Speed your Windows 10 without any apps
Like many with old laptops and slow HDD (not SSD), Windows 10 is turning to a nightmare: CPU is sluggish, Disk is slow, even a web page takes 10secs to show up!
A simple way to fix this up is to understand how Windows works and kill, sorry “rename”, a few things.
THIS IS HIGH RISK IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING DON’T DO IT. I’m not responsible for your damage (I always smile when I read it elsewhere).
Show me your intimacy
Open your Task(s) Manager (why is it missing an S?) and go to details to add the very useful column “Command Line”, to do this right-click on a column title like “Name” and select “Select Column”, in there tick “Command Line” and Save, now you get a new column showing you the exact command (like “ps aux” or “top” in Linux bash):
(if you wonder what BGPKiller is and have Avira Free, you should Google it).
Unfortunately you can’t monitor disk usage from Detail tab (or maybe?) and there’s an even better way to monitor, see below.
If it’s not done yet, keep Task Manager on top (of other windows), this will be useful in a moment:
Now, see what is going on through your Performance tab in real time while you’re using your computer by keeping only the useful information.
To do this, right click on the CPU and choose Summary view:
Then move it in the lower right corner of your screen, right above the time and elevator arrow of your window:
This doesn’t take a lot of space if you move titles beyond limits :)
Again, it reminds me of Mac and Linux resource monitors in taskbars.
Since it’s on top, you can continue your work as usual.
Time for change
OK, now is the time to find and decide what to do, command by command.
For instance, I had a Microsoft Telemetry command using 90-100% of my disk (sorry I applied my recipe, now it’s gone, no screenshot).
First, you can see 100% usage of your disk in your new monitor.
Then, you right click on it to remove summary view and move the Task Manager.
Go to Processes tab, click on Disk column Title to sort processes by Disk usage (or CPU if you have something killing your CPU).
You may have a generic name like for instance “Runtime Broker” (this is an example, Runtime Broker, whatever a broker is in Windows, is not harmful, just an example here), right click it and select “Go to details” (or go to service).
It switches to Details tab and highlight the Process you wanted to see.
Please search on internet for details about the process you think of killing, this might be a very useful, or not.
Now, right click the command and select “Open file location”:
Think of minimizing the task manager window since it’s always on top :)
If you try to rename RuntimeBroker.exe (to RuntimeBroker.exe.bak for instance), Windows will tell you you don’t have the rights, blablah. It’ s not like you own your computer, right? (sarcastic).
Right-click on it, go to properties, change owner to yourself (out of the scope of this short tutorial) and now if you try to change its name, it says you can’t because it’s running:
Now, go as fast as possible to:
- end task in task manager (del key or right-click and “end task”)
- switch to this open window to “try again”
If you do it right it won’t start again since it can’t find it :)
Slapping Windows like this is not recommended, but so relaxing for your nerves.
I can’t recommend it, but I use it until I can use my computer again (yeah, this is more important than a telemetry service taking notes about itself using all the disk).