Even though Windows 10 keeps getting faster and leaner, and hardware more capable, eventually, the performance of your computer will slow down due to a lot of factors. Pc in today's world have been upgraded with Smarter operating system and advanced hardware. Yet slow performance and sluggishness still remain the biggest problem for computer users. No matter how smart your Operating System is, it still requires a few tweaks to optimize Windows 10 performance.
How does this guide going to affect your PC you may ask?
*More FPS in games, less shuttering
*overall better performance
*Reduce input lag
*Makes your windows highly responsive
🔴: Before starting it is recommended to create a system restore point
-In the search box on the taskbar, type Create a restore point and select it from the list of results.
-On the System Protection tab in System Properties, select Create.
-The System Protection tab in System Properties
-Type a description for the restore point, and then select Create > OK.
🔴:if something goes wrong, you can run System Restore and point it to a recent restore point
1) Installing Windows updates
One of the best ways to get the most out of your PC is to make sure you have the latest version of Windows 10 installed. When you check for updates, your PC will also search for the latest device drivers, which can also help improve your PC's performance. New updates tend to add bug and stability fixes or, in the case of things like video card drivers, better performance and functionality with newer games and apps.
check for updates-Select the Start button, then select Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > Check for updates
Go to settings> System> Notifications & actions
Scroll down until you see the ''Get notifications from these senders'' section. Go through the list and toggle off the button for the apps you don't want to receive notifications from.
As long as you're here, there is another adjustment you can make. Under Notifications, you can turn off the option to ''show notifications on the lock screen'' and ''show reminders and incoming VoIP calls on the lock screen''
I disable everything under notification just for personal preference
(Go to settings> System> Focus assist)
Now go to Focus assist tab and make sure under focus assist select ''OFF'' and toggle off every thing under ''Automatic rule''
(Go to settings> System> storage)
Click on storage tab and turn off ''storage sense''
I didn't like this feature windows might delete your stuff and files without your knowledge in the background
(Go to settings> System> Clipboard)
Click on Clipboard tab and turn off ''clipboard history''
(Go to settings> System> Remote desktop)
Now we gonna head into remote desktop tab and turn off ''Enable Remote Desktop''
(Go to settings> System> Shared experiences)
Now finally, Go to Shared experiences tab and toggle off everything
2) Go to settings> Personalization> Colors
Scroll down a bit and under More options turn off ''Transparency effects''
(Go to settings> Personalization>start)
Click on the start tab and here we going to turn off everything
now, click on ''Choose which folders appears on start'' and turn off everything except settings to keep a more minimalistic look
(Go to settings> Personalization>Taskbar)
Finally, Click on taskbar tab scroll down a bit and under Notification area click on ''Turn system icon on or off''
Here we gonna turn off everything except Power, Network, Volume, Clock
(Keep input indicator ON if you're switching between multiple keyboard languages)
Now get back scroll down a bit under people turn off everything
3) Go to settings> apps> Offline maps
click on delete all maps then scroll down a bit and turn off ''Metered connections'' and ''Automatically update map''
(Go to settings> apps>Startup)
Click on startup tab here Many of the apps installed on your computer can configure themselves to launch automatically during startup and continue to run in the background.
However, if you don't use those apps on a daily basis, or you don't have a powerful device, they can waste valuable system resources, which can significantly slow down the experience
Once you complete the steps, your device should now start faster than before. Of course, levels of improvement will vary depending on the applications you're disabling and your hardware configuration.
(Go to settings> apps> apps & features)
-click on apps & features tab Move towards the right pane and click on the link ''Optional Features''
-Select and uninstall those features that you don't use on a daily basis, they can waste valuable system resources
4) Go to settings> Gaming> Xbox Game bar
Here we gonna turn off everything
Turn off Xbox game bar and untick open Xbox game bar using this button on a controller
(This fixes crashes in online games like Fortnite and apex legends)
(Go to settings> Gaming> Game Mode)
Finally, click on Game mode tab there you need to turn off or on this feature
- For Nvidia users- Ultimately Keep game mode feature on but if you experience any performance problems turn it off
- For AMD users- No need to check anything just Keep this game mode feature off it may Cause lag, FPS drop, Shuttering, Freezing in AMD GPUs when turn on
(This feature is on by default)
5) Go to settings> Ease of Access> speech
Turn off ''Speech Recognition''
(Go to settings> Ease of Access> Keyboard)
Click on keyboard tab and here we literally gonna turn everything off and untick
(This is to remove the small annoyances that might occurs with your mouse and keyboard while you're playing games)
6) Go to settings> Privacy> General
Under general, turn off everything
(Go to settings> Privacy> speech, Inking & typing personalization, Activity history, app diagnostics)
one by one click on speech tab, Inking & typing personalization and activity history then turn off everything
(Go to settings> Privacy> Diagnostic & feedback)
Click on Diagnostic & feedback tab then set it to basic then scroll down a bit and set Feedback frequency to Never.
