Here are a few tricks for speeding up Windows 10! In this article we'll cover: Cleanup Startup Services, Cleanup Startup Items, Cleanup Tasks and more! Shortlink to this article: bitly.com/speedupwin10
Caution! Proceed at your own risk. You can brick your computer or lose functionality if you proceed. :) For example, you may loose your email notifications in your message center at the bottom right of your screen.
If you're still daring, read on! Doing the first three will get most of your performance back with minimal effort. The rest is just bonus stuff. ^_^
Press the "WIN" key and the "R" key at the same time.
Type in "control panel" without quotes and press "Enter."
If you have the Category view enabled, you may need to click on "View by: Category" at the top right and choose "small icons."
Open "Administrative Tools."
Double click on "Task Scheduler."
Click on "Task Scheduler Library" on the left side. It's located under "Task Scheduler (Local)."
Delete any task you see here except for your antivirus program.
Also, click on the ">" next to "Task Scheduler Library" to see any folders underneath.
**Leave the "Microsoft" folder alone!** If you see any other folders here, click on the folder, then delete any tasks inside those folders. You can delete the folders once you have deleted all the tasks inside those folders.
Avast free antivirus. When installing, uncheck everything except for File Shield, Web Shield, Mail Shield and Software Updater. Once installed, be sure to enable "Silent/gaming mode" and uncheck "Enable Avast sounds" in the settings. When you register, opt for the free version not the trial, punch in your email address and you've registered your program for a year.
Google Chrome: the easiest internet browser to use but it's not open source. Who knows what they're running in the background.
VLC Media Player: plays all video files: mp4, avi, mkv, you name it. Be sure to go to Tools > Preferences > Video and uncheck "Use hardware YUV > RGB conversions" to get rid of the horizontal green line under the videos.
Whatsapp: encrypted chats. Not even Whatsapp themselves can read what you're sending. They're using encryption developed by Open Whisper Systems which is backed by Edward Snowden. You have to install it on your phone first though.
7zip: open source file archiver, open zip and rar files. Create password protected zipped files.
Gimp: full featured image editor. Like Adobe Photoshop.
LibreOffice: word processor, slides and spreadsheets. Free open source alternative to Microsoft Office.
IrfanView: Easy, lite image viewer and editor. Batch image processor / converter. To use it as your default image viewer: right click on any image on your computer and choose "Properties," click on the "Change" button next to "Opens with," and choose IrfanView from the list. You'll need to repeat this process for each image file type that you have on your computer (png, jpg, gif, etc). It will also make things easier if you: open irfanview, go to Options > Properties/Settings > Browsing/Editing and choose "Loop current folder." I also like to go to Options > Properties/Settings > Full screen/Slideshow and uncheck "Show text." Now you can double click on any image in your computer, press the "Enter" key to go full screen, and scroll through your images using the arrow keys on your keyboard. I love it! ^_^
-Take a look at my Limit Windows 10 Data Collection article if you want to remove Cortana and limit all that data collection. :) If you do remove Cortana, be sure to remove the search box from your taskbar by right clicking on an empty space in your taskbar, click on "Search" and click on "Hidden."
-How to turn off the action center: right click on any empty space in the taskbar, click on "Properties," click on "Notification area: Customize," uncheck all notifications, click on "Turn system icons on or off," uncheck "Action Center," and close the Window.
-If you want to go the extra mile, check out Black Viper's Windows 10 services page and change all of your services according to his "Tweaked" configuration at the bottom of the page. It's easier if you uncheck all columns except for "Display name" and "Tweaked" as shown in the screenshot below. To disable any service, all you need to do is: press the "WIN" key and the "R" key at the same time, type in "services.msc" without quotes, press "Enter," right click on the service you'd like to disable, click on "Properties," change "Startup Type" to "Disabled" and click "OK." On top of what he recommends, I also like to disable these services: Connected User Experiences and Telemetry, Security Center, Windows Error Reporting Service and Windows Update.
One last note, if you're not doing anything else and you're just gaming, you can also try disabling your antivirus temporarily. But be sure to turn it back on once you're done gaming!! If you use Avast, you can do this by right clicking on the Avast system tray icon, hovering over "Avast shields control" and clicking on "Disable until computer is restarted."