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Tweaking & Optimizing Windows Operating System

Tweaking & Optimizing Window Operating System

I want to remind you that this tutorial is designed to help you transform your slow PC into a faster PC and doesn’t go into great detail about broad terms like ram or storage devices.


CCleaner

Ccleaner is a freeware system optimization and privacy tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history.







Clean Up Your Hard Disk

Unnecessary files on your hard disk take up disk space and can slow down your computer. Disk Cleanup removes temporary files, empties the Recycle Bin, and removes a variety of system files and other items that you no longer need. You can also use CCleaner program.

1. To open Disk Cleanup click Control Panel, from “Start Menu” type “Admin” in the Search box, tap or click “Administrative Tools”, and then double-click “Disk Cleanup”.
2. In the Drives list, choose the drive you want to clean, and then tap or click OK.
3. In the Disk Cleanup dialog, select the check boxes for the file types that you want to delete, tap or click OK, and then tap or click Delete files.

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Disabling Unneeded Visual Effects

Visual effects are the nice effects you see when a window is minimized, maximized, etc.. they can seriously use up precious resources that your computer needs, so turning off unneeded visual effects is in your computers best interest.

1. Click "Start Menu".
2. Then click right click on "My Computer"
3. Select Properties
4. Select "Advanced" tab.
5. Then in the "Performance" section select "Settings" button.
6. Click “Visual Effects” tab.

You can if select "Adjust for best performance" or choice individual effects yourself to increases Windows responsiveness.


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If you want to turn off individual effects yourself  then these are the animations and special effects you’ll probably want to turn off, because they have the greatest effect on system performance:


 

  • Animate controls and elements inside windows
       
  • Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
       
  • Animations in the taskbar
       
  • Fade or slide menus into view
       
  • Fade or slide Tool Tips into view
       
  • Fade out menu items after clicking
       
  • Show shadows under windows


However, it’s probably a lot easier to just select “Adjust for best performance” at the top of the screen and then click OK. Windows OS will then turn off the effects that slow down your system.







Don't use a Beautiful Desktop Background

This will free up extra RAM and therefore boost speed slightly. Right-click on the desktop and choose Personalize, then Desktop Background at the bottom of the resulting dialog window. Set it to a solid color.







Disabling the Indexing Service

The indexing service causes the same negative effect of consuming resources. This is a service that you don't need. You can still search files without this service.

1. Click Start Menu.
2. Click “My Computer
3. Right click C: partition.
4. Click “Properties
5. Uncheck “Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching


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6. Click “Apply”
7. Select “Apply changes to C:\Subfolder and files” and hit OK
8. If anything pops into the the screen hit ignore.
9. Open Services Manager Console.
10. Type Services.msc into Start Menu.
11. Right click “Windows Search
12. Click “Properties
13. Click “Stop” button.
14. From drop down menu select “Disable







Uninstall Unused Applications

This is one of the most overlooked things you can do to speed up your PC and free up disk space.

1. Click Start Menu
2. Click Control Panel
3. Click Add or Remove Programs or Programs and Features
4. Uninstall programs haven’t used for a long time and that you know you will not use again. They are just sitting there, wasting disk space and possibly decreasing your overall computer performance.
5. Uninstall these programs by selecting the specific program with your mouse and then clicking on the ‘Remove’ button.







Update Windows

Microsoft periodically creates updates, which cover any security flaw or system instability.
Patches may fix any holes in your OS and can improve stability of PC.

1. Click "Start Menu"
2. Click “Control Panel
3. Click "Windows Update"
4. Then click on ALL the available updates for your computer and select "Install Updates"


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Check the Hard Disk Drive For Errors


Makes Sure all file system is not damage and eliminate bad sectors.

1.     Click "Start Menu"
2.     Then click on "My Computer"
3.     Click on C: partition.
4.    Right click it and select 'Properties'
5.    Click On the 'Tools ' tab.
6.    In the first box 'Error-Checking' Click 'Check Now' button.


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7. 'Check disk options' will appear, select both options... Click start.


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Defragment Your Hard Disk Drive

Fragmentation makes your hard disk do extra work that can slow down your computer. Disk Defragmenter rearranges fragmented data so your hard disk can work more efficiently. Disk Defragmenter runs on a schedule, but you can also defragment your hard disk manually.

