Speeding Up Windows 10 (Mechanical Disk)

Below is a cheat sheet I created to help speed up my Windows 10 installation on me main development computer, unfortunately it does not have an SSD installed, and with a pending immigration I don't have the money to waste on such luxuries :).

This guide will be updated as I find other tips and tricks to squeeze every ounce of performance out of this desktop!

1) Move your Page File

If you have an additional drive in your computer you can move your page file off your OSdrive to speed things up ever so slightly.

Open a run command window and enter in the following.


Navigate to Advanced -> Performance -> Settings

Then Advanced -> Virtual memory -> Change

Uncheck - Automatically manage paging file size for all drives - then click on your OS drive and select the No page file option show below. After that select another drive (in my case D:\) and set up your page file as shown below.

Click on OK on all open dialog boxes, and reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.

2) Disable Hibernation

There normally is no need for this feature on a desktop, so why not disable it. To do this run the following command in an elevated command prompt window.

powercfg -h off

That's it.

3) Disable Unused Startup Items

More likely than not you have a couple of unused programs starting when your computer boots that you can do without. I would highly recommend stopping these applications from running by following the below steps.

  • Open task manager and navigate to the Startup tab
  • Locate an application that you would like to disable and click on it.

  • When you have an application selected the Disable button will become enabled
  • Click Disable to stop the selected application from starting up the next time your computer starts.

4) Defragging your OS Drive

Sometimes a simple defragmentation of your OS drive can work wonders on the booting speed of your computer, it's also really simple to do.

  • Open the start menu and type in defrag (make sure you run this as an administrator)
  • Select your targeted drive (in my case C:\)
  • Click the Optimize button to start the process

5) Remove Bloatware

Another recommendation is to remove any unused software that you may have installed over time, or that came pre-installed on your computer. There are a lot of programs online that will help you identify such applications, but nothing I have found so far matches the simplicity and power of PC Decrapifier, usage is as simple as:

Opening the application and clicking the big Analyze button...

Browsing through the list of discovered programs, selecting the ones you no longer want installed, and finally clicking the Remove Selected button to remove them.

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