Windows 10, the PC faster with the next update: what changes

In the next Windows 10 update scheduled for May will come a new feature that will make the computer faster

For once a Windows update could make the PC faster, instead of weighing it down further as it happens very often. In Windows 10 20H1, also known as Windows 10 Version 2004 and that is the first semi-annual update of 2020 for the Microsoft operating system, there is in fact a novelty that will please those who have a computer not very performant.

The novelty, already widely announced in recent weeks but now finds official confirmation, consists of a refinement of the file indexing algorithm. That is, the algorithm that manages how and when Windows scans the files on the disk and indexes them, in order to let us find them much faster when we do a normal search through File Explorer. Today, indexing doesn't take into account other activities going on on the computer, so it could be launched even while the PC is under a lot of stress due to other apps or other tasks running. With Windows 10 20H1, however, the algorithm will stop indexing in some specific cases.

Disk indexing: what changes with Windows 10 20H1

To be precise, starting with Windows 10 20H1, the "search indexer" will be stopped when we're playing a video game, the PC is in power saving or has low battery, it's waking up from power saving, we disconnect the laptop from the power supply and switch to battery, the CPU usage percentage rises above 80% or the disk usage percentage rises above 70%, the screen turns off.

Why Microsoft changed indexing

This change will have a good impact on the performance of computers, especially those with an older mechanical hard drive. On a PC with an SSD disk, however, the impact of indexing is very low. This means that Microsoft has tried to "lighten" Windows 10 to allow installation on less performing computers. Those, to be clear, that at the moment are equipped with Windows 7 or earlier operating systems. Operating systems that, as we know, are no longer supported by Microsoft security updates. The intent of Microsoft, therefore, is to "modernize" the installed base by making Windows 10 more accessible to older computers.