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Removing Extra Fonts for Speed
TPM security chips —Does your computer have a Trusted Platform
Module (TPM)? These chips are typically used as a secure place to store
an encryption key that would be used for something such as hard drive
encryption. If you are not using any of these advanced security features
of Windows 8, disable these devices, too.
Multimedia devices —Your computer has lots of multimedia devices.
Take a look at the Sound, Video, and Game Controllers section in Device
Manager. You will find a lot of device drivers that are loaded during
your boot. Some are used by all users, but you will find a few that you
do not use. For example, I do not use my game port or my MIDI device,
so I disabled both of them.
CAUTION Do not disable any hardware devices located under the Disk Drives,
Computer, Display Adapters, IDE Disk Controllers, and the System sections
(except for the system speaker). These hardware devices are critical to the
operation of your system.
Removing Extra Fonts for Speed
Windows 8 has about 140 fonts and variations that it loads for use when the
system boots up. Of these fonts, only a handful are used on a regular basis.
Every single font that Windows loads increases the amount of time the
operating system takes to boot. If you are like me and have installed one of those font
CDs that add hundreds of additional fonts to your system, your computer won’t
boot up as fast as it once did. Simply put, systems with a lot of fonts take more
time to load because the system has to load and index each font. Thankfully,
there is a very simple solution to this: just remove the fonts that you do not use
from your font directory.
You can go about removing the unneeded fonts from your font directory in a
number of ways. The best way is to move the unused fonts to a separate folder
on your system so that if you ever want to use one of those fonts, you just have
to copy it to the Fonts folder.
CAUTION When you remove fonts from your computer, you will no longer
be able to use them in any software application, including Adobe Photoshop,
Microsoft Word, and Excel.
Before you start removing fonts, take at look at Table 13-1. These fonts are
commonly used, for reasons that the table explains. Be careful not to remove
any fonts on which the system normally depends.
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