You don’t need a new computer with the latest, most expensive hardware to take advantage of Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 10. Speed up that older PC you bought in 2007and optimize it to run Windows 10 by following just a few, or all of these suggested tips. These are low cost alternatives to going out and buying a brand new computer; so  if your needs are limited to basic web browsing  and watching streaming videos, these tips are for you.

  • Upgrade boot drive to an SSD
    • An SSD will reduce your boot time to under a minute and in most cases just seconds.
  • Increase the RAM memory
    • A memory upgrade will be noticed anytime you open a bunch of browser tabs or decide to queue up a streaming movie online and you don’t freeze up or buffer constantly.
  • Clean-up the Startup menu
    • By cleaning up your Startup menu you can disable each program or app that loads automatically upon boot-up. I recommend disabling everything in the startup menu except MS Defender.
  • Update Windows and device drivers
    • For the best performance, the most “customizability”, and the most stability, you will want to install the most updated, specific drivers for each component.
  • Disable Syncing to OneDrive
    • Files in Windows 10 are saved to OneDrive automatically instead of locally on your PC. This lets you access your files from any internet connected device and it helps ensure that you have your files incase anything happens to your PC. This also means you will see a decrease in PC performance since your files must sync between your PC and the cloud to make sure both copies—the one on your PC and the one on OneDrive—are synced. However, syncing can slow down your PC. I recommend disabling.
  • Change Windows Power Settings
    • Change to “High Performance”. High Performance mode does not lower your CPU’s speed when not in use, keeping it running at higher speeds most of the time. It will also increase screen brightness. This will also boost performance of other components, such as your Wi-Fi or disk drive, which will not go into power-saving modes.

Helpful Tips for Increasing an Older PC’s Performance in Windows 10