Ways to improve your PC's performance

If your PC isn't responding well or doing things as quickly as you think it should, you can try some of the tools included with Windows to help improve performance.

Perform tasks that can help improve performance

The tasks in the left pane of Performance Information and Tools can help you improve your PC's performance.

  • Open Performance Information and Tools by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering Performance Information and Tools in the search box, tapping or clicking Settings, and then tapping or clicking Performance Information and Tools.

Task Description
Task

Adjust visual effects

Description

Some visual effects can slow down other tasks on your PC. You can turn these effects on and off and view more options.

Task

Adjust indexing options

Description

If it's taking too long to search for things on your PC, you can narrow your search to focus on the files and folders that you most commonly use. For more information, see Indexing and Search: Frequently asked questions.

Task

Adjust power settings

Description

Some power settings on your PC are designed to use less power from your battery to make it last longer. You can view and change settings to balance your PC the way you want to between higher performance and longer battery life.

Task

Open Disk Clean-up

Description

This tool deletes unnecessary or temporary files on your hard drive so that you can increase the amount of free storage space. For more information, see Deleting files using Disk Clean-up.

Task

Advanced tools

Description

If you feel comfortable using them, you can run advanced system tools such as Event Viewer, Optimise Drives and System Information. You can also view notifications about performance-related issues and what to do about them. Issues at the beginning of the list are impacting your PC more than issues listed further down.

View details about your PC's performance in the Windows Experience Index

The Windows Experience Index provides a summary of your PC's capabilities. It shows you which parts of your PC are performing best and which might be slowing things down. For more information, see What is the Windows Experience Index?

Stop an application from running automatically when Windows starts

Using Task Manager, you can improve your PC's performance by preventing unnecessary applications from running automatically when Windows starts.

  1. Open Task Manager by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering Task Manager in the search box, tapping or clicking Apps, and then tapping or clicking Task Manager.

  2. Tap or click the Start-up tab.

    If you don't see any tabs, tap or click More details.

  3. Tap or click the name of the application you want to disable, then tap or click Disable.

Speed up your PC with ReadyBoost

ReadyBoost can speed up your PC by using storage space on most flash memory cards and USB flash drives. If you have a storage device that will work with ReadyBoost, you'll see an option to use ReadyBoost when you plug it into your PC. If you select this option, you can choose how much memory on the device to use for speeding up your PC.

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