How To Optimize Windows 8 Performance by tweaking Visual Effects

Although Microsoft claims – and with justification too – that Windows 8 is the most optimized and fastest OS provided by them, there will always be tweak enthusiasts and power users who want to squeeze out the last drop of performance to make Windows run fasterWindows 8 too offers some visual effects and features can be disabled to improve its performance – similar to what was being offered in Windows 7.

Today in this article, we’re going to talk about the visual performance optimization of Windows 8.

Disable visual effects in Windows 8

To start:

1. Press Windows Key + X combination to see the following menu. Select System in the bottom left corner.

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2. In the System window, in the left pane, Click on Advanced system settings.

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3. In the System Properties window, pick Settings for Performance.

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4. In the Performance Options window, you will see 3 options:

  1. Let Windows choose what’s best for my computer
  2. Adjust for best appearance
  3. Adjust for best performance.

Selecting Adjust for best performance may make your Windows perform slightly better, but you will have to sacrifice on the visual effect – and that may be something you may not want to do.

Here are the settings I prefer to uncheck. Feel free to change them and make them suit your needs.

I prefer to remove check marks from following options:

  • Fade out menu items after clicking
  • Enable transparent glass (you will lose the cool Aero look though)
  • Animations in the taskbar
  • Fade or slide menus into view
  • Fade or slide Tool Tips into view
  • Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
  • Show shadows under windows
  • Slide open combo boxes

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Finally click Apply and then OK. Now you could access to Desktop, if you like using Windows + D key combination.

You’ll now see that, performance of your Windows 8 may have increased marginally.

This setting is of course available in Windows 7 too!

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An Electrical Engineer by profession, Kapil is a Microsoft MVP in Windows - Consumer and a Microsoft Content Creator. He recommends that you create a system restore point first before tweaking the registry.
  • Rlamsal

    Awesome article. Althought i have heard about some of them before, but never gave try. Going to give them a try..

  • Aragorn Meulendijks

    I’m using consumer preview on a SSD and it’s awesome, but some apps are being pulled down in performance by the visual themes. In windows 7 I fixed this by disabling the visual themes for this individual app, however I can’t find that option in Windows 8.

    Does anyone here know how to do that?

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  • Trevyn Pike

    Dude, chill out. Some people didn’t know about this basic procedure. Instead of flipping out, why don’t you be useful and go scour the registry for new tweaks?

  • phly95

    I do this only to save battery because it doesn’t really increase performance much. Intel processors auto overclock during some effects including moving windows so using these settings help save tons of battery. Funny how your version includes aero glass as it is no longer on Windows 8, but I like that for performance and I now use UX themes (not a theme app, but a patch to add them natively) that look nice without aero.

  • Stefan

    needless to say that WIN 8 is the worst user experience , the most frustrated OS ever made …. getting back to Unix

  • Santosh

    Good. Can we have this automated via a batch file? i would love to know if there is any scripts i can do it with one click on multiple machines.

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