By Emily / Last Updated October 28, 2019

Need to optimize Windows 10 for better performance

Windows 10 is quite welcome due to its sleek new layout and updated features when it first entered the scene, but it can also suffer from slow performance. If now you need to take a longer time to turn on/off computer, open and access folders, or your applications runs extremely slowly, then you have to do something to optimize Windows 10 performance.

How to speed up computer Windows 10/8/7?

In order to optimize Windows 10/8/7 computer, you can try to uninstall unused software, change power setting to "High Performance", shut off Windows tips and tricks, or turn off visual display effects. But that is not enough. So, in this guide, we bring some more effective ways to make computer faster in Windows 10/8/7.

Way 1. Disabling unnecessary startup programs

Some programs are designed to start automatically every time when your computer boots up. These running processes in the background will waste valuable memory and slow down your computer. Thus, disabling them can help boost Windows 10 computer performance.

Press "Ctrl+Alt+Del" to open "Task Manager", click the "Startup" tab to check the startup programs. You can also check the "Startup Impact" value for each startup program; the "High" means the programs will slow down your system significantly. Then you can just right click on it and choose "Disable" to prevent it from launching on Windows startup.

Disable Startup Program

Way 2. Clean up your hard disk

To clean up your hard disk, you can use Windows native Disk Cleanup utility to remove temporary files, installer files and other items you don't need any longer, also empty the Recycle Bin completely.

Click the Windows Start button, type "Disk Cleanup" in the search bar, double click the app to open it, select which hard drive you want to clean up, and it will calculate how much space you can release by running "Disk Cleanup". In the next window, simply mark the check box next to the files you want to delete, and click "OK".

Way 3. Add more RAM

If your Windows 10 computer runs slowly, that is probably because the computer does not have enough RAM (random access memory). In this case, you can increase the amount of random access memory. The easiest way for that task is to install new RAM chips, before that you need to check which type of memory your computer is using now: open Task Manager, click "Performance". The system will show you the memory type and how many slots are used. Then buy a compatible RAM and install it to your computer.

RAM Type

Way 4. Change the size of virtual memory

Virtual memory is a memory management capability of an OS. It can temporarily transfer data from random access memory to disk storage so as to compensate for the physical memory shortage. If virtual memory is low, your computer's overall speed will be might be influenced more or less. So here we will show you how to speed up computer Windows 10 by changing virtual memory size.

Step 1. Right click "My Computer" or "This PC" and choose "Properties".

Step 2. In the left panel, click "dvanced system settings".

Step 3. On the "Advanced" tab, click "Settings" under "Performance".

Step 4. Click the "Advanced" tab, and then click "Change" under "Virtual memory".

Change Virtual Memory

Step 5. Untick the "Automatically manage paging files size of all drives" option. Then choose the drive that contains the paging files you want to change under "Drive" column.

Step 6. Click "Custom size", type a new size in megabytes in the Initial size or Maximum size, click "Set" and then "OK" to save the changes.

Type Paging File Size

Way 5. Upgrade to an SSD startup drive

Solid State Drives have a faster reading and writing speed than traditional HDD. So when your Windows 10 computer runs slowly on the HDD, upgrading it to an SSD drive will make a huge improvement in boot time, files access times and overall system responsiveness.

To upgrade HDD to SSD, you can clone the entire HDD to an SSD drive via AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. It supports cloning a disk to another one with two methods: "Copy Disk Quickly" and "Sector-by-Sector Copy". The former one only copies the used space to the destination disk while the latter one will copy every sector to the destination disk. If you want to upgrade a larger HDD to a smaller SSD, choose the first method as long as the SSD is larger than the used space of HDD.

Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Right click the system disk and choose "Copy Disk".

Copy Disk

Step 2. Choose a copy method as you need and click "Next".

Copy Disk Quickly

Step 3. Select the destination disk, mark the "Optimize the performance of SSD" check box and click "Next".

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. Now, you can edit partition size on the SSD drive, and hit on "Next" to continue.

Edit Disk

Step 5. Read the subsequent note about how to boot from the destination disk and click "Finish".

Note

Step 6. In the main interface, click "Apply" and "Proceed" to start cloning HDD to SSD.

Apply

Notes

  • If you are planning to clone MBR disk to GPT disk, you need to change boot mode from BIOS Legacy to UEFI to successfully boot from the destination disk. The vice versa is also true.

  • If you just want to move only OS partition, not the entire disk, to SSD drive, you can make use of its "Migrate OS to SSD"wizard.

Final Words


Now you must know how to speed up computer Windows 10. These methods above can also work for optimizing Windows 7 and Windows 8 performance. Moreover, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional can allocate free space from other partitions to C drive to extend system drive, which can also help make Windows 10 computer boot faster.