A lot of individuals welcomed Windows 10 when the operating system first entered the scene. Many people anticipated a product much more superior to the infamous Windows 8, and now it’s here. And even though the new iteration of Microsoft’s famed OS is a huge upgrade, it’s not totally perfect.
From the operating system’s aggressive data collection to its forced updates, Windows 10 has certainly drawn a lot of attention from both regular users and reviewers. In spite of Windows 10 sleek new layout as well as its updated features, this OS can also suffer from slow performance. Now if you have turned your computer only to wait a very long amount of time to load your PC, or you just found apps are running very slowly, then worry not because you are not alone.
Many people have been so frustrated with Windows 10 being so slow when it comes to performance. And that’s why we wrote this article about five reasons why your computer may run slowly on Windows 10. In this article, we will tell you why your PC is running slowly. And along the way, we will share you how to fix them.
#1 Your Hard Drive Is Low on Space
If your hard drive reaches 95 percent capacity, then temporarily files utilized by many apps from your computer can cause Windows 10 to run slowly.
To fix this issue, just search for the app or program that’s taking up the most space on your local drive and get rid of those. Or you can just transfer them to another external drive.
- Just open Storage in Windows Explorer
- Click on “This PC”; then to eliminate temporary files automatically and guarantee that you will save more storage space, just turn on the Storage Sense.
- After that, choose Folder from those that appear. Temporary Files, Apps, and Games, and Other are normally among the class that take up the most storage space. Just click non-stop until your reach a folder in Windows Explorer. Get rid of those unnecessary files by selecting them and pressing delete.
#2 Your Antivirus Software Is Extremely Active
You can notice this issue if you notice that your computer seems running slowly at random instances.
To fix this, simply change your AV settings.
- First, open your AV software from the Windows search bar.
- Then click on the settings and choose Scan Schedule. Click the box of the scan that you want to configure then press Edit.
- Configure the time and date of the scan based on your preference.
#3 You Have Too Many Startup Programs
This happens when your computer takes a lot of time to start up and sometimes even freezes up when it is booting.
- In order to solve this issue, just disable some apps that automatically run during boot up.
- Just press the windows key then X to bring up the Quick Link menu.
- Then click on the Task Managerand click on the startup tab
- Search through the list of apps that run on startup and search for the apps that you don’t really use and right click on it and choose Disable. Do this for all the apps that seem unnecessary.
#4 You’re Running Too Many Programs at Once
This happens if you see that your PC has slow browsing. See, apps take a long time to load or start because of running too many apps at once.
In order to fix this, just use the task manager again to search for the apps that are consuming too much memory and get rid of them.
- Just search for the task manager in the Windows search bar and access it.
- Then in the task manager, search for the apps that are utilizing the most memory. Right click on the apps then simply press End Task.
- You can also get rid of any additional tabs on your browser that are not really important. This will free up some CPU bandwidth and RAM so your PC can run much smoother.
#5 Corrupted Windows System Files
This happens when your computer experiences black or blue screens, driver errors, and some issues that seriously affect your everyday use.
In order to fix this issue, Windows 10 provides users with two main utilities to solve this error. The first one is by utilizing the DISM or Deployment Image Service and Management Tool. The next one is called the System File Checker or simply SFC.
Deployment Image Service and Management Tool
- Just input powershell in the Windows search bar. After the app appears right-click and choose run as administrator.
- Then input dism.exe/online/cleanup-image/restorehealth in the Window that pop ups. Press enter and the utility will start search for corrupted files and replace them accordingly
System File Checker
- Just open powershell from the windows search bar like what we did in DISM.
- Then input sfc/scannow and press enter.
- Similar to DISM, SFC will search and replace corrupted files. After the process, restart your computer.
We all know that utilizing a slow-performing PC is a very frustrating experience. We hope that the tips we mentioned above can help you make those annoying issues. Simple follow the steps we mentioned above, and you’re good to go.
What about you? Do you have any reasons why computer may run slowly on Windows 10? If so, we would gladly appreciate it if you can share it with us in the comment section below so we can help more users.
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