How to Optimize Windows 10 laptop for gaming and productivity

There is no doubt Current Windows 10 version 21H2 runs much faster than previous versions of Windows 8 and 7. As we know While install or upgrade Windows 10 offers its default settings which are well suited for all its users around the globe. But With day-to-day usage, continue to download files, and install software, the performance of our systems decreases at a steady rate. Also, some users complained about their PC performing quite slow than before once they’ve installed the Windows 10 may update. And users who play games on their pc deal with slow load times, even slower boot times, and various other problems. However, everyone loves a faster computer run smoothly, And here we have collected some tips to optimize windows 10 laptops for gaming and productivity.

Optimize Windows 10 performance

If you want a quick boost in Windows 10 performance, try cleaning Windows 10 junk, Tweak system settings, and stop unwanted startup services. It can create a noticeable difference in window speed. Also here are Some other tweaks that help to enjoy the best gaming experience Windows 10.

Disable programs that run on startup

The most common reason your Windows 10 PC may feel sluggish is you’ve got too many programs running in the background – programs that you may never use, or only rarely use. Stop them from running, You will notice your windows computer will run more smoothly.

To Disable unwanted startup programs

  • First, you need to go to the Task Manager.
  • The easiest way to get to the task manager is by Clicking on any empty space of your taskbar and choose the task manager option.
  • After opening the task manager, Go to the startup tab.
  • There Identify the programs that you are not using regularly and don’t want to run automatically.
  • Disable them in the status section.
  • Make sure do not disable your programs published by Microsoft Corporation.

Disable Startup Programs

Disable Unwanted Startup Services

Also After Disable Startup programs disable some unnecessary services which run on windows startup And on the background use system resources and cause windows to run slow.

To disable unwanted startup services

  • Press Windows + R keyboard shortcut type msconfig and hit the enter key.
  • This will open system configuration Windows
  • Here click on the services Tab And Select the Hide all Microsoft services checkbox.
  • Now Uncheck all unnecessary services you want to disable and click Apply, Ok To make save changes.
  • This will ask for a system restart to make save changes.
  • Save any working data and restart windows.
  • This will help to speed up your windows 10 performance while startup.

Hide all Microsoft services

Disable visual effects

Start with windows vista and 7 Now Windows 10 also has some nice eye candy shadows, animations, and visual effects. Another reason for your PC to be running slow can be visual effects and animations that increase the burden on the system resources. On fast, newer PCs, these don’t usually affect system performance. But on slower and older PCs, they can exact a performance hit.

To disable visual effects and animations:

  • Press Windows + R keyboard shortcut type Sysdm.cpl and ok.
  • This will open system properties with several tabs.
  • Click on the Advanced tab, and under Performance click Settings.
  • Now On the Visual Effects tab, select Adjust for best performance. 

Adjust for best performance

  • All of the animations and visual effects that were previously toggled on will all be turned off in one go.
  • Now click apply and ok to make save changes.
  • You will definitely see a visual difference in the system’s appearance including in icons and fonts.

If your computer’s performance doesn’t require drastic measures, you could opt for a customized approach, and toggle on only the features you really can’t part with. (If you use Microsoft products like Outlook, you’ll probably want to keep Smooth edges of screen fonts turned on.

Kill bloatware

One of the biggest factors that slow down any Windows computer is an unwanted software, aka bloatware. They take up CPU, system resources,  book disk, and memory space unnecessarily hindering other applications to perform at their full potential.

To remove bloatware or unused applications,

  1. First open Control panel,
  2. Select Programs then Programs and Features
  3. Select the unused application and click Uninstall/Change to remove it.
  4. Follow the instructions in the uninstall dialog boxes to uninstall the software

Also, Virus Infection is the major cause for the system running slow, We Strongly Recommend installing the latest updates Antivirus Anti Malware Software And perform a full system Scan.

Run Disk Cleanup

Occasionally you may need to clean up your computer in order to get rid of old software, temporary objects, and junk files. Some software programs might not be completely uninstalled and the leftover files can cause performance issues. Try Disk CleanUp for this purpose.-

  1. Press Windows Key + E, to open Explorer.
  2. Right-click on the C drive and select Properties.
  3. Click the General tab.
  4. Now click on Disk Cleanup.
  5. Select all items from the list box and then click OK.

perform Disk Cleanup on Windows 10

Turn on Windows 10 Fast Startup Feature

With Windows 10 there is a new “hybrid” startup mode Called Fast Startup, which helps in starting your PC faster after a shutdown by cutting down on boot-up time, using caching for some necessary resources into a single file on the hard disk. And At the time of startup, this master file is loaded back into the RAM that speeds up the process manifolds.

