Windows 10 Tweaks and Fixes (Index post #1)

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  1. Mr. Fox

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    It's pretty easy, but not easy to explain in a few minutes in a post. I should make a video for this over the holidays. Are you available on Skype so I can show you how? If so, I will have to re-enable Skype plug-ins in my browser because I have removed it from Windows Prosumer and LTSC doesn't have it.
     
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    I am going to sign off for the evening, bro. I can help you on Friday evening if you cannot figure it out playing with this tool.

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    Download it here:
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    How to disable Game DVR in Windows 10:

    If you've ever run Steam, you may have gotten a notice that Windows Game DVR is enabled which may hamper performance. To disable it, follow the below instructions:

    For Windows 10 Pro/Enterprise users:

    1) Press the Windows Key + R to launch the "Run dialogue box"

    2) Type gpedit.msc and hit enter to launch the Group Policy Editor

    3) Navigate to: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Game Recording and Broadcasting > then double click on the rule which says "Enables or disables Windows Game Recording and Broadcasting" and set the rule to Disabled then hit Apply followed by Ok

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    For Windows 10 Home or other editions which do not have the Group Policy Editor Users:

    Copy/Paste the following command in a blank Notepad TXT file then save it with the following name ensuring to make the extension .reg instead of .txt then double click on it to merge it with the registry then reboot:

    Code:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    
    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\ApplicationManagement\AllowGameDVR]
    "value"=dword:00000000
    Or simply download the ready-made reg file: Disable Game DVR.reg
     
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    Is there a way to permanently apply priority usage setting to a specific application every time I start a application or game?
     
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  6. Ultra Male

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    How to disable Power Throttling in Windows 10:

    Windows 10 can limit your computer's CPU performance in favor of more battery life by throttling the CPU speed especially if you're not plugged in to the AC Power (using your laptop's battery). If you don't care much about battery life and would rather prevent this nuisance to restore your CPU's performance back to full capacity, here's how to disable Power Throttling.
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    How to disable Power Throttling using the Group Policy Editor:

    1) Press the Windows + R Key on your keyboard to pull up the Run Dialogue Box.

    2) Type gpedit.msc then hit Enter

    3) Browse to the following path: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Power Throttling Settings

    4) Double-click the Turn off Power Throttling policy.

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    5) Select the Enabled option

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    6) Click Apply then Ok
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    How to disable Power Throttling using the registry:


    1) Press the Windows + R Key on your keyboard to pull up the Run Dialogue Box.

    2) Type regedit then hit Enter

    3) Navigate to the following patch:

    Code:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Power
    4) Right-click the Power (folder) key, select New, and click on Key.

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    5) Name the key PowerThrottling and press Enter.

    6) Right-click the newly created key, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.

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    7) Name the key PowerThrottlingOff and press Enter.

    8) Double-click the newly created DWORD and set the value from 0 to 1.

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    9) Click Ok.

    Or you can simply download the ready made registry file(s) and double click on them to merge them with the registry:

    Disable Power Throttling
    Enable Power Throttling

    Once you've completed the steps, Windows will no longer limit power usage on any application, regardless of which power source you're using (AC Power or Battery).
     
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    I just thought to share this hear as it is considered as a tweaks performance ;) and best of all.. it can do it all of it with a single click :cool: maybe if you don't mind to consider it and put on the main OP :)

    I use it personally every week through task scheduler;) keeps my laptop optimized and clean:) specially the OWTAS it provides performance boost as it makes windows to use the CPU much better ;):cool:
    https://github.com/jebofponderworthy/windows-tools
    GETREDISTS.CMD: Get and update Microsoft VC++ redistributables using GetRedists.ps1
    Lots of software uses Microsoft VC++ redistributables. They get updated fairly often and almost never automatically. To bring all of yours up to date and install all the newers which Microsoft supports, run GETREDISTS.CMD to call GetRedists.ps1. Requires PowerShell 5.1, and automatically pulls in the VcRedist module.

    RunDevNodeClean
    DevNodeClean is a Microsoft-provided utility which clears certain registry items, ones which are created when USB flash drives are plugged in and removed, when machines are virtualized or devirtualized, and many other operations. These registry items pile up over time, we have seen some older Windows 7 desktops with hundreds of them, and they slow down Windows File Explorer and file management in general quite a bit. RunDevNodeClean downloads the utility from Microsoft, unpacks it, runs the appropriate (32-bit or 64-bit) binary, and then cleans up after itself.

