14 Pro Tips To Make Windows Faster And Smoother (Quickly)

Windows users often face issues when the system gets older or even at times when the tasks are heavy to carry out. Well, if you are one of the users facing issues with your system, despite having a good spec PC and If you are wondering how to make Windows faster and smoother then this post might end your worries.

Ahead, I have listed 14 tips or methods to make your Windows smoother. There will be no need for 3rd party software. All you have to do is tweak some of the system settings and you can avail the best performance out of your system without any hassle.

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1. Defrag & TRIM Drives

Defragmentation of the hard drive allows the system to put the system data back in sequence or in a continuous order which further results in faster processing of the system. 

Whereas TRIM is supposed to be a command working for SSDs, it allows the system to mark the data that is irrelevant to the computer or those that can be ignored, which will result in faster processing of SSD and also will increase its longevity. Follow up on the process below, to defrag or trim.

Defrag trim Optimize drive
  • Right-click on C Drive and open Properties
  • Open the Tools section and click on Optimize Drives
  • Now, click on Change Settings and select the Choose option
  • Make sure each drive is selected and enable the option to Automatically optimize new drivers
  • Then, set the Optimization Schedule to Weekly 
  • Go back to the main menu of optimizing drives
  • Now, select each of the drivers and select the option to Optimize All 
  • This will automatically trim the SSD and defrag the HDD

Hence, this will enhance many basic operations like opening files, navigating in the drives, etc. Also, it is set weekly to optimize the drives which will surely enhance the performance.

2. Enable Ultimate Performance

Enabling this mode lets the system boost up to its maximum calibre and allows you to operate the PC with maximum performance. To enable Ultimate Performance you will have to go through a few of the features mentioned below.

unlock ultimate performance
  • First of all, open Windows Powershell
  • Enter this command powercfg -duplicatescheme e9a42b02-d5df-448d-aa00-03f14749eb61
  • Now, Ultimate Performance mode will be accessible
  • Right-click on the Battery icon and open Power Options
  • Look for Additional Plans and enable the ultimate performance mode

You will indeed be able to use your PC on a maximum calibre but, it surely drains the charge faster than the normal mode. Hence, if you are a laptop user then make sure to connect the laptop to the mains.

3. Disable Startup Apps

There are a ton of apps that are enabled on startup-run or start running right when the system boots up and which results in slow boot-up and even slow processing of the system at times when the startup apps consume more memory. You can disable certain apps that are not being used or those that are irrelevant to you.

Task manager startup tab
  • Open the Task Manager 
  • Look for the Startup section and click on it
  • Then just check the apps which are relevant to you and disable the remaining apps and done

Make sure to not disable the OS-related apps and drivers components. 

4. Terminate Background App

Like startup apps, various apps run in the background without even being used regularly. To stop those unnecessary apps from running and consuming memory, you need to disable them. But, make sure you aren’t disabling any essential system app.

background apps settings
  • Search for Background Apps in the windows search bar and open it
  • Now, look for apps one by one and disable them
  • There is also an option to disable the whole background running apps, which won’t allow any apps to run in the background. 
  • You can enable this if you have specific work to carry out. This will increase the speed and let the system carry out various major tasks faster.

5. Prefer Performance Over Transitions

In this method, you can tweak some of the animations/transitions of windows in the OS to make the most out of the memory while carrying out heavy tasks. This will minimize the transition effects within the OS which will result in better performance. Follow up by reading ahead!

adjust for best performance
  • Open the Properties of This PC 
  • Then, head to Advanced System Settings and select the Advanced option
  • Now, open Settings then select option i.e. Adjust for best performance and apply the selections

You might find the edges of the fonts a bit blurred or unsharpened when you enable the above-mentioned option. However, it can be solved.

smooth edges from performance options
  • Follow up on the above-mentioned steps 
  • Once you are in the Advanced system settings click on Customs
  • Now, select the Smooth Edges of screen fonts and apply the selections
  • The fonts will get back to normal.

You can follow this method to work faster but without any kinds of smooth transitions or effects.

6. Alter/Disable Additional Settings

When you use your system for a long period, there are a few settings/features which tend to be used for a while or so. But, these settings are left turned on forever which eventually involves a lot of processing within the system.

disable various system settings

There are tons of settings that you can alter to make the PC perform faster or smoother such as Notifications, Projecting To PC, Personalization and many more settings. All you have to do is head on to the settings option of your system and go through all the settings and disable or adjust whichever settings you feel can be adjusted or is irrelevant.

This will help your PC to perform better over time and your experience will be far better than the past ones. In short, you need to make settings as fluent and minimalistic as you can.