To enable fast startup on Windows 10

  • Open the Control panel,
  • Search for and select power options,
  • Click on Change what the power buttons do.
  • Then click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.
  • Finally, tick the box Turn on fast startup (recommended).
  • Now click the Save changes button to enable the same.

Fast Startup

Disable Background Apps

In Windows 10, lots of background activities happen to collect information regarding your location, typing behavior, account info, etc. These apps run unnecessarily in the background And take unnecessary system resources, heat up your PC, and reduce its overall performance. That’s why it’s better to disable background apps to speed up your Windows 10 and start them manually whenever you required them. This reduces resource usage and helps speed up your windows system performance.

To Disable background-running apps on Windows 10

  1. Click on the Start button, go to Settings
  2. Click Privacy, scroll down and click the last option in the left panel – Background apps
  3. Switch off the toggles to turn off background apps you don’t need or use
  4. Also, you can turn off toggle key Background apps ( let apps run in the background ) to turn off all running apps.

Disable programs in the background

Disable Windows 10 Services

As we told you earlier that in Windows OS, several unnecessary services run in the background and consume system resources. especially on my personal experience Disabling these three services ( Background intelligent transfer service ( BITS),  superfetch, and windows update service ) you will notice dramatically speed improvement on your Windows computer or laptop.

To turn off these services in Windows 10,

  • Press Windows + R, type “services.msc” and ok.
  • This will open the Windows services console.
  • Scroll down and double-click on the services you want to stop or disable. for Ex: To Stop BITS service Double click on Background intelligent transfer service.
  • This will a new pop-up window, Here change the startup type Disable and Stop The service under service status.
  • Now click apply and ok to make save changes.

Do the same with Superfetch and windows update service, After that restart windows, you will notice this time windows running smoother and faster.

Disable Search Indexing

Windows Search indexing Feature improves the search tool’s responses and speeds up searching in Windows 10. But It weakens the performance, however, as it runs in the background and utilizes a lot of system resources. Owing to this reason, if you do searches occasionally, then it’s best to disable it.

Follow the below steps to disable search indexing:

  1. Right-Click Start > Computer Management
  2. Double-click on Services and Applications > Services
  3. In the services list, look for Windows Search and double-click it
  4. In the new window, for Startup type, select Manual or Disabled and then click the OK button to save your changes

Adjust Virtual Memory

Windows having two types of memory physical memory (RAM) and virtual memory know as (paging files). With a low RAM, it’s difficult to handle multitask smoothly on Windows 10 computers. The recommended solution for this is to upgrade the RAM or another option is to Adjust the virtual memory (allocate more virtual memory) to optimize the windows performance.

Optimize Windows 10 for gaming

If you are a gaming user, Here are some additional tweaks to enjoy the best gaming experience on Windows 10.

Windows 10 game mode

The latest operating system features a gaming mode, built-in optimizations for Windows 10 gamers. To find out more,

  • Press Windows key + I, to open settings,
  • Here click on gaming then, gaming mode,
  • On the Gaming screen, click Game Mode. Switch to On to take advantage of Game Mode.
  • If your PC supports Game Mode, Windows Update will be suspended while gaming and resources will be managed to achieve the optimum frame rate.

windows 10 game mode

Update Drivers Regularly

Incomplete driver installation and outdated drivers are serious problems that gradually slow down your computer. Device manufacturers release new updates to fix internal bugs and improve system performance. Regularly updating the drivers can improve your computer’s performance. to manually update drivers

  1. Press Windows + X select device manager, this will list all installed drivers list,
  2. Right-click any device with an exclamation mark (You have to expand each entry to reveal yellow exclamation marks).
  3. Select Update Driver Software.

Or you can use the links below to download and install drivers for a new NVIDIA or AMD card:

Install DirectX 12

DirectX 12, the latest version of Microsoft’s popular API tool, is a key element of Windows 10 gaming. It delivers support for multiple GPU and CPU cores, better frame rates, lowered power consumption, and enhanced graphical effects.

  • To check if you have the latest version of DirectX,
  • Press Windows key + R, type dxdiag, and OK.
  • Moments later, you’ll see the DirectX Diagnostic Tool.

Don’t have DirectX 12 installed? You can fix this with Windows key + I > Update and security > Windows Update > Check for updates. Wait while the updates are installed.

Disable game updates while playing

You can also disable updates mid-game:

  1. Open Steam.
  2. Choose Settings.
  3. Choose Downloads.
  4. Uncheck Allow downloads during gameplay.

This will prevent steam from updating games while you’re playing.

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