To defragment your hard disk:

1. Open Disk Defragmenter by clicking the Start Menu. In the search box, type Disk Defragmenter, and then, in the list of results, click "Disk Defragmenter".
2. Under Current status, select the disk you want to defragment.
3. To determine if the disk needs to be defragmented or not, click Analyze disk. Once Windows is finished analyzing the disk, you can check the percentage of fragmentation on the disk in the Last Run column. If the number is above 5%, you should defragment the disk.
4. Click Optimize Button.

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Disk Defragmenter might take from several minutes to a few hours to finish, depending on the size and degree of fragmentation of your hard disk. You can still use your computer during the defragmentation process. But I advice you to not to use computer while defragmenting the hard disk for better result.

For better Disk Defragmenter use Perfect Disk or Diskeeper they can defragment page file, registry hives and NTFS/FAT file system at boot time.








Optimize Windows Boot Time

The Prefetch directory has one additional salutary function when used in conjunction with the built-in defragmenting tool. Every three days, during idle times, this utility rearranges program code, moving it to the outside of the disk to make it more efficient when loading (to force Windows to perform this optimization without having to do a full defragmentation, use the Defrag.exe command with the /b switch. For instance:

1. Open Command Prompt as administrator.
2. Type Defrag c:  /b press Enter key.








Registry Hives Defragment Them

Registry file fragmentation can be one of the leading causes of performance degradation.

PageDefrag uses advanced techniques to provide you what commercial defragmenters cannot: the ability for you to see how fragmented your paging files and Registry hives are, and to defragment them. Quicksys RegDefrag can also defragment Registry hives.








Disable Windows Sounds

By Default Windows OS has sounds assigned to many actions on your PC. If you disable these you could be sure no PC performance is lost due to sounds.
1. Click "Start Menu"
2. Click "CONTROL PANEL"
3. Click "SOUNDS"
4. Click the "SOUNDS" tab.
6. Under Sound Scheme Select "NO SOUNDS"


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PageFile

If you have 2 hard drives or a partition this tweak is for you.

We are going to increase Windows OS performance by allocating PageFile to a separate drive or partition.

1. Click "Start Menu"
2. Click Control Panel
3. Click "System"
5. Select "Advanced" tab.
6. Under Performance section click "Settings" button.


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6. Select "Advanced " tab Under "Virtual memory", click "Change” button.

Now take a look under "Drive [Volume Label]" your page file is currently on the drive/volume where your OS is at we are going to ADD PageFile to a free drive or partition. Lets say my page file is currently managed on C:, and I have another hard drive called F: the only way to achieve optimal pagefile performance is to place it on F: partition/drive where the os not at.


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You can also reduce amount of PageFile fragmentation
1. Disable PageFile by clicking “No Paging file”.
2. Click Set button and click OK.
3. Open Command Prompt as administrator.
4. Type Defrag C:  /x  /h to perform free space consolidation on the specified volume.
5. After free space consolidation finnish.
6. Set paging file to a fixed size.
7. Click “Custom size
8. Type 1.5 times of RAM installed on PC so if you PC has 500 MB RAM type 750  into “Initial size (MB)” and “Maximum size (MB)” fields.
9. Click Set and OK button in the Virtual Memory window to accept changes.


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Limit How Many Programs Run at Startup

Many programs are designed to start automatically when Windows starts. Software manufacturers often set their programs to open in the background, where you can't see them running, so they'll open right away when you click their icons. That's helpful for programs you use a lot, but for programs you rarely or never use, this wastes precious memory and slows down the time it takes Windows to finish starting up.

AutoRuns for Windows, a free tool shows you all of the programs and processes that run when you start Windows. You can stop a program from running automatically when Windows starts by opening the AutoRuns for Windows program, and then by clearing the check box next to the name of the program you want to stop. AutoRuns for Windows is designed for advanced users.


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Decide for yourself if you want a program to run at startup.

You can also stop startup programs from "System Configuration Utility",or Task Manager.
1. Click "Start Menu
2. Type MSCONFIG
3. Click on the "Startup" tab.


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4. Select any programs you find unnecessary and anything with a name you
don't recognize simply Uncheck the box.
5. When finished click "Apply" and restart your computer.







