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How to REALLY speed up your computer if you are on WIN 8.0 / 8.1

Often residents report lag in their regions but when we go there and check it out we cannot detect any lag at all and in most cases it is their PC instead causing issues. There is a lot you can do to speed up your PC, to avoid lag and to be much faster if you are on WIN 8.0 / 8.1. Following I have listed up the most important things to do – there is no risk to damage your PC, all these steps are safe and should be performed weekly – you will feel the difference instantly!

How to speed up WIN 8.0 / 8.1

1. Ajust Power Savings Setting

2. Defragment and Optimize Drives

3. Disable Unwanted Startup Programs
SEARCH – > SETTINGS – type TASK MANAGER – go to STARTUP tab – disable unwanted programs

4. Cleanup Memory and Unnecessary Temporary Files
a) Hold down Windows Button + R – type %temp% and press ENTER – mark all files (CTRL + A) and delete all files
b) Hold down Windows Button + R – type temp and press ENTER – click on CONTINUE – mark all files (CTRL + A) and delete all files
c) Hold down Windows Button + R – type prefetch – click on CONTINUE – mark all files (CTRL + A) and delete all files
d) move your mouse to the lower left corner of your screen – right click and choose FILE EXPLORER – right click on WINDOWS C: – Click on PROPERTIES –
click on DISK CLEAN-UP – click on CLEAN UP SYSTEM FILES – press OK – mark all positions (checkmarks) – Confirm DELETE FILES

5. Reduce Runtime Services
Hold down Windows Button + R – type msconfig and press ENTER – hit SERVICES tab – make SURE to click on HIDE ALL MICROSOFT SERVICES – click on OK

6. Registry Tweaks
Hold down Windows Button + R – type regedit – click on YES . go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER (left side, on top) – go to CONTROL PANEL (bit down below) –
doubleclick the MOUSE folder – doubleclick MOUSEHOVER TIME – set the VALUE DATA to 10
In same folder (CONTROL PANEL) go to DESKTOP – scroll down to MENUSHOWDELAY – doubleclick on MENUSHOWDELAY – set the VALUE DATA to 10

7. Apply Registry Tweaks
The following registry script will tweak some settings in windows 8 registry to make windows much faster. It will reduce timeout values, set windows to
automatically end not responding tasks, make menus to show faster upon clicking and tweak various other settings.


Copy the following code and paste in Notepad. Save the file with the name “Tweaks.reg” (including quotes) and then run the file. It will ask for confirmation,
accept it (start copying in line 1 , Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 and stop copying after “2000” last line)


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;Created by Vishal Gupta for AskVG.com

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Copy To]

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\AllFilesystemObjects\shellex\ContextMenuHandlers\Move To]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse]




STEP 2: Restart your system to take effect and get ready to experience super fast Windows

Your internet should be much faster already by now 🙂

8. Customize System Properties to disable Shadows and Animations

By default Windows shows many eye candy effects such as animations, shadow effects, etc to enhance user interface. You can turn off these kind of effects to speed up system performance.
a) Press “Win+R” keys together to open RUN dialog box. Now type sysdm.cpl and press Enter. It’ll open System Properties window.
Now go to “Advanced” tab and click on “Settings” button present in “Performance” section.
b) It’ll open a new window. Now uncheck following options:

Animate controls and elements inside windows
Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
Animations in the taskbar
Fade or slide menus into view
Fade or slide ToolTips into view
Fade out menu items after clicking
Save taskbar thumbnail previews
Show shadows under mouse pointer
Show shadows under windows
Show translucent selection rectangle
Slide open combo boxes
Smooth-scroll list boxes

Apply changes and close the window

9. Change Folder Options to Disable Unnecessary Features
You can disable a few features of Windows Explorer such as tooltips, etc to improve Explorer functionality:
a) Open My Computer and click on “View” tab present in the Ribbon. Now click on “Options” button present at the end to open Folder Options window.
b) Go to “View” tab and uncheck following options:

Display file size information in folder tips
Hide empty drives in the Computer folder
Hide extensions for known file types
Show encrypted or compressed NTFS files in color
Show pop-up description for folder and desktop items

10. Disable Unnecessay Programs from Windows Startup
Many 3rd party software add their entries in Windows startup list so that they can automatically run as soon as Windows starts.
Many of those startup items are unnecessary and can be removed from startup list to speedup Windows.

Follow these simple steps to disable unwanted startup items in Windows 8:

a) In previous Windows versions the startup items list was present in system configuration manager which can be accessed using msconfig command.
But Microsoft has moved the startup items list in Windows 8. Now it can be accessed using Task Manager.

Right-click on Taskbar and select “Task Manager” option. Alternatively, you can directly open Task Manager by pressing “Ctrl+Shift+Esc” keys together.
b) Now go to “Startup” tab and here you can click on the unwanted item and click on “Disable” button to remove it from startup.
Now the disabled program will no longer run whenever you start Windows. It’ll only run if you launch it manually.

11. After following all above mentioned steps, you should be able to notice big improvement in your system performance.
Apart from these steps, you should also do following things regularly:

Download and install latest updates using Windows Updates
Use latest drivers for your computer hardware
Install only necessary software
Stay away from transformation packs!
Use a good antivirus and keep it updated

12. Boot straight to desktop (WIN 8.1 only)
If you spend most of your time on the desktop in Windows 8 the following tweak will take you straight to the desktop when you start up your
PC. Right-click the Taskbar, select PROPERTIES from the menu, then click the NAVIGATION tab. Now tick the checkbox next to “When I sign in or
close all applications … go to desktop” and click OK.

13. Check your viewer preferences … go to graphic settings and try out different draw distances and other settings … reduce them if you still feel lag … go from HIGH to MEDIUM or from MEDIUM to LOW if you have to … Often the graphic card is not 100% compatible or simply to slow (not enough cache). Contact Linden Lab’s technical support if you are unsure.

I hope this will help to improve your Second Life experience !

Vanity Bonetto