Once you clean install Windows 10, you would expect it work quicker.  To some people’s dismay, it may boot slowly and freeze sometimes. There are lot of complaints in Windows forums that Windows 10 is much slower than 7 and 8.1. But if you make the right tweaks, then this “sick” feeling can go away.

You just have to observe the working of Windows 10. Task Manager is a great app that shows, how your PC or Laptop uses Internet, CPU, RAM and Hard-Disk.  The major culprit for Windows 10 slowing down is inherent in the built-in apps, which come pre-installed. You cannot uninstall them like other 3rd party apps.

In this post, we are going to discuss 9 ways to speed up your Windows 10 PC.

1. Kill some built-in apps using CCleaner
2. Microsoft Edge and Cortana may cause problem
3. Re-Register or Reset Apps.
4. Unpin apps from Taskbar
5. Stop OneDrive as Startup Item
6. Turn Off or Disable certain Settings
7. Uninstall Unnecessary desktop apps
8. Do Clean Boot
9. Use SSD to install Windows 10

Kill some built-in apps using CCleaner

Microsoft has received negative reviews for pushing games and other apps to newly installed Pro systems. This includes Universal Platform applications, which get installaed by default.

No official explantion is there on why Candy Crush Saga, Seeker’s Notes, Netflix, Spotify etc are installed by default without any notice.

As we have seen earlier, these run in the background, download updates, give notifications etc taking precious CPU and RAM resources.

Personally after installing the 1809 version, I felt the same thing as Windows 10 installs these apps silently in the background without user involvement.

By default, you can uninstall apps from “Windows Settings”. But some apps don’t provide the privilege to do so. In that case, you can go through the below post, on how to delete built-in apps in Windows 10 using CCleaner.

Microsoft Edge and Cortana may cause problem

When I check my Task Manager in Windows 10, I find Microsoft Edge and Cortana seem to suspend processes with a “leaf” symbol. Though I could not understand the reason behind it, I find that these two programs are taking majority of the CPU cycle time.

Though I used the “End Task” option to close both of these apps, they seem to reappear.  Even after restarting they seem to suspend process, as if they are talking to somebody for unlimited time.

If you have the same problem, follow the below tweaks to re-register or reset them. This could be due to corruption of Cortana or Microsoft Edge system files.  You might be also using an older version of Windows 10 like 1511 or 1703 which could cause this.

Re-Register or Reset Apps

The best method to counter such unproductive apps, is to uninstall them. But Microsoft Edge and Cortana are so bound to Windows 10, that you cannot remove them.

In that case, you can terminate these processes, reset them.

Still if that fails you can reregister these apps, using PowerShell or Command Prompt.

To open PowerShell, you can press the Win + X key and click on PowerShell(admin).

Copy and paste the following command in PowerShell command window. You can press Ctrl + C to copy below and press Ctrl + V in the PowerShell window.

Get-AppXPackage -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose}

This will Re-Register for current account only.

To do the same for all accounts copy and paste the following command.

Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers -Name Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register “$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml” -Verbose}

You can also terminate, repair and reset using “Windows Settings” by following this post.

To Re-Register Cortana for current user, copy and paste the following command in PowerShell(Admin) mode.

Get-AppxPackage Microsoft.Windows.Cortana | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

For All users

Get-AppxPackage -AllUsers Microsoft.Windows.Cortana | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

Unpin apps from Taskbar

Since Taskbar is another process that starts during initial phase of booting, make sure that less apps are pinned to it.

In my case, I unpinned Microsoft Edge, Store, Mail, People.

This will make Windows 10 to load less apps on Taskbar when it is initiated.

Disable High Impact Startup Items

Another crucial factor for a quick Windows 10, is to stop high impact desktop apps or modern apps from starting up during boot.

For example, OneDrive takes time and connects to the Internet, during start up. Though this is important to sync your files and settings, you can disable it if you like.

Then you can manually invoke it, once the system starts.

Pro Tip:

I personally installed Windows 10 1809, after downloading it from the microsoft website. Initially for some unknown reasons, the bootup time and speed of operations was very slow.

