How to: Strip down Windows 10 for Better Speed

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by -BigMac-, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. -BigMac- macrumors 6502a


    Apr 15, 2011
    Hey guys.

    Lots of talk of a "Pro Version" being on the wishlist for 10.12..

    As exciting as that sounds, do we have a safe way of manually stripping down Windows 10 to its bare essentials, so we can get better stability and speed?

    I use my Bootcamp partition for Gaming and browsing the web.. while i'm gaming.

    I have no need of any fancy features Windows 10 provides.

    I need it to boot quickly, have minimal lag, and connect to the internet. Thats all.

    Any suggestions?

  2. Shirasaki macrumors 603


    May 16, 2015
    Then there is a feature called "Add/Remove Windows functions" in "Program and Features". You can find it in Control panel. Since you just play game, a lot of network/printer related feature could be removed. And a few services could also be set to stop. These are fairly common tips.
  3. -BigMac- thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 15, 2011
    That still leaves the files on the computer though.

    I mean a more thorough stripping.
    Such as actually deleting the original files of the features and bringing down the OS size.
  4. Shirasaki macrumors 603


    May 16, 2015
    Hmm, if you want this effect, you can try out windows 7 embedded, or Windows 8.1 industrial. Especially Windows 7 embedded, once completing initial feature configuration, no files related to unwanted feature will be installed on machine.
    Windows server 2012 R2 and above also provides the feature to delete files related to unwanted feature in order to save space.

    For desktop Windows system, umm, there might be no such feature out of box.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I don't think having files sit on the hard drive will slow your computer down.

    In Task Manager see what your startup items are and disabled as much as you can. Typically Antivirus apps do slow down the overall performance. While a dangerous move, this will have some immediate effects on performance.

    Also stop the services (service.msc from the run prompt) that you don't need.

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