Speed up Windows 10Source: Windows Central

Although Windows 10 is a fast system (especially on modern hardware), at some point, the performance will start degrading as a result of many factors, including compatibility issues and bugs, viruses or other types of malware, hardware problems, and more.

If you notice that your device is getting slower, it does not necessarily mean you have to replace it immediately. A few simple software and hardware tweaks can significantly speed up the Windows 10 experience.

In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through 20 ways you can try to speed up, optimize, and improve the performance of your computer – whether it has an older or modern hardware configuration.

  1. Restart device
  2. Disable startup apps
  3. Disable relaunch apps on startup
  4. Disable background apps
  5. Uninstall non-essential apps
  6. Install quality apps only
  7. Clean up hard drive space
  8. Use drive defragmentation
  9. Configure ReadyBoost
  10. Perform malware scan
  11. Install latest update
  12. Switch to high performance power plan
  13. Disable system visual effects
  14. Disable search indexing
  15. Increase page file size
  16. Restore previous working state
  17. Repair Windows setup files
  18. Reset device to factory defaults
  19. Upgrade to faster drive
  20. Upgrade system memory

1. Restart device

Although it might be obvious, it's not the first thing that comes to everyone's mind, but shutting down and restarting your device is among the first things on the list you want to do to improve the overall experience.

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When you shut down or restart, the system will close all the running applications and processes. And the data stored in memory will be cleared, which should help resolve the most common performance issues caused by keeping the operating system running for a long time.

To shut down and restart the device, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Click the Power button.
  3. Select the Shut down option.

    Windows 10 shutdown optionSource: Windows Central

    Quick tip: The "Sleep" or "Hibernate" options do not reset the system session or clear the data in memory.

  4. Press the power button to turn on the computer.

After you complete the steps, Windows 10 will start again, and this time the performance should improve.

2. Disable startup apps

Many applications can configure themselves to start automatically during startup and continue to run in the background, wasting valuable system resources that can significantly slow down the experience.

If you want to speed up Windows 10, you should disable all these applications running at startup or those you do not use regularly.

To disable apps at startup on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Startup.
  4. Click the Sort by menu and select the Startup impact option.
  5. Turn off the toggle switch for any unnecessary app (especially those marked as "High impact" by the system).

    Windows 10 disable startup appsSource: Windows Central

  6. Restart your computer.

Once you complete the steps, the device should now start faster than before. Of course, the improvement gain will vary depending on the apps you disabled and hardware configuration.

3. Disable apps relaunch on startup

Windows 10 has a feature that can restart the apps from your last session after a reboot even before you sign in. Although this is a useful feature that can speed up the process to resume where you left off quickly, it can also impact the system performance.

If the app re-launch at startup is enabled, you can disable it with these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Accounts.
  3. Click on Sign-in options.
  4. Under the "Restart apps" section, turn off the toggle switch.

    Windows 10 disable restart apps startupSource: Windows Central

After you complete the steps, the apps you are using won't reopen during the next restart speeding up the overall system performance.

4. Disable background apps

On Windows 10, certain applications can continue to run tasks in the background even when using them. If you want to speed up your device as much as possible, you can decide which apps can operate in the background or disable the feature to block all apps.

To stop apps from running in the background, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Privacy.
  3. Click on Background apps.
  4. Turn off the toggle switch for the apps you want to stop running in the background.

    Windows 10 disable background appsSource: Windows Central

  5. (Optional) Turn off the Let apps run in the background toggle switch to disable the feature for all modern apps (excluding win32 apps).

Once you complete the steps, apps will not waste any more resources when you do not actively use them to increase system performance.

The option is only available for Microsoft Store apps. If you have some traditional desktop apps that run in the background, you will need to change the application settings.

5. Uninstall non-essential apps

Usually, new devices come bundled with many applications you do not need, including the usual bloatware and system tools you will never use and will only waste space on the hard drive and resources. When you are trying to increase the system performance, you should always remove those non-essential applications.

To uninstall non-essential apps on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Apps.
  3. Click on Apps & features.
  4. Select the app to remove.
  5. Click the Uninstall button.

