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Faster "Metro" app start times

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Faster "Metro" app start times


    I've found a way to make the loading time of Metro apps faster. I've tested this on 2 different laptops, but want to find out if it helps anyone else.

    The method is:
    1) make a remote desktop connection (RDP) to your Windows 8 machine from another Windows machine (in my case, a Windows 7 desktop).
    2) verify that your metro apps are not running in the background already (Check Task Manager)
    3) open a metro app and see it open 5 times faster!

    For whatever reason, I've found that when opening Metro apps over a remote desktop connection to a Windows 8 machine, they open noticeably faster than if opening them while using the Windows 8 machine locally.

    Doing this I saw my metro app load times go from ~10 second down to 2 seconds.

    Is anyone else seeing this behavior?

    Details on the laptops running Windows 8: One is an Intel core i5 w/ 4GB of RAM and a 7200 RPM drive w/ Intel 4000 integrated graphics. The other is a core i7 w/ 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD w/ Intel 4000 integrated graphics.

    Thanks!

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  2. #2


    Seattle, WA
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by slowturn View Post
    I've found a way to make the loading time of Metro apps faster. I've tested this on 2 different laptops, but want to find out if it helps anyone else.

    The method is:
    1) make a remote desktop connection (RDP) to your Windows 8 machine from another Windows machine (in my case, a Windows 7 desktop).
    2) verify that your metro apps are not running in the background already (Check Task Manager)
    3) open a metro app and see it open 5 times faster!

    For whatever reason, I've found that when opening Metro apps over a remote desktop connection to a Windows 8 machine, they open noticeably faster than if opening them while using the Windows 8 machine locally.

    Doing this I saw my metro app load times go from ~10 second down to 2 seconds.

    Is anyone else seeing this behavior?

    Details on the laptops running Windows 8: One is an Intel core i5 w/ 4GB of RAM and a 7200 RPM drive w/ Intel 4000 integrated graphics. The other is a core i7 w/ 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD w/ Intel 4000 integrated graphics.

    Thanks!
    My brother and I tried this, using an HP Pavilion desktop running Windows 8 and a custom-built desktop running Windows 7. I used remote desktop on Win7 but it didn't seem to make much of a difference in running Metro apps (as far as speed is concerned). We used the same network, and the main users.

    Which particular apps did you experience this behavior with?
    Last edited by davidvkimball; 12 Jan 2013 at 02:29. Reason: desktop, not laptop
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    Thanks for testing this out!
    So how fast do your metro apps open when run locally to begin with?

    To answer your question, I saw this behavior with every app I tried: Weather, Mail, Stocks, Store, Sports, Bing, and News.

    I guess I should be more specific on my test process:
    Working locally on the laptops, from the time I click on the app tile to the time the content of the app is displayed, it takes between 8-10 seconds. This is starting the apps without them running in the background already. The loading screen for each app opens pretty much instantaneously, but the content takes another 8-10 seconds to appear.

    When I RDP into the laptop and run the same test, the time it takes from clicking the tile until the fully rendered content is displayed is ~2 seconds - a drastically better experience.

    Does anyone else have slow (8-10 seconds) Metro app loading times?
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  4. #4


    Mine were slow but suddenly they are 2 seconds at most.
    I noticed last night win8 ran an automatic defrag.. plus I have been watching event logs, admin, system & applications, and fixing little problems and oddities as I see them. Might be one of those little problems speeded it up.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8


    After some more testing I discovered that changing IE 10's Advanced settings to Enable Software Rendering (instead of GPU rendering) made the metro apps load in ~2 seconds! Great! But now my CPU is being consumed doing the display rendering, eating up more battery.

    I then recalled that the USB 3.0 docking station I was testing installed a DisplayLink display driver when I set it up originally. So on a hunch, I uninstalled the DisplayLink software and driver (from Add/Remove programs), disabled Software Rendering in IE 10 and rebooted.

    And it worked! Metro Apps now load fast! It's a much different experience. So the USB 3.0 docking station driver was at fault. Hope this helps anyone else having a similar issue.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8


    slowturn, you've nailed it, that's exactly the fix for me too, using a USB 3.0 docking station, what a strange thing

    I went ahead and pointed to this site from my site over here, with an update at the end of the article:
    How to enjoy Windows 8 on your Lenovo ThinkPad W520 laptop, with 3 external monitors, and an external keyboard and mouse | TinkerTry IT @ home

    I don't seem to have CPU busy issues, so left my DisplayPort driver and NVIDIA drivers in place, all is well now. Thank you!
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  7. #7


    thanks it worked
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