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Optimizing Windows 10: These secret features will help improve your system performance
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In addition to updating the system and installing new drivers, you can enhance the performance of Windows 10 by using various settings. They will help optimize the operating system, making it more comfortable for the user.

Do you want your computer to have high performance while blocking the launch of unwanted background programs?

Disabling "Delivery Optimization" Service​

We don't like Windows 10 because the system constantly uses the internet connection either to exchange data with Microsoft servers or to download and install updates. This directly affects the performance of your PC, which is very noticeable when you're playing online games or using photo editing software. It's impossible to completely disable data exchange since this process is necessary to keep the system up to date. However, you can prevent Windows 10 from using your internet connection to update other unknown PCs.

Windows 10 uses the "Delivery Optimization for Windows 10 updates" service to send updates to users' PCs. This is a peer-to-peer delivery system, where updates that have already been downloaded to your computer can be sent directly to another PC to save bandwidth. The service was primarily created to help Microsoft save internet network bandwidth. However, if you don't want your system to hang or slow down running programs while you're doing important work, you can disable this function:

  • Open Windows 10 settings by right-clicking on the Start menu. In the pop-up window, go to "Update & Security."
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  • Now click on the "Delivery Optimization" subsection on the left and disable the service by unchecking the "Allow downloads from other PCs" option.
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Changing Power Settings​

The right power plan in Windows is essential for the fast operation of your system, especially if you're using a laptop. However, we recommend that every user configure their preferred power plan to ensure that their computer is optimized according to their needs. Windows 10 may have already set up power management schemes to increase your system's performance or save energy. It's worth noting that the default settings are usually far from the ideal for your needs, so they should be changed accordingly.

Configuring Windows Page File Settings​


The page file is a location on your computer's disk for storing passive processes in the form of cache to free up additional RAM. This file allows your computer to handle processes that require more memory than you have available. Although Windows 10 does a good job of setting up page file parameters by default, you should adapt its size according to the user's needs.

Even when we had 8 GB of RAM on our computer, it wasn't enough because our SSD's page file was too small. As a result, we always had to manually adjust the page file size after reinstalling Windows.

If you have limited RAM on your PC or laptop (8 GB or even less), we recommend increasing the page file size. This will help properly reorganize and distribute the RAM, ensuring the smooth operation of your device.

  • Press the "Windows+Pause" key combination on your keyboard to open the system settings.
  • Then go to "Advanced system settings" on the left side of your computer screen.
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  • In the "System Properties" window, click on "Settings" in the "Performance" section.
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  • Now go to the "Advanced" tab and click on "Change" in the "Virtual Memory" section.
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  • Here, select the "Custom size" option and enter your desired minimum and maximum values.
The minimum page file size value isn't as important because it can quickly increase (set it to around 300-400 MB for the initial size). In the "Maximum size" field, enter a value that is either twice your existing RAM or equivalent to your RAM. So, if you have 8 GB of RAM, enter either 8000 or 16000 MB for the maximum page file size value. Then click "Set" and restart your computer to create a new page file.

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Note: The page file will occupy the memory you choose on your computer. Make sure you have enough space to store it.

Disabling the Launch of Specific Applications and Services at Windows Startup​


Many applications appear on your screen immediately after Windows starts, even if you don't need them to launch with the system. This slows down the OS's boot speed and unnecessarily consumes your computer's limited resources. Users whose Windows was pre-installed on a purchased PC often encounter this problem. It's usually full of software forced by the manufacturer.

You should disable all unnecessary applications and services that start when you log into the system to ensure your computer's resources aren't wasted.

Disabling the Launch of Specific Applications​


To disable the launch of specific applications, press the "Ctrl+Shift+Esc" key combination. This will open the "Task Manager," and in this window, go to the "Startup" tab.

Disabling the Launch of Specific Applications​


You will see a list of all the applications that open immediately after starting Windows. You will need to find the applications that you don't use right after logging into the system and disable their auto-launch. To disable the auto-launch of a specific application, right-click on it and press the "Disable" button.

