much memory will be freed by deleting the single data).

5) Empty cache

Cleaning the cache is particularly effective and should always be done – the amount of data garbage can easily be in the three-digit megabyte range.

6) Memory Optimization With Creators Update

The Creators Fall Update in the fall of 2017 brought a function that makes it much easier for you to delete superfluous data.

With little effort, Windows frees your PC’s memory from data ballast that throttles performance.

To do so, search for “Settings“, open the associated Microsoft app and select the “System” tab there.

On the left, you will see the “Memory” submenu, where you can activate the new function as follows:

For automatic optimization, turn on memory optimization. To use and control the function manually, click on the “Change memory sharing” field.

Here you can now choose for yourself which types of files should be deleted. Scroll down to start the deletion process with “Clean up now“.

7) Change freeing of storage space

Furthermore, you will find the option “Deletes previous Windows versions” in the window. Until 10 days after the update, Windows will save the previous Windows version so that users can switch back to it.

During this period, however, the memory is heavily loaded with the old Windows version, which especially affects users with low memory volumes.

By selecting this option, you can skip this and immediately work with the expected performance.

8) Reduce The Size Of Swap Files And Make Use Of Ram

In order to access information faster without putting a strain on RAM, Windows likes to swap out data to virtual memory.

Most of the time, however, RAM is quite sufficient and allows you to process information faster.

With 8 GB or more, your computer has enough RAM so that you can reduce the size of the swap files without expecting problems.

To do this, open the “Advanced system settings” again using the search or in the control panel.

In the “Performance” field you will find the settings for visual effects. Instead of visual effects, now select the “advanced” menu in the top bar (at the top of the window, uncheck the box to get manual access).

Now you can select your location and further down under “Custom Size” you can specify the size of the swap file you want.

Here we recommend you set a value of 1024 to 2048 MB in both fields to get the desired result without loading the SSD with too large a swap file.

Note here that editing requires a system restart.

9) Optimizing The Hard Disk Made Easy

For users of PCs with classic hard drives, Windows also offers a pre-installed app that can be used to optimize and defragment drives.

Such defragmentation rearranges the often chaotically stored data.

Enter “Defragment and optimize drives” in the search bar of the Start menu and open the app.

Now click on “Optimize” in the new window or set a schedule for optimizing and which drives should be defragmented under “Change settings“.

For computers with SSD storage, this process does not achieve any results. In this case, we recommend using a free defragmentation program such as DiskDefrag.

An external SSD hard drive is generally recommended to reduce the load on your computer’s memory and simply speed it up.