Enhance Your Experience & Knowledge With Windows 8

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Although Windows 8 is an improved version of Windows 7 there is a need for the improvement of its performance .One should be alert while using the PC and see that if any nuisance has created a blockage between the running programs .For this you must must regularly follow these rules for the improvement of the PC s performance

1 Keep administrative tools available

God Mode

In Windows 8, you can access the Administrative tools by right-clicking the bottom left corner of the screen of your computer.  Although you will also find that the list of tools available are incomplete. If you wish and like  to keep all the system tools and programs accessible from one menu, you have to enable the God Mode. God Mode works in all versions of Windows from Windows XP to Windows 8. To activate God Mode in Windows 8, keep up with the list given below

  1.  Go to Desktop
  2. Right click on New Folder
  3. Change the name of the folder to
    GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}
  4. Open the folder and you will find every utility Windows 8 has under the sun.

2 Keeps an eye on your system functioning

This is the point which most users will pay no attention to until something defective happens to their PC’s or laptops. Windows 8 has quite a few tools to monitor and identify software and hardware problems well before they happen.

Go to the “Performance” tab of the Task Manager and you will have an synopsis of what is happening in the system. If your computer is performing  slow , you can find out whether it is due to the hard drive, the CPU or the shortage of memory  to applications.

Task Manager

To dig even deeper, click on the “Open Resource Monitor” link at the end of the window in Performance tab available. This will give you an estimate of which applications and services are taking the most resources available. You can safely close the actual culprits which are involved in  slowing down your computer.

Resource Monitor

For advanced usage, one can even generate performance reports at regular intervals of time.

  1.  Right click on the bottom left corner of the screen and select “Computer Management”.
  2. Develop the performance from the left hand pane.
  3. Select Performance Monitor under Monitoring Tools.
  4. Right click the graph in the right hand pane and select the counters which you want to monitor.

computer Management

And last but not least, keep visiting your “Event Viewer” regularly. To access “Event Viewer”, right click the bottom left corner of the screen and select “Event Viewer”. This will help you  in being updated regarding any error or warnings generated by system or application. You can take protection before anything severe happens to the system.

3 Turn off the visual effects

Visual effects usually require abundance of hardware resources. If you are running short of RAM and CPU power, it is advisable to turn all the visual effects off instantly,If you are playing a game, the system will perform better with minimal visual effect also.

system setting

  1. Go to Windows Start Screen Search (Win Key + Q) and search for “view advanced system settings” but before that click on setting  icon below the search field .
  2. Under Settings, select “View advanced system settings” from the search results.
  3. Go to Advanced tab and click on the Settings button under Performance (Alt + S).
  4. You can now select either “Adjust for best performance” or “custom” and select whatever effects you need.

setting

4 Stop indexing

Windows 8 search is pretty good but it works together with the indexing tool, which can be quite a CPU hog when it is running. To disable Windows Search and indexing:

  1. Go to Run -> services.msc
  2. Find “Windows Search” in the services list

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3.Right click Windows Search and select Properties

4.Select Disabled from “Startup Type” drop down menu

5  Make use of power settings to improve performance -If you are using a lappys, using the power consumption settings wisely will give you better performance of your system. The maximum performance preset will be the best if you wish for better performance from your computer including CPU, Display, RAM, hard-drive etc.

Power option

Just the following things

  1. Go to Windows 8 Search (Win Key + Q).
  2. Search for “Power options”
  3. Select “Power Options” from the search results under Settings
  4. Select High Performance radio button to change power plan immediately

6 Keep your system drive free from errors

  6.1 Disk Defragmentation- If you are adding, changing and deleting file, your system will get fragmented. A good way to overcome this is to set disk defragmenter to run automatically as a weekly scheduled task.

defrag

  1. Go to Windows 8 Search (Win Key + Q) and search for “defrag”.
  2. Select it from the search results.
  3. Make sure the “Run on a schedule” is checked.

6.2 Disk cleanup

With the help of the built in Disk cleanup tool, one can make sure that not only your hard drive is clean, it will also start performing better and create less fragmentation.Search ‘Disk Cleanup’ for cleaning your drives

6.3 Drive Error Checking

The error checking tool will scan a specific drive to see if all the files  in that particular drive are in good condition. If it finds any error or problem, it will automatically try to fix them and give a report. This tool is helpful especially if you are used to using the Power button of your computer instead of the Shutdown option in Windows.

drive error

  1. To access this tool, go to Computer
  2. Right click your desired drive and select Properties
  3. Click the Check button under Tools tab

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Use Windows built-in anti-malware tools

We all know the damages a malware or virus can do to our computer. Luckily, Windows 8 comes with a built-in anti-malware solution, commonly known as Windows Defender, which also has the popular Windows Safety Essentials.

Windows 8 also comes with a handy firewall which will protect the users from hackers and other threats automatically. If you don’t need advanced firewall features like spoofing invasion defense, progressive program limitations while accessing the network etc., then you should simple stay on with Windows Firewall.

I hope these tips will make your system performance even  better and enhance your experience with Windows 8.