Our constantly updated series of articles on how to optimize your PC continues. Today we talk about 3 precautions that can be done to speed up your PC with Windows 10!
Turn off web search in the Windows 10 Start menu
The Windows 10 Start menu (after the terrible one in Windows 8) has returned to imitate that of Windows 7, to the delight of all users. However, many features have been added that may slow down its use. You should know that when you use the new Start menu, to make searches, it will not be performed only locally, but also using Bing, the official online search engine of Windows 10 (if you can say so). This thing, in my opinion useless, in addition to making you waste time, always remains active in the background consuming resources of your PC. So I find it is good and right to disable this feature. But how do you do it?
Open the command prompt, as administrators, and type the following commands in sequence:
reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search /v BingSearchEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search /v CortanaConsent /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
Now pay attention to the next command, because we will restart the explorer process, which will no longer allow you to interact with the windows. So learn the next 2 commands by heart, then come back here
taskkill /im explorer.exe /f
Ok, if you’ve managed to get this far, you’re done
Nothing complicated! Seen? As you may have guessed, by reading the commands, we have also put Cortana out of the game, since he / she also slows down the search operations!
If you later want to restore everything, just run this other sequence of commands
reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search /v BingSearchEnabled /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
reg add HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Search /v CortanaConsent /t REG_DWORD /d 1 /f
taskkill /im explorer.exe /f
Restrict the distribution of Windows 10 updates to the local network only
You should know that Windows 10 updates are released in a different way than older versions. To reach all the millions of computers with Windows on board faster, Microsoft has introduced a kind of diffusion of peer-to-peer updates. What does this mean? Basically, your computer, once downloaded from the Windows update servers, in turn turns into a host server from which other users on the network can download the update. So they take advantage of your PC, which has already downloaded the update, to recover the update files, without having to take them from the Microsoft servers!
You can easily understand that such a process will slow down your poor computer, and will also occupy internet bandwidth (especially uploading), making you surf at a slower speed.
How do we turn this off? Simple!
- go to the Settingsmenu
- click on Update and Security
- now on your left you will see the item Delivery Optimization
From here you can decide whether to disable this feature entirely, or limit it only to PCs located on the local network. If you choose the latter option, it is because you want the sharing of updates to be done to all your PCs that are in the same local home network!
Turn off visual effects
Disabling unnecessary Windows animations will allow us to lighten the workload on the video card, and make the system faster and more responsive.
- go to the Control Panel
- under Accessibilityyou will see the directly reachable option which is called Optimize visualization
- at this point scroll to the option Disable all unnecessary animations (if possible)where you just have to click, to make the check appear, and you’re done!
At first it might be a little strange not to see many animations anymore, but, trust me, after a few days you will get used to it, and you will seem to have a more responsive PC! A small aesthetic renunciation that has the purpose, however, of making the PC more functiona