Master Tutorial to Make Windows 8 / 8.1 Super Fast

UPDATE: This tutorial will also work for Windows 8.1.

Finally the wait is over. Many AskVG readers who have started using Microsoft's latest OS Windows 8 were requesting us since long time to post our exclusive master tutorial to make Windows 8 super fast just like we posted similar tutorials for previous Windows versions in past. You can find them at following links:

This exclusive master tutorial series is one of our best and most popular articles and today in this article we are going to add another tutorial to this series.

Today we are going to share a detailed guide which will help you in making Windows 8 faster and improve your system performance. It'll help you in disabling unnecessary eye candy effects such as shadows, animations, etc. Also you'll be able to disable unwanted programs and services which start automatically with Windows.

So if you want to tweak Windows 8 and want to make it super fast, check out following simple steps:

STEP 1: Apply Registry Tweaks

We are providing a ready-made Registry script in this step which will tweak some settings in Windows 8 Registry to make Windows faster. It'll reduce timeout values, set Windows to automatically end not responding tasks, make menus to show faster upon clicking and tweak various other settings.

Simply download the zip file given in following topic, extract it and you'll get "Registry Tweaks to Make Windows Faster.reg" file. Run the file and it'll ask for confirmation, accept it:

Download Windows 8 Registry Tweaks Collection

The zip file also contains an uninstallation registry script to restore all default settings.

STEP 2: Customize System Properties to Disable Shadows and Animations

By default Windows shows many eye candy effects such as animations, shadow effects, etc to enhance user interface. You can turn off these kind of effects to speed up system performance.

1. Press "Win+R" keys together to open RUN dialog box. Now type sysdm.cpl and press Enter. It'll open System Properties window.

2. Now go to "Advanced" tab and click on "Settings" button present in "Performance" section.

3. It'll open a new window. Now uncheck following options:

  • Animate controls and elements inside windows
  • Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
  • Animations in the taskbar
  • Fade or slide menus into view
  • Fade or slide ToolTips into view
  • Fade out menu items after clicking
  • Save taskbar thumbnail previews
  • Show shadows under mouse pointer
  • Show shadows under windows
  • Show translucent selection rectangle
  • Slide open combo boxes
  • Smooth-scroll list boxes


4. Apply the changes and close the window.

STEP 3: Change Folder Options to Disable Unnecessary Features

You can disable a few features of Windows Explorer such as tooltips, etc to improve Explorer functionality:

1. Open My Computer and click on "View" tab present in the Ribbon. Now click on "Options" button present at the end to open Folder Options window.

2. Go to "View" tab and uncheck following options:

  • Display file size information in folder tips
  • Hide empty drives in the Computer folder
  • Hide extensions for known file types
  • Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color
  • Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items


3. Apply changes and close the window.

STEP 4: Disallow Unnecessary Windows Services to Start Automatically

There are many built-in services in Windows which automatically start with Windows and always run in background even if the system doesn't need them. You can disallow many unnecessary services to start automatically with Windows to improve system performance.

Check out following tutorial to learn which services you should disable in Windows 8:

Beginner's Guide to Configure Windows 8 / 8.1 Services

STEP 5: Disable Unnecessary Programs from Windows Startup

Many 3rd party software add their entries in Windows startup list so that they can automatically run as soon as Windows starts. Many of those startup items are unnecessary and can be removed from startup list to speedup Windows.

Follow these simple steps to disable unwanted startup items in Windows 8:

1. In previous Windows versions the startup items list was present in system configuration manager which can be accessed using msconfig command. But Microsoft has moved the startup items list in Windows 8. Now it can be accessed using Task Manager.

Right-click on Taskbar and select "Task Manager" option. Alternatively, you can directly open Task Manager by pressing "Ctrl+Shift+Esc" keys together.

2. Now go to "Startup" tab and here you can click on the unwanted item and click on "Disable" button to remove it from startup.


Now the disabled program will no longer run whenever you start Windows. It'll only run if you launch it manually.

