Last July 29, 2015, Microsoft officially released their latest Windows 10 operating system. Making it available as a free upgrade to all computers and smartphones that are running Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 operating system. So after releasing a number of updates, we have decided to update this optimization guide, too.
Since the upgrade is also available for Windows devices such as smartphones and tablet, you will find features that aren’t necessarily needed for desktop computer or laptops (Except for the laptop/tablet with touch screen feature). From the looks of it, some services that aren’t compatible for a desktop computer is running on the background which consumes resources of the computer. Regardless of which is which, tech savvy persons should know that some services and features must be disabled to prevent your computers to use unnecessary resources.
So to start off, you can go and check out which services should be disabled for a desktop computer that has a non-touch screen monitor by checking out:
Note: Before adjusting your service settings, make sure that your system has already installed all updates. If you aren’t willing to do this and you feel like something can go wrong, best not to do it. Unless you understand the things we are talking about. The guide we offer here is a guide that works best for me as a gamer and PC performance enthusiast.
Disable Windows Update Delivery Optimization
Microsoft decided to make every PC running windows 10 as their update server which technically consumes your bandwidth and not a friendly feature for those people who are subscribed to an Internet Plan that has a daily data cap limit and could highly increase your Ping during gaming.
To turn this feature OFF, follow these given steps:
Go to Settings in the Start menu
Search for Update & Security
Under Windows Update, open Advanced Options
Under Choose How Updates are Installed, select Choose how updates are delivered
Disable the toggle under Updated from More than One Place
Windows 10 SSD Optimization
Since windows 10 is an adaptation of Windows 8.1 as a base and bringing in some features of Windows 7. The SSD optimization guide for Windows 8.1 still applies for windows 10.
To fully optimize your SSD with Windows 10, all you have to do are:
Unless you find this feature useful, then don’t disable it. The OneDrive app for Windows 10 seems to be more active compared to Windows 8.1 which also eats up your bandwidth. The OneDrive app of Windows 10 uploads your new files to the cloud server so you can access them on your phone anytime anywhere as long as you have internet.
To disable OneDrive: Right click on the OneDrive app which is located on your taskbar and click exit.
Uninstall Incompatible Software
Upon upgrading to Windows 10, Microsoft will automatically disable and uninstall incompatible drivers. However, some drivers/softwares left some files which consume storage. For example, NVIDIA driver leaves some files from the previous windows after upgrading. Check your program files for any of these left over applications or files.