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Windows 10 PC Tuning Tips

PC Performance Tuning: Windows 7 and Windows 10 Tuning TipsThe first law of Computer systems - Performance will always degrade over time.

System degradation is caused by the gradual deterioration of efficiency in memory, CPU and Disc usage. The performance of even the fastest of PCs will degrade over time.

After loading anti-virus software, installing software, the accumulation of temporary files from the Internet and Windows upgrades – performance will inevitably suffer.

The build up of junk is slow but insidious. Eventually and inevitably, the PC's behaviour will become unacceptable.

Here are some tuning tips to help you get the most out of your Windows Operating System.


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SearchIndexer
This Windows service may use excessive CPU. See the article What is SearchIndexer.exe and Why Is It Running?
CCleaner
This is an essential and highly recommended program for optimising and cleaning the files on your Windows system. It can also clean the registry. Should be scheduled to run every day. See www.piriform.com
Disk Defragmenter
Regular Disk defragmentation is essential for optimal hard Disk performance. Ensure the Disk Defragmenter tool is scheduled to run frequently. See Improving Disk I/O Performance
Memory
Check that the Memory installed is adequate - to check see www.crucial.com. Note the 32 bit Windows systems cannot utilise more than 4GB of Memory.
Unwanted Services
Some Services may slow down system start-up and performance. Disable all services that are never used. They can be easily enabled if required. For a list and explanation of the Services that can be disabled in Windows, see Improve performance by disabling Windows services.
Aero Theme
This should be removed from Windows 7 for optimal performance. It should not be installed on Windows 10.
Visual Effects
This should be removed from Windows 7 for optimal performance. It should not be installed on Windows 10.
Unwanted Programs
Uninstall all programs that are never used.
Restart regularly
The PC should be Restarted at least once a week. Restarting will clear out the Memory and unwanted processes.
Check for viruses
An anti-virus program should be scheduled to run regularly. This will eliminate viruses and Spyware that can slow down the PC.
Limit Startup Programs
Click on Task Manager, then click on the Startup tab. Are all the background processes necessary?
Clean Disk Files
Use Disk Cleanup to remove temporary files, empty the Recycle Bin, and remove unnecessary system files. After you are happy with an upgrade of Windows, use Disk Cleanup to remove the "Windows.old" file.
Remove your obsolete Disk Files
Sort your files by size. Are any of the biggest still needed? Sort your files by date. Are any of the oldest still needed?
Disable unnecessary services
Click on Task Manager, then click on the Services tab. Disable a Service like FAX or XBox which are seldom used.

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