    Windows 10 uninstall appsSource: Windows Central

  6. Click the Uninstall button again. Or continue with on-screen directions to finish removing the app.

After you complete the steps, you may need to repeat the instructions to uninstall other non-essential apps from the device.

6. Install quality apps only

Here is a well-known piece of advice. Old and poorly designed apps and apps that load unnecessary features can negatively affect performance. Also, just because an app comes from a known company does not mean it's a good app.

If you want to keep your device in a good healthy and snappy, only install good apps. Typically, you want to install apps available from the Microsoft Store, which have been checked for security and performance. If the app is not available through the store, only download apps from trusted sources and confirm they were designed for Windows 10.

If you are not sure, you can research online to get more information about the app. For example, you can check the software vendor's forums to check whether users are experiencing issues or post a question in the forums to find out more details.

To install apps from the Microsoft Store, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Store.
  2. Use the searh box from the top-right corner to find the app.
  3. Select the app from the result.

    Microsoft Store search appSource: Windows Central

  4. Click the Get or Install button.

    Windows 10 install appSource: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, the app will install on your computer. If the app is not available in the Microsoft Store, then download the installer from the trusted source, and follow the vendor support website step to install and configure the program.

7. Clean up hard drive space

Whether it is a traditional Disk Hard Drive (HDD) or Solid-State Drive (SSD), it's never wise to use a device with the hard drive almost full because it will affect performance.

If the device has relatively new hardware and you notice apps, managing files, and other tasks are struggling to complete, it is likely because the drive is running out of space. Typically, this becomes more evident after 70 percent of the total capacity has been used.

One way to prevent the storage from impacting performance is to use Storage Sense to delete temporary and unnecessary files to reclaim space.

To free up space with Storage Sense on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on Storage.
  4. Under the "Local Disk" section, click the Temporary files option. (If you do not see the option, click the Show more categories option to view the remaining items in the list.)

    Windows 10 temporary files optionSource: Windows Central

  5. Check the files you want to delete to reclaim space and improve system performance.

    Quick tip: When selecting the temporary files, remember that checking the Downloads option will delete everything inside the "Downloads" folder. If you want to keep these files, do not check this option. Also, you can select to delete the "Previous Windows Installation(s)" item (if applicable). However, once you delete these files, you won't be able to roll back to a previous version if you are having issues.

  6. Click the Remove files button.

    Delete temporary files optimize drive speedSource: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, if Storage Sense could reclaim enough space, the device's performance should be noticeably improved.

In addition to using Storage Sense, you can use also OneDrive Files On-demand feature to free up space. You can use these instructions to set up Files On-demand on your device.

If you could not reclaim enough space, use this guide to find more ways to optimize the storage.

8. Use drive defragmentation

If you have a device with older hardware with a traditional rotating platters hard drive, organizing the data can increase the machine's responsiveness.

To run the defragmentation tool, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on Storage.
  4. Under the "More storage settings" section, click the Optimize Drives option.

    Windows 10 optimize drives optionSource: Windows Central

  5. Select the drive that needs defragmentation.
  6. Click the Optimize button.

    Windows 10 defragmentation increase performanceSource: Windows Central

After you complete the steps, the utility will rearrange the files to make them accessible more quickly the next time they are needed, translating into noticeable performance improvement. The only caveat is that the process can take a long time depending on the amount of data stored on the drive. (If you have an older system, it is best to leave the process running overnight.)

If you have a device with an SSD, using the defragmentation tool will run the trim command to inform the storage device of the blocks with data that can be safely erased. This process can significantly improve performance because the drive won't have to erase the blocks during the writing data process.

9. Configure ReadyBoost

In addition, to use the defragmentation tool on devices with older hardware, you can also use the ReadyBoost feature to speed up your computer.

ReadyBoost is not new to Windows 10, it's been around for many years, and it is a feature that uses a flash drive or SD card to cache files to boost the overall system performance. (If the device has an SSD, this feature won't be available since it is unlikely to offer additional benefits.)

