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In this video I’ll show you how to make Windows 10 Run Blazingly Fast.  These methods apply to those running Windows 10 on either an HDD (regular hard drive) or an SSD (solid state hard drive).  windows 10 blazingly fast

Keep in mind that this video is about Making Windows 10 Run Blazingly fast, NOT about making it secure.  Optional steps are presented at the end of the video (and are marked as optional.  The optional steps work best for Windows 10 PC’s operating in a close network, like a network that isn’t connected to the internet for example and flash drives are not used.

Step 1 – Turn off Visual Effects

Windows 10 is a pretty operating system and uses a lot of animation and window effects like transparency.  This is just extra overhead on the CPU.  Let’s turn them off.

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click System.
  4. Click Notifications & Actions.
  5. Turn off show me tips about Windows.
  6. Turn off app notifications.
  7. Click Power & Sleep.
  8. Click Additional power settings.
  9. Expand additional plans.
  10. Check High performance.
  11. Close the Power Window.
  12. Click the back arrow at the top left of the window to go back to settings.
  13. Click Personalization.
  14. Click Colors.
  15. Go all the way down to the bottom of the window.
  16. Turn off Make Start, taskbar and action center transparent.
  17. Click the back arrow at the top left of the window to go back to settings.
  18. Click Ease of Access.
  19. Click Other options.
  20. Turn off Play animations in Windows.
  21. Turn off show windows background.
  22. Click the back arrow at the top left of the window to go back to settings.

Step 2 – Turn off Windows 10’s data collection.  

Windows 10 likes to collect data on everything you do.  This takes up CPU, Disk and Network resources.  Let’s turn some of this data collection off.

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click the Privacy Lock.
  4. Click General on the left (this should already be selected).
  5. Turn off Let apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps. windows 10 data collection
  6. Turn off Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future.
  7. Turn off Let websites provide locally relevant content by accessing my language list.
  8. Click Location on the left.
  9. Turn Location off.
  10. Click Speech, inking, & typing.
  11. Click Stop getting to know me.
  12. Click Feedback & diagnostics on the left.
  13. Click the drop the down Windows should ask for my feedback and change it from Automatically to Never.
  14. Change diagnostic and usage data to Basic.
  15. On the left click Background apps.
  16. Turn off background apps that you don’t want to always run in the background.  I usually turn them all off.

Step 3 – Turn off unnecessary Startup items

Startup items not only take up CPU, Disk and Memory resources, they’re usually annoying and distracting.  Here’s how to turn them off.

  1. At the bottom left of the taskbar near the start button click in the Search the web and Windows and type msconfig and press enter.  Click the yes button on the subsequent approval window.
  2. Click the startup tab.
  3. Click Open Task Manager.
  4. You can see items listed.  Take a look at the startup impact on the top right.  Items are listed from low – high.  I usually disable almost every startup item unless I really need it.
  5. Click an item you’d like to prevent from starting and press the disable button at the bottom right.
  6. Rinse and repeat on all the items you’d like to disable.  You can always re-enable disabled items if you need to.

Step 4 – Turn off unnecessary services or set them to manual

  1. At the bottom left of the taskbar near the start button click in the Search the web and Windows and type services.msc and press enter.  Click the yes button on the subsequent approval window.
  2. I like to arrange services by name.  Click the name field at the top of the window to arrange them alphabetically.
  3. Everyone’s computer may have different services and disabling the wrong ones can really impair your Windows 10.
  4. Here’s how to either disable a service or set it to start manually.
  5. Select a service and double click it.
  6. Select the drop down next to Startup type: choose either disabled or manual.
  7. Click apply.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Here are the services you can safely disable or set to manual.  There are other services you can disable or set to manual, but those are the ones I’m comfortable with listing right now.
    • Windows Search – it’s a huge pig and can really slow down your PC.  If you don’t need to search I’d set this to manual (or disable it).
    • DataCollectionPublishingService (disable).
    • Data Sharing Service (disable).
    • Diagnostics Tracking Service (disable).
    • dmwappushsvc (disable).

Step 5 – Check for and remove malware (viruses, rootkits, adware, junkware, etc).

