Windows 8.1 is probably the best Windows operating system out there in terms of performance, it improves on the changes that the original Windows 8 bought to the table and has gotten rid of the problems that plagued its predecessors. But you are still not fully satisfied and want more out of your operating system? Well in that case you are in the right place as today we are going to list the 5 most useful Windows 8.1 registry tweaks that will further enhance your experience.
Make Aero Peek Faster and More Efficient
In order to perform a registry tweak you need to access the editor first , which can be done by typing ‘regedit’ in the run or search box. Once you have the registry editor opened you will come across a bunch of folders that are listed below Computer. Choose HKEY_CURRENT_USER and expand it
and then Navigate in the following manner by expanding the folders within Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced.
Once there right click on an empty space and create a new Dword(32-bit) Value file, name the newly created DWORD ‘DesktopLivePreviewHoverTime’. Once done open up the DWORD by double clicking it and add 500 data as value and mark Decimal as the base. Now your Aero Peek will be much faster and responsive.
Make Taskbar Preview Speed faster
One new feature that was recently introduced was the taskbar preview , basically when you roll over the arrow on taskbar icons you will see multiple boxes (as much the certain application holds) as a small preview, this is called Taskbar preview. Unfortunately the guys over at Microsoft thought that making this preview appear slowly would be a good idea, but we think otherwise and if you agree you can make it much faster by using a simple registry tweak.
In order to do this you have to open the regedit following the method mentioned below once done navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER once again and keep expanding the folders in the following manner within Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced, similar to the Aero Peek tweak create a new DWORD document but this time name it ‘ExtendedUIHoverTime’ instead. Open up the new newly created file and once again select Decimal in the base section now enter 400 as the value and save it by clicking ‘OK’, that is it your Taskbar should be much more faster now
Increase Menu Speed
Did you ever find yourself in a situation where you were trying to quickly navigate through some menus but were being held back due to their irritating delay? Well we have a very simply registry tweak to fix that as well, once again follow the original method and open up the registry editor. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER and expand the folder and from there look for Control Panel and then expand it to find Desktop.
Once you have reached Desktop you need to look for a file named ‘MenuShowDelay’ , you can simply press M and it will take you to all the files that starts with an M making your job easier. Once you have found it open it up by double clicking and then change the value to 400 and click ok as usual, this will drastically improve your Menu speed and overall enhance your experience
# Prevent Low Disk Checking
Like all our previous tweaks this one starts with opening the registry editor, by now you should be familiar with the interface so we will save your time by not including unnecessary details. In order to make this tweak work you have to expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER once again and keep expanding them in the following manner Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Policies. Now find the key called Explorer (in some cases the key may be absent, in which case you can just create one and name it Explorer).
Now right click and create new DWORD within Explorer and name it ‘NoLowDiskSpaceChecks’. Once created open it up by double clicking and modify the value to 1 and change the base to Hexadecimal.
Get Rid of Notification Balloons, Once and for All
Personally I am not fond of notifications at all, not to mention they can interfere with your systems performance at times. So it is best to disable it entirely. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER via registry editor and navigate in the following manner Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced. Once there create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it ‘EnableBallonsTips’, when created double click the file and change the value to 0, base is unnecessary in this case so keep it at default and click ok.
Your notifications should be disabled completely now, allowing you to use your full resources for whatever task you are performing.