Windows 10 has been running fine for you until now. The update that you have been repeatedly delaying has finally forced you to install it. After your computer restarts it is running slow and is difficult to use. It feels like you have a completely different computer now.
Windows 10 is quickly feeling like another Microsoft mistake. So how can you speed your computer back up? Luckily there are a few things that you can check to help get things back to normal again.
Windows 10 Loves To Reset Itself After A Major Update
Windows 10 loves resetting itself to default settings. Especially after a major update is installed. Being reset to defaults would be fine if there was rhyme or reason to the method. Unfortunately there is no certain checklist to use in order to get things back to normal. It seems to reset whatever Apps and Services that it gets a wild hair to change. In other words, no two Windows 10 computers necessarily behave or reset themselves the same way.
- Microsoft Edge Back In Control
- Microsoft’s Preferred Printer Driver and Settings Pop to the Surface
- Service Settings Changed Back to the Way Windows 10 Thinks is Best
- Indexing Options Reset to Recommended Settings
- Defrag Altered
This is a short list of things that happen when major updates are installed. Strangely enough it doesn’t all happen and doesn’t happen on every computer. What this means for you is that it may take some poking around to figure out what may actually be causing your computer to be so slow.
Microsoft Edge Back In Control
Microsoft is definitely proud of their new Microsoft Edge browser. So much so that they try to remind us about it every chance they get. By default Microsoft Edge is not only the preferred web browser by default. It is also the default program used to display a number of other file types. Microsoft Edge is used to display PDF files, Graphic files like jpeg, GIF, TIFF and other files. Many of us have become accustomed to using other programs to interact with these file types and find it inconvenient and clunky having to use Microsoft Edge instead of the tried and true favorites.
These settings were changed automatically when you installed your favorite programs like Adobe Reader, Adobe Photoshop and the like. Now that Windows 10 reset everything back to default settings you will need to manually change these settings back to your liking. Open the Windows Explorer, locate a file of the type you want to change (pdf, jpeg, gif etc.) right click on the file and choose the program you want to be used for this file type such as Adobe Reader for pdf files and so on. This will start the process of putting things back to normal.
Microsoft’s Preferred Printer Driver
Starting in Windows 8 Microsoft introduced a new method for printing. A reset of this may over write any new drivers and settings that may have been installed. Some strange behaviors may present themselves. This may require you to install your printer driver and software again to fix.
Service Settings Back To The Windows 10 Preference
Any services that you may have altered or disable are likely set back to the way that Windows 10 thinks is best. This may include and is definitely not limited to turning Windows Defender back on even if you have a different antivirus program installed. In many cases Windows Defender may be able to run with little or no problem a long side an installed antivirus program. In many cases this causes the same slow computer as having two Antivirus programs installed does. Turning off Windows Defender while you have your own protection installed my be the key that speeds your computer back up.
Indexing Options and Defrag
The newly installed update may have triggered windows to re-index parts or all of your hard drive. This process takes a lot of speed away from your computer. It is likely that your hard drive is near 100% usage for a long period. If a Defrag was triggered this will cause the same type of effect until it is completed.
Your Slow Computer May Just Be Temporary Or It May Need Help To Get Back To Normal
Hopefully these are what is causing your computer to be slow and you can get it back up to speed fairly quickly. I don’t recommend that you just jump in and start randomly making changes to your Windows 10 system. Remember that there are reasons for everything and we just have to find what those reasons are so that we can offer the correct fix. Using the “Task Manager” and the Performance Tab can help a lot in being able to figure out exactly what is going on. If you find yourself in need of help don’t forget that PC Helper 123 is always here to help.