STEP 6: Remove Sound Notifications of System Events

By default Windows plays sounds for various system events such as error messages, device connect, device disconnect, command success, battery status, UAC prompt, etc.

Sometimes many of these sound notifications might cause a little bit slowness in your system. If you have a slow computer system, you can disable some or all sound notifications in Windows 8 to speedup your computer system:

1. Open Control Panel and click on Sound icon. Alternatively, you can directly open it using mmsys.cpl command.

2. Once you open Sound window, go to "Sounds" tab. Here you can click on desired program event which you want to disable and then select "(None)" from "Sounds" drop-down list.


If you want to disable all sound notifications, select "No Sounds" from "Sound Scheme" drop-down box.

3. Apply the changes and close the window.

STEP 7: A Few More Things to Do to Make Windows 8 Faster

After following all above mentioned steps, you should be able to notice big improvement in your system performance. Apart from these steps, you should also do following things regularly:

  • Download and install latest updates using Windows Updates
  • Use latest drivers for your computer hardware
  • Install only necessary software
  • Stay away from transformation packs! Install skins packs recommended by us only
  • Use a good antivirus and keep it updated

That's all for now. If you have any suggestion or query, feel free to share it in your comment...

Also Check:

Master Tutorial to Make Windows 10 Super Fast

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  • Thanks a lot VG~, I'll try this Tonight...

  • Thank you a lot, I'll try it soon :)

  • Awesome tutorial. I was eagerly waiting for this VG. Thanks a lot. :D

  • Finally, the most anticipated article from Mr.VG is here!
    Thanks Mr.VG for this wonderful article!
    I can finally enjoy Windows 8 to the fullest!

    Paul from Philippines

  • FINALLY ~ :D

    (i still dont hav windows 8 yet) :(

  • Thanks for your beautiful work along 2012.
    I wish you a happy New Year.
    Long live to "AskVG".

    Best regards

  • Very nice tutorial VG.

  • Only VG can add castrol oil...... :)

    Wishing you and all askvg reader a very happy 2013 in advance!!!!

  • very nice vg ,nice tutorial.
    Wishing you a very happy 2013 .

  • Can you tell something about the services, my win8 is slow as hell, think some settings have been changed or a virus maybe?

  • VG

    ^^ Please check following:

  • Thanks A lot VG!!
    It Works!!
    Thank You!!!

  • Does still guide still works with windows 8.1 or will you make a new one?

  • VG

    ^^ Absolute same guide for Windows 8.1. No changes.

  • Thanks so much! Totally helped :)

  • thanks!

  • thank a lot VG your article was informative
    I have a question for how can make windows 8 accesses directly to my desktop instead of start menu ?

  • VG

    ^^ Please check following:

  • Hey VG , why is the homepage showing an article about "Speed Up Windows 8.1"........

  • VG

    ^^ I didnt understand. What do you mean? Did you get this Speedup Windows article page when you tried to open AskVG homepage? If yes, please try again and let me know. I have fixed the issue. Thanks.

  • Yeah . It seems you've fixed It now.......

  • VG

    ^^ Thanks for the feedback. :)

  • can you tell me how to increase gaming performance

  • Hi, thanks for the great work!
    I have one question: why does my win 8.1 laptop has HDD running at 100% freezing the computer for most of the time?

    Thanks for your reply.


  • VG

    ^^ Please post your HijackThis log file in following topic:

  • Thank you VG this has been a huge help. I kept wondering why this thing was running sluggish.

  • After all, very faster. over all display visual effects changed, but speed is good. I liked it.

    TIP: In folder options you can select: Adjust for best performance, instead of custom.


  • Thank you very much for these recommendations. 15 minutes with your advice has made a huge difference in my use of Windows 8.1 and in my swearing rate!

  • Nice but if my com is working best without it so if i do this even what would happens :)

  • i installed registry tweaks in windows 8, and its working ok.. bt how do i uninstall it

  • VG

    ^^ The downloaded ZIP file also contains uninstallation script:

  • i am having a problem using windows 8.1 .. when i restarted the computer its shown that we have only one login screen and also its stated that its other users .. so can anybody help me with this i am having aproblem with it i want to change the name and add a image to it

  • Whoa.. it's working perfectly!

