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Speeding Up the User Interface
allocated to NTFS on your computer. This will increase the performance of high
disk read operations if you have enough free RAM in your PC.
Follow these steps to increase the memory available to the ilesystem:
1. Open the Start screen and type Command Prompt .
2. Command Prompt appears at the top of the list on your Start screen.
Right-click the shortcut and click Run As Administrator.
3. After Command Prompt has loaded in the Administrator context, you can
access the NTFS configuration utility. At the prompt, type fsutil behavior
set memoryusage 2 .
4. Close Command Prompt and restart your computer to activate the change.
If you notice any decrease in performance or have bad results from this tweak,
undoing the change is very simple. Just type fsutil behavior set memoryusage 1
at the prompt instead and reboot.
Speeding Up the User Interface
Windows 8 is all about the new visual experience. Unfortunately, the visual
features that contribute to the experience can put a heavy load on your hardware.
Unless you have a newer PC with a recent graphics card and a fast CPU, you
may see a slowdown in performance caused by the visual effects and features.
This is most noticeable when you are navigating between windows and closing
them. These effects can sometimes give the impression that your computer is
slower than it actually is because the animation is not running as fast as it was
designed to run.
In Windows 8, you can fine-tune the settings of the entire user interface for
maximum performance. You don’t want to disable all the settings, however;
instead, find a balance between a good-looking interface and what you are willing
to compromise for speed. The following paragraphs show you how to do this.
Fine-Tuning Performance Options
I do not have the latest graphics card or a fast multi-core CPU—although my
hardware does meet the minimum requirements, so the new visual effects
do run. Unfortunately, they do not always run very well, and even appear to
slow down my system at times. The animation effects often appear rough, and
when I drag windows around there is a slight lag. The poor performance occurs
because the value ATI video card that I have can barely keep up with the work
it has to do. Because my video card meets the bare minimum requirements, I
need to fine-tune the visual effects so the visual effects run better on my system.
 
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