Optimize Settings

This category mainly focuses on changing your settings.

Step 1: System Configuration

System configuration is a systems engineering program that defines the computer’s hardware, processes, and devices.

The system configuration can speed up your computer by allowing more ram to run, allowing more processors to run, and disabling usless services from running when you start up the computer.

Click on the start menu and type in “msconfig” and select “System Configuration“.

In the “General” tab, the “Startup selection” should be on “Selective startup” while making sure that “Load system services” and “Load startup items” are selected.

Once the “Boot” tab is selected, and the desired OS is selected, on the center-right of the windows the “Timeout:” in seconds should be “3” not “30“. It is not recommended to select “No GUI Boot” as it may crash the computer.

Still, on the “Boot” tab, select “Advanced options…” on the center-left of the window, select “Number of processors:” and on the drop-down, set it to the max amount of processors on the computer.

Selecting “Maximum memory:” is an option if the computer is not running all of its ram; Some people have an issue where their computer only runs all of the memory when this is unchecked.

The way to tell if the computer is currently running all of its ram is to go to the start menu and type “Control Panel“.

Go to “System and Security” and select “System“.

Look for the “Installed memory (RAM):” and to the right, there should display the memory. If there is something to the right of the memory saying “(“memory” usable)“, it is not using its maximum memory available.

Check the “Maximum memory” box back at the msconfig if the computer is not using all of its ram, but do not select the box if there is nothing beside the memory shown in system, once that is done click “OK“. If checking it or unchecking it does not give you all of your memory, you may have to update your bios, or you may need to upgrade your windows operating system to a 64 bit if you are running a 32 bit operating system since the maximum amount of ram for a 32-bit operating system is 4gb.

Back to msconfig, go to the Services tab and click “Hide all Microsoft services“.

Once all the Microsoft services are hidden, select “Disable all“, disabling a service does not delete the service, it stops the services from running automatically. The selection availability to the left of each service will enable the service. Enable the services that are desirable, such as the computers defense services, CPU services, and GPU services.

Go to the “Startup” tab, for windows 10 it will say that the task manager will need to be opened to make changes on startup programs. Select “Open Task Manager“.

The “Startup” tab allows users to enable or disable programs to startup when the computer starts up. On the top right on the tab, there will be a category called “Status“, select it until all the enabled programs are on top, this will help in disabling any enabled programs.

The only enabled programs that should be running are the defense programs, programs that are connected to any device the computer is running, and your laptop mouse if you are running on a laptop.

Once the changes have been made to the “Startup” tab, all the changes to the system configuration are done, for now, click “Apply” and “OK“, the program will prompt the user if they wish to restart now or not, it is recommended to restart now.

If the computer starts back up with the Wi-Fi disabled or some other problem is not working, go to the “General” tab and select “Normal startup” which will load all the drivers and services when you restart the computer again, change the option back to “Selective startup” and identify what drivers and services you need.

Step 2: Battery Performance

Battery performance are a set of options that allows you to decide how much of your battery you want to use for performance

Go the start menu and type “Control Panel“.

Select “Hardware and Sound” then click “Power Options“.

Under “Preferred plans” or “Show additional plans” there should be an option called “High performance“, this option uses the most energy from your power supply, but it is well worth it for the best performance if desirable.

Step 3: Performance Options

The performance options give the options on how much visual effects you want on your system, less visual effect equals faster system,

Go the start menu and type “Control Panel“.

Click “System and Security“, then select “System“.

On the left sidebar click “Advanced system settings“.

Under the “Advanced” tab and the “Performance” section click “Settings…“.

Visual Effects

On the “Visual Effects” tab the user can either select “Adjust for best performance” or select “Custom” while enabling a function like “Show thumbnails instead of icons” which shows thumbnails on files within windows explorer to help look for files instead of just seeing a file icon.

Click “Apply“, the computer may take some time to adjust to the new settings.

Processor Scheduling and Virtual Memory

Go to the “Advanced” tab.

Under “Processor scheduling” and “Adjust for best performance of:” select “Programs“.

