47 Ways To Speed Up Your PC for Free! (Part 5)

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33.  Move libraries

Windows uses default locations, also called libraries, to store some user data. Folders such as Documents, Pictures and Music are found here. By default, these are located in the Users folder on the OS drive. This can be an problem, because it fills up your operating system's volume, so it's best to change this.

To do so, open Explorer and make your way to the Users folder and go into your own account folder. Select the various folders you want to move and copy and paste them to a new location, preferably on another drive, of course.

With these copied, return to the original folders and right-click one. Select Properties > Location and then click 'Move'. Browse to the new folder location and click 'Select Folder'. Repeat for each folder you moved.

Move you standard user folders off Windows’ drive to limit OS slowdown

Move you standard user folders off Windows’ drive to limit OS slowdown

34.  Enable God Mode

Although it's not a cheat that'll give you infinite health or everlasting ammo, Windows' 'God Mode' tip is still useful and helps speed up your PC by putting a large assortment of controls into one easy-to- use collection.

To use this trick, right-click on the desktop and select 'New folder'. Name it 'God Mode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01 C}' and create the folder. The icon will change to a system tool icon, and if you double-click it, you'll find a host of useful tools.

Also note, if you replace the 'God Mode' part of the folder name, you can call the icon whatever you like.

Windows’ God Mode can be very useful and can save you having to wade through menus

Windows’ God Mode can be very useful and can save you having to wade through menus

35.  Create your own Start menu

Although a third-party tool can fully restore the old-style Start menu, you may not want to use such an app. After all, more apps means more resources are required. Instead, you can create a cut-down menu of sorts. To do this, ensure you can view hidden files and folders by going to Explorer and View > Options. Click the View tab and make sure the option to 'Show hidden files, folders and drives' is checked.

Now, right-click the desktop's taskbar and select Toolbars > New Toolbar. In the dialogue box that opens, navigate to C:\Users\your username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu, where 'your username' is your own user folder.

Click the 'Select Folder' button and you'll now have a Start menu located on the taskbar. This will contain anything found in the selected folder. It can be the location mentioned here or any other folder, so you can create an all-encompassing Ober-menu if you like.

36.  Remove Windows 8's lock screen

Windows 8's new lock screen is useful for obvious security reasons, but can slow you down. If you'd rather simply go straight to the login screen, you can get rid of it by editing the registry.

Open the registry editor and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization (you may need to create the Personalization folder). Create a new DWORD value in the Personalization folder and call it 'NoLockScreen'. Give this a value of 1. You're done; the lock screen should now be history. To re-enable it, change the value to 0 or delete the DWORD value.

37.  Restart Explorer

Windows Explorer is the main GUI you see when you're using Windows, it's also one of the elements of Windows most prone to problems. Occasionally, especially after a long heavy session of use, it can slow down to a crawl. To alleviate this, it's worth killing it off and restarting it.

In older versions of Windows this is done by going to Task Manager (Ctrl+ Alt+ Del) selecting Processes and killing the Explorer entry. To restart it, you select New Task and type 'explorer' in the box. This will start a fresh instance of Explorer. In Windows 8, simply go to Task Manager, highlight Windows Explorer, click 'Restart' and it'll take care of itself.

38.  Turn off UAC

User Access Control began life in Windows Vista and is still present in Windows 8, where it's no less annoying for those that are experienced enough to know better, and it also slows down so many tasks as you have to keep confirming your actions.

To stop this, you can lower UAC's security or even disable it. To do so, locate User Access Control in the Control Panel (a simple Windows search should do the trick) and then use the slider bar to reduce the severity of the checks or drop it to the bottom to never notify you. Obviously, changing this lowers your system's security, so do so at your own risk.

Lower or disable User Access Control settings to stop system prompts slowing you down

Lower or disable User Access Control settings to stop system prompts slowing you down

39.  Bypass 'Metro'

When Windows 8 boots up, it takes you to the Metro UI first and not the desktop, which many would prefer. This can be changed with some tweaking and there's a simple way to go about it.

First, create a 'Show Desktop' icon in the Startup folder. To do this, go to C:\Users\Your Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\ Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup and create a new shortcut. Enter 'C:\Windows\explorer.exe shell:::{3080F90D-D7AD-1 1 D9- BD98-000094780257}' as the location and click 'OK'. Now, when you next log in, the task should be fired off and will go straight to the desktop.

Don’t want Metro to boot up when you log in? Bypass it and go straight
to the desktop

Don’t want Metro to boot up when you log in? Bypass it and go straight to the desktop

40.  Disable file and folder compression

NTFS file systems can compress data to save space, and although this is useful if you're running with limited storage, if you' have a large capacity disk, you'll probably be okay without the feature, especially as it can also hit your system with a performance drain.

Check your hard disks by right-clicking them in Explorer and removing the option to 'Compress this drive to save disk space'.

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