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If you have a Windows 10 machine that’s old or doesn’t have much RAM, you’re probably fed up by how slow it feels. Fortunately, there are a few small tweaks you can make to the system’s Settings to produce a smoother experience.

Namely, you can adjust startup settings This Easy Trick Makes Windows 10 Start Up Faster This Easy Trick Makes Windows 10 Start Up Faster There are plenty of ways you can fix slow boot times on a Windows 10 computer, but one of the simplest things you can do only takes a few minutes of your time. Read More to make your machine boot faster and you can also adjust the visual effects settings to make the actual user experience feels smoother.

To tweak visual effects settings:

  1. Open up System Properties on your computer. There are a couple of ways you can do this. Using the Cortana search feature, type in the following: Sysdm.cpl and hit Enter. Or in Windows Explorer, right-click This PC and select Properties from the context menu. In the window that opens up, click Advanced System Settings.
  2. You should see a small popup window with several tabs. Click on the Advanced tab, and under Performance click Settings.
  3. On the Visual Effects tab, select Adjust for best performance. 

All of the animations and visual effects that were previously toggled on will all be turned off in one go. 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.)

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Do you prefer to sacrifice appearance for speed? What other tips or tricks do you use to speed up your machine? Let us know in the comments. 

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  1. pmshah
    August 23, 2017 at 11:55 am

    There is one thing one can do..Upon startup just run the following command at command prompt....

    pskill chrome

    Of course you will need Sysinternal's utility pack for pskill.exe . Your memory usage most likely will drop by 50 %.

  2. pmshah
    August 23, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Is this option available on Win 19 Home ? My netbook got upgraded to Win 10. Any speedup would help greatly.

  3. Jonathan McRobert
    August 22, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I've been doing something like this for years...not quite that drastic, but it makes a big difference. I turn off any "fade" or transparency options, the "slide open combo boxes" and "smooth scroll list boxes". Makes a big difference without making Windows appear like it's been neutered.

  4. Siz
    August 18, 2017 at 12:54 am

    Haha, this article still is biased toward Windows. You don't want Windows as your host machine. You want Linux as your host and in the rare occasion you need Windows, run that as a guest machine using VirtualBox. Linux Mint is sooooo good, you'll never look back.

    • Aaron Murphy
      August 22, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      It might be that the article is biased towards Windows because it was actually *written about Win10*. If you want an article biased towards Linux, you can read one of the multitude of articles on this site written about Linux.

      • Dave P.
        August 22, 2017 at 6:41 pm

        Oh......well played, sir!

  5. Kunjesh
    August 17, 2017 at 5:02 am

    I have toggled off thumbnails there. This makes my windows open up faster and takes less memory. I have also disabled cortana feature and various other startup gunctions that i think are futile.

    • Anurag
      August 18, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      How to do this

    • Anurag
      August 18, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      How to toggle off thumbnail and disable Cortana

      • Kunjesh
        August 22, 2017 at 3:19 am

        In the window shown in this article, unselect show thumbnails instead of icons. And, to disable cortana, just toggle off cortana's permission and features in cortana settings. And, rest of the useless startup functions can be turned off using task manager

  6. Pavan
    August 16, 2017 at 9:11 am

    Wow this worked like charm on my netbook

  7. Neill808
    August 16, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Msconfig - turn off all the unnecessary startup and background processes. Best upgrade to a slow PC: SSD.

  8. Manoj
    August 16, 2017 at 3:12 am

    Use Windows Readyboost feature.You need class 10 SDHC memory card - 8Gb or more. Awesome improvement n performance and you needn't sacrifice animations etc.

    • Rev Lee
      August 23, 2017 at 2:12 am

      ReadyBoost has never worked well enough to be useful no matter how fast the memory card is. It definitely does not provide an awesome improvement in performance. Mor on the line of one or two percent. Additional ram or an SSD will provide a much more significant performance boost for about the same money.

      • Manoj
        August 31, 2017 at 6:05 am

        Beg to differ. In my case it definitely improved performance very significantly in a Yoga 510 with 4GB RAM with Windows 10 eating up half of it. Besides that a SDHC class 10 memory card costs just about $10 vs almost $80 for DDR4 Memory. Saved me a trip to the service centre too.

  9. CHAITANYA REDDY MANDHADI
    August 16, 2017 at 1:34 am

    I think you are new to windows. You can find this setting in XP too.

    • Arun
      August 16, 2017 at 3:07 am

      You are correct, she might be new to windows. Damn useless tip. Almost every windows user knows this.

  10. AC
    August 15, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I like to turn off all animations/fading/scrolling but leave the rest of the effects.

  11. Mahadevan
    August 15, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    In the control panel, select power options by default it is Balanced, change to ,high performance for desktops

  12. SJ
    August 15, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Great so far the only difference is the sharpness in the don't is somediminished, but the speed has improved tremendously.

    • Bill
      August 15, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      You have to re-enable and run the "Clear Type" program
      after you use her tip.

      • SW
        August 16, 2017 at 12:53 pm

        How do I do this?

        • Bill
          August 16, 2017 at 12:55 pm

          Type clear into Cortana. It will be the top pick

      • Dave Perry.
        August 22, 2017 at 6:53 pm

        I've turned everything off except: "Smooh edges of screen fonts". Been doing this since Win98 and it perks up most machines instantly with that drain on resources removed. A bit bland on appearnce, I grant you, after it's done but I think it's worth it for the speed gain, especially on a lower-powered machine. I also switch the wallpaper to a solid colour, rather than a picture. Personally, I use a rather fetching shade of blue.