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How to speed up Windows 10 (2021)

September. 16, 2021

Windows 10

Windows 10 was released in July. 29. 2015, and six years later Windows 11 is about to get released next month. Whether you’re upgrading to Windows 11 and want to enjoy Windows 10’s last days, or you just like Windows 10 too much and won’t upgrade. This article is here to provide you with 4 easy steps to speed up your Windows 10.

1 – Get Rid of all Cache

This step could sound very obvious for many people, but doing it right is the key for better performance. Cache takes up a lot of unnecessary space on your storage device, not only slowing down Windows sometimes, but it can cause some apps (for example Photoshop) not to work as you don’t have enough storage space. Some Cache can be automatically deleted from the Disk Cleanup button in the properties of your Storage Device, but we’ll delete all Cache manually to ensure that no Cache is left out:

  • Firstly, go into your Local “C” Disk, and open up the Windows File.
  • Search for the term “Temp” and click the first option.
  • Inside the Temp File is most of your Cache, CTRL-a all files in click delete.
  • If an error such as “File in use, can’t be deleted” shows up, press the “Do this for all current items” option, and press skip.
  • Make sure to permanently delete all the Cache Files from the trash, this way you will have much more storage space available.

2 – Get rid of the Graphics Card Cache

This step is very important, specifically for gamers. Based on our past experiences, clearing the Graphics Card Cache can solve problems such as games not turning on, or games with a constant black screen. The steps of clearing Graphics Card Cache are quite similar to clearing Windows Cache mentioned above:

  • Firstly, go into your Local “C” Disk, and search for the term “NV_Cache” (for Nvidia)
  • CTRL-a and click delete
  • Again, if an error such as “File in use, can’t be deleted” shows up, press the “Do this for all current items” option, and press skip.
  • Also, remember to permanently delete all the Cache Files from the trash.

 

For AMD Graphics Card, clearing cache is done via:

  • Open the AMD Radeon Software
  • Go to Graphics
  • Scroll down, and press on “Reset Shader Cache”
  • And that should do it!

3 – Stop unnecessary background apps

This is a huge problem that many Windows 10 users fall into, either intentionally or unintentionally. When you first power on your computer, apps like Spotify, Discord, Cortana, Microsoft Teams, and more will start up whether you’ll currently use them or not. Stopping such apps from automatically starting up is a very easy task:

  • First, open up Task Manager.
  • Next, click on the “Start-up” tab
  • You’ll see that many apps have “enabled” in their status, meaning they will automatically start up every time.
  • To stop this, simply click on the app you want to stop from doing this, and click on “Disable” on the bottom left
Disable Startup programs

4 – Check that your drivers are up-to-date

This sounds rather obvious… right? WRONG, although this sounds like a very easy task to keep up with, it is often left out by many users. We’ve helped several users solve problems with their Windows OS being slow or games not launching, all because they had years of outdated drivers. If you don’t have enough time to check for new driver updates, then enable automatic updates to stay updated all the time. Also, make sure you have the latest Windows 10 updates.

ENJOY!

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