RAM

Random access memory (RAM) temporarily stores programs when they are running, along with the data being used by those programs that is needed quickly.
Although a hard disk can be used as virtual random access memory, we don’t consider that RAM either.
Without RAM, Windows wont have enough resources to load heavy applications quickly and will store some of the data’s into slow virtual memory on hard disk drive.
Adding more RAM will speed up your system.
Visit HowStuffWorks website for more information.
You can use “Crucial Advisor tool” or “Crucial System Scanner” tool to find correct RAM for you PC.

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Hard Disk Drive (HDD)


Rotational latency  is the delay waiting for the rotation of the disk to bring the required disk sector under the read-write head.  It depends on the rotational speed of a disk (or spindle motor), measured in revolutions per minute (RPM).
Higher RPM ( Revolutions Per Minute) rate of the HDD (Hard Disk Drive) will help speed up access to files on HDD.
This also has the benefit of improving (increasing) the throughput.










Solid State Drive (SSD)

Like a memory stick, there are no moving parts to an SSD. Rather, information is stored in microchips. Conversely, a hard disk drive uses a mechanical arm with a read/write head to move around and read information from the right location on a storage platter. This difference is what makes SSD so much faster.
For more information visit below website.

SSD vs HDD
http://www.storagereview.com/ssd_vs_hdd









Windows Services Guide


Services are programs that Windows has running in the background to keep certain parts of the system running, some are CRUCIAL for the system while other are just useless and are HOGGING UP PRECIOUS RAM! Below I give you a list of services you can disable.

1. Click “Start Menu
2. Type Services.msc


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4. To edit a service right click it,
5. Select Properties.
6. Edit the Startup type.


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The List of  Services SAFE to Disable

I recommend that you read everything before making any decisions.

