Windows systems are often criticized because, in a nutshell, they become noticeably slower and more clumsy. Windows often has a role in the user – and that is exactly what slows the system down, along with a wealth of data. We have already cleaned, so let’s take a look at the performance brakes in Windows 10.
Before you get started, please consider that the following tuning tips always involve certain risks. One wrong click and important data can be lost. So before you get started, please make a data backup.
Optimize Windows 10 system startup
You can give your Windows operating system a clear speed boost by checking the autostart entries. Whenever you start up your computer, the programs entered there start automatically. Of course, that consumes performance.
Windows 10 system configurationTo clean up the autostart, enter “msconfig” in the Windows search bar. This opens the system configuration. If you switch to the “Services” tab, you can deactivate unused applications. Switch off these programs in the “System Start” tab.
There you will be redirected to the task manager, which you can also call up by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Del at the same time. It’s even easier with a right-click in the taskbar, then on Task Manager. In the “Autostart” tab you will find the programs that start up automatically with your computer.
Which Windows services can be switched off?
In this dialog you have the option of hiding Windows services. Go this route first to regulate the services of third party developers. If you also want to switch off the Windows services, enter “msconfig” again in the search bar and select the “Services” tab. Now choose which services you want to switch off. Important: in case of doubt, it is better to leave one service too much behind than one too little, which might upset your system. However, it is very likely that you can switch off the following services:
Diagnostic Policy Service
Print queue (only deactivate if you do not have a printer!)
Enumerator service for portable devices
IP helper service
Program Compatibility Assistant Service
TCP / IP NetBIOS auxiliary service (only deactivate if you have not connected your PC to a workgroup!)
Monitoring of distributed links
Windows image capture
Windows Error Reporting Service
Windows timer (only deactivate if you want to synchronize the system time manually and not automatically with the Internet!)
Increase in performance through defragmentation
The Windows operating system usually handles defragmentation by itself. However, the occasional manual defragmentation can still result in a performance boost. Manual intervention is particularly worthwhile for older hard drives. Ideally, avoid this manual step with modern SSD hard drives; these are optimized by your operating system itself.
In general, you can consider whether you would like to treat your system to an increase in performance with an SSD. The hard drives are faster and there are many instructions for installing an SSD partition, for example from netzwelt .
Windows 10 OptimizeTo start defragmenting, select the appropriate partition in Windows Explorer and click on “Optimize” under “Manage”. Select the drive you want and click on “Optimize”.
You know: RAM is precious and if too many programs are running at the same time, the barrel will simply be full at some point. Free up your RAM by turning off background apps. To do this, open the settings by clicking on the notification center at the bottom right, then on “All settings” at the bottom right.
Windows background appsNavigate to “Privacy” and then click on “Background apps” on the left. Now you can work your way from top to bottom and adjust the slider according to usage. In many cases, your system should now run significantly faster.
Back up Microsoft Windows 10
On the one hand, Windows 10 can be described as a very secure operating system, on the other hand, Microsoft wants to know a lot and encroaches on your privacy. By default, neither security nor privacy works properly, so let’s secure Windows 10 now.
External virus protection or not?
First, let’s tackle the burning question of whether or not you need third-party virus protection for Windows 10. So advises a former Firefox developers of antivirus software generally decreases . Two years ago , Symantec blew the same horn . Indeed, the golden days of AV suites are over. Nevertheless, protection against malware is required.
Windows 10 would like to solve exactly that itself: Windows Defender provides integrated virus protection. Former Firefox developer O’Callahan criticizes that AV software does more harm than good. Virus protection is responsible for many security problems; it stands in the way of the implementation of efficient protective mechanisms. Gaps in the software would repeatedly be exploited for malware.
Microsoft’s standardized security practices are the exception: Microsoft’s developers are competent enough in security issues. However, the good on-board resources would only work with operating systems that are always kept up to date. For version Windows 7 or versions below, a third-party virus protection is strongly recommended.
Make the most of Windows Defender
With Windows Defender, Microsoft has integrated full virus protection into its operating system. With the new behavior recognition (“heuristics”), Defender no longer relies solely on the signature database or online queries. Defender is active by default and tries to detect strange behavior of unknown files.
Upon detection, Microsoft automatically receives a log. This will scan the file for malicious code. The virus scanner is also integrated in Internet Explorer or Edge. The browsers use the Defender to check the Active-X extensions. If you want to call up the Defender and its settings, enter “Defender” in the search bar and open the entry that opens.
When you start Windows Defender, you can see the current status. Please bring the program up to date by clicking on “Update” and “Update” if you have not already done so.