Time is money, so we’ll make this quick. If your machine is running
slowly you’re losing billable hours.
Already upgraded to Windows 10? You’re off to a great start.
Get to work on these eight simple tweaks to significantly
boost your system performance.
Audit your web
Perform a disk
and maybe do a
We’ve all seen the popups. Every single
site now collects some form of cookies to
“optimise performance,” even at the expense
of your own. As a remedy, aim to routinely
clear your cache at least every few months.
Not all web browsers are created equal. If
you’re experiencing lag time, try switching to
see if loading speeds improve.
Windows 10 task manager is your best friend
here. It lets you see which programs run when
you boot up and the amount of RAM needed
to power them. Right-click on any needy
applications to have them run on command
PCMag recommends running a vetted thirdparty system to speedup and cleanup utilities
on Windows 10. Just beware of downloads
making unrealistic claims. Many are malicious
and can compromise your security.
You don’t need every file on your computer. The
Disk Cleanup feature flags applications and
files you haven’t used in some time, freeing up
space for your most important programs.
It may use a little more energy, but a high
performance power setting can really speed
things along. Find the setting by going to app’s
System > Power & Sleep > Additional Power >
Show Additional Plans > High Performance.
Go to Settings App > Troubleshoot. You
have the option to do this manually or
automatically. You can also visit the Control
Panel > Security > Maintenance > Start
Maintenance. Still moving slowly? Try
simply shutting down for a few minutes and
restarting. (That last bit of advice is a cliché for
From the start menu search box, type “adjust appearance.”
Choose the overall best performance button, or just keep the
effects you love most.
Speed is a sign your system is optimal. With these minor
adjustments, you can take matters into your own hands and
make major performance improvements.