Tip: Improve performance on your Surface RT

Microsoft’s Surface RT, powered by a NVIDIA Tegra 3 and 2GB of RAM, sometimes feels a bit slow for some of us. Even if it’s not, surely you want a bit of a speed boost?

This tip involves tweaking the performance settings on Windows RT. Quite simply, you can get better performance by compromising on appearance (but only a bit). Want to give it a go?

Follow these steps:

  1. Right click the Start screen hot tip or hit Win Key + X and select “System”
  2. Select “Advanced System Settings” on the left side of the window
  3. You will be taken to the “Advanced” tab for system settings. Click or tap “Settings” under the Performance area
  4. Select the option “Adjust for Best Performance”
  5. Before you save and exit, also enable “Smooth Edges of Screen Fonts”

Congrats, Windows RT will run faster and be more responsive than before. There will of course be minor visual differences as you have effectively disabled visual effects such as open and closing windows and menus as well as shadows.

One example would be the search or settings charm that would glide out from the Charms bar when “Adjust for Best Appearance” is enabled. However, when “Adjust for Best Performance” is enabled, they pop out- not glide out.

Personally, I recommend you play around seeing what you like and don’t. Adjusting these settings will not only improve response time on Windows RT, but also increase your battery life.

Note: Although focussing on Windows RT, this tip also applies to Windows 8.

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