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How to speed up a faltering Windows 10 computer

Windows 10 can be sped up by a proper reboot, or by uninstalling unnecessary programs such as virus scanners. — dpa

 

If your Windows 10 computer is taking ages to complete tasks, it might just take a reboot to fix the problem. However, shutting down your computer is not the same as rebooting it.

That’s because since Windows 8, shutting down your computer closes all programs but leaves the operating system in a sleep state. Windows 10 reboots itself only once a month, and that’s on Patch Tuesday when Microsoft delivers software updates.

One easy way to get Windows running normally again is to uninstall any unnecessary programs. With a little luck, that might remove any software that has been slowing things down.

Virus scanners are especially guilty of slowing things down, the experts say. If you have one of these, you can try deactivating it to see if that speeds things up. If it does, you can uninstall it.

You won’t have to worry about leaving your computer vulnerable to viruses because Windows will automatically install the operating system’s own anti-virus program, Defender. This is as good as its competitors but without slowing down the system.

As for those programs that promise to make your computer faster, they have been proven to do nothing at all, the experts say. – dpa

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