  • Everything was going great until I upgraded to windows 8.1. Now it is very unstable and slow.

    What to do?

  • VG

    ^^ Try to install Update 1 for Windows 8.1.

  • Mr.VG, do you know a way to fix the screen resolution problem in windows 8.1 ?i am using a notebook,and the maximum screen resolution of my notebook is not the optimum screen resolution for windows 8.1 .so i can not run apps.please help me.

  • VG

    ^^ First make sure the graphics card drivers are up-to-date. Also make sure you have installed Update 1 in your system.

  • Just bought a new toshiba laptop with win 8.1 and its super slow. It's my first time with windows 8.1 (have been using linux for 3 years) and I didn't really like the new features but what really bothered me is that its super slow. I use skype often and even the new version of Skype (a Microsoft product) is saying that my computer speed is slow. Your article was the first one that came up and I'm glad I found it. I followed everything except step 1 as I wanted to try first the other settings. So far its good and I will apply step 1 soon. Thanks Mr. VG!

  • Hey, does the registry program affect the system in any bad way? I mean, I have a slow PC, and a lot of Photoshop resources(around 10 gb) and much more stuffs, and I can't afford a system restore because i will make registry settings. Is it 100% safe to do that in registry?

  • VG

    ^^ If you are talking about the Registry script, its 100% safe to use.

  • yes its work on my laptop windows 8.1 i hope that it takes long time use full hope that you find best way to works any program

  • Hi VG, and thanks!

    Although the OS (Win 8.1) is fast now I've faced delays once I try to open up Youtube videos. The screen tells me that I have to get Flash Player, even I already have it. By reloading the site, video starts. The sounds are also sometimes delayed. What should I do to make them work smoothly?

  • VG

    ^^ Which browser are you using? Try to use a different browser. Also try to uninstall and then reinstall Flash player add-on.

  • ^^ The downloaded ZIP file also contains uninstallation script:

    What zip file? When I went to this link you provided, I was given a .reg file but no zip file and no uninstallation instructions? I'm confused

  • VG

    ^^ Please check "Download Ready-made Registry Script" section at the link.

  • nice tricks to improve the performance..

  • Great tutorial. It's really speed up my computer :)

  • thank you very much for this :Dv

  • Useful Tip For My Windows 8.1 with Bing Ccona.Colibry 64x :D
    Windows Surfs more Faster:

    Thanks and mostly that I like on This site are: Registry Tweaks

  • THanks a lt for this bro :)

  • Hello.

    I've always have been obsessed with tweaking MS Windows, ever since I got my first computer; a Tandy 486SX-33Mhz with no co-processor and Win 3.1. Let me tell you, I have tried everything on the internet and all the free and paid utilities, and believe me, nothing has worked quite as good as the tweaks I have working for me right now. It will working with Windows 7 and Windows 8.0 to 8.1. it has not been tested on XP, but as it is, XP is dead. Remember These tweaks are for Desktop environments.

    Here are the registry tweaks as follows:

    Under the Folder:

    Change DisablePagingExecutive value - click on decimal ad type: 1

    Make sure that LargeSystemCache data value is set to 0

    Change PagedPoolSize value - click on Hexadecimal and type: ffffffff
    (There are 8 F's)

    Change SystemPages value - click on Hexadecimal and type: ffffffff
    (There are 8 F's)

    Change PagingFiles to a fixed set number. c:\pagefile.sys 6144 6144
    This prevents the OS from having to expand virtual memory requirements when needed. A good fixed amount for 6GB of virtual ram. If you have a 2nd Internal HDD installed move the virtual drive to the 2nd drive and of the OS HDD. for instance if the 2nd HDD installed was drive F: you would then edit the setting like this: f:\pagefile.sys 6144 6144

    Then go to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SessionManager\Executive

    Change AdditionalCriticalWorkerThreads to a decimal value of 4

    Make sure that AdditionalDelayedWorkerThreads value is set to 0

    Then Shut down and restart the system. You won't be disappointed. You'll realize all other tweaks out there are just a wast of time. I've tried many of the tweak setting advice on the internet and they all seem to bog down my system. This one works. If you don't like it, you can always change your setting back. I'm betting you won't.

