Windows 8 is a new operating system which leverages the capabilities of Windows 7, its damn good predecessor. The operating system offers great performance in terms of faster boot and shutdown times, file access and sharing, and hardware acceleration are among other features that make it great for all the computers. It also indicates that Windows 8 is already optimized for greater performance, speed and functionality with its careful design and platform. Microsoft did not leave even a single stone unturned in removing those performance complaints in earlier Windows versions, especially Windows Vista.
When it comes to features, no feature gets as much discussed and overviewed as the performance feature. On balance operating systems are all about good performance which bears longevity and several other fruits (benefits) for them. Since Windows 8 is already optimized to offer great performance, the question of re-optimizing it does not arise. At least I had thought so until users’ comments poured in emails asking about optimizing Windows for good performance.
I had to do a recap of all the features and guess what? I found that some things are really customary in all the operating systems and thus Windows 8 is no exception. I won’t blame Microsoft for this as the giant leaves the decision to customers whether or not to run certain applications in their computers. Well, that’s great and users should be thankful to Microsoft for respecting their decision-making capabilities. So, what if Windows 8 still runs certain applications by default at startup? It doesn’t matter as you can disable such applications by yourself.
Those who have been using Windows for a long time know that it’s the best thing to do and in fact quite easy to disable unnecessary startup items to accelerate the startup performance. Since Windows 8 has a live tile-based user interface (it has Desktop also), the navigation to disabling startup items is different. I can help you here. I’ve compiled the instructions on Windows 8 Home Screen navigation to get the task done.
Disabling Startup Items
You will have to make the Charms bar show up on the screen to be able to search for the Run utility. You can do it in two ways: first by pressing the hotkey combination viz. Windows + C on the keyboard and second by moving your mouse to the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. On the Charms bar, tap or click Search. In the Search bar, type ‘Run’ and then tap the Search button.
Tap or click Run to open up the utility. Type ‘msconfig’ (this command has lived) in the blank field and tap OK or hit Enter on the keyboard. If prompted, enter your administrator password and proceed. In the System Configuration window, tap the Startup tab to be able to view all the items that load up when Windows 8 starts up. Review all the services and applications and uncheck the boxes beside the unnecessary items.
Do not click Apply now as we need to do a little more here. Tap the Boot tab and select the No GUI boot box. That’s it you can now tap the Apply button to save your changes. If prompted, restart your computer to let the changes take place.
Registry is the heart (of your OS) which stores all the configurations, settings, and information about programs and applications installed on your computer. As more and more programs are installed, removed, or edited, Windows registry in the wake of storing all these changes becomes cluttered. Programs which are removed specifically impact the performance of the registry with their leftover, unused registry keys and subkeys etc. Ultimately your computer becomes slow. This is where you need to defrag your registry to clean it from unused registry
How about System Requirements?
Does your computer meet the minimum system requirements for Windows 8 upgrade? Oh why am I asking this? I am asking you about this to check if you missed on the system requirements while upgrading to Windows 8. If you are running heavy finance applications, touch-based apps, high-end graphics games and other such programs on your computer but your processor is slow or RAM is insufficient, your computer’s performance will surely be hampered. You must make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements to be able to run Windows 8 properly.