Windows 8 operating system was tailor made to fulfill needs of the common user as it was equipped with some basic and advanced features to be called as a perfect system. Microsoft had tried many new things with its Windows 8 version as it was different from Windows previous versions. This system has offered intuitive user interface and user-friendly experience. Though the system was designed to provide more improved speed & performance still it is not immune to some basic computer problems. The system starts creating certain performance issues due to extended use. Let’s discuss top 5 tips to speed up performance of Windows 8 PC.
Keep your system drive clean and error free: To do this, follow these steps.
Disk Defragmentation: Your system hard drive gets cluttered and fragmented over time due to changes, addition and removal of multiple apps, programs and files regularly. To defrag your system drive, you can use Windows 8 disk defragmenter tool to run automatically on weekly basis to fix the issue. To do this, head to Start menu and search “defrag”, press enter and select I from given results. Now press “Run on a schedule” option.
Disk Cleanup: In Windows 8, you can also find a built-in utility to clean your system. You can use disk cleanup tool to clean your system hard drive and for improved performance. To use this utility, go to Start menu > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools and select Disk Cleanup. Now select drive to perform disk cleanup. Select files to remove, press Ok, and press Delete files. You can also click on “Clean up system files” to remove system files.
Drive Error Checking: Drive error checking tool helps you find and fix certain issues on your drive automatically. It also offers you error report to fix the problems. To access drive error checking tool, head to Computer and right-click on the desired drive and select Properties. Now press Check button under Tools tab.
Apart from these 3 steps, you can also consider to update drivers in Windows for improved system performance. It will improve speed & performance of your system drivers.
Turn off visual effects: Windows 8 is equipped with many beautiful visual effects which improve its aesthetic value. These effects make your system look good but they require more CPU cycles, RAM, and system resources to run which affects your system performance negatively. You can consider stopping all these special visual effects to speed up your system performance. To do this, follow these steps.
- Go to Start menu and search for “Advanced system settings”, press Enter and select the given option.
- Under Settings, select “View advanced system settings” from the search results.
- Now head to the Advanced tab and click Settings under Performance option.
- Here, you can choose “Adjust for best performance” or you can try “Custom” option to tweak the settings as per your needs.
Stop Indexing: To speed up file searching time on your computer, you can turn on certain components of the index service. But this service has its own limitations as Windows search option works with heavy indexing tool that can occupy a lot of system resources including CPU. To deal with it, you can consider turning off this option and try for alternative search tool. To disable Windows Search and Indexing option follow these steps.
- Go to Start menu and type “services.msc” in Run dialog box.
- Find Windows Search in the services list.
- Right-click on the Windows Search option and select Properties.
- Now select Disable from the “Startup Type” drop down menu.
Alternatively, you can limit the indexing to selected folder. To modify which folders require indexing, head to Start menu and search for “Indexing Options” in the search box. Select it from the given results under Settings and make the required changes.
Make use of Power Settings to speed up performance: If you are on laptop using Windows 8 then you can use Power Settings options to improve system performance. The maximum performance preset will help you get maximum performance from all your system components including CPU, RAM, har drive, display etc. To configure your Windows 8 system for maximum performance, head to Start menu and search for “power options”, press enter and select it from the given results under settings. Now choose the High-Performance radio button to change the power plan settings.
You can also try customizing any power plan by choosing “Change plan settings” in front of each preset plan. Now press Change advanced power settings option in next screen. Hence setting your computer to maximum performance will require more energy and resources as all systems will run at full capacity.
Use built-in Anti-malware tool: Existence of malware or other virus threats on your system may affect your system performance negatively. To deal with it, Windows 8 offers a useful tool to keep your system performance intact. It offers built-in antimalware tool called “Windows Defender” to provide security to your system from various malware threats. It also includes Firewall to provide a better security against online threats.
You can follow above-mentioned tips to improve your Windows 8 performance significantly. Following these steps, you can see the visible difference in your system performance which will help you save your time and efforts. It will also help you increase your system life.
Summary: If your Windows 8 system is causing some system issues due to prolonged use then you can consider following certain tips to speed up its performance.