Windows can do all sorts of amazing things, some of which you might actually want it to do. Unfortunately, the things you don't want it to do can slow it down. By turning off unnecessary programs, processes, and services, you can unburden Windows and help it live up to its full potential.
Some of the following suggestions may not produce a noticeable improvement in performance individually. But their cumulative effect can be to speed up your system significantly.
You don't have to turn off all of these features, mind you. Most of them are useful - at least aesthetically pleasing - some people, but pointless to others. I've tried to provide enough information to enable you to make an informed decision about which ones to keep.
To help you follow my suggestions more easily, I've organised the questionable features in my list by the Windows location where you must go to turn them off. That way, you won't have to visit the Windows Features dialogue box or Services, more than once.
NEXT PAGE: System properties dialogue box
- Turn off functions you don't need
- System properties dialogue box
- Windows features dialogue box
- More services
- The desktop