Windows 8 is here and it’s already been activated on millions of PCs around the world. Sure, it might not have the skyrocketing sales figures that Microsoft wanted, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t using the operating system.
If you want a faster, smoother, and more optimized version of Windows 8, then keep reading. Today, we’re going to list the best ways to squeeze extra performance out of your Windows 8 operating system.
Every version of Windows since XP has had something called ‘god mode’. This useful mode allows users to access every setting on the computer with just a single click. Unlike the administrative tools menu, which only features a grouping of about 10 different tools, god mode includes every single setting that you could ever want to access.
To turn on Windows 8 god mode, go to your desktop and right click to create a new folder. Name that folder:
Once you’ve renamed the folder, click on it and you’ll find that it turned into a shortcut. That shortcut opens the god mode menu, under which you’ll find every Windows 8 utility and setting. Keep that folder on your desktop for easy access to all system settings.
If you’re running Windows 8 on an older machine, then you may have noticed some lag and performance slowdown as you move between menus. Windows 8 isn’t the most resource-intensive operating system, but it does have some visual settings that can slow down older PCs.
If you’re finding yourself low on CPU power and RAM, then you can easily turn off these visual effects. Follow these steps in order to do just that:
-Open the Windows Start screen search bar (press Windows Key + Q) then type in advanced system settings
-Click View advanced system settings from the search results
-Click on the Advanced tab at the top of the screen and click on the Settings button under Performance (or just press Alt+S).
-From here, you can customize which visual effects you want to display. Remove any visual effects you don’t like, add the ones that you actually use, and you should notice a good performance boost.
If you frequently use Windows search to find the information you need, then you shouldn’t implement this tip. But if you would rather save resources and use a third-party search program, then turning off indexing is a great way to speed up performance.
Windows search feature and indexing can be turned off by following these steps:
-Go to ‘Run’ and type in services.msc and press enter
-Find Windows Search from the list of services
-Right click on Windows search and click Properties
-Under Startup type, you’ll see that Windows Search is on Automatic (Delayed Start) by default, but you can switch it to Disabled for better performance
If you still want to use search, then you can save performance power by disabling indexing on certain folders that you don’t search through. For example, if you only search through your My Documents folder, then you may want to disable indexing on large folders like My Programs. To do this, simply search for Indexing Options by pressing Windows Key + Q and then open the first result that pops up.
From here, you can exclude certain files from indexing. If you do this to a few larger files, then you should be able to boost performance without sacrificing too much usability.
Windows 8 has a number of automatic disk checking tools that can be used to speed up hard drive performance and keep your computer as error-free as possible. Here’s how to enable these tools:
-Defragment your computer’s hard drives automatically by scheduling weekly defragmentation when your computer is not in use. To do this, go to the Windows 8 search bar and type in defrag and check the Run on a schedule button. Choose Weekly from the dropdown list and highlight which drives you want to defragment. If you have an SSD (a special type of storage unit), then you should absolutely not defragment that drive. Defragmentation should only be performed on traditional HDDs.
-Cleanup your disks with the Disk cleanup tool, which wipes out unnecessary data while improving hard drive performance. Right click on any one of your hard drives and click Properties then look for Disk cleanup along the top menu bar. Do this on a monthly basis to ensure that drives stay as clean and healthy as possible.
-Run the Error Checking tool to make sure your drive’s files are always in good, working condition. The Error Checking tool is accessed the same way as the Disk cleanup tool. Go to Computer, right click on the hard drive that you want to access, then click Properties and find the Check button under the Tools tab. From here, you can scan a drive and look for any errors.
Windows 8 comes with built-in antivirus software called Windows Defender, and it’s actually surprisingly good. It works just like any other antivirus program by proactively defending your computer against threats. You can also use it to perform quick scans or full scans of your computer.
If you suspect your computer has a virus, run Windows Defender. It should be able to identify and remove any security threats facing your system. If you want to make sure your system is as secure as possible, you should also customize Windows Firewall.