Windows 8 is the newest kid in the basket of Microsoft operating systems. The OS was released with a great excitement and users have been having a great experience with it. However, some unwanted settings (that you have implemented) and vulnerabilities become successful in making your system a victim of degraded performance and you rant and rave about the situation. Performance of a computer matters a lot, whether you need it professionally or for personal use. Therefore, the post has brought you several important tips to speed up a Windows 8 based computer. Keep your eyes glued and follow the instructions carefully.
Disable Unnecessary Startup Programs
If you are an experienced Windows user, you might know well that unwanted startup programs do nothing, but slow down the speed of your computer. Many third-party add-ins add to the Startup programs list that also contribute to performance degrade. Therefore, it is amongst the greatest measures to disable these programs. You can do it as follows:
- In Windows 8, you can access the startup items list directly from Task Manager that can be opened by right-clicking the Taskbar, and then selecting ‘Task Manager’, or it can also be opened by using the ‘Ctrl+Shift+Esc’ command.
- Navigate to the ‘Startup’ tab where a list of Startup items show up. Click the item that you want to disable and click ‘Disable’. The program will be removed from Startup and will not run automatically next time you start Windows 8.
Remove System Events Sound Notifications
As you know, Windows systems produce sound for various events that occur in the system, including error messages, battery status, device connect/disconnect, command success, etc. Such sound systems cause slow performance of the system. Therefore, it is wise to disable these sound notifications, which can be done as follows in Windows 8:
- Go to the Control Panel, click ‘Sound’ icon, or it can be opened directly with ‘mmsys.cpl’ command.
- The Sound window will open, switch to the ‘Sounds’ tab. Here, a list of events will be displayed; click the item for which you want to disable the sound and select ‘None’ in the dropdown list. If all sound notifications have to be disabled, go to the ‘Sound Scheme’ dropdown and select ‘No Sounds’.
- Click ‘Apply’ to apply and save the changes, and close the window.
Disable Shadows and Animations
You might have noticed that your Windows computer shows various effects and animations by default that may also slow down your computer’s speed. Hence, it is recommended to disable them that can be done as follows:
- Use ‘Win+R’ command to open the dialog box ‘Run’.
- Type sysdm.cpl in the box and press ENTER to open System Properties.
- Switch to the ‘Advanced’ tab, go to ‘Performance’, and click ‘Settings’.
- Uncheck the desired options from the displayed list.
- Apply changes and close the window.
Disable Unwanted Windows to Start Automatically
In Windows 8, many inbuilt services start automatically and run in background. It is a load if the services start even when system does not need them. This is why it is highly recommended to disable such services to start automatically.
Disable Unwanted Features
You can also improve the performance of your system by disabling the features that you do not require. It can be done by carrying out the following:
- Go to My Computer, click ‘View’ on the Ribbon, and then click ‘Options’.
- Switch to the ‘View’ tab and uncheck the desired options.
- Apply and save changes, and close the window.
Install Antivirus Software
Having an antivirus installed is the most common recommendation to keep the computer speedy and protected against malware. However, it is an important aspect to get an adequate and multitasking application. Moreover, it is not enough to install the software, but keeping it updated is more important. An updated antivirus combats newly created viruses efficiently and gears up your computer.
Install Necessary Software
Sometimes, many software get installed on your computer that are not required at all. Therefore, it is always a great idea to keep a watch on installed programs. If you find any unnecessary software, uninstall it by going to Control Panel, clicking ‘Programs’ -> ‘Programs and Features’, right clicking the desired program, and then clicking on ‘Uninstall’.
Adjust Power Settings
Keeping balanced power options contribute to smart functioning of your computer. You can adjust the power settings as follows:
- Press ‘Windows’ key, write ‘Power Plan’.
- Select ‘Choose a Power Plan’.
- Press Enter.
- You can choose a power plan by clicking on the Power Button on task bar, and then clicking ‘More Power Options’.
- Set the power plan as ‘balanced’ out of three. It is also good to select ‘High’, but it consumes more power.
Empty Buffer Memory and Delete Temporary Files
A computer user must clean up the buffer memory and delete temporary files. You can do it by performing the below given steps:
- Use Win+R command to open ‘Run’ dialog box.
- Type ‘%temp%’ in the box and press ENTER.
- Select all files and press DELETE button to delete them.
- Again, open ‘Run’ dialog, type ‘temp’, and then press ENTER.
- Delete all the files using DELETE key.
- Reopen ‘Run’ in the same way, type ‘prefetch’ in the box, and then press ENTER. Delete all files as you did in previous steps.
- Go to My Computer, right-click the drive where you have installed your operating system, i.e. Windows 8, and click ‘Properties’.
- Click ‘Disk Cleanup’ option.
- Click ‘OK’ in the next window.
These are the most effective tips that are assured to make your Windows 8 system fast and smooth. Other than these, some other methods, such as applying registry tweaks, using latest drivers for hardware, avoiding unreliable transformation packs, reducing runtime services, and downloading and installing latest Windows updates, are also helpful to boost your computer’s performance. It is also recommended to implement the suggested tips carefully so that you can take their advantage to the fullest.