Windows 10 Runs Sluggish? Learn Tips to Boost its Performance

Though Microsoft Windows 10 is known as a lightweight operating system and brimming with tons of handy new features, web forums are flooded with people facing sluggish PC performance. If you explore depth of Windows 10, you’ll agree that this kind of behavior is not caused by its large size, rather too many startup items and poorly optimized PC settings and Registry have to be blamed. This tutorial will help you understand factors that make your computer slower and get rid of performance problems on low-end PCs.

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Mitigate Shutdown Performance

Some of the newly introduced features in Windows 10 can impact PC performance. Mitigate shutdown speed by disabling such features. Using Search feature open up the Services tool and disable handful of services that you don’t really need. Stop error reporting, third party application update utilities, networking services, and so on.


Besides, there is a “wait to kill application timeout” in the Registry that determines time interval to wait before terminating applications running prior to shutting down your PC. This is why your PC takes longer time to shutdown especially when you are in hurry. In the Registry Editor, set “WaitToKillAppTimeout” string value to “1000” under this sub key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop.


Defrag the Registry

Basically, each and every game & program installed in your PC including the operating system uses the Registry to store information. This may include system configurations, user profile, hardware details, and so on. The process of obtaining and saving information is on-going, resulting into severe fragmentation that ultimately makes Windows 10 run slower. Therefore, Registry defragmentation is essential at least — once a week.

Since there is no pre-built tool in Windows, you need to rely on an external program such as Reginout Registry Defrag.


Turn Off Features you Don’t Need

Windows installs a set of new features during its installation. Some features must be turned off if you don’t use them at all. Remember, it won’t uninstall any features rather they will remain stored on your PC without deleting any files. Use Windows Features dialog box in Control Panel.


Disable Notifications

Windows 10 Notification Center gives an overview of recently plugged in devices, system updates and email messages. If this area is crowded, it will drain your battery and impacts overall PC speed.


Enable fewer notifications to make lesser impact on PC performance. Fire up Settings page and customize the settings through Notifications & Actions under System category.


Enable Ending Unresponsive Programs

Sometimes programs take too long to respond. Tweak your PC in the following way to automatically end unresponsive applications and tasks. In the Registry Editor, set AutoEndTasks string value to “1” under following sub key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop.

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