February 21, 2014

How to Optimize Windows 8 to Run Faster

There are more and more applications added to the newest Windows operational system, Windows 8. That’s no doubt that it bring us new experience we have never had. At the same time, we couldn’t run Windows 8 as fast as previous Windows systems. Therefore, in this passage, we explore four ways to optimize Windows 8 and make it run faster than before.
  1. Speed up Win 8 disk running speed
  2. Speed up Win 8 system whole speed
  3. Speed up Win 8 startup project
  4. Adjust and Optimize Win 8 system details

Way 1: Speed up Win 8 disk running speed 

In Windows 8 Task Manager, computer user could see clear situations of every disk. And someone would find disk usage rate is often up to 100%. And Windows 8 running becomes slower and slower. We don’t know what leads to Windows 8 like that, but we probably optimize Windows system with following ways to slow down disk usage rate.

1. Close the disk optimization function

First what we can do is to close disk optimization function (Disk Defragmenter). Don’t let disk work all the time when it is time for it to relax.

My Computer - Any Disk Partition - Right-click “Properties” -Tools - Optimize the drive and defragment - Optimize - Plan Optimization - Change settings - Clear check box of “Running as plan”.
Tips: Disk Defragmenter is necessary for computer, so after you close optimization plan, computer user can choose to optimize once a month.

2. Close HomeGroup
Close HomeGroup to make disk run relax. Even though HomeGroup make file sharing between computers in the same family network, we find disk usage rate soars if we open this function. So when we don’t need it to share file or printer, we can close it.

Control Panel - Network and Internet – HomeGroup – Leave the homegroup.
leave windows 8 homegroup
And then disable “HomeGroupProvider” and “HomeGroupListener” two services in Control Panel – Administrative Tools – Services.

Tips: If you have disabled these two services, and you want to turn on HomeGroup again, the two services have to be enabled.

3. Close IPv6

IPv6 is enabled default in Windows 8. And it makes disk usage rate high. IPv6 is one of the Internet Protocol. We can close it when we don’t use IPv6 network.

Control Panel - Network and Sharing Center – Change adapter settings - Right click adapter – Choose “Properties” – Clear the check box before “Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6)”. 
close ipv6 in windows 8 optimization
Tips: Don’t close IPv4, otherwise you couldn’t enter network.

Way 2: Speed up Win 8 system whole speed 

1. Close Windows Defender

Windows Defender is built-in antivirus program provided by Windows 8. It makes efforts on defending virus, but it leads to open file slowly at the same time. So computer users who like other antivirus program could close Windows Defender.

Press Win + R, and type in “gpedit.msc” to open Local Group Policy Editor – Local Computer Policy – Computer Configuration – Administrative Templates – Windows Components – Windows Defender – Turn off Windows Defender. Choose “Enabled” and click “Apply” and “OK”. 
turn off windows 8 defender
Tips: Don’t close Windows Defender if your Windows 8 computer has not been installed with other antivirus software.

2. Close Windows Search

Windows Search provides content index, property cache and search results for files, email and other contents. Improving file search speed for computer users but making use of much system space to create index. So disk usage rate speeds up. We had better close it if you don’t care file search speed in Windows.

Open Control Panel – Administrative Tools – Services, and set Windows Search as “Manual” or “Disabled”.

Tips: Close Windows Search would lead to slow file search, but we can choose another search tool instead of it.

Way 3: Speed up Win 8 startup project 

1. Close third-party software services

In previous Windows systems, the easiest way to close auto-start program is “msconfig”. But it is weaken in Windows 8. What computer user can do is to close third-party services.

Press Win + R and type in “msconfig”, open System Configuration and select “Hide all Microsoft services”. And then clear other services we don’t need.
disable windows 8 third-party services

2. Close programs launching since Windows startup

Windows 8 auto-startup manager is removed to Task Manager. Some programs not only launch when Windows 8 starts, but also upload data secretly. Naturally, it would take more time to start up Windows 8.

Press Win + X and choose to open “Task Manager”. Choose “Startup” and select programs you want to close. Right click it and “Disable” it. 
close windows 8 autostartup programs

Way 4: Adjust and Optimize Win 8 system details 

Adjust some system details may not optimize Win 8 system, but it makes Windows 8 easier to use for new Win 8 computer user.

For example, close dynamic magnet could avoid full screen magnet scrolling display content, and help to save network traffic especially for user only having less mobile network traffic. Besides, find Start menu back can let Windows 8 become familiar for computer users.

Right click “Task Bar” and choose “New Toolbar”, find the route C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs, and choose files. After these settings, there will be a program option appearing in task bar. Click the double arrow button in the right side, you would see similar “Start” menu. And about other traditional Windows optimization options, you could see in how to make Windows computer faster or perform better.

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