Hi everyone in this post. I will show you the exact steps that I took to optimize your laptop or PC with free tools.
In this post, I will be using windows 10 and these tricks will work on any version.
Make sure you follow these exact steps.
In short, this is how you can optimize Windows 10 using free tools –
- Make sure you are using the right version of os according to your system specs
- Never disable updates.
- Using Disk Cleanup and defragment
- Get rid of useless startup apps
- Optimize your background apps
- Stick with windows security (If you are a normal user)
- Keep an eye on the background process.
- Sometimes formatting is better than optimization
- The final option (Upgrading my potato PC)
Lets understand this in detail.
Make sure you are using the right version of Windows according to your system specs
If you are using windows 10 make sure you meet recommended specs and have at least 2 GB free ram.
Simply put, If your laptop/pc has less than 4 GB ram and 2Ghz processor then downgrade it to 8 or 7.
But I don’t recommend using 7 or 8 because you will get no supports and updates. So these versions are highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks and will have some bugs that will never get fixed.
If your system meets the recommended specs download and installs it.
Recommended Guide. – Download Windows 10 ISO.
Never Disable Updates
Let me tell you the truth – “Windows is not perfect”
Every version has some performance bug or issues and this thing fixes it.
Make sure you do it every month because you get both system and driver updates.
I know that after every update the laptop gets slower but there are few tools that come free with the OS that you can use to enhance your performance.
Using Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragment
These two tools are the only thing you need to enhance your windows performance. You can access it by selecting any drive on your pc
Go to properties and select tools.
Disk Cleanup cleans all the junk and useless files and saves you some disk space. Make sure you use the advance cleanup option.
This option allows you to clean the windows update file or older version which almost takes around 6 GB of your hard disk space.
Disk defragmenter increases your data access speed by rearranging files stored on your disk. If you use your laptop daily for more than 4 hours make sure you run this app twice a week.
Or You can use the alternative disk defragger which I personally use and it is completely free.
This does a solid job and I think it is even better than traditional disk defragment.
After every update, I recommend you use these two tools.
Increase Startup Speed By Getting Rid of Useless Startup Apps
Startup apps are those apps that run as soon as your laptop boots up. These programs run automatically and eat your memory even if you didn’t use them. Startup apps are known for delaying your booting speed.
You can easily stop them by –
Open task manager by ctrl + alt + del. Or Right-click on the taskbar and then open task manager.
Go to the startup tab
Disable all the apps that you don’t need.
Note – Only disable windows security If you have an antivirus software install.
The list gets updated as soon as you install new software and make sure you check it periodically.
Optimize your background apps
These are those apps that run on background and receive notifications. These types of apps include mails, calculators or any gaming app, etc.
These apps run in the background and consume memory and processing speed.
In windows 10 it is very easy to disable it.
Go to Cortana search and type background apps and open it.
Here you will see an option which says to disable all the background apps. Only use this option if you don’t use any of the applications listed below.
It is better if you customize it. I like it and it gives me more control.
Stick with Windows Security
Who doesn’t use antivirus? But do you know these apps really slow down your system?
These security apps use lots of processing power and have a high disk usage which causes delay opening of programs and makes your windows slower.
There is no fix for this solution and the advantages outweigh the risks.
But you can reduce the impact by choosing lightweight antivirus. Antivirus like Malwarebytes, avast, eset Nod 32 are some of the lightweight security applications.
Another factor to keep in mind is that if you need more security you will have to sacrifice some performance. That’s the price you have to pay.
Windows security is also great. It has a high malware detection rate, lighting fast, and is 100% free. If you are a normal user and know what you are doing online then this is made for you.
It gives your system solid protection (Windows security AV-Test Score) and I will recommend you to use it if your system has a lower ram that 4gb.
Keep an eye on the background process.
This trick needs a bit of knowledge about the process that is running in the background.
All you need to do is close the process directly. This method also comes in handy if you want to close a not responding program or any system function that is unnecessary.
Just open the task manager. Go to the process tab.
If you click on any of these tabs it arranges all the programs according to their resource consumption.
So, let’s take an example.
If you see some random or unknown program is using a lot of your ram.
Just click the memory tab.
Select the process and right click and then terminate.
The more advanced version of this is by right-clicking and going to details.
And from there close all the similar processes.
You can also use this trick to watch over untrusted applications.
Sometimes formatting is better than optimization
Your windows will get slower eventually. It is completely inevitable.
Installation of new/latest apps or programs, windows updates, and hard drive corruption are the main causes of it.
So it is better if you make a backup of your data and do a factory reset or fresh windows installation on your system.
The final option (Upgrading the potato PC)
Only for desktop users – If you tried all my optimization tricks and also tried formatting but still your computer suffocates whenever you open chrome tab, it’s a sign – Upgrade your PC
So which component of my pc should I upgrade?
Is 4 GB ram enough?
If you are a normal user who doesn’t multitask or just uses the computer to do the basic stuff like watch video, typing, normal surfing, etc.
Ninja trick – just do your normal stuff and open the task manager. Go to the Performance tab and have a look at your memory. If your usage is around 70 -80% it’s ok. But if it is more than that then better upgrade it.
But still, 4gb isn’t enough. 5 open tabs of chrome can easily hang your computer. It is up to you. RAM is cheaper nowadays.
Should I upgrade my Processor
If you are a normal to medium user who does a little bit of editing and multitasking, intel i3 or AMD equivalent will be sufficient. If you feel i3 is slower then upgrade it.
Should I upgrade to SSD
SSD is the most beautiful component of your PC. It is generally 10 times faster than a normal hard disk drive. If you want a lighting fast start-up time and faster app loading upgrading to SSD will be great.
Ninja trick – It’s the same trick that we used to check the RAM. Open the task manager, go to the performance tab and observe your disk. Does it get to 100% and stay there for a longer duration (20- 40 secs) whenever you open light applications. Then you should upgrade it.
Make sure you only store OS and essential software only on SSD.
So if you are a normal user then go for – 4Gb RAM with SSD will be sufficient
Normal to medium usage – 8 Gb with SSD
So that’s it. I hope this helps you in increasing your windows performance.