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In Depth Information
You can think of the core Windows components as the steel structure of a
skyscraper. This basic structure of the building provides support for all the other
components. Likewise, the many levels of Windows 8 support each other, and
the lowest level interacts directly with the hardware. This chapter helps you
tweak the core components of Windows to improve the overall performance of
your computer. Instead of a steel beam structure, Windows 8’s core components
are short-term memory (RAM, aka volatile memory), long-term storage (your
hard drive, aka non-volatile memory), and the CPU. All the programs that run
on Windows, including Windows itself, eventually break down to these three
To get started, you tweak your system’s short-term memory using some
techniques and features of Windows 8 to increase the speed of memory operations.
Then you tweak another critical component—the paging system—and finally,
speed up your hard drive and adjust how your CPU works.
Windows Loves RAM
Microsoft made a lot of improvements in Windows 8 to reduce the memory
utilization compared to the notorious memory hogs Windows Vista and Windows 7.
This has helped significantly, but Windows still performs best when the computer
has sufficient memory. I already covered trimming the fat from Windows 8 by