7. Uninstall Unwanted Software

There must be a few pre-installed or even 3rd party apps that are ought to be useless after a point in time and you should surely get rid of those apps. Select those apps from the Control panel or the App settings and just remove them from the system. This will save you some storage and computer memory as well which will result in even more fluent performance of the system. 

Apps and features uninstall drivers

Most of the users don’t go through the app list but you must have a check once in a while because there are always apps which we use just for once and those apps tend to pile up which isn’t good for the system.

8. Update Drivers & Windows

Drivers are one of the crucial parts of the system or you could say that the entire functions or capability of a specific system such as Wi-Fi connectivity, Speakers, Bluetooth and so on relies upon the driver’s function. Drivers are quite essential for the system and updating it regularly will also keep the system intact for a longer period which will also improve the performance in the long run.

intel driver support assistant
  • Visit the official website of the system brand that you are using and directly update drivers from there suppose Acer or Lenovo.
  • Options for official drivers are the best choice for the system.
  • You can also visit the Intel or AMD site to install respective drivers, depending on which processor your system has.
  • And if you have a dedicated or integrated VRAM then you can also visit the official website or also you can update it directly from the VRAM control panel.

Further, updating Windows frequently is also quite essential. I will agree that there are several issues with the updater but as a user, you should update Windows most frequently to ensure security and other important factors.

Hence, the best choice is to always keep every aspect updated in the system.

9. Pause Windows Update

Windows update takes a handful of computer memory while processing the files or whilst downloading and installing the update files. Also, the updates on Windows are random and frequent, you can easily get to see an update twice or even more in a month or so. If you are up for some heavy work then surely pausing the updates will allow the performance of the system to increase.

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Hence, to pause the updates or to temporarily disable the updates you will have to open the Windows Update Settings and click on the option (i.e. Pause Updates for 7 days)  multiple times to extend the date until the option gets disabled or you can directly go on to the Advanced Settings and select a particular date to pause updates.

10. Disk Cleanup 

Disk cleanup will remove all the unwanted backup files created by the system and will save you some storage memory. It scans for all the unwanted and shadow files which are of no use to the system anymore and just cleans it up. Surprisingly, it might save you more than 3-5GB at times. 

disk clean up
  • Open This PC and right-click on C drive (system drive)
  • Select the Disk Cleanup option in the Properties section
  • Now go on to more options and select the Clean Up option and further Delete the files i.e. shadow ones or other unwanted ones
  • Lastly, just delete the files from the disk cleanup option and done

Doing this frequently will surely improve the overall performance of the system.

11. Configure Storage sense

The above disk clean-up method does make sense because it removes all the unwanted files at once. What if there is an option to remove the unwanted files automatically, absolutely there is an option to do so!

configure storage sense
  • Search for Storage Sense in the Windows search bar and open it
  • Now, look for Configure Storage Sense and further turn it on
  • And now, set it to either every week or month as per your wish
  • Make sure to check the box for the removal of temporary files.

This will surely remove the unwanted system files within a set period of time but won’t be as accurate as the previous method.

12. Turn Off Metered Connection

Turning the metered connection off lets you use your connection without any hassle. Metered connection sets a limit to the access of data(internet connection), at times which might restrict the system to use the connection frequently. Eventually which results in system lags or dysfunction due to mishap of the connection.

turn off metered connection
  • Look for the Wi-Fi icon and open the properties of the connected network
  • Then, just scroll down and turn the metered connection off
  • And done!

13. Use Antivirus

There are numerous sources for the virus to enter your system and it is mostly from the internet. Viruses can turn your high-end PC into a literal potato PC.


However, there is Windows Defender these days which performs quite decently but if you are in search of particular software to tackle viruses and malware then Bitdefender is the one for you.

  • First of all, click here to download and install Bitdefender
  • Once you have installed it just open the software and start a full scan of the system 
  • Do it once in a week or two and your system will probably be virus-free!

14. Prefer SSD over HDD

SSD is way too powerful than HDD and if you have the budget to upgrade then, surely SSD is a must-have. It boosts gaming experience, booting speed and many more heavy processes can be carried out without any lags.

Overall, if you just equip an SSD to install just the OS in it. You can feel the system being faster and smoother in all aspects. Hence, an SSD is a must if you are a frequent user.


What are best the optimizers for speeding up Windows computers?

IObit System care, Piriform Ccleaner, and many more tools can be used to optimize the system processes. However, you can avoid spending money on those tools and follow the above-mentioned methods to make your system as good as a new one.

How do I clean my laptop to make it faster?

You can prefer Disk Cleanup to remove unwanted and redundant files or adjust Storage Sense to automatically remove the unnecessary system files.


Hence, these were the 14 best tips to make Windows faster and smoother. Share this post with all your friends using Windows OS, this post will help them out for sure. 

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