    If it works for you, hit me up and let me know your experience with these settings. I will be posting a poll online soon with users experiences in the near future.

    Thanks for reading....

    Edward Romo

  • Hey, after tweaking my laptop running on Windows 8.1 single language, an error pops up whenever i try to open Excel files. The error is "There was a problem sending the command to the program". How do i go about addressing this error?

  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

  • Hey ! thanks for guide . My Laptop always freezes when I open any app then freezes . Now I didn't see it on my windows 8.1 thanks again

  • windows tablet running a lot smoother!
    bless you and thank you!

  • Hey does it really work cause when I try it it still slow

  • Thank you very much it help me.I have 1 GB Ram so my PC was running slowly but now it s fast.

  • Wow thats better SYSTEMS flying now all this extra animation slows down even a high spec rig.....THANKS A LOT !!!

  • hey this really helped me out. Thank u so much
    can u plz tell me how to update my win 8 laptop.?

  • Great help, thank you!

  • Very helpful..thanks

  • @Edward Romo

    My man :)

  • Hi thanks for the tutorial :)

    Would anything i have done from the tutorial hindered my ability to access a remote desktop?

    I get this error message -

    "Remote Desktop can't find the computer "XXXXX". This might mean that "XXXXX" does not belong to the specified network. Verify the computer name and domain that you are trying to connect to."

    Any help would be much appreciated,


  • VG

    ^^ It might be possible that you disabled some required services. Try to set following services to automatic:

    Computer Browser
    Distributed Link Tracking Client
    TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper

  • Boring you are very very very very idiot and bevekuf

    Just kidding it really just helped me a lot thans

  • what do you mean by:
    'Run the file and it'll ask for confirmation, accept it':
    In the first 'tweak' action..

  • VG

    ^^ When you'll run the .REG file, it'll confirm your action by showing a message box, you need to accept the confirmation.

  • I made the mistake of following this blog. This has broken my computer. (particularly the text)

  • ^^ You are really an idiot who think that these things will break your computer. These are simple settings and tricks which can never harm any computer. I am personally using them since long time in all my home and work computers without any problem.

  • its more the registry settings

  • Really helped a lot. Thank u very much

  • helpful instruction for enhance my 2GB ram lapi

  • Thanks so much! I did everything you wrote about and it helped a lot!! I appreciate it very much!

  • thankyou askvg...... my works verry well now

  • my laptop* works very well now
    thankyou verymuch

  • Thank you guys!

  • Yo VG,Dude thanks much! It works absolutely awesome as I expected, my w8 just got extremely fast.

  • It looks faster....i think!!!
    but the text is strange....
    how do i turn back to my original text?
    The font looks weird like 1984 text.

  • VG

    ^^ Please provide more details. This tutorial has nothing to do with font appearance. Did you install any 3rd party software or theme? Which text are you talking about?

  • zillion of thanks to you i lappy works smoothly due to your guide thanks thank thanks

  • Dear sir please help to select a best antivirus for my laptop. Which one is the best antivirus near you. please give me your expertise.

  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

  • Thanks the tweaks really made a difference in how windows 8 runs. Even startups are a lot faster now.

  • Thanks V G Thanks for your post :-))

  • does the type of win effect on the speed of computer?
    because I have a computer i5 (desktop, win8.1, Dell) in my work and another one i5 (laptop, win8, Hp) in my home but the speed of computer in my work is better than the computer in my home.

  • VG

    ^^ Type of OS definitely affects the performance of computer. You should try to disable unnecessary startup items and services as mentioned in the tutorial to improve performance. Also uninstall unnecessary programs.

  • Asmaa

    So why is your work computer "faster". There are probably a dozen different possible reasons.