Adaptive Brightness: This service can be disabled when the monitor doesn't support detection of ambient light with sensors to adjus the display brightness depending on the lighting conditions.
Application Experience: Investigates the compatibility of older programs and searches for updates for known problems. Although disabling this service doesn't have negative side effects, it is better to keep it unchanged.
BitLocker Drive Encryption Service: Unless you use Microsoft’s Encryption Software (included in Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise Edition, and in Windows 8, 8.1, 10 Pro and Enterprise), you can disable this service. BitLocker Drive Encryption is a feature that allows users to protect data by providing encryption for entire volumes. Safe setting: Manual;
Bluetooth Support Service: Unless you use Bluetooth devices such as keyboards, mice, printers or phones, you can disable this service. Keep in mind that, if you choose to disable this service, then no Bluetooth devices will be recognized. Also, the already connected Bluetooth devices may fail to work properly. Safe setting: Manual;
Computer browser: Tracks the computers (and files) on the network and maintains an updated list. This service is only useful in case of a LAN where the computers share files with each other. After disabling this service, it is still possible to browse the network. The service depends on the services Server and Workstation.
Certificate Propagation: If you don’t use SmartCards (sometimes used in large organizations), it is safe to disable this service. Safe setting: Manual;
Desktop Window Manager Session Manager: Necessary for the new Aero Glass-interface. Only disable this service if the new Aero Glass-interface is not used.
Diagnostic Policy-service and Diagnostic System Host: For the detection of problems, troubleshooting and presenting known resolutions for Window components. If there are no problems expected anymore, it is safe to disable the service.
Disk Defragmenter: This services provides (automatic) defragmentation of the partitions. When this service is disabled, disable the defragmentation task as well (control panel, item Administrative Tools, Task Scheduler, Task Scheduler Library, Microsoft, Windows, Defrag).
Distributed Link Tracking Client: Makes sure that linked files on multiple computers in a network stay linked. This service can be disabled safely, because in most home situations, this option is not used at all.
Encrypting File System: EFS provides file encryption technology for storing encrypted files on NTFS file systems. If you don’t need to encrypt data on your hard drives, it is OK to disable it. Safe setting: Manual;
Function Discovery Provider Host: Enables sharing files over the network with other computers. If this service is disabled, the shared files are no longer visible by other computers in the network. Disabling this service is also possible by disabling the option Network discovery in the Network and Sharing Center in the Control Panel.
Function Discovery Resource Publication: This service publishes the shared files and printers so they can be discovered by other computers in the network. Disable this service if it is not necessary that other computers are able to discover shared resources. This service can be disabled as well by disabling the option Network discovery.
Fax: unless you use your computer to send or receive faxes using fax resources available on your system (for ex. by using a fax-modem), you can disable it. Safe setting: Manual;
HomeGroup Listener and HomeGroup Provider: Services for sharing personal files using the HomeGroup. When the HomeGroup is not used, both services can be disabled.
Human Interface Device Access: Support for a multimedia device like a remote control and hot buttons on keyboards (like the volume and e-mail button).
Offline Files: Unless you use the Offline Files functionality from Windows, you can disable it. Safe setting: Manual;
NOTE: This service is available only in Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate and Enterprise. In Windows 8 it is available only in the Pro and Enterprise editions.
Parental Controls (in Windows 7) / Family Safety (in Windows 8): Unless you have children using your computer and you want to monitor and control their activities, this service is not required. Safe setting: Manual;
Print Spooler: If you don’t have a printer attached to your computer and you don’t use virtual printers (e.g.: PDF creator, Microsoft XPS Document Writer, Snagit, etc) you can disable it. Safe setting: Manual;
Internet Connection Sharing (ICS): For sharing the internet connection with other computers in the network (this computer operates as a router). If a router is used to connect all the computers to the internet, this service is not needed.
IP Helper: Support for an IPv6 connection over a IPv4 network. IPv6 is the new connection type of the future which makes it possible to give every computer connected to the internet a unique IP address instead of one single IP address for the internet connection (where the connected router uses special IP addresses for home use). The use of IPv6 has some advantages (but also disadvantages) but at the moment, there are not many providers supporting this new connection type. If IPv6 is not supported or used, disable the service for security reasons.
Microsoft iSCSI Initiator Service: iSCSI is an abbreviation for Internet Small Computer System Interface - an IP-based storage networking standard for linking data storage facilities. It allows client computers to access data over long distances on remote data centers, by using existing infrastructure (ex. over LAN, Internet). iSCSI devices are disks, tapes, CDs, and other storage devices on another networked computer that you can connect to. Sometimes these storage devices are part of a network called a storage area network (SAN). Unless you need to connect to iSCSI devices, it is safe to disable this service. Safe setting: Manual;
Netlogon: this service is not needed in a home computer. It maintains a secure channel between the local computer and the domain controller for authenticating users. Unless you are connecting to a network domain, this service will never be used. Safe setting: Manual;
Network List-service and Network Location Awareness: Without these services, the network connection still works fine, but it is no longer possible to show the status in the system tray and the Network and Sharing Center. To keep this functionality, it is better not to disable these services.
