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What are your favorite/must tweaks?

  1. #11


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    System image.
    Install antivirus.
    Classic Shell.
    netplwiz
    Window Blinds.
    Decor 8.
    Microangelo.
    Irfanview.
    etc.......

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  2. #12


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    My tweaks are based solely on performance:
    - dark non animated backgrounds
    - enable maximum cores/unpark parked cores
    - disable windows search service
    - disable all unnecessary messages in action center settings
    - disable autoplay
    - enable high power
    - bare essentials programs and features
    - disable unnecessary Windows features
    - disable all but 3 visual effects
    - set no paging file for 8GB RAM and up; 1.5x size for 4GB and under
    - (sometimes use ReadyBoost)
    - User Accounts-never notify
    - Windows Updates-set to 'Never check'
    - (plus a handful of handy registry tweaks)

    EDIT: almost forgot the Metro stuff
    - uninstall almost all Metro stuff
    - disable Windows Store (when I'm finished with it!)
    Great list Edwin,

    I do much of that (and more) and my rig flies!
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  3. #13


    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    My tweaks are based solely on performance:
    - dark non animated backgrounds
    - enable maximum cores/unpark parked cores
    - disable windows search service
    - disable all unnecessary messages in action center settings
    - disable autoplay
    - enable high power
    - bare essentials programs and features
    - disable unnecessary Windows features
    - disable all but 3 visual effects
    - set no paging file for 8GB RAM and up; 1.5x size for 4GB and under
    - (sometimes use ReadyBoost)
    - User Accounts-never notify
    - Windows Updates-set to 'Never check'
    - (plus a handful of handy registry tweaks)

    EDIT: almost forgot the Metro stuff
    - uninstall almost all Metro stuff
    - disable Windows Store (when I'm finished with it!)
    Great list Edwin,

    I do much of that (and more) and my rig flies!
    You betcha!
    (oh... and about a dozen about:config tweaks in Firefox to make it just as fast as Chrome or any other, if not faster! )
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  4. #14


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    You betcha!
    (oh... and about a dozen about:config tweaks in Firefox to make it just as fast as Chrome or any other, if not faster! )
    +1 to all that as well!
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  5. #15


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Thanks, that makes sense.
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  6. #16


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Classic Shell. Hate tiles on regular desktop/laptop. Just me. I'm liking 8.1 setup the way I want. I'm also an old game player and DosBox still works great.
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  7. #17


    Gold Coast (Australia)
    Posts : 702
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I'm pretty content with the way MS added most of my Win 7 tweaks into win 8. Those would be;

    Multiple taskbars for a multiple monitorsetup.
    Programs to show on the taskbar of only the monitor they are opened on
    Windows explorer showing Drive information to the right of the screen when opened

    The only other tweaks would be creating my own tiles using Canonical Names which is handled (nearly) perfectly by "OblyTile"

    And a tweak that I would just loooove to have: Disable corner hotspots on my 2nd 3rd and 4th monitor, it creates allot of problems for me, especially using Photoshop and Dreamweaver as I have tool boxes spread across all four monitors, sometimes accessing a toolbox activates a hotspot. That 2 to 3 second awkward "let my mouse arrow go" is really very annoying.

    Other than that, thanks Microsoft for listening
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  8. #18


    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 / Windows 7 x64


    Updated 1st Post with my own.
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  9. #19


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    My setup/tweaks:

    Autoplay for everything, meaning you pop in a DVD and it opens up VLC player and goes full screen, people tell me they LOVE that.

    Keep UAC at default. I once read disabling UAC disables Protected Mode in IE, that applies for Windows 7 but I'm not taking any chances.

    Automatic login if requested.

    Disable Workstation, Computer Browser, Distributed Link Tracking Client, HomeGroup, IP Helper, and Remote Desktop services. Shaves a few seconds off boot time and RAM.

    I have some Windows Metrics settings for custom border padding and caption button sizes in a registry key I merge in every image.

    AutoEndTasks, MaxConnectionsPerServer, WaitToKill Timeout, and Mouse registry settings are among others I add into the pot.

    Remove battery, sound, and weefee icons from the system tray on the Taskbar, redundant as the Settings Charm has all of those and everyone's always told me they never use the battery icon to switch plans.

    Tweak power settings, for example on laptops when it's connected to the charger, it runs as if it's in High Performance mode. On battery, it's less battery intensive with PCI Express power adjusting and such.

    Delete all verbose Windows Accessories applications like Sound Recorder, Sticky Notes, Character Map, etc.

    Delete all verbose program file .exe/shortcut entries in All Apps.

    Change automatic maintenance times to around 6-8:00 PM.

    Adjust Task Manager columns so they're OCD arranged and is half the screen.

    File Explorer gets the quick access icons removed, and folder view is in large icons. Details view doesn't use up space effectively and you'll lose added columns in specific directories. Recycle Bin is the only item in the Favorites menu, everything else is in the This PC folders.

    Pin File Explorer locations to Start.

    Uninstall certain Windows Features like Media Player and XPS Viewer/Services.

    Keep Windows Defender running and enable some items like scanning USB drives automatically.

    VLC Player, YouTube Downloader, uTorrent, and the Windows Phone companion app get installed. iTunes, Steam, and Firefox get installed by request. iTunes is obviously more requested. IE pins of the amazon.com, ebay.com, windowsphone.com, and some other site I forget all get pinned.

    After deployment of said image, I sign into my dummy Microsoft Account to update and install some apps like MetroTube, Pin-a-Note, and Facetube. Change some colors and wallpapers, said Windows PC is ready to go.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 / Windows 7 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    My tweaks are based solely on performance:
    - enable maximum cores/unpark parked cores
    - set no paging file for 8GB RAM and up; 1.5x size for 4GB and under
    On cores: I've never seen an instance where I need to explicitly enable cores in Windows 7 or Windows 8. Which tweaks are these and are you sure there is a difference? I've tried the msconfig -> Advanced Boot Options CPU setting and never noticed a difference.

    On pagefile: I've done a bit of testing with this as I have 16GB RAM in my laptop. I haven't noticed a performance increase with disabling the page file. In fact, I have seen this cause problems because the RAM will max out and not have a place to expand to.
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