    TweakNTFS: Tweak NTFS for Performance and Reliability
    FSUTIL is a Windows command with amazing abilities. In TweakNTFS we have it used programmatically within PowerShell to produce a fairly well-balanced approach, performance increase with reliability increase too, for all NTFS volumes currently mounted.

    CATE: (C)lean (A)ll system and user profile (T)emp folders, (E)tcetera
    For quite a while I had been curious as to why a simple method to do this was not available. CCLEANER and others do not reach into every user profile, and on many machines this is crucial, e.g., terminal servers. CATE was originated as a .VBS by the excellent David Barrett ( http://www.cedit.biz ) and has been rewritten thoroughly by yours truly (JEB of Ponderworthy). The current VBS is here. But the most recent version is a PowerShell script, which adds removal of Ask Partner Network folders from user profiles, and a good bit of speed and clean running; future development will be in PowerShell.

    One thing discovered along the way, is even in XP there was a user profile called the “System Profile” — XP had it in C:\WINDOWS\System32\config\systemprofile — and some malware dumps junk into it, and sometimes many gigs of unwanted files can be found in its temporary storage. CATE cleans all user profiles including those, as well as the Windows Error Reporting cache, and the system TEMP folders, and in recent versions, many Windows log files which are often found in many thousands of fragments.

    The tool is designed for Windows 10 down through XP. It is self-elevating if run non-administratively.

    OWTAS: Optimize Service Work Items and Additional/Delayed Worker Threads
    This tool sets a number of additional critical and delayed worker threads, plus service work items. The changes are autocalculated according to a combination of RAM and OS bit-width (32 vs. 64). Performance will increase, more so with more RAM.

    Documentation on these settings has ranged from sparse to none over many years. The early Microsoft documents used in the calculations appear completely gone, there are some new ones. The settings produced by OWTAS have undergone testing over the last ten years, on a wide variety of Wintelamd platforms, and appear to work well on all.

    OWTAS is available as VBS and as PowerShell. Future development will be in PowerShell.

    The tool is designed for Windows 10 down through XP. As of 2017-10-10, it is self-elevating if run non-administratively.

    TOSC: Turn Off Share Caching
    By default in Windows since XP/2003, if a folder is shared to the network via SMB, so-called "caching" is turned on. This actually means that the Offline Files service on other machines accessing the share, are allowed to retrieve and store copies of files and folders on the machine acting as server. Turning this off for all shares gives a speed bump for the server machine, and also improves reliability overall, dependence on Offline Files can lead to all sorts of issues including data loss when the server is not available or suddenly becomes available et cetera. TOSC does this very well, for all file shares extant on the machine on which it is run.

    OVSS: Optimize VSS
    By default, on Windows client OS systems, VSS is active on all VSS-aware volumes, but it is not optimized, which in this case means, there is an "association" or preallocation, of zero space. On Windows server OS systems, VSS is likewise active, but there is no association/preallocation, at all, on any VSS-aware volumes. Many different (e.g., StorageCraft, Carbonite, others) Windows tools make the same recommendation concerning this, stating that every volume to be backed up should have 20% of its space "associated" or preallocated for VSS. OVSS does this, and also, removes all orphan shadows. Orphan shadows are VSS snapshots existing uselessly because of old aborted backups, adding OS volume-related overhead. The manual steps of this script, with one additional optional step very useful in some server configurations, are documented here.

    wt_removeGhosts: remove ghost devices from Windows
    Over time, Windows accumulates 'ghost devices', devices which can show up in Device Manager as transparent because they aren't actually there, but things are set up if they are plugged in again. This applies to anything and everything, including motherboard device objects replaced during driver updates, VSS items, USB sticks inserted and removed, really anything at all. This contributes greatly to slowdown of an old OS install image. And removeGhosts removes them all. This is not Ponderworthy code, but it's great stuff, found on several web sites. No author cited within, but thanks are deserved!
     
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    Add or Remove 'Look for an app in the Microsoft Store' in Open with in Windows 10

    When you try to run a file which does not have any program associated to open with its extension, you'd get a popup with an option telling you if you want to browse for a program on your computer but also a rather annoying "Look for an app in the Microsoft Store" option which often I have clicked on by mistake only to open up the Microsoft Store which I don't like.

    Simply download these registry files and double click on one of them to either add or remove that entry from the open with menu.

    Remove Look for an app in the Store

    Add Look for an app in the Store
     
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    If I try to run the PowerShell scripts they error out and say they cannot run because they are not signed. I had to enable running unsigned scripts by entering: set-executionpolicy remotesigned
     
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