Offline Files: Makes the network shares also available when the share is offline. The edited files will be synchronized automatically the first time the network share has become available. If this option is not desired, then it is better to disable this service.
Portable Device Enumerator Service: Enforces group policy for removable mass-storage devices. If this service is disabled, it is no longer possible to read/write protected devices. If it is not necessary to access removable mass-storage device using group policy, it is safe to disable the service (the removable media will still be accessible by applications which don't rely on this service).
Remote Access Connection Manager: Necessary for managing dial-up and virtual private network (VPN) connections. If the computer is connected to a router and no VPN connection is needed, this service can be disabled safely. Because the service Remote Access Auto Connection Manager depends on this service, it can be disabled as well.
Remote Desktop Configuration: Remote Desktop Protocol is a protocol developed by Microsoft which provides Windows users with a graphical interface to another computer. The client used by Microsoft is called Remote Desktop Connection. If you don’t need to connect remotely to another computer or allow incoming remote connections to yours, then it is safe to disable this service. Safe setting: Manual;
Remote Desktop Services: Same as above. Safe setting: Manual;
Remote Desktop Services UserMode Port Redirector: Same as above. Safe setting: Manual;
Remote Registry: This service enables remote users to modify the Windows Registry. Some say that having this service turned on can pose security issues, and therefore, choose to disable it. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, this service is set to a manual start by default, while in Windows 8 it is disabled. After disabling it, I encountered some problems while updating my system, so I really think that it is safe to leave it set to Manual, at least in Windows 7. Safe setting: Manual;
Routing and Remote Access Service: This service offers routing services to businesses in local area and wide area networks. It allows computers to dial in to the local computer in order for it to get access to the local network. On a home computer you won’t need such features. Safe setting: Manual;
Routing and Remote Access: Disable this service if it is not desired that other computers are able to dial in to get access to the local network.
Smart Card: Smart Cards are generally used for safety reasons in large organizations or corporations. The typical home user won’t probably need this service to be running. Safe setting: Manual
Secondary logon: If you are the only user of your computer, it can be disabled. But only if you don’t plan to use more than one user account. Safe setting: Manual;
Server and Workstation: Necessary to share files and printers with other computes within a network. If this is not the case, it is safe to disable these services. After disabling the services, it is still possible to access shared folders on other computers. If these services are disabled, it is no longer possible to activate the option File and printer sharing in the Network and Sharing Center, task Change advanced sharing settings.
Shell Hardware Detection: This service starts the auto play of devices like DVD drives and memory cards. This service is also responsible for showing a window with the options which action to take with a certain type of file. If you don't like this function, disable this service. Because the service Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) depends on it, it has to be disabled as well.
Tablet PC Input Service (in Windows 7) / Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service (Windows 8):  You can safely disable this service, unless you use Tablet PC. Some "Tablet PC Components" like the Snipping tool or Windows Journal will continue to function, while the Tablet PC Input Panel will not. The default startup type is Manual. You can set it even to Disabled without negatively impacting your computing experience;
Themes: Disable this service if there is no need for the visual effects like the new Aero interface. Disabling is only advised for slow computers because the new interface is one of the most important reasons to upgrade to Windows Vista or Windows 7. To disable visual settings manually, go to System in the Control Panel, Advanced system settings (in the left task pane), tab Advanced, button Settings (sub Performance).
WWAN AutoConfig: Service for connecting the computer to a network (internet included) by a mobile broadband service like GSM and CDMA.
Windows Biometric Service: This service is used for capturing, comparing, manipulating and storing biometric data (like finger prints or iris scan).
Windows Connect Now: This service is used by laptops and other mobile computers to connect to Wireless Networks. If you are on a desktop computer, you can disable this service. Safe setting: Manual;
Windows Defender: Additional scanning software for unwanted, malicious software. When Windows Defender is turned off (control panel, item Windows Defender, option Tools, link Options, task Administrator), the startup type is set to manual automatically. If this service is disabled, Windows Defender can no longer be opened by the control panel!
Windows Error Reporting Service: This service is used to report system errors to Microsoft. Although disabling this service won’t affect your Windows computer, letting it run when needed may help you solve problems and issues that occur on your system, by searching solutions available from Microsoft. Safe setting: Manual;
Windows Firewall: This service should be disabled only if you are using a third-party security solution that provides firewall protection. Safe setting: Manual;
Windows Image Acquisition (WIA): For transferring images from a scanner or camera to the computer.
Windows Media Player Network Sharing-service: If it is not desired to share Windows Media Player libraries, it is safe to disable this service.
Windows Search: Provides content indexing (like personal files and e-mail) to speed up searching this content. Disabling this service will slow down the search process to a file by file search. Indexing takes place in the background at a moment the computer is not used, for this reason it is not necessary to disable the service.
Windows Time: If your computer doesn’t have access to the Internet then you don’t need to update the system time from online servers. You can safely disable this service. But if you do, then this service will keep your system time accurate. Safe setting: Manual;









