Making Your Windows 10 computer perform faster isn’t hard. You just need a few simple tips and tricks. This article covers several methods to make Windows 10 faster and improve its performance.

1. Keep Windows 10 updated

Here’s the first “no brainer.” Perhaps the quickest and easiest way to keep your Windows 10 machine running at optimum performance is to keep it updated at all times. Microsoft is constantly working on ways to improve Windows, so it makes sense to be on the latest and greatest version. Thanks to Windows Update, when a new software version is available it will automatically download and install, but you can double check and manually update by going to the Start button then Settings  > Update & security  > Windows Update, and click Check for updates. If there are updates, they’ll download and install. Reboot your computer and you’re ready to resume working.

2. Go opaque

Windows 10’s new Start menu is sexy and see-through, but that transparency will cost you some (slight) resources. To reclaim those resources, you can disable transparency in the Start menu, taskbar, and action center: Open the Settings menu and go to Personalization > Colors and toggle off Make Start, taskbar, and action center transparent.

3. No tipping In an effort to be helpful

Windows 10 will sometimes give you tips on how to get the most out of the OS. It scans your computer in order to do this, a process that can have a slight impact on performance. To turn off these tips, go to Start > Settings > System > Notifications & actions and toggle off Get tips, tricks and suggestions as you use Windows.

4. Kill bloatware

Sometimes the biggest factor slowing down your PC isn’t Windows 10 itself, but bloatware or adware that takes up CPU and system resources. Adware and bloatware are particularly insidious because they may have been installed by your computer’s manufacturer. You’d be amazed at how much more quickly your Windows 10 PC can run if you get rid of it.

5. Add More RAM

Windows 10 manages memory more efficiently than earlier versions of the OS, but more memory always can potentially speed up PC operations.