You can’t ever have enough of two things in life – first is, as you might’ve expected, Money. And the second is, which you might not have expected, Speed! Whether it’s your favorite vehicle, your latest smartphone or your 10 years old PC, you would definitely like it to be as fast as possible. Microsoft knows this thing very well, which is why it made Windows 8 much faster than any other version of Windows. Whatever people think of it, most people can’t argue with the fact that it’s much faster than all other versions of Windows out there. It boots faster, runs faster while still providing you the eye-candy look and feel that you can admire.
But the die-hard fans of speed like us will still like to make our Windows 8 installation even faster. Fortunately, there are many ways to make it run faster, and we’re going to talk about 5 of them in this article:
Step 1: Disable Useless Eye-candy Animations
Don’t worry – your Windows 8 copy will still look great enough after you do this. However, at the same time you’ll also experience a major bump in speed. If you want to have speed, you’ll have to get rid of some time-wasting animations that look good as the visuals, but actually slow down the process of getting the actual task done. Given below are the steps to disable such animations:
– Press Windows key, type SystemPerformanceProperties and hit Enter.
– Now disable the following animations by unchecking their checkboxes:
- Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
- Fade or slide menus into view
- Fade or slide ToolTips into view
After you disable these animations all your windows, menus and tooltips will instantly snap to or go away from attention – no more time wasting animations.
Step 2: Disable some Startup Programs
Windows 8 boots faster than any other version of Windows, but it’s still possible to make it boot even faster! Just try the good old-fashioned way of disabling some startup programs, which has been made much easier by Microsoft in Windows 8. Just follow the steps given below:
– Launch the Task Manager by pressing Cntrl+Alt+Delete.
– Navigate to the Startup tab and disable some programs that start when your PC boots. Windows also shows the time a program takes to start so pinpointing the ones that take most time should not be difficult at all.
Step 3: Use Built-in Antivirus
Until you’re an Executive of any multi-million dollar corporation, I don’t think that you need a third-party antivirus. Third-party security programs often slow down the computer because they keep running several processes simultaneously. On the other hand, Microsoft’s own Windows Defender program included with Windows 8 is good enough for daily usage and still doesn’t slow down the PC. So why bother for an expensive third-party software that makes your PC slow?
Step 4: Use Sleep Mode Whenever Possible
While burying the Shut Down button deep inside a hidden menu has remained the most controversial feature of Windows 8, it actually has good intentions behind it. What Microsoft wants you to do is put your computer into Sleep mode instead of shutting it down whenever possible. When you put it into sleep mode, it enters an extremely low-power mode in which it consumes just enough power to keep your files and work progress saved in the RAM. All other power sucking hardware is turned off. As soon as you wake it up, it’ll bring up everything back to life as it was when you were working last time. This definitely works faster than a proper startup because it saves you from the hassle of opening all files once again. You can use this option by following the process given below:
- Press Windows Key+C,
- Click Settings,
- Click Power,
- Select Sleep.
Furthermore, you can also set your computer’s Power button to perform this action. If you wish to do so, just follow the steps mentioned below:
- Press the Windows Key,
- Type Power Plan,
- Click Settings
- Hit Enter,
- A window like the one shown below will pop up from where you can change the function of the power button by clicking “Choose what the power buttons do” option.
Step 5: Use Optimize Drives Tool
If you’ve tried to speed up your PC anytime before, you might’ve heard about Disk Defragmentation tools. The good news is that Windows 8 comes with its very own Disk Defragmenter that you can use to make your drives run smoothly. Just follow this simple step to optimize your drive: Press the Windows Key on your keyboard, type Defragment, click Settings and hit Enter. Also keep in mind that Windows 8 automatically does this for you at least once in the week. However, if you’re the kind of PC user who moves a lot of files here and there, then you may wanna use this tool twice a week.