On the “Virtual memory” section click “Change…“.

Uncheck “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives” and select the desired drive, which will most likely be the C drive.

Select “Custom size“.

For the “Initial size (MB):“, double the megabits of ram that is on the computer and insert the number to the right of the “Initial size (MB):” section. The “Maximum size (MB):” section can usually be 1000 more megabits than the “Initial size (MB):“, add 1000 from the “Initial size (MB):” to get the “Maximum size (MB):“.

Under this is a table on what to put in, if there is any confusion.

Initial Size = (amount of ram in Gigabits) x 2048

Maximum Size = (Initial Size) + 1000

After putting the correct numbers in the “Initial size (MB):” and “Maximum size (MB):” row, select “Set” and “OK” on the virtual memory tab.

A message will pop up to say that to save and use the changes; the computer needs to restart, click “OK“.

Under the “Performance Options” tab click “Apply” and “OK“.

Upon the “System Properties” tab select “OK“, another message will indicate that the computer needs to restart to use the settings that were changed.

Restarting the computer now is a good idea.

Step 4: Speed Up Any Program

Go to any shortcut for a program, right click and choose “Properties“.

Under “Shortcut” and beside “Target:” there will be a textbox, go to the very end of the textbox to the right side of the last quote symbol, hit space and type in the following code “/prefetch:1“.

Click “Apply” and “OK“.

Step 5: Services

There may be a lot of services running on your computer that you do not need or want running, disabling them is the best option.

Go to the start menu and type in “Services” and click on “Services“.

There is a lot of services you can disable and free up disk usage; there probably is a least a couple you do not use.

Here are a few that you might want to disable: 

  1. Windows Search: This service puts all of your folders and files in an index, so they are easier to search. (This Service seems to take up a significant amount of Disk Usage).
  2. Xbox Live Game Save: This service is responsible for syncing any saved data for games that have Xbox Live save enabled.
  3. Xbox Live Auth Manager: This service provides the authentication and authorization services to communicate with Xbox Live.
  4. AllJoyn Router Service: This service is used for routing the AllJoyn messages for AllJoyn clients.
  5. Bluetooth Support Service: This service is in charge of discovering and working with Bluetooth devices. Turning it off is safe if your computer doesn’t have a Bluetooth module.
  6. Geolocation Service: This service is responsible for monitoring the current location of your system.
  7. Phone Service: This service manages the telephony state on the computer.
  8. Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service: This service handles touch keyboard and handwriting panel pen and ink functionality.
  9. Windows Biometric Service: This service is responsible for capturing and storing biometric data without gaining access to the biometric hardware.
  10. Windows Mobile Hotspot Service: This service enables a user to share cellular data with other devices.
  11. Adobe Acrobat Update Service: This service manages the updates of all Adobe Acrobat applications.
  12. Downloaded Maps Manager: This service allows different installed applications to have access to the downloaded maps.
  13. Internet Explorer ETW Collector Service: This service collects real-time ETW events from Internet Explorer and processes them.
  14. Print Spooler: This service handles the interaction between the printer and the computer. Disabling it will disable the ability to print.
  15. Skype Updater: This service helps download and install the latest Skype updates.
  16. Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service: This service lets the user share Windows Media Player libraries to other networked players or music devices.
  17. Windows Update: This service is used for detecting, downloading, and installing the latest Windows updates.
  18. Auto Time Zone Update: This service works to update the time zone automatically.
  19. Bluetooth Handsfree Service: This service handles the computer’s connection with Bluetooth headsets.
  20. Enterprise App Management Service: This service is responsible for  managing various enterprise apps.
  21. Hyper-V Heartbeat Service: This service is used for monitoring the state of a virtual machine by sending heartbeats at regular intervals.

To disable a service, click on it and make sure it is stopped by pressing “Stop“.

Right-click on a service and click on “Properties“.

Under “General” and Beside “Startup Type:“, click the dropdown menu and select “Disabled“.

Click “Apply” then “OK“.

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