Hack Your BIOS for Faster Startups



When you turn on your PC, it goes through a set of startup procedures in its BIOS before it gets to
starting Windows. So, if you speed up those initial startup procedures, you’ll make your system start
faster.
You can speed up your startup procedures by changing the BIOS with the built-in setup utility. How
you run this utility varies from PC to PC, but you typically get to it by pressing either the Delete, F1,
or F10 key during startup. You’ll come to a menu with a variety of choices. Here are the choices to make for faster system startups:

Quick Power On Self Test (POST)
When you choose this option, your system runs an abbreviated POST rather than the normal, lengthy
one.

Change Your Boot Order
If you change the boot order so that your BIOS checks the hard disk fi rst for booting, it won’t check
any other devices, and will speed up your startup time.

Boot Up Floppy Seek
Disable this option. When it’s enabled, your system spends a few extra seconds looking for your floppy drive—a relatively pointless procedure, especially considering how infrequently you use your floppy drive.

Boot Delay
Some systems let you delay booting after you turn on your PC so that your hard drive gets a chance to start spinning before bootup. Most likely, you don’t need to have this boot delay, so turn it off. If you run into problems, however, you can turn it back on.

Configure Drive Detection
Most BIOSes provide the capability to automatically search for, identify, and confi gure different types of drives across multiple IDE and Serial ATA connections. This parameter setting usually shows up as AUTO in the IDE confi guration choices. If you leave the parameter for all four possible IDE or Serial ATA devices set to AUTO, your BIOS will waste a lot of time searching for nonexistent devices. For faster boot times set the parameter to NONE,  for any unused interfaces and connections that have nothing attached to them.









Speed Up Shutdown Times
It’s not only startup times that you’d like to speed up; you can also adjust things so that your system shuts down faster. If shutting down Windows takes what seems to be an inordinate amount of time, here is a steps you can take to speed up the shutdown process.
Sometimes it takes Windows a long time to shut down because it’s waiting to see whether a service will stop on its own before prompting you to manually shut it down. Windows, by default, waits 20 seconds before prompting you. You can hack the Registry to have Windows ask you sooner than 20 seconds. Run the Registry Editor and go to:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control

Look for the WaitToKillServiceTimeout value. By default, it’s set to 20000 (20,000 milliseconds).
Change it to another number, in milliseconds—such as 15000, which would have Windows wait 15 seconds instead of 20 before prompting you. It’s a good idea to start off lowering the number in increments of not more than five seconds, to see how your computer responds. And don’t set it to lower than 5000, or you might lose data or your PC might not shut down properly. After that, double click HungAppTimeout in the right pane, change the value to "1000', and click OK.









Change Power Settings


Change power settings to maximum performance. Of course, this isn't a good choice if you want to save electricity, but it could boost your computing. Head to Control Panel / System and Security / Power Options. From here, click on the left-panel choice "Create a power option" and choose "High Performance."


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Enable Write Caching on Device

This is an option which allows the OS to flush changed data to the hard disk when the system is idle, so that performance is not affected when in use. For enabling this, do the following:
1. Press Windows key and while holding it down, press Pause/Break key.
2. In the window that appears, click on Device Manager in the left hand pane.
3. In the next window that appears, expand Disk drives.
4. The drop-down list will show the hard drive. Right-click on it and select Properties.
5. Click the Policies tab in the Device Properties window.
6. Check the box next to "Enable write caching on the device"
7. You can as well check the box next to "Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device" and then click OK.

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Note: However, there is one disadvantage in enabling these options – if there is a power outage or a system crash, data might be lost or corrupted. If you have a secondary power supply, like a UPS, you could go ahead with checking these options.









Disable GUI Boot


When Windows starts, you might see the loading bar and the Windows XP logo. This is the GUI boot. However, this is useless and can lengthen the boot of Windows. To disable GUI boot, press the WinKey+R simultaneously to open the Run dialog. Type MSCONFIG into the Run dialog and click OK. In Microsoft Configuration Utility, click the Boot tab and check /NOGUIBOOT.


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Speed up Browsing in Windows Explorer

Go to My Computer -> Tools menu -> Folder Options -> View tab. Uncheck "Automatically search for network folders and printers" and "Launch folders in a separate process". Click Apply, then click OK.

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Force Context Menus to Load Faster

The context menu has a fade effect by default. The menu may take a long time to fade in or out, especially if there are many commands on it. Press WinKey + R simultaneously, type regedit in the Run dialog, then press OK button to open the Registry Editor.
Now navigate to:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop

In the Registry Editor, click Desktop, double click MenuShowDelay in the right pane, reduce the Value Data number to around 100 (but not too less), and click OK.


