Speed Up Windows 8 and 8.1 – Master Tutorial to Make Windows 8 and 8.1 Super Fast

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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

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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

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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:

Windows 8 Services Configuration Guide

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.

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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.

Customize_Windows_8_Sound_Scheme.png

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...





Posted in: Windows 8 / 8.1


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