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    Hi guys,

    So, I bought a Surface RT the other day, and I was looking for some tweaks to speed things up a little. I found some really useful stuff, so I decided to share :)

    Here are my tweaks I implemented so far. Feel free to add more if you have some.

    - Disable Windows Defender

    As Windows RT is coded for ARM bases SOC's, it's pretty useless to have malware detection running in the background. So, why not speed things up a little by disabling the Defender service.

    Disable real-time protection: Open Local Group Policy Editor (run: gpedit.msc) - Computer Configuration - Administrative Templates - Windows Components - Windows Defender - Real-time Protection. Double click on 'Turn on real-time protection' and change the setting from 'Not configured' to 'Disabled'

    Disable the Defender Service: Open Services (run: services.msc) Double click on 'Windows Defender Service' - Change Startup type to 'Disabled'

    Now, reboot your Windows RT device.

    - Speed up browsing by blocking advertisements

    The more advertisements, the slower pages load. So there is an option in Internet Explorer to block ads:

    Block ads by adding Tracking Protection Lists: - Open the Desktop Internet Explorer - Internet Options - Click on Programs tab - Click on Manage Add-Ons - Click tab on Tracking Protection - Add the blockers from the list (you can select them all, but I suggest choosing only a few of the best rated)

    - Disable Bluetooth

    If you own a Surface, you don't need Bluetooth to be enabled to connect to a keyboard or something else, so disabling Bluetooth can save you some battery life:

    Disable Bluetooth to save battery life: - Open the Charms menu - Tap on Settings - Tap on Change PC Settings - Tap on Wireless - Disable Bluetooth

    - Increase the responsiveness of the touchscreen

    With this little reg tweak, the touch screen responts a little snappier

    - Open regedit.exe (run: regedit) - Go to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\TouchPrediction - Change the values of both ‘Latency’ and ‘SampleTime’ from 8 to 2. - Reboot your device

    - Disable logging for performance boost

    Windows RT is a tablet OS, so who needs logging, right? Disabling logging, can mean a huge increase of performance of the system. If you need some troubleshooting, you might want to re-enable this though.

    Disable logging: - Open gpedit.msc - Go to: User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Error Reporting - Enable the following settings: ‘Disable Logging’ and ‘Disable Windows Error Reporting’ - Reboot your device

    - Optimize the SSD drive


    Normal Harddrives need some defragmentation once in a while, but SSD's need some maintenance as well. You can manually 'Trim' the drive for extra harddrive performance:

    Trim the SSD: - Open Control Panel - Go to System and Security - In Administrative Tools, click on Defragment and Optimize your drives - Click on the SSD and choose Optimize.
    Last edited by Lobbie1978; 08-19-2013 at 02:37 PM. Reason: Added several tips and tweaks
    Nokia Lumia 920 yellow - Microsoft Surface RT 64GB + touch cover - Windows 8.1 professional
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    [reserved for future tips]
    Nokia Lumia 920 yellow - Microsoft Surface RT 64GB + touch cover - Windows 8.1 professional
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    [reserved for future tips 2]
    Nokia Lumia 920 yellow - Microsoft Surface RT 64GB + touch cover - Windows 8.1 professional
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    I'm pretty sure you can turn down graphical animations and stuff like in a normal Windows PC.

    Control Panel > System > Advanced System Settings > (under Performance) Settings
    (IIRC)
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    Is disabling Defender OK to do on RT? This is still one of the top results on Google search so hope it's OK to post on a relatively old thread. When I go into services.msc the startup type box is greyed out so I can't change it anyway?

    One thing I've done that has drastically sped up the system is changed OneDrive files to online only, this freed up nearly 2GB and the extra space was really useful. It seemed to be slowing up when I wobbled around 1GB of space or less.
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    I haven't disabled Defender for a while. After Windows RT 8.1 was released for the Surface RT, I didn't feel the need anymore. I will test it again however to see if it causes any noticible performance differences and / or issues. I'll keep you posted in this thread :)
    Nokia Lumia 920 yellow - Microsoft Surface RT 64GB + touch cover - Windows 8.1 professional
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    I'm thinking of giving my rt to my sister. This will make things so much better for her. Thanks!
    T-Mobile Sales Associate: Lumia 521, 635, 925: Surface RT, Surface Pro 3, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One: Microsoft fan since Windows 95
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZombieXboxBlog View Post
    Is disabling Defender OK to do on RT? This is still one of the top results on Google search so hope it's OK to post on a relatively old thread. When I go into services.msc the startup type box is greyed out so I can't change it anyway?

    One thing I've done that has drastically sped up the system is changed OneDrive files to online only, this freed up nearly 2GB and the extra space was really useful. It seemed to be slowing up when I wobbled around 1GB of space or less.
    I snooped around with the same question. Looks like its been patched up so it no longer impacts performance with 8.1 and after.
    Looks like someone tested it as XDA and it didn't really affect anything now.
    However disabling Defender won't really do anything since virii will be unable to do anything.
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    I just got my old RT running a lot faster. I reset it completely and used these suggested settings. Thanks a bunch! Now my sister can stop using her old XP machine.

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