The easiest way to fix a PC booting sluggishly is to reduce the number of apps that launch on startup, as having too many programs firing up when the computer starts makes the whole process much slower, especially when it comes to older hardware.
To trim those apps, press Ctrl-Shift-Esc to bring up Task Manager, then click the link that says “More Details.” From here, select the “Startup” tab. Look through the list of enabled apps, and find any that you don’t need —you can turn an app off by right-clicking it, and selecting “Disable.” Disabled apps don’t automatically load on boot up. Be careful not to turn Microsoft services off, though, or important apps, such as antivirus. If you’re unsure whether it’s wise to disable a certain app, Google it to find out.
Let’s think beyond physical speed now, and more toward efficiency. Do you feel as though it takes ages to get anything done in Windows 10? The “Quick Access” menu is located in File Explorer, and it can save a ton of time. To add files, folders, or apps to the sidebar, right-click their icon, and select “Pin to Quick Access.” This means they show up and can be easily accessed, which is useful for recently visited folders. You can also set File Explorer to load the “Quick Access” menu by default when you bring it up, rather than “This PC.” To do so, with File Explorer open, click the “View” tab in the top menu (next to “Share”), then click “Options,” and select “Change folder and search options.” Look where it says “Open File Explorer to,” and use the drop-down menu to select “Quick Access.”