Speed up Windows 8

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Compared to previous Windows versions, Windows 8 is certainly speedy. It’s quick to boot, uses less memory and delivers a fast, smooth performance. But there’s always room for improvement. Here are our top tips for speeding up Windows 8 and making it even faster.

As with older versions of Windows, there are a number of tweaks you can make to speed up Windows 8’s performance and make Windows 8 faster. Try these tips to speed up Windows 8.

TIP 1 Remove start-up programs

While Windows 8 launches faster than previous versions of Windows, many other programs add themselves to Windows boot process so that they automatically begin to run as soon as Windows starts. Removing these from the startup list will help Windows to spring to life much faster. In previous versions of Windows, startup items were listed in system the configuration manager, which you accessed using the msconfig command.

In Windows 8 you use the Task Manager to view and manage start up programs. Right-click on taskbar on the desktop and select Task Manager from the pop-up menu. Click the Startup tab, then select a program from the list and click Disable to prevent it from starting up when Windows launches.

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TIP 2 Turn off Windows graphical effects

Visual-effectsLike Windows 7, the latest version of Windows has lots of eye-candy graphical effects include animations, shadows, and fades. They look great but can slow down Window’s performance.

To disable these animations and visual effects, move your mouse cursor to the top right of the screen and from the Charms menu click Search. Type visual effects into the search box and click Settings. Now select Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows from the results on the left. In the dialog box that opens, the Visual Effects tab should be already selected. Click Custom and choose the effects you want to keep from the list. Alternatively, click Adjust for best performance to deselect all options.

TIP 3 Change Windows Power Settings

As with previous versions, Windows 8 uses power plans to manages how your computer uses power. A combination of hardware and system settings, a power plan can help save battery life (ideal for laptop users), maximise system performance or maintain a balance between the two.

If you’re using a Windows 8 laptop, you can choose a power plan by clicking the battery icon in the notification are at the far right of the Windows 8 desktop taskbar. Click More power options from the pop-up menu to all power options. On other PCs, move your mouse cursor to the right edge of the screen, and from the Charms menu. click Search. Type power options in the search box and click Settings. Then click Power options from the results on the left.

Windows-8-Power-Options

You will see three power plans: Balanced, Power saver, and High Performance (if not, click Show additional plans). Select High Performance to get the best possible performance from your computer, though laptop users should be aware that this plan will drain their battery life faster.

TIP 4 Optimise your Windows 8 hard drive

By default, Windows 8 automatically defragments your hard drive once a week to keep your hard drive in tip-top condition. However, if you move and copy lots of files onto your hard drive on a daily basis, it may be worth doing more often. You can use the Optimize Drives tool  – previously known as Disk Defragmentor – to perform a manual defragment of your drive. To access it, move your cursor to the top left of the screen and from the Charms menu click Search. Type defragment into the search box and click Settings. Then click Defragment and Optimize Drives from the results on the left.

Select the drive you want to defragment from the list (usually the C: drive), then click Optimize. It may take several some time to defragment your hard disk, depending on the size of the hard drive, the number and type of files stored there.

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You can also change the frequency of Windows’ automatic defragmentation of the hard drive from the default weekly. Click Change settings under Scheduled optimisation and select from Daily, Weekly or Monthly, then click OK.

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