Category Archives: Computer Performance

Speed Up Windows 8

Just like other operating systems Windows 8 can become slow if you don’t optimise it for best performance, here are some basic tweaks that you can do to speed up Windows 8 and make it run smoother.

Disable Animations

Just like in other Windows operating systems, Windows 8 is full of ‘cool looking’ features that also can slow down your performance. Here is what you need to do to edit these visial effects:

  • Click windows key
  • Type advanced system settings and select settings
  • Under performance click settings
  • You will now find yourself in the visual effects area
  • Here you can simply click custom and select which visual effects you would like
  • Click apply

Edit Startup Programs

Here you can select what programs start when your PC is booting up, this will improve the speed of your boot:

  • Open task manager
  • Click startup tab
  • Here you can select which programs start up at boot

Clean Your Registry

Just like other version of Windows you should make sure your registry is always clean, this will improve the speed and performance of your PC:

Use regcure Pro to clean up your registry

Tweak Your Power Option

If you use AC power for your PC then you should maximize your power performance:

  • Open control panel
  • Go to system and security
  • Click power options
  • Select high performance

Windows 8 Power Options

Update Your Drivers

Make sure that all your drivers for all your peripherals and devices are up to date and working, that insures that your PC will work efficiently:

Use driver detective to update and maintain your drivers

Windows 8 Updates

It may sound obvious, but make sure you are always up to date with the latest updates for Windows 8, this will insure your operating system should run smoothly.

Follow this link for some more info from Microsoft about their updates.

Use Task Manager

With the new look task manager you can see in detail what exactly is using up all your CPU, RAM, bandwidth and hard drive. With this information you should be able to work out what programs/apps are making your PC run sluggish.

Toolbox for Windows 8

Try this very useful tool, it allows you to use up to 6 different tools at once on your screen including Facebook, Twitter and a browser.  This is very handy if you work from a large screen but useless if you want to use it from a smart phone.

Click this link to access the Toolbox.

 

Open and Edit Windows Registry

If you need to make changes to your computer through the windows registry then you will have to be able to open up the registry editor.  This will work for all the different versions of your Windows operating system, although you may see User Account Control box pop up in the newer versions.

Note: It is advisable to backup your entire registry before you make any edits to it.

Here is how to access regedit:

  • Click start
  • In search box type run

run

  • In the run box type regedit
  • Click ok

You should be able to now see Regedit, from here you can navigate to where you need to go and make any changes you want.

If you want to clean up your registry so your entire computer will run faster then run this software, just click it and follow the prompts – RegCure registry cleaner

Windows Registry

Disable Windows 8 Start Screen Animations

These animations do look ‘pretty’ but after a while I find that they just get annoying, here is a quick tweak you can do to disable them alltogether.

  • In your start screen search type computer
  • Right click on computer and select properties
  • Click advanced system settings
  • Select settings under performance

Disable start screen animations

  • Uncheck the first in the list: Animate controls and elements inside windows
  • Click OK

Disable start screen animations

That will remove all the animations from your start screen and it should also make it run a little faster, to make the animations run again simply go and check the “Animate controls and elements inside windows” and select ok.

Disable Writing to a USB Drive

This is a useful security measure you can set on your computers that will stop all users from writing anything to a USB drive, this could stop people from stealing info from your PC’s.

This tweak requires a pretty simple registry hack;

  • Open regedit
  • Navigate here: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\StorageDevicePolicies
  • Create a new DWORD
  • Call it WriteProtect
  • Set the value to 00000001
  • Reboot your computer
  • Done

Windows Key Shortcuts

You will all have seen the windows key on your keyboard, well here are some shortcuts you can use with it;

  • Windows + F: Search for files
  • Windows + L: Locks down the desktop
  • Windows + M: Minimize your windows
  • Windows + Q: Quick switching of users (Powertoys only)
  • Windows + Q: You have to hold down your windows key, then tap Q to scroll thru the different users on your pc
  • Windows: Displays the start menu
  • Windows + D: Minimize or restore all windows
  • Windows + E: Display windows explorer
  • Windows + Pause/ Break: System Properties dialog box
  • Windows + Shift + M: Undo minimize all windows
  • Windows + R: Run dialog box
  • Windows + U: Utility Manager
  • Windows + Ctrl + F: Search for computer
  • Windows + F1: Help and Support Center

Setting for Best Performance

Here is a quick little tweak you can do to both Windows Vista and XP that will automatically set your PC to run at its best performance.