To enable ReadyBoost on Windows 10, connect a USB flash drive, and use these steps:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Click on "This PC" from the left pane.
  3. Under the "Devices and drives" section, right-click the USB flash drive and select the Properties option.

    Removable drive propertiesSource: Windows Central

  4. Click on the ReadyBoost tab.
  5. Select the Dedicate this device to ReadyBoost option.

    Enable ReadyBoostSource: Windows Central

  6. Click the Apply button.
  7. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the removable drive should help to boost the performance of the computer.

If you need a USB flash drive to use with ReadyBoost, we recommend the SanDisk Extreme Go because of its storage capacity, reliability, and price.

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The SanDisk Extreme Go (CZ800) is an excellent choice to use with the ReadyBoost feature. The USB drive offers up to 128GB of storage with fast transfer speeds of up to 200MB/s, it's backed by a strong brand, and it is affordable.

10. Perform malware scan

When a device starts to operate slow, this could be a sign of a malware infection. Usually, viruses, spyware, and other malware types are known to take up many system resources making a device unusable.

Although Windows 10 comes with Microsoft Defender Antivirus, it does not guarantee that malware will make its way into the system. If you suspect the computer has been infected, you should try running a full virus scan.

To run a full virus scan on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Windows Security and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Click on Virus & threat protection.
  4. Under the "Virus & threat protection updates" section, click the Check for updates option.

    Microsoft Defender check for updates optionSource: Windows Central

  5. Click the Check for updates button.

    Update Microsoft Defender optionSource: Windows Central

  6. Click on Virus & threat protection from the left pane.
  7. Under the "Current threats" section, click the Scan options option.

    Microsoft Defender Scan OptionsSource: Windows Central

  8. Select the Full scan option.

    Microsoft Defender full scan speed up Windows 10Source: Windows Central

  9. Click the Scan now button.

After you complete the steps, Microsoft Defender Antivirus should detect and remove any malware impacting performance.

Microsoft Defender Offline scan

If you cannot use Microsoft Defender Antivirus because it's not running, the definition does not update, or there are problems completing a scan, the device is likely infected with complex malware that cannot be removed while the OS is running. If this is the case, the antivirus includes an option to perform an offline scan.

To complete a Microsoft Defender Antivirus offline scan, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Windows Security and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Click on Virus & threat protection.
  4. Under the "Current threats" section, click the Scan options option.

    Microsoft Defender Scan OptionsSource: Windows Central

  5. Select the Microsoft Defender Offline scan option.

    Mcirosoft Defender Offline ScanSource: Windows Central

  6. Click the Scan now button.

Once you complete the steps, the system will restart automatically into the offline experience of Microsoft Defender, and it will perform a scan to detect and remove any threats that could not be removed while Windows 10 was running.

If you use other antimalware solutions like Malwarebytes, Bitdefender, Trend Micro, or Norton, check their support documentation to remove viruses and other malicious programs.

11. Install latest update

Microsoft is always proactively releasing updates to fix problems, add new features, and patch security vulnerabilities. While sometimes updates are the reason for things not working correctly, maintaining the update can speed up your computer.

Install cumulative updates

On Windows 10, updates happen automatically, but depending on the update or how the device is configured, they don't always download and install as soon as they become available. If your computer is running slower than usual, it could be possible that an update is available to improve performance.

To install updates manually on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Click the Check for updates button.

    Windows 10 install updatesSource: Windows Central

  5. (Optional) Under the "Optional updates available" section, click the Download and install now option if there's a cumulative update available.
  6. Click the Restart now button.

After you complete the steps, the new update should help to improve system performance.

Upgrade to latest version

If the device has an older release of Windows 10, upgrading to the most recent version can speed up the performance or introduce new features that could make you more productive to get work done faster.

To bring a Windows 10 device to the most recent version, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Windows Update.
  4. Click the Check for updates button.

    Windows 10 version 20H2 downloadSource: Windows Central

  5. Under the "Feature Update" section, click the Download and install now option if a new version is available. (If the option is not available, the computer already has the most recent version installed, or the new version is not yet fully compatible with your hardware configuration.)
  6. Click the Restart now button.

