Improve Windows 10 Performance - GoTechTalk


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Improve Windows 10 Performance

Lot of people come out like "I hate windows"  well for me that's not true, I still have to use Windows and i wouldn't have my career without Windows, so with that said there's a lot of things I do with the brand-new Windows 10 installation that you just have to speed it up.

With these tweaks we can get three four or five times as much speed out of my Windows 10

installation then if I just left it alone and had to deal with all the stock that Windows 10 has out of the box.

So the five things to Improve Windows 10 Performance

  1. Windows updates and we're doing it from a base install so no Enterprise or special Windows version is required for this.
  2. We will be dealing with all the bloatware that comes with it,  all the windows applications and that kind that comes in your Windows 10
  3. Improve  privacy and all the reporting telemetry and all these things that go into Windows 10
  4.  We're dealing with the hard drive and how it does it or actually doesn't optimize for it 
  5. Power settings and really optimizing

So the key to a fast, light Windows 10 is first getting Windows 10 updates under control, so to do this first we're gonna update Windows 10 just go into your settings and go over to update and then we just check for updates, I've already done this so no need to actually do it for me, once update is complete go into Advanced Options and there's a couple of  things you need to change one we need to change the delivery optimization you've got to be very wary of this as by default a lot of times it'll have local pcs and PCs on the internet so you'll be using your bandwidth to give Windows updates to other people which is super bad, so definitely change and tick that off go into an Advanced Options again and you can also like throttle and do some other stuff I don't really mess with any of this I just make sure that this is off, so now that updates in your computer's up-to-date and you not allowing updates from other pcs,  I like to actually disable the service and control this locally to do this you can either go into "services.msc " like this and in the services you can go down to Windows Update and just simply double click stop and then disable the service, now this way is not a surefire way there's many things that can actually make this enable again, so the really only way to make sure this happens is to use a third-party tool, now the one I've been using is from Sordum,  so if Windows or Microsoft tries to actually re-enable Windows Update just make sure it stays off, so I actually already downloaded this and extracted it in my downloads folder so let's go to downloads and go ahead and run so you can see this utility we're gonna go ahead and run as administrator and if you get a UAC prompt I also like to take UAC and take it down now with this up I like to protect the service settings and hit apply and that's it I'll go ahead and leave this here and then let's say six months from now there's an update or let's say there's a big warning that there's a big virus going around exploiting something from this older version of Windows 10 obviously you'd want to re-enable Windows Update and then update your Windows 10 at that time.

Going ahead and exit out of this windows update is now taken care of and we need to Debloat Windows 10, and the simple way to do is as below.

  1. Download the .zip file on the main page of the github and extract the .zip file to your desired location
  2. Once extracted, open PowerShell (or PowerShell ISE) as an Administrator
  3. Enable PowerShell execution Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted -Force
  4. On the prompt, change to the directory where you extracted the files: e.g. - cd desktop
  5. Next, to run either script, enter in the following: e.g. - .\Windows10DebloaterGUI.ps1
Then it goes through and gives you a prompt and we say yes debloat Windows 10, yes remove everything pre-installed this is all the applications, couple applications are left behind like the
Microsoft Store and the calculator but most things are removed which is good and you will need to rerun this script when you do a major update on Windows 10 because most of this gets reinstalled and it definitely bloat your system.

Now let's go ahead and move on to privacy settings let's try in control some of the privacy going on in Windows 10 because it's totally out of control, in settings, then privacy and in general tab make sure all these are off, you don't want  windows tracking you or suggesting you content on your Start menu, speech tab  make sure that's off make sure it does not get to know you because it will track all your patterns your history all that type of stuff diagnostics and feedback, I always put everything to basic and everything to off feedback frequency never past this we're good, activity history obviously going here turn everything off, location you want to offer obviously turn this off as well I highly recommend removing that obviously it burns up your battery in laptops it's just overall just a bad idea to leave all this stuff on the next big thing to turn off is background applications turn all these off there's no reason for these to run in the background unless you're like a proponent of like the game bar and these types of things most of this are awful and it's not worth doing, app Diagnostics make sure you turn off all the diagnostics as well and past that pretty much all the rest this you can go ahead and leave and this takes care of a lot of the privacy there's still so much snooping going on Windows 10 but at least this kind of calls it in a little bit from the default settings, so with privacy settings os done let's go ahead and move on to the next thing.

The power settings by default Windows is very conservative with your power, so what I did is there I did kind of quick and demonstrate right-click the  windows icon go to power options from power options we're gonna go into advanced power settings by default this is gonna be unbalanced high
performance is going to be hidden under hide additional plans go ahead and it'll look like this click the down arrow and then mark the high performance,  make sure you do the same as you'll get far better performance with that 

The final thing 

You'll see a lot of videos that recommend deleting temporary files and all that while that's good and everything it doesn't do jack for performance and then some videos even go as far to say defragmenting helps maybe if you're on some old drive it might help a little don't ever defragment a SSD (Solid-state Drive) it's very important to note that but there is one thing you can do to get a drastic boost in performance and i'm going to show you that right now when it has to deal with the hard drives. so we go into our file explorer "This PC" we right-click on our main drive and hit properties this option takes away a lot of performance "Allow files on this drive and contents to be indexed" for additional file properties this is windows indexing you want to disable all the indexing on here go ahead and ignore any problems you have what this goes and does and says hey don't index any of my files and it basically takes a huge load off the system as far as indexing, so it's just wealth worth disabling this feature I highly recommend it gives me a better performance and it also improves the life of the drive obviously the one downside to disabling indexing is your search function is a little bit more gimped you can still find stuff like if I was looking for "services"  it'll still find your applications just know it's not going to recurse all your files from the Start menu when you disable indexing which again I'm totally ok with. Ok os  that the index is finished please note when you disable indexing it took me about five minutes if you've been using your system and it's pretty bloated please expect this to run 15 minutes, I've seen it go all the way up to an hour or two to remove indexing because it is literally unchecking all these properties in files so very important to note.

So that was fixing up your Windows 10 let me know in the comments anything I might have missed or things you might do to your Windows 10 installation to speed it up because there's so much bloatware and junk in Windows 10 I could honestly I really had to try and break it down to the top five to ten things that were really really bothering me that I thought I saw the most performance increases from because there's so much bloatware and things that go with this but with that said guys let me know your thoughts .

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