Windows is still the main operating system in the country, because of its tradition here and also because of its intuitive interface, which allows employees of different technical levels to use it. Furthermore, there is a natural familiarity, as it is more present on personal computers.
However, many people only worry about optimizing Windows when a serious restart problem occurs. In this way, some opportunities to achieve more performance from the system on a daily basis are lost.
Therefore, in this post, we have prepared some tips on how to optimize Windows and also present some important information about it. Good reading!
Which Windows is the most used today?
Despite version number 11 arriving in October 2021, Windows 10 still holds the largest share of the market: there is more than 70% share of computers using the Microsoft operating system according to recent data.
Some of the reasons that explain the success of Windows 10 are the significant improvements compared to previous versions (8 and 8.1) and also the fact that it was offered as a free version for users who migrated in the first year of release.
Version 8 and the following upgrade, 8.1, contained many startup and performance flaws, which did not please those using Windows 7. This explains why many people were hesitant to migrate to version 11, as 10 is much more stable. .
How important is Windows optimization?
An optimized Windows ensures that employees can enjoy the full performance capabilities provided by hardware. Powerful computers often run slowly, but the real problem is in the operating system.
An optimized Windows starts faster, for example. This avoids those distractions that arise when the computer takes a long time to be available, cluttering up all the work in the sector.
Furthermore, a customer does not want to hear justifications such as “Sorry, sir, my computer crashed”.
What are 6 Windows performance optimization tips?
Now, we will show you the main disks so that your Windows is always operating at the best possible quality.
1. Change the power plan
On a business environment, performance is everything: employees need powerful machines to deliver results in less time. Not surprisingly, the workstations have become increasingly popular.
Windows 10 recognizes this issue and provides a tweak aimed at boosting CPU efficiency. Thus, you might employ the subsequent order:
- Look for the search bar in the lower left corner to find the “Control Panel.” Next, select the category “Hardware and sounds”;
- then locate “Power Options” and choose it;
- Lastly, just change the power mode to the “High performance” option. You can also look at the other options and choose the one that best suits your needs.
2. Disable programs running in the background
A slow computer delays the completion of tasks and even irritates the user, especially if some crashes occur. Windows 10 gives you the option to manage which procedures run in the background, ensuring performance and focus. Do the following:
- Look for the “Start” menu, then look for “Background applications”. You can also search for the term directly in the search bar;
- you will see a list of all apps running in the background. If you have never done this check, you may notice that there are many of them. Disable all those that have nothing to do with the programs you need to use;
- It is also possible to disable background apps globally: just disable this option at the top. If you do this, the computer will dedicate all of its processing power to foreground applications and essential system tasks.
3. Prevent programs that start by themselves from opening
Windows can also have several programs that start by themselves and that are not very useful in the business environment.
To prevent this, look for the “Task Manager” and then click on the “Startup” tab. Note the “Startup impact” field, which informs which programs have a high impact.
These are the main culprits for reduced performance. Therefore, to prevent a program that is not used frequently from starting on your computer, right-click on it and then “Disable”.
4. Perform system maintenance
Windows 10 has an integrated feature that is capable of performing maintenance tasks. Thus, it is possible to defragment the hard drive, check for updates and map malware and viruses to delete them.
This maintenance typically runs in the background when your computer is idle, but you can also perform it manually — especially if you have disabled this feature by mistake.
Thus, locate the “Security and Maintenance” option by opening the “Control Panel” and looking for it. Next, choose “Start maintenance” by clicking the arrow to reveal other maintenance options.
5. Disable transparency effects
Windows has some visual transparency effects, which can be dispensed with for the sake of performance. Therefore, follow these steps:
- look for the “Settings” tab in the search bar;
- access the “Personalization” category;
- Finally, access the “Colors” tab in the left menu to deactivate “Transparency effects”.
6. Upgrade the hard drive
One of the best ways to optimize company computers and, consequently, Windows, is to exchange traditional hard drives (HDD) for solid state drives (SSD).
Although SSDs are generally a little more expensive, the improvements in startup, program loading, and system response are worth the investment. Employees who serve customers, for example, will not suffer from frequent crashes.