Optimize Windows 10 (to speed up the system)

The number of users of Windows 10 is growing day by day. And not always Windows 10 is faster than Windows 7 or 8. This, of course, may be for many reasons, but in this article I want to focus on those settings and parameters of Windows 10, which can somewhat increase the speed of this OS.

By the way, everyone understands a different meaning as optimization. In this article I will provide recommendations that will help optimize Windows 10 for maximum acceleration of its work. And so, perhaps, we will begin.

  1. Disable unnecessary services

Almost always, Windows optimization starts with services. There are a lot of services in Windows and each of them is responsible for its own “front” of work. The main point here is that developers do not know what services a particular user will need, which means that services that you don’t need in principle will work in your compartment (well, for example, why the service for working with printers, if don’t you have one?) …

To enter the service management section, right-click the Start menu and select the “Computer Management” link.

Further, to see the list of services, simply open the tab of the same name in the menu on the left.

Now, in fact, the main question: what to disable? In general, I recommend, before you work with services, make a backup of the system (so that if something happens, restore everything as it was).

What services I recommend to disable (i.e., those that can most strongly affect the speed of the OS):

Windows Search – I always disable this service, because I do not use the search (and the search is “pretty” clumsy). Meanwhile, this service, especially on some computers, heavily loads the hard disk, which seriously affects the performance;

Windows Update – always turn off. The update itself is good. But I think that it is better to manually update the system yourself at the right time than it will boot the system on its own (and even install these updates, spending time when rebooting the PC);

Pay attention to the services that appear during the installation of various applications. Disable those that you rarely use.

  1. Update drivers

The second problem that occurs when installing Windows 10 (well, or when upgrading to 10) is the search for new drivers. The drivers that worked for you in Windows 7 and 8 may not work correctly in the new OS, or, more often, the OS disables some of them and installs their own universal ones.

ecause of this, some of the capabilities of your equipment may become inaccessible (for example, the multimedia keys on the mouse or keyboard may stop working, the monitor brightness on the laptop may not be adjusted, etc.) …

In general, driver update is a pretty big topic (especially in some cases). I recommend checking your drivers (especially if Windows is unstable, slows down).

  1. Delete junk files, clean registry

A large number of “junk” files can affect the performance of the computer (especially if you have not cleaned the system of them for a long time). Despite the fact that Windows has its own garbage cleaner – I almost never use it, preferring third-party software. Firstly, its quality of “cleansing” is very doubtful, and secondly, the speed of work (in some cases, especially) leaves much to be desired.


Official site: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

Free program to clean your PC from all sorts of temporary files. In addition, the program will help eliminate errors in the registry, delete history and cache in all popular browsers, remove software, etc. By the way, the utility supports and works well in Windows 10.

  1. Editing startup Windows 10

Probably, many people noticed one pattern: install Windows – it works quickly enough. Then time passes, you install a dozen or two programs – Windows starts to slow down, the download becomes an order of magnitude longer.

The thing is that a part of the installed programs is added to the OS startup (and starts with it). If there are a lot of programs in autoload, the download speed can drop very significantly.

How to check startup in Windows 10?

You need to open the task manager (at the same time, press the Ctrl + Shift + Esc buttons). Next, open the Startup tab. In the list of programs, turn off those that you do not need every time the PC turns on.

By the way, sometimes the task manager does not display all the programs from autoload (I don’t know what this is connected with …). To see everything that is hidden, install the AIDA 64 utility (or similar).


Official website: http://www.aida64.com/

Cool utility! Supports Russian language. Allows you to find out almost any information about your Windows and in general about the PC (about any piece of hardware). For example, I often have to use it when setting up and optimizing Windows.

By the way, to view autoloading, you need to go to the “Programs” section and select the tab with the same name.

  1. Setting performance parameters

In Windows itself, there are already ready-made settings, when enabled, it can work somewhat faster. This is achieved through various effects, fonts, operating parameters of some components of the operating system, etc.

To enable “best performance” – right-click on the Start menu and select the “System” tab (as in Figure 7).

Then, in the left column, open the “Advanced system settings” link, open the “Advanced” tab in the window that opens, and then open the performance settings.

In the performance parameters, open the “Visual Effects” tab and select the mode “Ensure the best performance”.

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