Improve the Performance of Your Windows 8 System
Windows 8 is packed with new and improved features from its predecessor Windows 7, but it was a shocking surprise for most users who couldn’t find their beloved Start Menu that they have been using for ages. Not only that, many users even thought it took more time to boot and shut down which is not true, in fact it is much faster in all aspect. Do not let the new features scare you, here’s how you can make your Windows 8 perform in a better way:
• The Start Menu- Yes! The Start menu is gone and it has made way for the Start screen. Though the Start button is there in the desktop taskbar it will only take you to the Start screen. There are several desktop-integration options that helps you boot to the desktop and shows your desktop background on the Start screen and display the apps you installed. When it comes to opening apps, searching is key; so for that press Windows key>type the name of the program you are looking for >press enter. In Windows 8.1 all you need to do is press Windows Key + S to open the search sidebar. You can also pin the applications to the taskbar, all you have to do is right click the app that is running and select “pin to taskbar” option which will bring it up to your taskbar.
• Shortcuts- There is several shortcuts available in Windows 8 and 8.1. If you can utilize the shortcuts properly then you will see the improvement in speed. Here are a few shortcuts:
1. Reveal the charms- In case of Touchpads touch the right edge of your touchpad and swipe inwards. Keyboard users can press Key + C. With a mouse you will have to move the cursor to the top right or bottom –right corners of your screen, then you will have to move the cursor to the middle of the right edge of the screen to reveal the charms
2. App switchers- Touchpad users should swipe in from left to switch between apps with the app switcher. Mouse users will have to move the cursor to the top-left corner of the screen. In case of keyboard you will have to press Key + Tab to open modern app switcher, as for traditional app switcher press Alt + Tab.
3. App bar- Touchpad users will have to touch the top of your touchpad and swipe downwards. If you use a mouse then right click inside a Modern app to open the app bar.
• Quick shut down- Windows wants to make their users stick to their device all day long. Hence you will not find the shut down option in front of your eyes. If you are using Windows 8 then the age old Ctrl + Alt+ Delete will do the job for you. In case of 8.1 you can use the power user menu by right-clicking in the bottom-left corner of your screen or by pressing Windows Key +X.
• Notifications disappear quickly- In Windows 8.1, notification looks like subliminal messages because they disappear within 5 seconds from the upper right corner of your screen. If you want to make them last longer then all you have to do is navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Control Panel/Accessibility key in registry editor, and double click MessageDuration and add decimal value of 4294967295.
• Getting rid of lock screen- Lock screen is good for phones and tabs, but not laptops as they definitely waste a lot of time. To deactivate it you will have to open registry editor, and navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsPersonalization. Now right click the right window pane and create a DWORD Value NoLockScreen and assign it a value of 1. By doing so the annoying lock screen will go off temporarily.
Not everything is in your hands; you need to have good hardware too. Your PC needs to have a solid state drive; if it does not have one then you must install one as that will definitely improve the performance of your system.