Windows 10 is a great update which has some brilliant features such as the intelligent digital assistant, Cortana and having the Start button back is big plus. Despite the amazing features, Windows 10 users complain of some frequently occurring errors. One of the problems that users encounter is their PC being slow, or lagging after the update. This can be caused by many different reasons. However, we have some brilliant solutions for you to save your PC from lagging.
Method 1: Disabling programs in Task manager
There are some programs in computer in Startup that you might not use often but they take up memory and storage and hence cause your PC to hang. To disable such programs, follow the steps given below.
- Press Ctrl key, Shift key and Esc key together at the same time to open Task manager.
- Now navigate to the Startup tab and then proceed to disable programs you rarely use, one at a time.
Method 2: Updating your drivers
One of the possible causes of your system running slow is that your computer drivers are either incompatible, out dated or faulty. Malfunctioned graphics card driver in particular can cause such problems. You can improve the system performance by updating your drivers.
Visit the official website of your PC manufacturer and from there install the updates, and if they are unavailable then proceed by visiting your device manufacturer’s website and download the latest version of your drivers from there.
Method 3: Resizing Pagefile
Here’s what you need to know about Pagefile. It is simply an assigned part of memory used fro extending RAM. It is stored in the root folder and cannot be accessed until you allow the system to show you hidden files. What it does, is transfer some memory usage there so your lagging problem gets resolved. We can resize Pagefile so that your PC can run smoothly and as efficiently as possible. Here’s how to do this.
- In the search field at the bottom of your screen, type “performance” and click on the result that says Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows.
- Now navigate to the Advanced tab and then click on the Change button in virtual memory section.
- Now untick the option of Automatically manage paging file size for all drivers. Then, select that drive which has Windows 10 installed on it and then click on Custom size. You may proceed by changing the size to the recommended one. The screenshot below shows an example. The recommended size varies for all computers. When you’re done, click on Set button.
- Lastly, click on OK button to save the relevant changes and then restart your computer for the changes to be implemented.
Method 3: Defragmenting and optimizing hard drives
- On the bottom of your screen in the search field, type Defragment and then select the result that says, “Defragment and Optimize drives”.
- Now, in status section, select the drive you want to defragment and to see which one needs to be optimized, simply click on the Analyze button.
- Then click on Optimize button.
It is recommended that you do not defragment SSD drives as it will not affect memory function.
Method 5: Installing External Drive
Installing external drives such as an SSD can improve computer performance. Visit your PC store for further guidance.
Method 6: Increasing Random Access Memory (RAM)
Another method you may try to stop your PC from lagging and to improve PC performance is by upgrading your RAM.
Method 7: Removing Bloatware
Crapware or bloatware are unwanted software that are pre-installed by hardware makers. Removing or uninstalling them may speed up your computer.