Windows 10 is an operating system that generally works quite well, but that does not mean that there is no ways to make it work better, especially when you do not have resources such as a last generation processor, a lot of RAM, or a disk with a lot of free space.
Although there are many options to get your computer ready and solve any problem that your installation of Windows 10 may present, the advice that we are going to give you below is mainly for optimize the system and get the best experience without even having to install any additional tools, just taking advantage of some settings from Windows itself.
Improve startup speed
The simplest way to improve boot speed in Windows 10 is control all applications that start with the system. There are many programs and tools that are unnecessarily added automatically to the system startup, and most of the time they do so without even asking for our permission.
That is why every so often I visit the Task Manager, and I highly recommend doing the same, to verify in detail everything that starts with your Windows 10 and start unchecking things. To do this you just have to press the keyboard shortcut CTRL + SHIFT + ESC and then click on more details.
In the Task Manager window select the tab Start and check the list with all the applications that appear there. The truth is that you can uncheck absolutely everything without fear, no essential components of the operating system appear there, they are all optional, it is up to you to determine which ones you really need to keep there.
If you have a computer with few resources, I recommend disabling them allAfter all, you can start any of those tools manually when you really need them, without them starting up with Windows and consuming resources even if you're not using them.
Now, if there are some tools that you prefer to always have on hand or that you are going to use as soon as you start Windows 10, maybe they are worth keeping there. In my case, I usually let OneDrive and other cloud storage services start with the system to keep my files in sync every second, but this can have a moderate impact on startup speed, and these processes tend to consume a moderate amount of resources. always in the background.
Uninstall everything you don't use
Windows 10 comes with a fairly large battery of pre-installed apps, plus it often adds suggestions to your start menu as well. Some of these applications you will never use, but it may happen that they consume resources in the background, and also take up space on your disk.
An easy way to remove a handful of apps that you are not going to use is to take a look at Start Menu, right click on the app tiles you don't need and directly select Uninstall. Another option to see in detail absolutely all the applications you have installed is to go to Setting Windows 10 (Windows key + I) and select the option Applications.
Once there I recommend selecting Sort by Size so that the apps that take up the most space on your disk appear higher. One click on each app will let you choose the option to uninstall. Although some apps that come by default with Windows 10 cannot be uninstalled, such as Photos, for example, most do.
You don't need two antivirus
Windows 10 includes its own antivirus: Microsoft Defender, and this one generally has quite a few advantages. The most obvious is that it is free, and the second most obvious is that it is already integrated into Windows 10, and honestly is more than enough for most users.
If your computer came from the factory with a third-party solution that is not free or that is consuming too many resources (you can verify it from the Task Manager), I recommend that you uninstall everything related to it and switch to depend only on Microsoft Defender. Its antimalware protection engine is also usually a bit gluttonous with resources, but it will never tell you that the trial period is over, nor will it install extensions in your browser without permission.
When you install a third-party antivirus in Windows 10, Microsoft Defender is automatically disabledAs soon as you uninstall any solution that is not the system's own, Microsoft Defender automatically protects your computer again. For this it is important that you keep your version of Windows 10 updated.
Free up space and not have the disks full to the limit
Windows 10 (just like any OS) works better and faster if it is installed on an SSD, so if you are still stuck with a hard drive, you will always have that bottleneck created by your hardware that will not accelerate Windows. for more software optimizations you do.
But in addition to the type of disk, it is also important how to the limit we take it in storage. It is believed that the ideal is never exceed more than 90% of the disk capacity so that it works in the most optimal way, and in the case of SSDs it is usually recommended to keep at least 20% of the disk free, especially if it is the disk where Windows is installed.
Windows 10 has a very useful tool for keep system clean of junk files: the Storage Sensor. You can activate it by going to Setting > System > Storage > Activated.
If you do this, the tool will automatically free up space by deleting files that you don't need, such as temporary files or those in the recycle bin. You may manually configure how often you want Storage Sense to run, they let you choose between daily, weekly, or monthly, or even only activate it when there is little free disk space.
You can also run it manually at any time, and you can even choose to have the Sensor delete files from the Downloads folder, although I don't recommend it because you can lose important files inadvertently. In newer versions of Windows 10, Storage Sense can even erase local copies of content that you have stored in the cloud to save space.
- Distribution optimization: Windows 10 has a rather annoying function and with this name that is used for your computer to send parts of applications and Windows updates that you have downloaded to other computers on your local network or the Internet. This is usually active by default and can make your Internet connection and your PC in general get quite slow. To deactivate it you must go to Setting > Update and security > Distribution optimization and change the "Allow downloads from other computers" box to Disabled.
- Privacy options: from the General section in the Privacy options in the Settings in Windows 10 you can deactivate four options that can sometimes cause annoyance in your experience. These are related to suggestions and personalized privacy, but ** deactivating them may prevent you from starting to see suggestions for apps in the Start Menu, search or even the Settings app itself **.
- NotificationsNotifications in Windows 10 can be quite annoying and even slow down the system despite the fact that they are sometimes totally useless. To get rid of them you just have to go to Setting > System > Notifications and actions and disable them completely, or disable them for the specific applications you prefer. You can even disable special system notifications with tips, recommendations, and more.
If these options are not enough for you, you can always opt for more drastic solutions such as going to the ShutUp10 application that allows you to deactivate countless system options in Windows 10 that can help you have more control over your privacy, or get rid of consuming processes many resources.