Windows 10 Slowly on My Laptop

Windows 10 is the latest version of windows operating system created by Microsoft Corporation. Windows 10 acquire over 70% of windows market share in world wide. We can find it on almost every new PCs or laptops. Most people like this version of windows. But, some users got a problem while they’re using windows 10. Yes of course about the performance. Windows 10 running slowly, not as good as Windows 7 on the same laptop, on the same specs. This issue make users not too comfortable, even some users decide to downgrade to Windows 7. What is the real problem? I will try to explain it based on my experiences.

Unlike earlier versions of Windows, Windows 10 has a lot of apps and background services running behind the screen. These things consume huge of computer’s resources such as RAM/memory, CPU, even hard disk. I think you can’t get the same performance like you’re using windows 7 on the same laptop. But I have some tips to increase performance of Windows 10. Here it is.

Disable Some Startup Items

If you enable all of startup items then windows 10 will goes very slowly at startup (especially if you have minimum specs). So, you can disable some startup items to speed up your laptop performance. Here to do it.

Open task manager

open windows 10 task manager

Choose Startup

windows 10 task manager

Right click on unnecessary app. I make antivirus and windows security as priority, so I keep them enable. And I disable everything else. This setting will speed up windows at startup.

Disable Unnecessary Background Services

A lot of background services equals to consume a lot of resources. So, one of many solutions to reduce resources consumption is disable some background services. You can check if some services is necessary or not for you.

To do it, click Start button at left bottom corner and then type services. Click services apps.

I don’t know which apps necessary or not for you. But for example, I have some apps that I think it’s not necessary on background services.

I head to AdobeUpdateService. I disable it because it’s not too urgent to activate this services. I think it’s ok to update adobe manually.

disable services Adobe Update

To disable a service, just double click the item and then select Disable on Startup type.

disable services Adobe Update properties

I also disable other services such as Windows Search, Google Update and Nero Update. I think I can update any applications manually. Windows Search is running in the background. It run for indexing files and folders on your laptop. This feature is good, but it will slow down low specs PC/laptop.

You can disable Windows Search service by double click the item and select Disable.

disable services Windows Search

You may have a lot of applications than mine. You can search for your applications services. You can disable it if it’s not necessary. It will helps reduce hard disk workload.

Turn off Cortana

Cortana is a cool feature. This is your digital assistant while you’re working on Windows 10. This will allow you to open an application using your voice. But it’s better to turn it off if you still open an application or data using your mouse or touch pad. Why? because it consume laptop’s resources.

These is step by step to disable Cortana.

Windows 10 Group Policy

Heading to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Search. Double click Allow Cortana. Select Disable. Click OK.

Allow Cortana

disable cortana

Turning off Cortana will save your memory and CPU consumption.

Upgrade Your Hardware

Before installing windows 10, you need to read the system requirement for installing windows 10 on your PC or laptop. If you read official microsoft website, Windows 10 need at least 1 Ghz processor, 1 GB of RAM (2GB of RAM for 64-bit version), 32 GB storage. But in fact, you will get very slowly of performance if you install windows 10 on those hardware specs.

I tried install windows 10 on my old laptop. I have a Compaq c510 with Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2 Ghz, 2 GB of RAM and 320 GB SATA HDD. You know what happened? My laptop often not responding afterI rename a folder on windows 10. And also it goes slowly while I was searching for an app on the start menu. I think microsoft just tell you the minimum hardware specs to install windows 10. But if you want to get normal or good performance of windows 10, you need hardware specs significantly above those specs that microsoft tell on its website.

Look at the picture below! I have installed Windows 10, Microsoft Office, image editing application, simple video editing software, and video/music player on drive C. Those software including system files of windows 10 consume more than 33 GB.  I recommend to allocate about 50 GB for drive C. It will be used for system files, apps, and temporary data. I think 32 GB is too small.

system C windows 10 properties

So, the last but not least, your hardware specs is matter. I recommend at least you need to have Intel Core i3 2Ghz and 4GB of RAM to install windows 10 on your laptop. If you want better performance, I recommend to replace your SATA hard disk with SSD storage. It will significantly speed up accessing data, speed up windows loading, and faster copy paste while you working on your laptop.