The trouble with Vista is that it is so full of graphics and animations that it effects the performance of your PC, so if you are someone who doesn’t care about the looks of something but just want performance, then this tweak is for you.

Just follow these pointers and you will have your PC running at its best performance;

Windows Vista

  • Go to control panel
  • Click system
  • Click advanced system settings
  • Click the advanced tab
  • Under performance click settings
  • Check on best performance
  • Click apply and OK
  

Windows XP

  • Right click on my computer
  • Click properties
  • Click the advanced tab
  • Click settings under performance
  • Check adjust for best performance
  • Click apply and OK

Adjust Visual Effects for Better PC Performance

You can increase your computer’s performance by adjusting the visual effects. The visual effects can take up your PC’s CPU and slow it down, often leading to more annoying problems. This tweak should work on all Windows Vista machines.

These options for changing your visual effects are totally optional, you can edit which ones you like and keep the ones you want. But I can assure you that these system settings only change the ‘pretty’ look of your computer and nothing important.

To get started adjusting your visual effects settings just;

  • Open control panel
  • Click system and maintenance
  • Open system
  • In the left pane click advanced system settings
  • Open the advanced tab
  • Under performance click settings
  • Go to the visual effects tab
  • Here uncheck all of these options
    • Animate controls and elements inside windows
    • Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
    • Enable desktop composition
    • Enable transparent glass
    • Fade or slide menus into view
    • Fade or slide ToolTips into view
    • Fade out menu items after clicking
    • Show preview and filters in folder
    • Show shadows under menus
    • Show shadows under mouse pointer
    • Show thumbnails instead of icons
    • Show translucent selection rectangle
    • Show window contents while dragging
    • Slide open combo boxes
    • Slide taskbar buttons
    • Smooth edges of screen fonts
    • Smooth-scroll list boxes
    • Use a background image for each folder type
    • Use drop shadows for icon labels on the desktop
    • Use visual styles on windows and buttons
  • Click apply and OK

Repair Disk Errors

One simple way you can improve the speed of your PC is to scan your hard drive for errors such as bad sectors. These errors will slow down your hard disk performance and make your computer run slower.

To run a scan and repair any problematic sectors in your hard drive just follow these points;

  • You must close down any files
  • Click start
  • Click computer
  • Right click on the hard disk you want to scan and select properties
  • Click the tools tab
  • Click check now
  • In the check disk box select scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors
  • Click start

Disable Notification Balloons in Windows XP

Notification balloons are those annoying things popping up in a balloon that tells you basic stuff about the OS, so unless you are one of the few that actually enjoys the balloons you may want to get rid of them.

  • Open regedit
  • Navigate to this location
    • HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  • In the right pane right click and select new DWORD
  • Set the name as EnableBalloonTips
  • Keep the value data set at 0
  • Done
  • You will need to restart your PC to see it take effect

Disable Last Access Timestamp in Windows XP

In Windows XP whenever your PC reads a file it marks that file with times and dates when you accessed it last. Now if you often check back at these data for any reason than you should keep Last Access Timestamp enabled, but if you don’t then you can disable it.

By disabling it you will stop XP from marking everyfile with a timestamp and cluttering things up, I have given two options here to which disable your Last Access Timestamp.

Command Prompt

  • Open your cmd
  • Enter the following command
    • FSUTIL behavior set disablelastaccess 1
  • Reboot your computer
  • To turn Last Access Timestamp back on just put this command back into your cmd
    • FSUTIL behavior set disablelastaccess 0

Registry Edit

  • Open your registry editor
  • Navigate to this location
    • SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem
  • Add a new DWORD
    • NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate
  • Set the value to 1
  • Set the value to 0 if you want to enable it again