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Make sure you haven't disabled applications related to the core functioning of Windows or hardware maintenance, such as a graphics card. These programs, on the contrary, help the system run faster and less prone to crashes or errors.

Disabling the Launch of Specific Services​


There are also background services that start with Windows and consume essential system resources. You should disable them to ensure the smooth operation of your PC.

To do this, press "Windows+R" key combination. This will open the "Run" window, where you should enter "msconfig" to access the system settings.

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Now, go to the "Services" tab and check the box next to "Hide all Microsoft services." This will hide all system services. Simply uncheck the box next to the service you want to disable and press the "Apply" button to apply the changes.

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Managing Windows 10 Privacy Settings and Background Apps​


One of the reasons why Windows 7 is better than Windows 10 is that there are not as many applications and services violating user privacy in this system. Windows 10 tries to make you use only Microsoft applications. This mainly concerns the numerous background applications that collect user activity data and consume your computer's resources unnecessarily.

Keeping all the Windows services and programs that violate your privacy in check or removing applications you don't want to use is a challenging task. Most of them are difficult to disable as you need to modify registry settings. However, don't worry; we know of software that's perfect for controlling all Windows privacy settings.

W10Privacy is a completely free application for managing all applications and services in Windows 10 in one place. It ensures that only the data you allow to be shared is accessible. Moreover, the program offers numerous settings to enhance the speed of Windows. Install the application and run it as an administrator by right-clicking on its shortcut and selecting "Run as administrator."

The application has several sections with corresponding settings and color codes. You can hover your mouse over any parameter to open its full description and understand how it affects the overall performance of your system.
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  • Privacy: This section contains general privacy control settings, such as prohibiting Microsoft from collecting data about their app usage and conducting program diagnostics.
  • Apps: In this section, you can manage app access to your hardware or programs. For instance, you can prevent apps from accessing your PC's camera or microphone.
  • Telemetry: We do not recommend changing any system settings in this section unless you understand what they are for. These settings are related to firewall security policies. You can also prevent your computer from sending data about Windows usage to Microsoft.
  • Search: Here, you will find settings that will stop Microsoft from gathering information about your internet searches.
  • Networks: In this section, you can manage the privacy of your Wi-Fi data. For example, you can prevent Windows from sharing information about network connections with other applications.
  • Explorer: This section mainly contains settings that help optimize Windows 10. However, it also includes privacy-related system settings, such as disabling ads in Explorer.
  • Services: Here, you can disable some Windows services that cannot be removed, such as system search. Most of them are essential for the correct functioning of the system, so be extremely careful.
  • Edge: In this section, you can change Microsoft Edge browser settings. Prevent it from sending data related to your internet activity.
  • Internet Explorer: Similar to Edge, this section contains settings to manage the operation of Internet Explorer.
  • OneDrive: In this section, you can prevent OneDrive from storing your personal data and performing automatic sign-ins when your computer boots.
  • Tasks: Windows 10 automatically runs many scheduled tasks, such as Windows Defender scans and error reporting. In this section, you can change settings to disable the execution of scheduled tasks.
  • Tips and Tricks: This section contains various system performance-related settings to help speed up your Windows 10. For example, you can prevent automatic system restart after updates or enable automatic closure of unresponsive applications.
  • Firewall: Here, you can block outgoing traffic for many Windows 10 services, such as "Parental Controls," "Biometrics," and "Xbox."
  • Background Apps: This section allows you to stop background apps from running. You can start or disable specific programs depending on your requirements.
  • User Apps: Here, you will find a list of installed apps that you can uninstall or reinstall with just a couple of clicks. Most of them can also be removed through Windows settings.

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Check the boxes next to the settings you want to change, then click the "Apply New Settings" button in the lower right corner to apply them. The W10Privacy application will be restarted to activate the changes. You can always uncheck a specific parameter to reverse its action.

If you prefer not to do things manually, you can try the Avira System Speedup tool to optimize your Windows and achieve maximum system performance.

Conclusion​


By following the tips provided above, you can significantly improve the performance of your Windows 10. Be attentive and only change settings you are confident about. System optimization will enhance your user experience and make it easier to handle challenging work and educational tasks.
 
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