Also, don't forget to delete diagnostic data
(Go to settings> Privacy> location and microphone)
click on location tab and turn off location access then click on the microphone tab and turn off microphone access if you don't use
(Go to settings> Privacy> Other devices)
click on other devices tab and turn off ''Communicate with unpaired devices''
(Go to settings> Privacy> Background apps)
Click on background apps tab and Turn off ''Background apps''
Note- You can also turn off tasks, Emails, Messaging, radios tabs settings if you don't use
7) Go to settings> Update & security > Windows update
Click on advanced options and make sure everything is turned off then click on delivery optimization and turn off ''allow downloads from other PCs''
8) Go to settings> Accounts> Sign-in options
Under Restart and Privacy Turn OFF all configuration
9) Turn off visual effects
- Hold window key and press R
-Now under run window type sysdm.cpl ,3
and press enter
-Under the advanced tab in the performance, category click on settings then select ''Custom'' and follow below image
-now in the same window click on the advanced tab then click on change under virtual memory> untick automatically manage paging file size for all drives then one by one set all drives no paging files
-now Assign the virtual memory to the fastest drive select your fastest drive> tick system managed size and click on SET
🔴(SSD is faster than HDD, install your games in the fastest drive)
-In the virtual memory window, press ok> ok> apply
-Now navigate to startup and recovery> click on settings> untick ''time to display list of the operating system'' > ok
-Finally, go to remote tab then click on advanced> untick ''Allow this computer to be controlled remotely'' > ok then untick ''Allow Remote Assistance connection to this computer'' > apply> ok> restart later
10) Defragment your Windows 10 PCNote- Don't do this step if you have SSD, With a solid-state drive, however, it is recommended that you should not defragment the drive as it can cause unnecessary wear and tear which will reduce its life span.
Optimizing your drives can help your PC run smoother and boot up faster. To optimize them:
-Select the search bar on the taskbar and enter defrag
-Select Defragment and Optimize Drives
-select and optimize disk driver one by one
🔴(Also under scheduled optimization make sure it is set to off (untick run on a scheduled)
11) Turn Off Mouse Acceleration
-In the Bluetooth & other devices window, click Mouse in the left navigation pane
-In the Mouse window, click Additional mouse options in the right navigation pane
-In the Mouse Properties window, click the Pointer Options tab
-Untick Enhance pointer precision checkbox and select the middle setting, number 6 for mouse sensitivity
🔴: If you don't know what mouse acceleration is, I've explained it below-
When mouse acceleration is turned off, for every inch the mouse moves over the mouse pad, the cursor on the screen will also move a fixed distance, and the distance will not be different depending on how fast the mouse moves.
However, when mouse acceleration is activated, the distance the cursor travels will also depend on the speed with which the mouse moves. That is, if you move the mouse faster, the cursor will travel a greater distance than when it moves slowly. This effect can be quite annoying for players as it interferes with the natural movement of the mouse.
So, don't make life harder than it needs to be and Turn off Mouse Acceleration!
Personally I don't use mouse acceleration in any form in or out of games
This will improve your aim in fps shooters games like Fortnite, apex legends
12) Decrease sound quality to improve system performance
This will highly benefits you in games and music
-Head down to bottom right corner where you'll find little speech
-Right click on it and press sound
-A new window will appear and in this window go to playback tab
-First right click on sound device and select show disconnected devices
-Then one by one disable sound devices that you are not using or not plugged in one by one.
-Now right-click on your primary audio device (DEFAULT DEVICE) then go to properties
-In the sound properties window, Go to spatial sound tab and make sure spatial sound format is set to off
-Finally go to the advanced tab (same window) under default format set DVD Quality(16bit, 48000hz) and under exclusive mode untick both configurations.
-Apply and ok
(In the sound window, do these same steps under Recording tab)
13) Delete temporary files
-Click on window icon then search %temp% and press enter
-Select all files and folders. You can click the first file, click the first file and press Ctrl+A to select them all
-Right-click anywhere in the file and click Delete. You will need an administrator account to do this
14) Services tweaks
-Press the Win + R keys and type services.msc in the ''Run'' dialog that opens click ''OK'' and the Windows services will open
-Now find and disable these services
1)Connected User Experiences and Telemetry
2)Distributed link Tracking client
4)print spoiler(ignore this service if you use printer)
5)Download maps manager (ignore this service if you use maps)
6)Windows search/search indexing
-One by one double click on it to enter its properties window then click the Stop button and set startup type ''Disable''
-Apply and ok
Note- some services will be turned on after every window update.
15) Disabling HPET settings
*Many gamers have pointed out on forums that the HPET bug is causing problems in the gaming performance in certain situations
*Disabling HPET removes the micro-stuttering and screen tearing that may occur during gameplay. It allows unrestricted input-output to occur and turning it off can gain you around 3-4 FPS.
-From search, type Device Manager and press Enter to open settings
-Locate and expand System devices
-Right-click on High Precision Event Timer and select Disable to stop the HPET service
16) Optimizing games
-Navigate to the .exe file of the game (it’s likely in Program Files)
-Right-click the file, select properties
-Navigate to the compatibility section of the window that just opened up
-Check the box that says “disable fullscreen optimizations”
-Now go to ''change high DPI settings''
-check the box saying ''override high DPI scaling behavior''
-ok, apply, ok
17) Install/update two important Microsoft gaming software/packages
DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer
Go through link download and run this program
-Visual Studio 2015, 2017 and 2019
18) Update your GPU driver
Installing latest AMD/NVIDIA software will update your GPU driver and solve many bugs, improve performance and optimized for new games
19) Turn on GPU Scheduling NOTE- To use this feature you need to install latest Nvidia software
(Only Nvidia users can take advantage of this feature because they added this feature for their every supported nvidia GPUs and AMD published its driver version 20.5.1 Beta with Graphics Hardware Scheduling. For now, the driver offers support for Windows 10’s new feature on two products—Radeon 5700 series and 5600 series. Support for Ryzen, Vega, RX500 and even Navi 14 5500 series is currently absent)
-Open Settings app
-Select System thereafter Display on the succeeding screen.
-Go to the right pane and locate Graphics settings
-Once you find this option, click it to reach the “Default graphics settings
-Here, enable the toggle switch present under the “hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling
How did this feature work?
Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling (HAGS) will pass memory management control from the software to the GPU, which in turn should allow the GPUs to better manage their VRAM and free up the CPU a little to improve graphics responsiveness and performance.
Huge fps gain in Fortnite using this feature
Now restart your laptop and enjoy it!
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