A couple of things before we dive into tweaking:
This only concerns Windows Home. Skip this step if you're running Windows Pro.
FOR %F IN (“%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientTools-Package~*.mum”) DO ( DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:”%F” ) FOR %F IN (“%SystemRoot%\servicing\Packages\Microsoft-Windows-GroupPolicy-ClientExtensions-Package~*.mum”) DO ( DISM /Online /NoRestart /Add-Package:”%F” )
We're not done yet. This evil is not so easy to get rid of. We'll have to take a bit more drastic measures now and it'll get a bit more complicated.
When you go to C:\Windows\System32\ you'll find these two guys that must be pacified and put to rest:
First off, you need to 'unlock' them for editing. The .dll can be 'unlocked' more easily using the Take-Ownership-Menu-Hacks tool. Just download the tool, double click the 'Add Take Ownership to Context menu.reg' and confirm 'Yes'. Then right click the wuaueng.dll file and choose 'Take Ownership'.
But the .exe is a tough one. You'll need to remove the default permissions manually. You can find a detailed instruction on how to do that in this article.
Now, when they're both unlocked, just rename them to something else, say:
Note that by doing that you won't be able to use the service at all, not even temporarily, unless you change the names of the files and revert the settings back to where they were.
Only now can you safely connect to the Internet, install all drivers, etc. If you happen to find yourself in a situation where you need to reinstall display drivers, use DDU to uninstall the old ones.
Let's not forget about BIOS. We can now go there again and make a couple of adjustments.
This is best to be done right after a fresh system installation, as long as there are not many files on your hard drive. It's because the more files there are stored on your internal drive, the more time the process will take.
I would turn the indexing off also on all external drives you're going to use very often. Follow the same procedure.
On some of the newer machines, there's no longer the option to choose or create another power plan. Not even through the Command Prompt. You're stuck with the default Balanced one. But that's not a big deal because when you look closely into the advanced settings of that plan, you'll notice there's really nothing that could be adjusted to improve performance in any way. So, all you can do in such case, is the following:
Turn this off even if you're not going to use local server.
If you ever happen to encounter a nasty, red message that says 'This app has been blocked for your protection', you will need to disable the UAC in registry:
Optionally, while here, you can disable both the Cloud-delivered protection and Automatic sample submission as well.
REG ADD "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Real-Time Protection" /v DisableRealtimeMonitoring /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
If you need to turn it back on for some reason, use the following command:
REG DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows Defender\Real-Time Protection" /v DisableRealtimeMonitoring
This is the same story as with the two guys we've talked about in Windows Update section. Same location, two other files that just need to be unlocked for editing and renamed.
So again, go to C:\Windows\System32\ and look for these two villains:
Unlock them both using the Take-Ownership-Menu-Hacks tool and just rename them to, say:
Download this batch file. Right click on it and choose 'Run as administrator'. Then just press any key. This will disable 40 Windows services you're most probably never going to use so it should mostly be safe to disable them and free up some resources that way. Press any key one more again and restart your computer.
The list has been made according to Black Viper's 'Safe for LAPTOP or TABLET' configuration. Just for the record, the same adjustments overlap with both the 'Safe for DESKTOP' and 'Tweaked for DESKTOP' configurations as well.
By far the easiest way to disable all tasks listed below at once is to use this batch file. Again, download, right click and choose 'Run as administrator'. And you're done.
Here's a manual way of doing the same thing, just for the record:
Game Mode is said to have very little to no effect on gaming performance and it may only be useful on low-end systems. It's safer to turn it off to prevent any issues it may cause.
While you're here you can as well disable the Xbox Game Bar though it doesn't directly affect performance.
This is to prevent your screen from flickering if Windows happens to try to 'fix' apps that may appear blurry if they don't match screen resolution.
This is important because, by default, Windows will put your PC to sleep after 10 minutes of inactivity (or 4 minutes if you're on battery) when on the Balanced power plan. Which means that, ridiculous as it may sound, you may not be able to finish an action if it takes longer than that. The operation will be paused and, depending on the program in question, it's not guaranteed that you'll manage to resume it.
The Windows Search application takes up a little too much resource to my taste so I prefer disabling it altogether. However, you should not do this if you want to utilize this feature. Once you have disabled the app, you won't be able to quick jump to certain Windows features or settings by typing their names on hitting the Start button. I'm quite used to the 'Run' box / + R method of jumping to things like Control Panel, Command Prompt, etc., so I don't really need this running in the background. The good thing is that searching for files or folders via the search box in Windows File Explorer won't be affected and will still perform well. So, to me personally, this is a win-win. But again, your mileage may vary.
This tweak is only relevant if you want to optimize your system for audio experience. Otherwise, you should ignore this.
A comprehensive guide on the topic can be found in this article.
The most notable tweak to keep in mind is that, in order to get the most performance from audio gear, it is best to set your processor to handle background services first, because audio drivers run in the background, and not as separate programs.
You can delete everything you'll find in the following folders:
You can also do the following:
Congratulations. You have now completed the basic setup and can start enjoying a Light Flavor of Windows.