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Windows 8.1: Tips and Tricks | Blog

Aug 24
Window 8.1

Windows 8.1: Tips and Tricks

This article guides you through how to enhance performance of windows 8.1 desktop/laptop.

Optimizing hard drives

While using desktops or laptops, files are opened, closed and deleted frequently, both by the user and the operating system. When hard drives are running short of space, new files are fragmented and stored in several different physical locations on the drive because drive space becomes available in irregular patterns.

Due to fragmentation, programs and data take longer to load and makes your computer slow. With the help of drive optimization, you can restore lost performance as it rewrites files back into order. You can configure scheduled optimization in windows 8.1 by going to start and type optimize in search bar. Then, select defragment and optimize your drives. In optimize drives wizard, select the drive you want to optimize and click on optimize or you can configure scheduled optimization by clicking on settings.

Disabling search indexing

If you don’t search files frequently on your drive, you can disable Windows Search service. When enabled, search indexing keeps a catalogue which keeps details of each file’s location on your computer, so that file search results display faster. As this service is always running, it uses system resources all time. Therefore, it’s best to turn the search service off. You can disable this by going to start, clicking Search and type services. Select “View local services” from the list and press enter. Scroll through to windows search and double-click on it, then change Start-up type to disabled, and click OK. Windows Search will be permanently disabled after you restart your computer.

Controlling animations

There are certain animation process going on while you navigate to different apps, opening, closing and minimizing apps. These animations drain your system resources. Thus, turning them off might be a good option in terms of enhancing performance. You can do this by going to system window by typing system in search box. In system wizard, click on advanced system settings. Then in advanced tab, under performance category click on settings and select visual effects tab. Select adjust for high performance or you can customize your own settings by disabling animation apps under custom checkbox.

Fine-tuning power options

Power management is a wonderful thing, but when you are trying to squeeze the most out of every hardware, consider fine-tuning the power management settings to allow systems to run at their maximum speed. Windows 8.1 comes with two power plans i.e. Energy Saver and Power Saver, which throttles system performance to save energy. You can also create custom power plans or change the existing according to your needs. To do this, in search Box, type Settings and press enter. Then click on Control Panel tab, and then launch the Power Options applet.

System maintenance using trouble-shooter

System Maintenance is a utility included in Windows 8.1 that allows you to identify and clean up unused files and shortcuts. To access this tool, open Settings by typing settings in search box and press enter. Then select Control Panel and launch the Troubleshooting applet. Once opened, click on Run maintenance tasks. If any issue comes up, the utility will provide recommendations and give you the opportunity to correct them immediately.

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