Once you complete the steps, the computer will restart to apply the new version, improving the overall system performance.

Update device drivers

If your computer is running slow because of a compatibility issue or a poorly designed driver, you may be able to resolve the performance issue by downloading and installing the most stable or pre-release version of the driver available from the manufacturer support website manually.

Before proceeding, you need to download the latest available driver package from your device manufacturer website, uncompress the files using the self-extracting or .zip extension file, and then use these steps:

Quick note: Whenever possible, it is recommended to use the manufacturer support website instructions to complete this task. If instructions are not available, then you can refer to the steps below.

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Device Manager and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Expand the branch for the device driver causing problems. For example, Display adapters to update the video driver.
  4. Right-click the device and select the Update driver option.

    Device Manager update driver optionSource: Windows Central

  5. Click the Browse my computer for driver software option.

    Browse my computer for drivers optionSource: Windows Central

  6. Under the "Search for drivers in this location" section, click the Browse button.

    Device Manager locate driver update filesSource: Windows Central

  7. Select the folder with the device driver installation files.
  8. Click the OK button.
  9. Click the Next button.
  10. Click the Close button.

After you complete the steps, the new version of the driver will install to address compatibility or any other issues impacting the system and boosting performance.

On Windows 10, there are multiple ways to update device drivers. If you need additional assistance, you can use this guide that outlines different methods to update a driver manually.

Update applications

Outdated apps can slow down a computer, and usually, this is due to bugs or compatibility problems with a new version of Windows 10.

While apps you install from the Microsoft Store can update automatically, many traditional desktop apps need to be updated manually. If you have an app causing performance problems, you should check your software support website for a newer update and the instructions to install it.

To update Microsoft Store apps manually, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Store.
  2. Click the See more (ellipsis) button from the top-right corner.
  3. Select the Downloads and updates option.

    Microsoft Store downloads and updates optionSource: Windows Central

  4. Click the Get updates button.
  5. Click the Update all option

    Microsoft Store download app updatesSource: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, if updates are available, they will download and install automatically.

12. Switch to high performance power plan

Windows 10 includes different plans (Balanced, Power saver, and High performance) to optimize the power usage. If you want to boost the system performance, use the "High performance" option since it allows the device to use more power to operate faster.

To select a new power plan on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Power & sleep.
  3. Under the "Related settings" section, click the Additional power settings option.

    Additional power settings optionSource: Windows Central

  4. Click the Show additional plans option (if applicable).
  5. Select the High-performance power plan.

    Windows 10 high performance power optionSource: Windows Central

If the power plan is not available, you may need to create a custom power plan to improve performance using the "High performance" settings.

On laptops, you can also change the "Power mode" to increase performance by tapping or clicking the battery icon in the taskbar's notification area and selecting the Best performance option using the slider.

13. Disable system visual effects

On Windows 10, you will find many visual effects from animations to shadows to more advanced visuals elements, such as blur and transparency, reveal highlight, and part of the Fluent Design language.

Although these effects can make the experience more visually appealing, they also require system resources that can slow down computers with older hardware. However, you can disable these effects to save resources and make Windows 10 seem a little faster.

Disable visual effects

To disable animations, shadows, smooth fonts, and other effects on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on About.
  4. Under the "Related settings" section, click the Advanced system settings option from the right pane.

    Settings About Advanced system settings optionSource: Windows Central

  5. Click the Advanced tab.
  6. Under the "Performance" section, click the Settings button.

    Settings About Advanced system settings optionSource: Windows Central

  7. Click the Visual Effects tab.
  8. Select the Adjust for best performance option to disable all the effects and animations.

    Adjust for best performance optionSource: Windows Central

    Quick tip: Using this option will also affect the way fonts are rendered. If you want to keep fonts crisp and more readable, select the Custom option, clear all the settings, but leave the Smooth edges of screen fonts option checked.

  9. Click the Apply button.
  10. Click the OK button.

Once you complete the steps, the visual effects will disable, and interacting with elements (windows and menus) will feel more responsive.

