Tips to improve PC performance in Windows

Tips to improve PC performance in Windows

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You may improve performance if you free some disk space on your PC.

To check for low disk space

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > System > Storage.Open Storage settings

  2. Your drives will be listed in the Storage area. Note the amount of free space and total size for each drive.

You can use Storage Sense to delete unnecessary or temporary files from your device, which can also free up space.

If you turn on Storage Sense, Windows will automatically free up space by getting rid of unnecessary files—including files in your recycle bin—when you’re low on disk space or at intervals you specify. The instructions below show you how to delete temporary files and how to turn on and configure Storage Sense.

If you can’t find Storage Sense on your device using the following steps, see the “Free up space with Disk cleanup” section below instead.

To delete temporary files with Storage Sense

  1. Open Settings, then select System > Storage.Open Storage settings

  2. Select Temporary files in the storage breakdown. Note: If you don’t see Temporary files listed, select Show more categories.

  3. Windows will take a few moments to determine what files and apps are taking up the most space on your PC.

  4. Select the items you want to delete, and then select Remove files.

To see what’s in your Recycle Bin before you empty it, open it from your desktop. If you don’t see the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop, in the search bar on the taskbar, type recycle bin, then select Recycle Bin from the list of results.

To turn on and configure Storage Sense

  1. Open Settings, then select System > Storage.Open Storage settings

  2. In the Storage management area, turn on Storage Sense.

  3. Select the > for Storage Sense to configure it.

  4. Under Cleanup of temporary files, ensure Keep Windows running smoothly by automatically cleaning up temporary system and app files is checked.

  5. Under Configure cleanup schedules, choose how often you want Storage Sense to run.

  6. For the files you want Storage Sense to delete (your choices are files in your Recycle Bin and in your Downloads folder), select the preferred time intervals, or select Never if you want Storage Sense to leave those types of files alone.

  7. Scroll down and select Run Storage Sense now.

  8. Windows will take a few moments to clean up your files, and then you’ll see a message indicating how much disk space has been freed up.

If your system doesn’t have Storage Sense, you can use the Disk Cleanup tool to delete temporary files and system files from your device.

To run Disk Cleanup

  1. Select Search, type disk cleanup, then select Disk Cleanup from the list of results.

  2. Select the checkbox next to the type of files you want to delete. (To view a description of each type of file, select the name.) By default, Downloaded Program Files, Temporary Internet Files, and Thumbnails are selected. Be sure to clear those check boxes if you don’t want to delete those files.

  3. To free up even more space, select Clean up system files. Disk Cleanup will take a few moments to calculate the amount of space that a can be freed up.

  4. Select the types of files you want to delete, select OK, then select Delete files in the confirmation window to start the cleanup.

If your PC still runs slowly, try uninstalling apps you don’t use anymore.

To uninstall apps you don’t use anymore

  1. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Apps > Apps & features.Open Apps & features settings

  2. Search for a specific app or sort them to see which ones are using the most space.

  3. When you find an app to remove, select the More icon next to it and, if possible, select Uninstall.

  4. Restart your PC and see if performance has improved.

If your PC still runs slowly, try moving files to another drive.

If you have photos, music, or other files that you want to keep but don’t use often, consider saving them to removable media, like a USB drive. You’ll still be able to use them when the drive is connected, but they won’t take up space on your PC.

To move files to another drive

  1. Connect the removable media to your PC.

  2. Select File Explorer from the taskbar and find the files you want to move.

  3. Select the files, go to Home, then select Move to > Choose location.

  4. Select your removable media from the location list, then select Move.

  5. Restart your PC and see if performance has improved.

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