Settings for safe and optimal Windows (Part IV)

Submitted by Lê Văn Mai on Wed, 03/21/2018 - 18:48
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Part IV: startup faster

Prevent unnecessary programs from starting with Windows

Programs in kind of securities, such as anti-virus, or firewall are recommended to be configured to run as startup. Other such as IDM, Messenger, OneDrive, Skype... should be run manually. This will save system resources, and make windows start faster.
In programs have abilities to start with Windows, this setting usually locates in options or settings. We should find and turn off this feature if the program is unnecessary to start along with Windows. Another way for this situation are in the steps:

  1. Type this command in search box, or run dialog, and press Enter:
    msconfig
    . This opens System configuration, or press Control + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager.
  2. Control + Tab to the Startup tab, you'll see the list of programs has started along with WindowsStartup tab in Task Manager.
  3. Open context menu, then activate:
    Disable
  4. Press OK and close System Configuration.

Accelerate applications running as start Windows

But there are applications started at Windows start, and decrease startup speed? Here is how to deal:

 

  1. Type this in the Run dialog, and press Enter:
    regedit
    Note that if there is an alert of user account control, switch to that Windows, and press Alt+Y to continue.
  2. In Registry Editor, navigate to the path
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Serialize
    If your computer does not have Serialize key:
    • Open context menu at the Explorer key, choose
      New \ Key.
    • Press Enter, and name the new key:
      Serialize.Serialize in Registry Editor.
  3. At the newly created key, open context menu, choose
    New / String value.
  4. Press enter, and give the name:
    StartupDelayInMSec.
  5. Press Enter on that, and enter 0, then press Enter.
  6. Close Registry Editor, and reboot your computer.

Adjust in the Boot tab

The Boot tab also locate in System configuration I've said before... To open this tab:

  1. Type this in the search box, or run dialog, and press Enter:
    msconfig
  2. Control + Tab to the Boot tab.Boot tab in System Configuration.
  3. (With multi-core computer), Press Tab and activate the button called
    Advanced options...
    , then check the option called
    Number of processors
    and choose the core number of currently running computer.
  4. To pass the boot screen, find and check the option called:
    No GUI Boot
  5. Find and adjust the boot time (in second) at the TimeOut option. If you use boot menu (multi boot) to choose the operating system to start, you should adjust at 10 seconds or more (default 30 seconds), or as list 3 seconds).
  6. Press the OK button to save and close.

Turn off image effects

This so beautiful, but use a loss of system resources, and does not affect blind users. Here is how to turn off:

  1. Type this in the search box, or run dialog, and press Enter
    sysdm.cpl
  2. This open the System Properties dialog. Control + Tab to the Advanced tab.Advanced tacb in System properties.
  3. Press Enter on
    Performance settings.
  4. There are a group of options in radio button. Choose the third one:
    Adjust for best performance.
  5. Press OK, and OK once.

Remove unnecessary applications

This is the list of applications in Start menu:

  • Get Started
  • Get Skype
  • Get Office
  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection
  • Money
  • News
  • Phone Companion
  • Sports
  • Optional Features
  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows DVD Player.

If you don't use any of them, you could remove it
At the application you want to remove, open context menu, then press Enter on

Uninstall

For the application listed below:

  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Mail
  • Camera
  • Maps
  • Movies & TV
  • People
  • Photos
  • Store
  • Weather

should be removed using Windows PowerShell:

 

  1. Find Windows PowerShell on Start Menu at the path:
    All apps \ Windows PowerShell.
    or type PowerShell in search box and choose Windows powerShell in the result.
  2. Open context menu, then find and activate:
    Run as administrator
  3. If there is a Windows pop-up and asking for pirmition to make changes to the computer, choose Yes to continue.
  4. At the PowerShell command open, type in this command and press Enter:
    Get-AppxPackage AppCode | Remove-AppxPackage

In the command above, AppCode is the code name of the application to be removed, listed below:

App's nameAppCode

3D Builder3dbuilder

Alarms and Clockwindowsalarms

Calculatorwindowscalculator

Calendar and Mailwindowscommunicationsapps

Camerawindowscamera

Groove Musiczunemusic

Mapswindowsmaps

Movies and TVzunevideo

OneNoteonenote

Peoplepeople

Photosphotos

Storewindowsstore

Voice Recordersoundrecorder

Xboxxboxapp

 

Some of those application can be removed using uninstall programs. such as CCleaner. To Uninstall, run CCleaner, then activate Tools -> Uninstall. Find the apps you want to uninstall, and choose

Uninstall

in context menu.

(will be continued

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