Disable transparency effects

To speed up Windows 10 disabling Fluent Design effects, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click on Colors.
  4. Turn off the Transparency effects toggle switch.

    Windows 10 disable transparency increase system speedSource: Windows Central

After you complete the steps, Windows 10 will not only feel faster, but your device will free up some system resources for more important tasks.

14. Disable search indexing

Although Windows 10 search is an important feature to find apps, settings, and files, the indexing process can sometimes consume many resources that can negatively impact the experience – especially on low-end devices. If you keep your files organized, you can slow down the indexing process by excluding all search locations.

To configure the indexer to improve system performance on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Search.
  3. Click on Search Windows.
  4. Under the "More Search Indexer Settings" section, click the Advanced Search Indexer Settings option.

    Advanced Search Indexer Settings Source: Windows Central

  5. Click the Modify button.

    Modify Indexing OptionsSource: Windows Central

  6. Click the Show all locations button.

    Indeder locations show all locationsSource: Windows Central

  7. Under the "Change selected locations" section, clear all the selected locations.

    Windows 10 disable indexer to improve performanceSource: Windows Central

  8. Click the OK button.
  9. Click the Close button.

Once you complete the steps, Windows Search will continue to run on your device, but Windows 10 will no longer index the specified locations, which should improve the overall performance.

15. Increase page file size

On Windows 10, the "page file" is a hidden file on the hard drive that works as memory, and it acts as an overflow of the system memory, which holds data for apps currently running on the device.

If you increase the size of the paging file, it can help to boost system performance.

To modify the page file to increase performance, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on System.
  3. Click on About.
  4. Under the "Related settings" section, click the Advanced system settings option.

    Settings About Advanced system settings optionSource: Windows Central

  5. Click the Advanced tab.
  6. Under the "Performance" section, click the Settings button.

    System properties performance settingsSource: Windows Central

  7. Click the Advanced tab.
  8. Under the "Virtual memory" section, click the Change button.

    Virtual Memory Change ButtonSource: Windows Central

  9. Clear the Automatically manage paging files size for all drives option.
  10. Select the Custom size option.
  11. Specify the initial and maximum size for the paging file in megabytes.

    Configure virtual memory increase performanceSource: Windows Central

    Quick tip: Typically, it is recommended to use a number one and a half times the total available memory for the "Initial size" and three times of available memory for the "Maximum size" when possible. You can confirm the total amount of memory available on the About settings page.

  12. Click the Set button.
  13. Click the OK button.
  14. Click the OK button again.
  15. Restart your computer.

After you complete the steps, the device will restart, and you should then notice a boost in performance while using apps. The performance will be more noticeable when configuring the page file in a Solid-State Drive.

If the new settings are causing issues or performance does not improve, you can always revert the changes with the same instructions outlined above. However, on step No. 9, make sure to select the System managed size option and check the Automatically manage paging files size for all drives option.

16. Restore previous working state

Sometimes your computer will begin to slow down after installing a new system update, device driver, or application. If you cannot determine why the device is slow, you can undo any changes by restoring the previous working state using a System Restore point.

To apply a restore point to fix performance issues on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Create a restore point and click the top result to open the System Properties app.
  3. Click the System Protection tab.
  4. Click the System Restore button.

    System Restore buttonSource: Windows Central

  5. Click the Next button.
  6. Select the most recent restore point to resolve the performance issue.

    Windows 10 select restore pointSource: Windows Central

  7. Click the Scan for affected programs button to identify the apps that will be removed if they were installed after the restore point was created.
  8. Click the Close button.
  9. Click the Next button.
  10. Click the Finish button.

Once you complete the steps, the computer will roll back to a previous state bringing back when performance was not an issue.

When applying a restore point, your files will be preserved, but the process will remove system changes, updates, drivers, and applications installed after the restore point was created.

System Restore is not enabled by default. This means you must set it up before you can revert system changes.

17. Repair Windows setup files

If the device shows signs of performance issues, it could be due to corrupted system files. If this is the case, you can use the Deployment Image Service and Management Tool (DISM) and System File Checker (SFC) command-line tools to fix the setup without reinstallation.

