How To Fix Windows 10 Slow Performance

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If you’ve been running the Windows 10 on your computer, even with the newest hardware, you might notice that the operating system seems to slow down or lag at times where menus open slowly or sporadic mouse and keyboard movement. The fixes below have had good reports of fixing Windows 10 slow performance.

While searching around for some tweaks, I came across a thread on the Microsoft Community forums and one suggestion was to change the settings for the Paging File to fix Windows 10 slow performance. By default, in all versions of Windows, it is set to allow the system to manage it.

How To Fix Windows 10 Slow Performance

If you’re noticing slow performance in Windows 10, try changing the Initial Size and Maximum Size to the Recommended File Size for both.

  • Click on Start and type “Performance” and click on “Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows” (as seen in the image above)
  • Go to the Advanced tab and click on Change in the Virtual Memory section.

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  • Now uncheck the option Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.
  • Select the C: drive where Windows 10 is installed and then choose Custom Size. If you have a 2nd hard drive, then disable the Page File on your C: drive and enable it on your 2nd drive and set that one to Custom Size. Then change Initial Size and Maximum Size to the Recommended Values by Windows which is in the Total Paging File Size For All Drives section.
  • NOTE: Your recommended value will be different than the image below, use whatever your’s shows

windows 10 slow page file

  • Now click Set and then hit OK to save the settings.
  • Reboot the computer for the changes to take effect and fix the Windows 10 slow performance.

Leave your feedback in the comments if this showed improvement for you or not.

If you experience worse performance, you can go back into this setting and change it back to System Managed Size

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Option 2: How To Fix Windows 10 Slow Performance

This tip is an oldie but goodie. These settings have been around since Windows XP, but you can still apply them to Windows 10. These will help visually speed things up in Windows 10, especially if you have an older video card or a machine with less RAM. You can read the article Tech Tip: Visually Speed Up Windows 8 (7/Vista/XP).


  • Search for your Control Panel
  • Click on System
  • Click on Advanced System Settings in the left column
  • Under the Advanced tab, click on Settings in the Performance box

I always uncheck the following:

  • Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
  • Animations in the taskbar
  • Enable Peek (sometimes I leave this one on)
  • Fade or slide menus into view
  • Fade or slide ToolTips into view
  • Fade out menu items after click
  • Slide open combo boxes

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  1. jess June 23, 2015 at 2:04 am - Reply

    Hi, Why my recommend size is only 1406mb, its use to be 3000mb+ on Window 8…

    • Robert Russell June 28, 2015 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      How much RAM does your computer have? It could be related to that and the way Windows 10 calculates its needs.

      • Samiullah September 24, 2015 at 7:46 am - Reply

        i have dell inspiron 15 3542 , RAM 4GB , HARD 500GB. i have windows 10 but now my laptop does not shutdown , mostly i have push the power button to shutdown . please guide me

        • Robert Russell September 24, 2015 at 7:49 am - Reply

          Does the shutdown process just hang and get stuck? If so, how long have you waited for it to complete. Sounds like you could have an app or service getting hung at shutdown.

        • Robert Russell September 24, 2015 at 12:03 pm - Reply

          I just turned on the Forums for this site. Since your topic isn’t directly related to this article, please check out our Windows Forum and post your issue in there.

        • ravinder January 15, 2016 at 9:34 pm - Reply

          Rollback your management drivers

        • santhosh November 24, 2016 at 8:04 am - Reply

          HI. I am using dell inspiron 15 3000 series 3542 ,RAM 4GB and 1TB hard disk and I am using windows 10 . if I am using my laptop for more than 2 hours and after 2 hours and I am shutdown it and my CD ROM is still working. this is how I know means, I click CD ROM its open after shutdown and fan still working .After a minute I cannot open it again. it can’t open.

          anyone give me solution pls

          send me the solution through my mail

          pls pls

      • Doris September 24, 2015 at 11:26 am - Reply

        oh stop it!!

      • Dennnn February 19, 2016 at 11:05 am - Reply

        Hi… Why HP 14 ac-101nx slow start up? And slow running on apps??

      • honey February 27, 2016 at 5:23 am - Reply

        Hello after i following ur instructions also my lap is slow plz let me knw best solution for speed up pc

        • Daniel June 1, 2016 at 11:10 am - Reply

          Try changing value to 5120 that seems to be the sweet spot for most computers worked for me when 2999 and 3500 weren’t working. Just make sure you have atleast 16 gigs of ram and alot of storage space.

    • Saad Sadiq July 10, 2015 at 6:44 am - Reply

      May be your video drivers or display drivers are not suitable matched Re-install it

      • moosani August 24, 2015 at 10:33 am