If you're like me, waiting even a few seconds for your machine to complete a task can be pretty annoying and irritating. Well, here are some tips I came across by MaximumPC that can help speed up Windows and prevent you from throwing your machine out a window.
1. Reduce App Start-Up
Too many programs competing to start when the machine boots can add to your frustration of waiting to get some "work" done. To remove some of the bloat go to the Start menu and type msconfig. Click the Startup tab in console window that appears. You'll see a list of programs scheduled to start when Windows does.This is where it gets tricky. Some of the items in the list are actually needed for Windows to run so you'll have to disable with care.
2. Clean Up Your Hard Drive
The PC will, over time, become clogged with unwanted files which cause slower speeds. Getting rid of the clutter can actually improve performance. CCleaner is a nifty, and free, little tool that can help you reclaim that precious space on your system.
3. Halt Runaway Programs
If a program has decided to misbehave and you're unable to close it, press Ctrl+Shift+Esc to launch Task Manager. Click Processes, then select "Show processes from all users." Click the CPU column header and find the program using the most CPU time. Right-click the program, select Set Affinity, clear all put one of your processor core boxes to limit how much system resources are used. Your PC should speed up. If for some reason this doesn't work, ending the process should do the trick.
4. Use High Performance Mode
Windows' Power Options can make a real difference to system speed. Go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options, and ensure you have High Performance selected. If you're using a laptop, bear in mind that going into High Performance mode will reduce your battery life.
5.Save Time On Swapping Printers
To have Windows switch your default printer as you change networks, click Start, type Devices, and click Devices and Printers. Choose a printer and click Manage Default Printers, select "Change my default printer when I change networks," choose a network and a default printer, and click Add.
6. Reinstall and Restore
Reinstall Windows using the disc that came with your PC. Configure it just the way you like it. When you're done, go to Start > Search, type Back-up and Restore and set a restore point. This will allow you to roll back to this 'clean' state in the future.
7. Quickly Access The Command Prompt
Press the Shift key while right-clicking a folder then choose the option to "Open command window here."