Apps & Tools

O&O ShutUp10

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  • Actions → Apply only recommended settings → Restart

Windows 10 Debloater Tool by David N (FTT)

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Windows 10 Debloater by Sycnex

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Script by Chris Titus Tech

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Notepad++

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7-Zip

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  • Tools → Options… → 7-Zip → Untick everything except:
    • Extract Here
    • Extract to
    • Add to .zip

Brave

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  • Right click the address bar → Manage search engines… → Add → Search engine: any name, e.g. google → Keyword: any name, e.g. google → URL with %s in place of query:
https://www.google.com/search?q=%s&gl=us&hl=en&pws=0&filter=0

→ 3 dots icon → Make default

  • Settings → Extensions → WebTorrent: • Off (If you're using other / external torrent client.)

PotPlayer + madVR

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(Note that the madVR package needs to be moved to a location of your choice and then installed by clicking the install.bat file.)

PotPlayer Preferences (F5) →

  • Configuration →
    • Add → (Enter) → Activate (To create a custom set of settings.)
  • General →
    • Multiple instances: Disable: Play files in existing PotPlayer instance
    • Auto check for updates: Never
    Untick Auto download files if an update is available
  • Playback →
    • Tick Remember video playback position
  • Filter Control → Video Decoder → Built-in Video Codec/DXVA Settings →
    • Tick Use DXVA
    • Tick Prioritize D3D11 DXVA
    • Make sure all formats, incl. MPEG4, are set to VLD (Bitstream Decoding)
  • Video →
    • Video → Video Renderer: Madshi Video Renderer* (For HDR content.)
  • Audio →
    • Audio → Audio Renderer: Built-in WASAPI Audio Renderer
    • Normalizer/Freeverb → Normalizer: Disable / Untick Enable

* madVR / Madshi Video Renderer makes the picture sharper in a natural way so it definitely brings an increase in quality. With some sources, however, it can introduce noticeable judder (stutter) when camera is panning. You can try to alleviate that by engaging 'smooth motion' in madVR own advanced rendering settings but that can actually make it even worse as it adds a blur while not reducing the judder that much. BTW, a new TruMotion algorithm on LG OLED TVs called Cinematic Movement can do a great job on reducing the stutter without introducing the Soap Opera Effect so it's much better to leave this task up to the TV and not mess up with the smooth motion setting in madVR. If the judder bugs you or, more importantly, if you're going to play SDR content, choose the following renderer:

  • Video →
    • Video → Video Renderer: Built-in Direct3D 11 Video Renderer (For SDR content.)
    • Colorspaces → YCbCr ↔ RGB conv. → Auto or BT.709**

You can very well use this renderer to play HDR content too if there's any trouble with using madVR, just make sure you activate the HDR mode:

  • Video →
    • Video → Tick Use H/W HDR output mode (You can keep this ticked also for playing SDR content, just turn off the HDR switcher in Windows HD Color settings.)

** With madVR you don't need to worry about the color conversion but with the built-in renderer it's better to switch this to 'Auto' because the default PotPlayer setting would force everything into an old, BT.601 standard (from 1982) while most of the videos you will come across will probably use a newer BT.709 standard. Switching the conversion method to 'Auto' means that the correct standard will be used provided that the source file is flagged properly. Switching it to BT.709 will, most probably, not do any harm either.

Note that this is a comprehensive topic and you could spend hours reading through hundreds of pages on forums and, at the end of the day, your mileage will vary because it depends on your own specific hardware and setup, and most importantly, it's all very subjective.

madVR

I've got NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 + LG OLED48A13LA and, in order to squeeze the best out of them, I set madVR like this for HDR content:

devices → LG Electronics LG TV SSCR →
• Digital Monitor / TV
properties → the native display bitdepth is: 10 bit (or higher)
calibration → • this display is already calibrated (Leave the rest as it is.)
color & gamma → leave it as it is (default is 2.20), or you can play around with the gamma value if you need to change brightness
hdr → • tone map HDR using pixel shaders → target peak nits: 452

rendering
trade quality for performance → untick compromise on tone & gamut mapping accuracy

By doing that new options will become available back in the hdr section:  

devices → LG Electronics LG TV SSCR →
hdr → highlight recovery strength: very high (Make sure you're not dropping frames.)
hdr → tick output video in HDR format

rendering
smooth motion → keep disabled (I simply don't like it, but again, this is subjective.)
trade quality for performance → untick everything (And again, make sure you're not dropping frames.)

LibreOffice

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WinSCP

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MusicBee

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If you have chosen a portable version you must run the program as admin in order to edit preferences.

Edit Preferences (Ctrl+O):

  • General →
    • Click 'enable MusicBee in Windows Explorer…' (and you can hit 'Select All') → Apply → + I → Apps → Default apps → Music player: MusicBee
  • Player →
    • audio player → output: WASAPI (Exclusive) (MusicBee should be bit-perfect in WASAPI Exclusive mode. Make sure you don't enable fading or cross-fading as they are said to force a resample.)
    Untick / disable all the boxes at the bottom:
       • smooth fade when stopping
       • dynamically normalise volume of streams
       • normalise volume of tracks with replay gain tags*
    (*MB doesn’t use its own library to store this information so it writes it directly into the file tags if you keep this enabled.)

Multi Commander

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  • Right click the executable → Properties → Compatibility → Tick Run this program as an administrator → Apply → OK
  • Upon the first launch select Windows Explorer Compatibility Look'n'Feel.
  • Press Ctrl + B to hide the button window at the bottom.
  • Click the folder icon (next to the colored circle) in the toolbar to show hidden and system files and folders.
  • Configuration → Core Settings… → Layout → System →
    Untick Check for new version…
    • Tick Allow only a single instance…
  • Configuration –> Keyboard Customization → Module: Explorer Panel →
    Files/Folders path: → Shortcut key: Remove → Shortcut key: Ctrl+Y → Resolve Conflict → Yes → Shortcut key: Ctrl + Y → Assign → Save
    • Create folder… (From clipboard text) → Shortcut key: Remove → Shortcut key: Ctrl + Shift + V → Assign → Save
  • Configuration → Explorer Panel settings → Display →
    • Selection and Checking of items → Selection Methods → Untick 'Select and Unselect when navigating over files and folders'
    • (scroll down) Save on exit –> Untick 'Remember only paths to local hard drive' → Save → Apply → OK → Relaunch
  • To speed up the launch of the program, add:
    HideSplash=1
    to \SessionConfig\Misc\MultiCommander.ini
    (Portable mode).
  • To store a favorite path, click the yellow star icon, select a free slot and press Ctrl + S.

BitTorrent Classic

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Remove adds:

  • Options → Preferences (Or just click the gear icon in the top right.) → Advanced → Make sure the value is set to • false for all the following components: 
  • gui.show_plus_upsell
  • offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled
  • offers.left_rail_offer_enabled
  • bt.enable_pulse
  • gui.show_notorrents_node
  • offers.content_offer_autoexec

Limit your upload rate:

  • Options → Preferences (Or just click the gear icon in the top right.) → Bandwidth → Set Global Upload Rate to about 70-80% of your maximum upload speed. (1 megabit/second = 125 kilobytes/second.)

XnView

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BleachBit

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Do not tick:

  • System → Free disk space (Takes ages.)
  • Windows Explorer → Recent documents list (This would remove your favorites from Quick access menu.)
  • Windows Explorer → Thumbnails (This would reorganize icons on your Desktop.)

Note: There's been a bug for quite some time and the left menu won't scroll down. As a workaround, click the Preview button to access the options that are further down below.

Geek Uninstaller

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