Fix installation files with DISM

To use DISM to repair corrupted system files to improve performance and stability on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and click the Run as Administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to repair the installation and press Enter:

    DISM /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

    Dism repair Windows 10 speedSource: Windows Central

After you complete the steps, the device should now operate normally if the utility is finished successfully. If the scan had issues, then you should also use the SFC command-line tool. (You can always learn more about this feature in our DISM walkthrough guide.)

Fix installation files with SFC

To use SFC to repair corrupted system files, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and click the Run as Administrator option.
  3. Type the following command to repair the installation and press Enter:

    sfc /scannow

    SFC command to fix Windows 10 performanceSource: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, the tool should be able to fix any problem affecting performance.

You can check this guide with more details on using the System File Checker tool, including the steps to view scan details, repair individual files, and perform an offline system repair.

18. Reset device to factory defaults

Alternatively, you can also reset the computer to the factory default settings to start fresh with a clean copy of Windows 10 to improve startup and shutdown, battery life, and overall system performance.

Warning: If you choose to erase your files, you should consider creating a full backup or make a copy of your files to an external drive before proceeding.

To reset a device to its default settings, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Update & Security.
  3. Click on Recovery.
  4. Under the "Reset this PC" section, click the Get started button.

    Windows 10 reset this PC optionSource: Windows Central

  5. Click the Keep my files button. (You can also click the Remove everything button to erase everything and install a clean copy of Windows 10.)

    Windows 10 reset with keep files optionSource: Windows Central

  6. Select the Local reisntall option.

    Reset this PC local reinstall optionSource: Windows Central

    Quick tip: If you want a clean installation of Windows 10 without the apps that came pre-installed with the device or if the Local reinstall option does not work, select the Cloud download option.

  7. Click the Next button button.
  8. Click the Reset button.

    Windows 10 reset device optionSource: Windows Central

After you complete the steps, Windows 10 will be reinstalled, removing previous configurations, settings, and apps to help you boost system performance. If you selected the option to remove everything, remember to restore your files from a previous backup after the process.

If you are looking to install Windows 10 from scratch, check out our in-depth guide to perform a clean installation.

19. Upgrade to faster drive

If, even after going through the reset process, you are not noticing performance improvements, then it might be time to upgrade the hard drive to an SSD.

Upgrading to a Solid-State Drive is perhaps one of the best ways to increase performance on older hardware. Usually, it's because SSDs do not have moving parts like traditional hard drives, which means data can be read and written a lot faster.

When you replace an HDD with an SSD, Windows 10 will boots noticeable faster, apps will launch and run quicker, and the overall performance will be snappier and faster.

Crucial MX500 SSDSource: Windows Central

If you plan to upgrade to an SSD, we recommend the Samsung 860 EVO because of its fast performance, reliability, and five-year warranty.

Blazing speeds

Samsung 860 EVO

The Samsung 860 EVO is one of the most popular Solid-State Drives (SSD) because of its reliability and price. It also offers excellent performance (with up to 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write speeds) compared to traditional hard drives, and every drive is backed with a five-year warranty.

20. Upgrade system memory

Insufficient system memory can also be why your desktop or laptop is running slow, especially if you work with multiple apps and many open tabs in the web browser.

If you want to determine whether your computer needs more memory, you first need to find out the total amount of memory installed on the device and how the system is using it.

To view the total amount and current memory usage, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Task Manager, and click the top result to open the app.
  3. Click the Performance tab.
  4. Click on Memory from the left pane.
  5. On the right, check the total amount of RAM in the top-right corner, and in the bottom-left corner, under "In use (Compressed)," you can find the out total amount of memory currently in use.

    Task Manager check if RAM upgrade is neededSource: Windows Central

If the total amount of "in use" memory is constantly high (around 80 percent), then it's time to add memory sticks.

Although the process to add more memory is relatively straightforward, finding a compatible kit can be tricky. Always remember to use Task Manager to find out the type of memory you need and if there are any slots available. It is also recommended to check your device manufacturer's website to find more specific information about the memory requirements.

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