Useful Windows Maintenance Snippets
Sun 6 Jun 2021
There are a lot of things you can do to give Windows a maintenance job. Here I will list a few common methods.
You can run the following diagnostic tools to get some more insight.
This wizard will guide you through some of the diagnostic programs Windows has build-in.
rathalos> MSDT -id MaintenanceDiagnostics
Simply start searching for
Performance Monitor with Windows search and it should come up. It is a tool that can scan for performance problems in certain area's. Very useful when you are running into vague performance issues.
Trouble shooting programs
Windows has a lot of build-in troubleshooting programs. These can be found under
(old-style) Control Panel -> Troubleshooting
HDD 100% Disk Usage
This is a common issue on Windows and can have serveral causes.
Check S.M.A.R.T. information
The S.M.A.R.T. information should give you a lot of insight in the condition of the drive. If the numbers are looking good than it probably is not the HDD itself that is failing. You can use CrystalDisk for example to read out the info.
Check power settings
Check the power settings on the HDD and set these to High performance.
Disable superfetch, it is a program that makes programs load more efficiently but also common to cause the issue.
rathalos> net.exe stop superfetch
Speed up boot times
You can increase your boot times noticeably with these few actions .
Check the startup programs
Check the background apps
Speeding up the system
We are going to turn off all fancy things to make the system functional and responsive.
1. Turn off transparancy
Settings -> Personalization > Colors and disable transparency for the Start, taskbar and Action center.
2. Turn off all special animations
Right click on start to open the menu, from there
Start -> System. Here we go to
Advanced system settings. Then under
Advanced... because this is where the really really advanced settings go... click on
Settings in the
Visual Effects you want to select
Adjust for best performance.
3. High Power!
Under the power options select
High performance. This is also a specific problem to some HDD's.
4. Run Disk Cleanup
You can run disk cleanup to remove some files of the disk like installers that Windows extracted somewhere. These are not the user downloaded files.
5. Disable tipping
Windows has a build-in program that gives you tip notifications once in a while. Disable these under
Start -> Settings -> System -> Notifications & Actions