A few months ago, I wrote an article that details some changes you can make to visually speed up Windows 8. This article will go into a few more technical things that you can change to speed up Windows 8 even more.

Services

Just like in previous versions of Windows, Windows 8 has services that you might not need, therefore, you can disable those to cut down on RAM usage and background processes.

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To Disable a service in windows 8, Press WIN + R to bring up the run command box and type services.msc and press enter to bring the Services Window. Double clicking a particular service would bring up its properties and you may read its description to know more about it and set its Startup Type to Manual.

Here are a few services you might be able to set to Manual. Make sure you read the notes next to the items in case it is something you need. If you set something to Manual and notice something isn’t working right after a reboot, you can go back and set them to Automatic.

1.Diagnostic Policy Service
2.Distributed Link Tracking Client
3.IP Helper (Set it to Automatic Delayed Start)
4.Offline Files
5.Performance Logs & Alerts
6.Program Compatibility Assistant Service
7.Print Spooler (If you do not plan to use any Printer now or in the near future.) If you plan to use a printer in the near future, make sure you leave the service as it is, because it’s likely that you’d forget that you’ve disabled this service while installing a printer. The device won’t get properly installed unless you start the service again. This had happened to me once and i’ve spend a lot of time to find this was the root cause for not getting my printer’s driver installed on my pc.
8.Remote Registry (Most users rarely make use of this service, so you may disable it.)
9.Secondary Logon
10.Security Center (Do Not Disable the Service)
11.Server (If your computer does not connect with any network)
12.TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper (Not Recommended if you’re on a network and use file and printer sharing over it.)
13.Windows Error Reporting Service
14.Windows Image Acquisition (WIA)
15.Windows Search (If you rarely use Windows Search feature )
16.Windows Time (If you do not want to synchronize system time with internet time automatically)

Registry Tweaks

The registry is a little more advanced, and it can be harder to undo changes if you don’t know what you’re doing. There a different versions of tweaks floating around the internet, but the tweaks I put together are pretty basic and shouldn’t have any negative affects.

Copy the following into a new file in Notepad, then save the file as tweaks.reg. Make sure you don’t have .txt at the end of the file or it won’t work.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionPoliciesExplorer] "NoLowDiskSpaceChecks"=dword:00000001
"LinkResolveIgnoreLinkInfo"=dword:00000001
"NoResolveSearch"=dword:00000001
"NoResolveTrack"=dword:00000001
"NoInternetOpenWith"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_CURRENT_USERControl PanelDesktop] "AutoEndTasks"="1"
"HungAppTimeout"="1000"
"MenuShowDelay"="4"
"WaitToKillAppTimeout"="1000"
"LowLevelHooksTimeout"="1000"

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControl] "WaitToKillServiceTimeout"="1000"

Disable The Lock Screen

You’ve probably noticed how Windows 8 brings up a lockscreen when you first turn it on, or even after the computer goes to sleep. You have to swipe up on this screen, then you get to the login screen. This might come in handy for tablets, but you might not want it on a laptop or desktop, and instead, you want Windows to just bring you to the login screen.

•Press Win + R on your keyboard to bring up the RUN window.
•Type gpedit.msc and press enter to bring up the Local Group Policy Editor in windows 8.
•Navigate the menu to Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization
•On the Right side on window, you’ll see the Do not display the lock screen option being listed.
•Double Click it to bring up its corresponding options window and you’ll see three options being shown regarding the lock screen.
•Choose Enabled and Press OK.

Disable Unnecessary Startup Programs

As you install apps, some of them add things to your system startup, which can slowdown your boot time. Luckily, its pretty easy to find these apps and disable them from starting up.

Press Ctrl + Shift + Esc to bring up the Task Manager and click on the Start-up tab to see the programs that start along with Windows 8. Right Click a particular program and Choose Disable.

Disable Thumbnail Previews

This is an optional tweak, as some people may prefer seeing a thumbnail view of a video or picture. In case it doesn’t bother you, you can disable the thumbnails, which will help speed up folder viewing.

Open up Windows Explorer by pressing Windows key + E click on View from the menu bar and choose Options. Click on the View tab and tick Always Show Icons, Never Thumbnails and click Apply > OK.