November 19, 2017

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

Windows 10

Here are some tips that will help speed up your Windows 10 experience. Some of these are new and some are already well known. So, whether you’re new to Windows 10 or not, you can keep these tweaks (listed here with instructions on how to access them in Windows 10) handy.

  1.  Enable Fast Startup
    1. Right-click the Start button
    2. Choose Control Panel
    3. Click System and Security
    4. Click Power Options
    5. On the left, click “choose what the power buttons do”
    6. At the bottom, click “Turn on fast startup” under Shutdown settings
    7. Click “Save changes”
How To Make Windows 10 Faster

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

 

2.  Uninstall Unused Programs

This one is self explanatory! Remove stuff you don’t use!

1. Right-click the Start button
2. Click Programs and Features
3. Select the unwanted software and click “Uninstall/Change”

 

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

 

3.  Shut off Shadows, Animations

Again, special effects can be largely useless. Animations can slow down your system. Shadows can be a nice touch, but all these things add up to CPU cycles, which by today’s standards aren’t really a big deal. But still, when you want everything to be swift, disable the fluff.

1. Right-click the Start button
2. Choose System
3. Click “Advanced system settings” on the left
4. Click the Advanced tab
5. Click the Settings button under Performance
6. Click “Adjust for best performance” or manually disable each effect
7. Note: there’s also a switch in Settings / Ease of Access / Other Options that turn off animations

 

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

 

4.  Disable Unnecessary Services

Services are very much like programs in Startup, except they can be much more crucial to the overall operation of Windows. There are lots of Microsoft-specific features that are enabled, but there are some that most people don’t need. Have a look through the Services tab and read the description of each one. You can stop a service to see if it impacts anything, and reenable it if necessary. You can also permanently disable a service from starting at all.

1. Right-click the Start button
2. Click Task Manager
3. Click Services
4. Right-click a specific service and choose “Stop”

 

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

 

5.  Disable Programs at Startup

Startup is a great place to poke around to see what kind of programs have wedged themselves in there, slowing boot-to-desktop times and loading up unnecessary CPU cycles. You’ll often find things you don’t actually want automatically turned on. Programs should launch when we ask them to, not because they think they’re privileged!

1. Right-click the Start button
2. Click Task Manager
3. Click Startup
4. Highlight a program and click Disable

 

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

 

6.  Disable Transparency Effects

Transparency effects can often add unnecessary effects to things just for the sake of special effects. If you want that classic solid look, turn off the transparency effects, and get a decent increase in responsiveness.

1. Right-click the desktop and choose Personalize
2. Choose Colors
3. Turn off “Make Start, taskbar, and action center transparent”

 

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

 

7.  Disable Your Pagefile to Increase Performance

When Windows runs out of empty space in RAM, it swaps out data from memory to a pagefile on your hard disk. If a computer doesn’t have much memory and it’s running slow, it’s probably moving data to the pagefile or reading data from it.

Some Windows geeks seem to think that the pagefile is bad for system performance and disable it completely. The argument seems to be that Windows can’t be trusted to manage a pagefile and won’t use it intelligently, so the pagefile needs to be removed.

As long as you have enough RAM, it’s true that you can get by without a pagefile. However, if you do have enough RAM, Windows will only use the pagefile rarely anyway. Tests have found that disabling the pagefile offers no performance benefit.

 

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

 

8.  Set DisablePagingExecutive to Make Windows Faster

The DisablePagingExecutive registry setting is set to 0 by default, which allows drivers and system code to be paged to the disk. When set to 1, drivers and system code will be forced to stay resident in memory. Once again, some people believe that Windows isn’t smart enough to manage the pagefile on its own and believe that changing this option will force Windows to keep important files in memory rather than stupidly paging them out.

If you have more than enough memory, changing this won’t really do anything. If you have little memory, changing this setting may force Windows to push programs you’re using to the page file rather than push unused system files there — this would slow things down. This is an option that may be helpful for debugging in some situations, not a setting to change for more performance.

 

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

 

9.  Disable QoS To Increase Network Bandwidth

Quality of Service (QoS) is a feature that allows your computer to prioritize its traffic. For example, a time-critical application like Skype could choose to use QoS and prioritize its traffic over a file-downloading program so your voice conversation would work smoothly, even while you were downloading files.

Some people incorrectly believe that QoS always reserves a certain amount of bandwidth and this bandwidth is unused until you disable it. This is untrue. In reality, 100% of bandwidth is normally available to all applications unless a program chooses to use QoS. Even if a program does choose to use QoS, the reserved space will be available to other programs unless the program is actively using it. No bandwidth is ever set aside and left empty.

 

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

 

10.  Clean Your Prefetch To Increase Startup Speed

Windows watches the programs you run and creates .pf files in its Prefetch folder for them. The Prefetch feature works as a sort of cache — when you open an application, Windows checks the Prefetch folder, looks at the application’s .pf file (if it exists), and uses that as a guide to start preloading data that the application will use. This helps your applications start faster.

Some Windows geeks have misunderstood this feature. They believe that Windows loads these files at boot, so your boot time will slow down due to Windows preloading the data specified in the .pf files. They also argue you’ll build up useless files as you uninstall programs and .pf files will be left over. In reality, Windows only loads the data in these .pf files when you launch the associated application and only stores .pf files for the 128 most recently launched programs.

If you were to regularly clean out the Prefetch folder, not only would programs take longer to open because they won’t be preloaded, Windows will have to waste time recreating all the .pf files.

You could also modify the PrefetchParameters setting to disable Prefetch, but there’s no reason to do that. Let Windows manage Prefetch on its own.

 

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

How To Make Windows 10 Faster

 

If you implement all these techniques for reducing startup times and increasing memory, you should notice a much faster Windows 10 system. Even a few of the recommendations will earn you a more responsive and enjoyable computing experience. Enjoy it

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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