How to speed up your low power Windows 8 Tablet or PC in Control Panel
Disclaimer: This is my first post with images on The Verge forums, my apologies for the poor quality.
Most experts in Windows 7/8 will already know how to do this, but for those of you that don't, who may be looking to squeeze just a little bit more performance out of your machine, there is a simple way to help improve things via the control panel. This is NOT a hack or jailbreak, these are normal settings in Windows that Microsoft has given to users to help improve performance. I haven't tested on an RT device so I don't know if you can even get to this setting in RT, but if you can please let me know in comments and I will edit the post accordingly.
Here are the steps:
Step 1: Open 'Control panel'
Step 2: Click 'System and Security'
Step 3: Click 'System'
Step 4: On the left side of the control panel, choose 'Advanced System Settings'
Step 5: Under 'Performance', choose 'Settings'
Step 6: 'Adjust for Best Performance' or customize
From here you pick and choose what you want. Essentially by choosing 'best performance', you are essentially reducing smoothing techniques, additional transition animations, and shadows. This helps overall performance through both the Desktop UI and the Modern/Metro UI. For example, when you open an app from the Start screen in Metro, you see a flipping animation, with 'Performance' chosen from this setting, that flipping animation no longer persists. This won't help on high powered Core i3/i5/i7 Machines, but on Clovertrail/RT tablets it will definitely improve performance here and there. I am currently using the Acer w510, and I notice this performance a lot while in desktop mode. I haven't tested this on RT and am not sure if you can even get to this settings panel on a Surface RT or any other RT device. I know this isn't much guys, but its something and I hope it helps someone!