11 Quick Tweaks to Fix Slow/Unresponsive Issue Windows 10/11

Is your Windows PC running slow? Is it taking forever to boot up? Are tired of your computer being unresponsive or getting frozen when you are in a hurry? I know, it sucks, I’ve been there, and almost everyone who uses a Windows PC has experienced this. But don’t worry, we will help you get out of this misery.

I would suggest just moving onto some other Operating system, but I know many aren’t ready yet, so we’ll make your lives a bit better. We will tell you some quick tweaks to make your windows PC perform better, it most definitely will run better once you follow the below-mentioned steps by us.

1. Disabling start-up apps:

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Startup Apps are shown in Task Manager

Many applications are set to start on their own during the boot-up of the operating system. Most of them never ask for permission for the same during installation, even if they do we mostly skip out of habit. Start-up apps will make your PC take longer durations of time to boot up. Not only that but also takes up a significant amount of resources of your PC in the initial seconds itself, making your PC unresponsive.

The fix for this is really easy, Open Task Manager, you do so by pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc. Then navigate to the Startup section. You will have all the apps that can start up on the boot itself. Disable all the apps that you don’t need. It is advised to completely disable every app, but you might have some essential apps, depending on your use case.

2. Disabling background apps:

Windows tends to run its native apps in the background at all times, this sometimes can be resource-heavy. You can boost your PC performance by disabling some of the unwanted apps. You can do so by Settings > Privacy > Background Apps. You can simply toggle them on or off now. Turn off all the unwanted apps that are running in the background. Do not disable essential apps like alarms, clock, weather, etc.

3. Disabling visual effects:

Here visual effects are nothing but all the fancy animations you see while you are using your Windows OS. These animations can significantly make your PC laggy and unresponsive if you don’t have enough resources. One thing can be done to fix this issue, that is to disable the animations completely.

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Turn off animations

To do so open the windows run dialogue box by pressing Windows Key+R, then type sysdm.cpl, System Properties windows will now appear on the screen. Then navigate to the Advanced section and then under the Performance section open settings, Select Adjust for the best performance.

Doing this will disable all the animations and fancy things you on screen. This will make windows lesser visually pleasing, but if you prefer performance over looks, go ahead and do it. This will make everything a tad bit quicker and snappier. Although I would suggest keeping the Smooth edges of the screen fonts box checked.

4. Free up some storage:

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Storage

This very tip might not make a noticeable change, but it will be significant enough to slightly boost your PC’s performance. If you are running on an HDD(Hard Disk Drive) or even a slower older SSD, clear some clutter. Doing this will only make your PC run slightly better and will also give you some free storage. You simply delete all the unwanted stuff you have on your PC. You can also refer to the Windows in-built storage manager to do the same, which you can find in the System Settings.

5. Enable Game Mode:

Enabling Game mode will set your computer to run at its maximum potential. This was designed to get the most out of your computer when you play games, leaving it turned on during normal usage can make your windows experience smoother. You can it here Settings > Gaming > Game Mode. If turned off toggle it to on. This is a simple and quick way to slightly boost your Windows PC.

6. Change Power Plan Settings:

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Windows Power Options

You can set when to or how much power your PC can draw from the settings. This is much more helpful when you’re using a laptop. You can do so by Control Panel > Hardware & Sound > Power Options > Aditional plans and select high performance. If you’re using a desktop or wall-plugged laptop, I suggest keeping the PC on high-performance all the time, only change it when you are running your PC on battery.

7. Run Tron Script:

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Tron Script

Tron Script is an open-source program that is written to remove unwanted programs, add-ons, registry entries, browser extensions, etc from your PC. It is known for being one of the best virus removal tools out there. You can get the latest version of the Tron script from their official GitHub, we’ll save you some time, here’s the link https://github.com/bmrf/tron.

Once you are done downloading, run the script, the rest will be taken care of by Tron. Tron will not only eliminate malware but also removes all kinds of bloatware from your Windows PC, trust me Windows comes with a lot of bloatware. Doing this makes your PC smoother and better. It makes your PC Lightweight. If you want to know more about the Tron Script, then please feel free to check out my colleague’s article on it, here’s the link https://allerrorfix.net/tron-script-remove-virus-malware-free-windows/.

8. Enable Fast Startup:

Disabling startup apps will boost your PC’s boot time, but there’s one more tweak you can do to make it boot quicker, it’s by enabling fast startup. You can do so by Control Panel > Power Options > Choose what the power button does > Change settings that are currently unavailable > turn on fast startup > Save changes.

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Fast Startup

9. Disable search indexing:

Almost every Windows user is well aware of the Windows search feature. For this feature to work smoothly windows keep indexing your computer always in real-time, so that when you search for something you can the results almost instantaneously. But if you are someone who doesn’t use this feature a lot, congratulations then, you can turn that off completely and get yourself some extra performance.

To do so open the run dialogue box by pressing Windows key+R, then type in services.msc, Find Windows search, right-click and select properties, now in click startup type and select disabled. Remember this will not disable the search feature completely, it will only disable its background activity.

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Windows Search

10. Turn off Tips, tricks, and suggestions:

If you’ve ever been doing something and a tip has popped up out of nowhere, that’s because Windows is monitoring what you are doing, which means a background activity, which is unwanted is running. We recommend turning this off. You can do so by opening Settings > System > Notifications & actions > turn off get tips, tricks, and suggestions as you use windows. This feature is completely useless unless you are someone who is new to using Windows.

11. Upgrade your hardware:

Admit it or not, Windows is not meant for low-end or even mid-end computers, at least that’s what we believe looking at the current state of Windows. Windows is pretty resource-heavy. If you are running old or underpowered hardware, these simple tweaks in the software wouldn’t be of much help to you if speaking frankly. What you can do is shift to a lightweight Linux distro.

But if you are not ready for that change you can upgrade your hardware to make your experience better with Windows. You don’t have to go all in, We suggest adding more RAM to your PC, this will boost your PC performance. If you are running on a Hard Disk Drive(HDD), what you can do is switch to a Solid State Drive(SSD), trust me, it will be a night and day difference.

Conclusion:

These are 11 quick tweaks you can make to improve your Windows machine performance. These are simple to perform and can significantly reduce Windows lag and freezing issues. I hope this article has been of help to you dear reader.

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