    The "type" of Win has some effect, but the basic hardware has more effect.

    I hear that 8.1 is SLIGHTLY faster than 8.0 on same hardware.
    I do have Win 8.0, 7 and Vista all installed on the same 10 year old laptop. Win 8 is slightly faster than Win 7, which is slightly faster than Vista (on the same hardware).

    Even though both of your computers are i5's, they are different builders and different versions of Win 8 (8 vs 8.1).

    Builders use different hardware, like motherboards, RAM, video processors (built in vs addon cards) and HD that can significantly affect perceived performance.

    There are various versions of i5 chips that have different base CPU speeds, RAM has different speeds. I would expect that the desktop has more RAM than the laptop. For the average user, RAM has one of the most visible effects on speed if you get into the 4GB or less range.

    Laptops are normally slightly slower than desktop computers due to size limitations.

    Different builders install different "additional" software that can affect performance.

    Finally, your work probably has computer technicians who have spent some time tweaking and tuning your work computer for performance. They have done tuning things which you have not done to your home computer.

  • Thank you Vishal for your hardwork and contribution!

    I just purchased a brand new toshiba satellite S55 with 12gb of ram running windows 8.1 and like most brand new devices, the first two weeks were perfect, like a long honeymoon I guess.

    The laptop started running sluggish even after running Ccleaner, and what's worse is windows settings like checking for windows updates and anything that has something to do with system adjustments processes hang, to a point that even "End Task" doesn't work.

    I just ran your script and restarted, it failed on restart, then I shut down and booted up and windows 8 is SIGNIFICANTLY much MUCH faster!

    I only wish the script fixed the issues that prevent me from running windows updates or even customizing this laptop.

    Before I found your post and script I was thinking about downgrading to Windows 7 Ultimate, but the improvements prove that windows 8 can be customized further to run better, as what Microsoft imagined it in their heads.

    Regards and thank you again,


  • VG bhayya
    Where do I find SLEEP option in win 8.1?

  • VG

    ^^ Make sure the option is enabled in power options:

  • I like this tutorial, its very good.

  • Bhayya, there is no SLEEP option in the power options.

  • VG

    ^^ Have you installed graphics card drivers? If graphics card drivers are not installed, you'll not be able to use Sleep option.

  • Nope......... well, thank you so much.
    One more doubt!.
    What should I do to make clock appear on the desktop?

  • VG

    ^^ You can use 3rd party software to show clock on Desktop.

  • Would you mind explaining it?

  • VG

    ^^ There are many software available to show clock/calendars/etc on Desktop. So you can search for them on Google.

  • thank you

  • I try and keep my laptop running in peak performance, and after using you helpful hints, I went 42 second startups to around 30. I keep rebooting just to measure it again again.

  • Does installing windows updates, slow down the system?

  • VG

    ^^ Never. It actually improves performance and reliability of Windows OS and your computer by fixing bugs and issues.

  • nice share, but i still use windows 7, hehehehe...

  • Why install another AntiVirus app?Isn't that what Defender is? I would imagine that's a good way to slow the system down!

  • I disabled scripting

  • After registry of speed up files, my avast has stopped working.

  • VG

    ^^ The registry script has nothing to do with avast. There might be cone other reasons behind your problem. You can safely use the script.

  • sir, i have a problem with my laptop. when i used to open a computer tab then open search option but not search my files. Then another doubt that is " click on to start button opened and search any files or apps but not show any options please solve my problem....

  • Are going to make a tutorial for Windows 10?

  • VG

    ^^ Here you go:

  • Thanks a lot fo that awesome and effective Guide:)

    It's really helped me to get rid of slowing ;)

  • does not work for Windows u have one file for it?

  • A really good one... Wow.. My 10 years old rig now runs fast.. Thank u soooooooo much....

  • Thank you so so much!
    This is amazing! My system works so much better now!
    Thank you again so so much for this! ^_^

  • i extracted it then i don't know the next move. how can i perform the "win+R" ... i just can't do it -_-

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