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Turn on Fast Startup


There’s a new mode in Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 called Fast Startup, that starts up your PC much more quickly after you’ve shut it down. With Fast Startup, when you turn off your PC, the kernel files and device drivers are saved to disk, and that saved data is then used to start Windows OS back up, significantly decreasing startup time. Fast Startup or Hybrid Shutdown that can load Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 as quickly as 7 seconds on certain hardware. By default, Fast Start is enabled, but it’s a good idea to make sure it hasn’t been turned off on your system.
You can check to see whether your Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10 system is using fast startup by going to the Control Panel, opening Power Options and clicking on Choose what the power button does.

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Then scroll down and you should see the Turn on fast startup box is checked.


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Increase the Performance of High Disk Read Operations


You can increase the performance of high disk read operations if you have enough free RAM in your PC.

How to Adjust NTFS Memory Allocation in Windows







Disabling the File Access Timestamp in Windows


Disabling the file access timestamp is a great way to speed up Windows Explorer.

How to Disable the File Access Timestamp in Windows








Disable 8.3 Legacy File name Creation in Windows


The NTFS file system has to support both the old MS-DOS file naming standard as well as the new standard that allows for longer filenames. When you create a file, the file system creates two names for it: one in the MS-DOS 8.3 standard and another in the latest file name standard. Creating the second filename takes more time and slows down the performance of the filesystem.

How to Disable 8.3 Legacy File name Creation in Windows








Boost the Windows Boot Time Speed


If you have more than one operating system installed on your computer, you should select default boot operating system and change 30 seconds boot delay.

How to Boost the Windows Boot Time Speed







Adjust Taskbar Thumbnail Live Preview Delay Time


In Windows 7 and newest versions of the Windows OS, whenever you hover your mouse cursor over a running application's button in Taskbar, Windows shows a small thumbnail of running application.

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Today we are sharing a small registry trick which can be used to adjust the live preview delay time.

How to Tweak Taskbar Thumbnail Preview Delay in Windows






Remove DLLs from Cache Memory


If you notice your system running slowly after Windows has been running for some time, or if your RAM seems to be getting low for some reason, the culprit might be left-behind DLLs from programs that are no longer running.

How to Remove DLLs from Cache Memory






Move the Search Index Cache from Your SSD to an HDD


If you’re using an SSD, there are a few things you can do to extend its life. One of the things you can do is move the search index cache.

How to Move the Search Index Cache from Your SSD to an HDD





Disable Superfetch for SSD Drive


If you have installed Windows OS on a solid state drive (SSD), Superfetch services may actually be detrimental to SSDs in the long run due to the unnecessary writes they generate.

How to Disable Superfetch in Windows





Speed up Your Computer with Windows ReadyBoost Feature


Windows Vista and newer versions of Windows includes a feature named ReadyBoost. ReadyBoost technology uses non-volatile flash memory, such as that found on a USB Flash Drive or Secure Digital (SD) card, and a memory management technology called Windows SuperFetch to provide a cache for the memory paging file stored on the computer’s hard disk. Since accessing flash memory is much faster than accessing a hard drive, using Windows ReadyBoost can significantly increase performance.

How to Speed up Your Computer with Windows ReadyBoost Feature






Disable Transparency Effects in Windows 10


Once you've disabled the Transparency Effects, navigating Windows 10 on your device won't only feel faster, but your computer will have some additional system resources to allocate for more important tasks.

How to Disable Transparency Effects in Windows 10







Change the Icon Cache Size in Windows


The cached icons load faster than icons loaded directly from the source resource files. Increasing the icon cache size helps to prevent icons from reloading from the source or being corrupted.

How to Change the Icon Cache Size in Windows







Enable the Ultimate Performance Power Plan in Windows 10


Microsoft has added an “Ultimate Performance” power scheme to Windows 10 v1803 and later versions.

How to Enable the Ultimate Performance Power Plan in Windows 10








Choose Which Apps Can Run In The Background on Windows 10


In Windows 10, you can choose which apps can receive info, send notifications, and stay up-to-date, even when you're not using them. Turning background apps off can help conserve power.

How to Choose Which Apps Can Run In The Background on Windows 10








Enable or Disable Delay of Running Startup Apps in Windows 10


This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the delay of running startup apps at Windows startup for your account in Windows 10.

Disable the Windows 10 Startup Delay





    Important
• Follow every set of instructions very carefully.
• Before editing the registry, back up the registry first.  
• Create a System Restore points.



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