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To do any of this, search for "Windows update" in the Control
Panel. You can pick "turn automatic updating on or off" to change
automation or "check for updates" to manually update.
Now look into your virus software. Disabling virus software
is definitely not recommended, but you might be able to tell it
when to do scans and otherwise tweak its behavior so as not
to interrupt audio processing.
Next, if you're not using it, consider disabling the onboard
sound card. The onboard sound drivers don't always play nice
with other audio drivers, and beyond that, they sometimes introduce noise into the system. Search for "device manager" in control panel, click "device manager", find the sound device in the
list, right-click and pick "disable" (as shown in Figure 3). Note: I
didn't do this on my laptop, because I want that device working if
I'm not in the studio with my interface. I did do it on my desktop.
Next up, if your system is a 64-bit system and your Windows is
64-bit (find out at Control Panel > System), and your DAW has a
64-bit version and your plug-ins are all 64-bit, run at 64-bit! This
allows the software to access a lot more memory (which can be
critical if you're using large sample libraries or virtual instruments).
Be careful, though, because 32-bit plug-ins generally don't work
in 64-bit DAWs, and vice versa. If you're starting from scratch,
though, you might as well stay in 64-bit mode. You do this by
simply installing and using the 64-bit version of your software.
Finally, consider using hardwired keyboard and mouse
devices instead of Bluetooth (wireless) devices. Bluetooth
communication can affect audio performance.

Advanced optimization: power options

Here's where the fun begins. By default, Windows is set up
to balance between power saving and performance by doing
things like putting the computer to sleep, throttling down the
processor and other tricks. This is a great place to get a significant
performance boost.
Go to the Control Panel and search for "power options". Click
on "power options". Start by picking "high performance" under
"choose or customize a power plan". Now click "change plan settings" to further tweak this plan. You'll see two settings: "turn off the
display" and "put the computer to sleep". If you're using a laptop,
there will be an "on battery" option and a "plugged in" option.

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