Malware is terrible.  It slows your system down (or stops it completely), can collect your private data, redirect your web searches to undesirable websites or inundate you with non-stop advertising.  Here’s how you can easily find almost all the malware and remove it.  We’re going to download 3 programs.  Malwarebytes, Adwcleaner and Junkware Removal Tool


  1. Download Malwarebytes (if this link stops working in the future go to download malwarebytes free).
  2. Install Malwarebytes.  Locate the malwarebytes download (probably in your downloads folder) and double click to install it.  Click the next buttons a few times.  Malwarebytes will start to install.  Uncheck Enable free trial.
  3. Click Finish and Malwarebytes should open.
  4. Click update next to the database version to grab the latest anti-malware database.
  5. Click the scan button.
  6. Click custom scan.
  7. Click Configure Scan.
  8. Check Scan for Rootkits.
  9. Check the C: drive on the right.
  10. Click Scan Now.
  11. Click Remove Selected.
  12. Click Finish.
  13. Reboot if Malwarebytes asks you to.


  1. Go to
  2. Click the download button on the top right.
  3. Open the adwcleaner download.
  4. Click I Agree.
  5. Click the Scan button.  The scan will take a few minutes.
  6. Click the Cleaning button.  Click the OK button a few times and your PC will reboot.

Junkware Removal Tool

  1. Go here to download Junkware Removal Tool –
  2. Open JRT.exe.  A black window will open.
  3. Press any key to continue.
  4. If anything is found it will be removed.
  5. Reboot your PC after that.

Step 6 – If you have a regular hard drive (an HDD) you can Defragment it.

SSD’s should not be defragmented and actually the Windows 10 built-in defragmenter doesn’t allow it.  Here’s how to defrag your HDD in Windows 10:

  1. Click the Search web and Windows search box at the bottom left and type Defrag.
  2. In the search window select Defragment and Optimize Drive to open the defragmenter.
  3. Select your C drive and click optimize.
  4. This could take anywhere from a few minutes to hours.

Step 7 – Windows 10 is very sound heavy.

Sounds require resources.  Here’s how to turn them off.

  1. Click the Start button (Windows button).
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click Personalization
  4. Click Themes
  5. Click Advanced sound settings
  6. Under Sound Scheme – Windows Default is selected.
  7. Select No Sounds

Step 8 – Do your Windows Updates.

Not only do they provide crucial security updates to your computer some updates also provide performance enhancements.

  1. Click the Windows Start Button at the bottom left.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Click updates and security.
  4. Click Windows Update.
  5. Check for updates.
  6. Install any updates found.
  7. Reboot.
  8. Continue to check for updates until all available updates have been installed.

Step 9 – Last but not least.  Run Windows 10 off a Solid State Hard Drive.

This is the single best performance enhancement for Windows 10 (or any operating system).  Not only are SSD’s thousands of times faster than a HDD (regular hard drive) their rate of failure is much, much lower.

Optional Steps – !!!Warning!!! – These steps do increase Windows 10 performance (by quite a bit actually), but can expose your PC to Malware or not being able to restore Windows 10.  These are completely optional.

Step 10 – OPTIONAL – Disable your AntiVirus (AntiMalware) – It’s no secret that antivirus is very resource intensive and turning it off or even uninstalling it provides a major performance boost (during boot and while the OS is running).  In this example I’ll disable the Windows Defender realtime scan.

  1. Click the Search the web and Windows search box at the bottom left and type Windows Defender
  2. Click Windows Defender Desktop App.  This opens Windows Defender.
  3. Click Settings at the top right.
  4. Turn off Real-time protection.
  5. Turn off Cloud-based Protection.
  6. Turn off Sample submission.

Step 11 – OPTIONAL – Turn off System Restore.  System Restore can be resource intensive.  Turning it off provides a performance boost.

  1. Click the web and Windows search box at the bottom left and type Recovery and click Recovery (control panel).
  2. Click Configure System Restore.  Click OK to the next window.
  3. Select Local Disk (C:) (System) then click the configure button.
  4. Select Disable System Protection.
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