I thought, this was due to Cortana and Microsoft Edge.

So I switched off all the options related to Cortana from “Windows Settings” (which can be invoked by pressing the Win + I keys).

This did not make any improvement and Windows 10 was still slow.

After ending Cortana task and re-registering it, I still faced the same problem.

So then I enabled all the options related to Cortana setting in “Windows Settings” (Control Panel of Windows 10).

After that, my computer seem to work fast and without any freeze or break.

So you can try disable and enable the Cortana settings, to see how they impact your Windows 10 performance.

Somehow, I feel that Cortana is integrated into Windows 10. So leaving the default settings when you install Win 10, will make it quick.

Turn Off or Disable certain Settings

As we know Windows 10 collects some information related to advertising and diagnostics.

So disabling these options could help you make your Windows 10 system run faster.

Using Windows Settings, you can turn off the following Settings.


  • Focus Assist
  • Storage Sense (if you have large storage)
  • Tablet Mode (if you are using laptop or desktop)
  • Shared Experiences
  • Clipboard


  • Bluetooth (if you are not using it)
  • Pen & Windows Ink
  • AutoPlay

Network & Internet

  • VPN (if you are not using it)
  • Airplane mode
  • Mobile hotspot

Gaming (if you are not a gamer like me)

  • Game bar
  • Captures
  • Game Mode


  • General (turn off most of the options, as they are related to advertising)
  • Inking & typing personalization
  • Radios
  • Background apps

Update & Security

  • Delivery Optimization
  • Uninstall Unnecessary desktop apps

Uninstall Unnecessary desktop apps

Still in 2019, there are lot of desktop apps (previously called programs and applications) installed in Windows 10. For example, some people still use Nero, Adobe Creative Cloud, Photoshop, Camtasia etc for their desktop needs.

Though I don’t comment, that these apps slow down your Windows 10 PC, but there are apps which can make your Win 10 computer slow.

In that case, use the “Programs & Features” of Control Panel to uninstall these programs and check the speed of your Windows 10 laptop or PC. If it is working quickly after uninstall, then that program is not compatible with Win 10.

This happens with many old programs written for Windows 7 or Vista and not updated to meet the new code requirements of Windows 10.

Do Clean Boot

Sometimes, you have a hunch that some service or driver is causing the issue. In that case, you can try starting Windows 10 with clean boot. To do this follow these steps. Source : https://support.logitech.com/en_ch/article/228

Clean boot in Windows 10

To perform a clean boot in  Windows 10:

  1. Press the “Windows + R” key to open a Run box.
  2. Type msconfig and click OK.
  3. On the General tab, click Selective startup.
  4. Clear the Load startup items check box.
  5. Click the Services tab.
  6. Select the Hide all Microsoft services check box (at the bottom).
  7. Click Disable all.
  8. Click the Startup tab.
  9. Click Open Task Manager.
  10. On the Startup tab, right-click each enabled startup item and select Disable.
  11. Click OK.
  12. Click Restart.

After completing your troubleshooting, restore your system by doing the following:

  1. Press the “Windows + R” key to open a Run box.
  2. Type msconfig and click OK.
  3. On the General tab, select Normal startup.
  4. Click the Services tab.
  5. Clear the Hide all Microsoft services check box.
  6. Click Enable all.
  7. Click the Startup tab.
  8. Click Open Task Manager and enable all of your startup programs.
  9. Click OK.
  10. Click Restart.
NOTE: Be sure you “Enable all” Microsoft services when you are done troubleshooting, and re-enable all programs in the Startup tab, or will you lose some OS functions (ex. internet connection) and some applications won’t get loaded during startup.

SSD to Install Windows 10

In 2019, HDD have become obsolete. These are spinning disks which make lot of sound. Also the sequential read/write speeds are also slow.

To circumvent this problem, you can use SSD disks. These make less noise and have read/write speeds of 500 MB/sec. In addition these have major benefits while booting and during normal operations.

It will make Windows 10 lot quicker and the performance gains can be seen immediately.

So if all the above tweaks fail, then it is time to change your hardware.

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