By now you’ve probably opted for a free upgrade to Windows 10?

Most users agree Windows 10 is speedy even when it’s running on old hardware but if you want to make Windows 10 run really fast, try these quick and easy configuration tweaks…

Faster Sign-in – Use a PIN!

For tight security we recommend using a long and complex password but if speed is of the essence try using a PIN. A PIN can be entered instantly without the need to press ‘Return/Enter’ – Signing into Windows has never been so quick!

Windows 10 PIN

To set a PIN: Go to Settings > Accounts > Sign-In options, click Add in the PIN section, Enter your account password and click OK. Type in your new PIN in the New PIN box. Click OK and you can now sign in with a PIN.

Enable Windows 10 Fast Start-ups

Fast Start-up can be configured in Windows 10 to ensure super-quick start-up times. Sign in to your computer using an administrator account, type Power Options in the Cortana search bar and select the Power Options control panel result. Click ‘Choose what the power buttons do’ on the left then click the ‘Change settings that are currently available’ link near the top. Scroll down and make sure the ‘Turn on fast start-up checkbox’ is ticked:

Widnows 10 Fast startup

Optimise Windows 10 Start-ups

When your computer starts up so do many programs, apps and services. These are all loading at the same time and slow the computer down. Start-up processes can be easily modified:

Right click on the Start button and choose Task Manager, click the arrow button at the bottom left to see more details. Click the Start-up tab at the top to list all the apps that load on start-up. Right click any you don’t need and select Disable. We recommend Googling any processes you’re unsure of in case they’re important.

Uninstall Bloatware

Bloatware is unwanted software that eats computer resources. It usually comes as free pre-installed software when you purchase a new PC or quietly installs in the background when installing new software.

Bloatware can easily be removed by right-clicking the Start button and clicking Control Panel. Go to Programs and Features (if Control Panel is in Category view, go to Uninstall a Program). Choose the programs you don’t want and uninstall


More information on Windows 10 bloatware can be found in at the following site:

Keep drivers up to date

Keeping drivers, software and BIOS up-to-date ensures a fast and reliable computer. Hardware manufacturers such as Dell and HP provide driver update software to make Windows 10 driver updates a breeze!

Check your computer manufacturers support website for driver update software. Once installed it can be run regularly to ensure everything is up-to-date.

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