Do you want your (even older) PC to boot up in less than 20 seconds, and more importantly, respond to your commands without any lag? This website is primarily meant to serve as a guide on how to set up and tweak Windows in order to make it as light and fast as possible. I have gathered up everything that may have an actual impact on performance1 and put it all in one place. All the presented adjustments have been long tested firsthand and verified. Never ignore the details because bit by bit they eventually add up to a significant difference. If you complete most of the steps, especially those described in the Settings section, which can take you about an hour, you’ll be able to experience a whole different, snappy operating system, virtually a Light Flavor of Windows.
I don’t know how much time you spend sitting at your computer but it’s definitely worth dedicating that bit of time in exchange for more pleasant and more responsive environment in which you probably need to move around every day.
1. [Well, there are a couple of settings included that will have little or no impact on the speed itself, they serve rather as an online reminder to myself whenever I need to adjust the system to my own needs.]
[One more note: In a couple of instances you will bump into a paragraph beginning with “If you have dual / crossfire graphics… etc.“ This is because dual graphics on laptops are pure evil and sometimes require special and complicated measures if you want to force them to work the way they should. Those parts obviously don’t need to be your concern if you’re a lucky owner of a single graphics card.]
Settings that have direct (or indirect) impact on speed are introduced with a rocket icon.
A gear icon indicates tweaks that have proved to be useful but are less important or strictly individual.
Pale color means that the instruction is there just for the record and can be skipped because it has been mentioned earlier (in a previous section) or is related to previous Windows releases.
A bulb stands for a tip or additional information.
It is strongly recommended that you follow the steps in the order presented.
The instructions are divided into the following main sections:
Tested OS: 1. Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 1607 (OS Build 14393.447)
Tested OS: 2. Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 1703 (OS Build 15063.0)
Tested OS: 3. Windows 10 Pro x64 Version 1709 (OS Build 16299.15)
Tested Hardware: HP ProBook 4540s, Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2450M CPU @ 2.50GHz (4x), 4096 MB RAM, Dual Graphics Intel(R) HD Graphics 3000 + AMD Radeon HD 7650M
Boot time after applying all the below settings (from pushing power button to Desktop): Less than 20 seconds
If you know of anything that might improve Windows performance, don’t hesitate to share your tips in the comments section.