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Clean Up Windows 10

 ·  ā˜• 2 min read  ·  āœļø Chris Titus

In this article, we will clean up Windows 10. This will include debloat, startup maintenance, system tweaks, and privacy settings. These 3 stages are broken down below and will help maintain a healthy Windows 10 system. Iā€™d recommend re-running these steps every 6 months.

Step 1: Debloat Windows 10

We will be utilizing PowerShell to clean up Windows 10 and get rid of a bunch of useless bloat that is included with it.

Download PowerShell Script

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Run PowerShell Script

runcmd

iex ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString('https://git.io/debloat'))

Note: This will remove many apps in the Microsoft Store. Games, Office 365 and things that utilize the Microsoft Store. If unsure, use the customize blacklist and only tick the boxes of things you want to remove!
Source: https://github.com/Sycnex/Windows10Debloater

Step 2: Clean Up Windows 10 Startup

taskmanager

Launch Task Manager and then click the startup tab. You need to disable any unneeded programs from here.

Changing Startup Programs (Advanced Users)

startup10

You can change startup programs from Start ā€“ Run ā€“ shell:startup and Start ā€“ Run ā€“ shell:common startup

You can also modify startup programs using registry editor HKCU or HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrrentVersion\Run

Cleanup Task Scheduler, as it accumulates many things that cause an install to be slow and is vital when you clean up Windows 10.

Step 3: System Tweaks and Privacy

There is literally hundreds of settings in Windows 10 that are privacy concerns and why Iā€™d recommend using a 3rd party software for this. However, you can do all the same tweaks by simply going through settings and doing all these manually. That said, I recommend using O&O Shutup10 for optimal tweaks and privacy.

oo-shutup10

Download: https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10

I also tell everyone to use the recommended settings as the other settings can have unintended consequences.

Turn off Hibernation: powercfg /hibernate off
Modify Applications Menu: explorer shell:AppsFolder
Change Windows 10 Start Menu: shell:StartMenuAllPrograms or shell:Start Menu

Video Walkthrough

secure web server
Note: YouTube Video - Hold Ctrl + Left Click to open in new window

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