Disable these Windows 10 services to speed up your computer

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Is your computer stuck in lazy mode? It might run slowly due to programs you don’t even need.

Windows 10 comes preloaded with lots of unnecessary features that can be safely disabled to boost your PC speed. Like your cell phone, unused programs constantly run in the background and slow down your processor.

If you want to speed things up, one solution is to disable unwanted programs. Here are five services you can safely disable in Windows 10 to give your PC a much-needed speed boost.

1. Turn off the print spooler

When was the last time you printed something directly from your computer? Even though it’s been a while, the print spooler is still running in the background and consuming processing power.

If you can’t remember the last time you printed something and you don’t intend to print soon, go ahead and give your print spooler the axe.

How to disable the print spooler:

  • hold it Windows + R button.
  • Type services.msc and knock Walk in.
  • Scroll down and double click Print spooler.
  • Change the Start type at Disabled.
  • Click on Apply.
  • Under the tab for Service statusClick on Stop.
  • Click on OKAY and close the window.

2. Stop fax services

Fax services are about as old-fashioned as a dial-up Internet connection. If it’s something you probably won’t need anytime soon, you can safely go ahead and disable it.

How to disable fax services:

  • hold it Windows + R button.
  • Type services.msc and knock Walk in.
  • Scroll down and double click Fax.
  • Change the Start type at Disabled.
  • Click on Apply.
  • Under the tab for Service statusClick on Stop.
  • Click on OKAY and close the window.

3. Disable Bluetooth

There are legit things you could use Bluetooth for, like controlling smart lights or connecting to a stereo system. However, chances are you’re already using your cell phone to do these things instead of your computer. If so, ditch the Bluetooth functionality and give your processor a boost.

Here’s how to turn off Bluetooth:

  • Click it Windows button.
  • Choose the Settings Icon.
  • Click on Devices.
  • In the Bluetooth and other devices section, slide the toggle under Bluetooth to the left to turn it off.

4. End Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services are one of the biggest security threats to your system. This feature allows someone in another location to take over your computer and operate it remotely.

The legitimate reason this exists is to allow Microsoft tech support to help you if you run into a problem. They can directly access your system and begin troubleshooting. Unfortunately, the same goes for cybercriminals who do no good. Tap or click here for more details on recent tech support scams.

For your safety and the good of the system, go ahead and turn it off. The increased processing power is an added benefit.

How to disable Remote Desktop Services:

  • Type Remote Settings in the search bar next to the Windows button.
  • Select Remote Desktop Settings.
  • Flip the switch to STOPPED.

5. Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Services

The touch keyboard creates an interactive on-screen keyboard that you can type with. The handwriting panel allows you to write with a stylus and your usual handwriting.

Unless you need this adaptive assistance, you can safely go ahead and prevent these services from stealing processing power from things you want to use.

How to disable touch keyboard and handwriting panel:

  • Type Easy access keypad in the search bar next to the Windows button.
  • Select Easy access to keyboard settings.
  • Flip the switch under Use your device without a physical keyboard left to turn it off.
  • Type Handwritten entry in the search bar next to the Windows button.
  • Select Handwriting input panel settings.
  • Uncheck the box labeled Write in the fingertip handwriting panel.

That’s it! Take advantage of your increased processing speed and power. This list, however, scratches the surface of unnecessary things running in the background of your computer.

Once you’ve disabled these, check out other ways to speed up your PC, or learn some ninja-level PC tricks only the pros know.

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