Poor default configuration settings

Many of the standard settings configured when Windows in installed are designed for ease of installation, “pretty” visual effects or marginal amounts of power saving.

By optimising these settings for better overall performance, systems can be more responsive and boot quicker without upgrading the system hardware.

By default, most recent versions of Windows have some power saving enabled.  While turning off monitors automatically is a good choice, running the processor in a power saving configuration have a significant impact on performance, while hardly saving any power at all.

The more modern processors use only a tiny fraction of their maximum power rating when idle and enabling additional power saving measures only limits their maximum performance, making tasks take longer.

Depending on the version of Windows, different steps are required to optimise system performance and these are detailed in our step-by-step installation guides.