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  1. Will6371's Avatar
    Boost your Surface 2 Performance (without negative effects)

    • Disable Windows Defender - Using Windows RT means every apps installed are already scanned by MS for malware/dangers thanks to Windows Store. IE11 has also "SmartScreen" filtering -> every file downloaded in the system is analyzed in the Cloud in very few seconds before finally saving it. So, Windows Defender service is not useful on this platform and disabling it general performance and battery life will dramatically benefit from it

      1. Open regedit. Find HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows Defender
      2. Take ownership of the key and add write permissions to yourself (Right click Windows Defender key, click Permissions, click Additional settings, click Owner, type your username and accept. Now on the Permissions window click Add, type your username and check Full Access and click OK)
      3. Change the value of DisableAntispyware to 1
      4. Reboot

    • Disable Logging - Generally logging can cause some sluggishness at times because log files are constantly accessed and written to. You can turn these off if you wish.

      Search for gpedit.msc and launch it.
      Navigate to User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and then select Windows Error Reporting in the left column of the Group Policy editor. Double-click Disable Logging in the Settings section of the Group Policy editor. Select Enable and then click OK to save the changes. Do the same for Disable Windows Error Reporting;

    • Reduce Visual Effects - Many visual glory can be safely disabled without any noticeable differences, especially considering they came from the Desktop side of things, but the performance/smoothness of animations increase can be solid on Metro side too.

      Go to Control Panel -> System -> Advanced Settings -> Performance Settings. And un-check all the Visual Effects you can (except "Fonts Smoothing" , "Animate windows when minimized" and "Show thumbnails")

    • Disable Remote Assistance - If you don't need remote Assistance, go to Control Panel -> System -> Advanced Settings -> Remote Assistance and un-check the box;

    • Set a static Virtual Memory Pagefile - Creating a static Virtual Memory Pagefile means that Windows does not continuosly scan the cache memory management trying to understand how much memory must be allocated to Virtual Memory, and with a fixed size performance the system will immediately benefit from it.

      Go to Control Panel -> System -> Advanced Settings -> Performance Settings -> Advanced Tab -> Virtual Memory.
      Un-check the "automatic" box, and set Initial VM size to: 2047 , and the End VM size to 2047 too. Click to "Set"
      Apply and Reboot.

    • Use OpenDNS - The fastest, most secure and reliably Public DNS server in the World. No matter where you are, you will immediately benefit from it in every sense while on the Internet. More info here: OpenDNS: Cloud-Delivered Security Enforcement and Intelligence

      Go to Control Panel -> Networking -> Right click on Wi-fi Adapter -> Proprerties -> TCP/IP IPv4 -> Manually set Primary DNS as: 208.67.222.222
      Secondary DNS as: 208.67.220.220

      You can do it even with TCP/IP IPv6, with Primary DNS as: 2620:0:ccc::2
      Secondary DNS as: 2620:0:ccd::2



      Enjoy yor new, blazing FAST, Surface 2
    Will this work with the Surface RT

    I have tried it and to me my surface rt seems a lot faster or am I just imagining it.
    02-24-2014 12:23 PM
  2. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    Will this work with the Surface RT

    I have tried it and to me my surface rt seems a lot faster or am I just imagining it.
    Yes it works on the RT and yes it feels faster.
    02-24-2014 12:58 PM
  3. Will6371's Avatar
    Yes it works on the RT and yes it feels faster.
    Thanks for clearing that up. I thought that it had mad it a lot faster but I was also thinking that maybe I was just thinking it. I only got my surface rt last week and wasn't that used to it before doing the mode.

    I got a touchpad 2 today and it wouldn't connect to the rt so I had to do a refresh to get the keys to work and it changed the setting back to normal and after trying a couple of different websites and timed how long it took to load the page and it works out at at least twice as quick as before the changes were made.
    02-24-2014 02:12 PM
  4. Paolo Cardelli's Avatar
    Thanks for clearing that up. I thought that it had mad it a lot faster but I was also thinking that maybe I was just thinking it. I only got my surface rt last week and wasn't that used to it before doing the mode.

    I got a touchpad 2 today and it wouldn't connect to the rt so I had to do a refresh to get the keys to work and it changed the setting back to normal and after trying a couple of different websites and timed how long it took to load the page and it works out at at least twice as quick as before the changes were made.
    I never Lie...
    02-24-2014 06:34 PM
  5. Will6371's Avatar
    I never Lie...
    Please don't get me wrong, I wasn't saying that I didn't believe you, it was more like I wasn't believing what I was seeing. Plus the advice you gave was for a surface 2 and I have a surface rt and I wasn't sure if it worked on that device or just on the surface 2

    I did see a great difference after changing the settings but at the same time I had that feeling in the back of my head saying "dam, am I just imagining this or is it really that much better. However as I said after having to refresh my rt because the type 2 touchpad wouldn't work I did some fairly basic testing on it before and after I readjusted the setting you suggested and the difference was night and day.

    Some sites that I tested on like vwvortex, the biggest difference was to be seen on the photo heavy threads and it was at least twice as quick with your settings. Also going back to the home page again was pretty much instant, unlike before.

    One more question, can I do this on my Nokia 2520? I am sure the answer is yes but just to make sure before I do something that I shouldn't.

    Lastly, thank you very much for your advice.
    02-24-2014 07:16 PM
  6. Paolo Cardelli's Avatar
    Please don't get me wrong, I wasn't saying that I didn't believe you, it was more like I wasn't believing what I was seeing. Plus the advice you gave was for a surface 2 and I have a surface rt and I wasn't sure if it worked on that device or just on the surface 2

    I did see a great difference after changing the settings but at the same time I had that feeling in the back of my head saying "dam, am I just imagining this or is it really that much better. However as I said after having to refresh my rt because the type 2 touchpad wouldn't work I did some fairly basic testing on it before and after I readjusted the setting you suggested and the difference was night and day.

    Some sites that I tested on like vwvortex, the biggest difference was to be seen on the photo heavy threads and it was at least twice as quick with your settings. Also going back to the home page again was pretty much instant, unlike before.

    One more question, can I do this on my Nokia 2520? I am sure the answer is yes but just to make sure before I do something that I shouldn't.

    Lastly, thank you very much for your advice.
    You can apply those tricks to any device that run Windows RT.

    You're Welcome!
    02-25-2014 12:45 AM
  7. TechAbstract's Avatar
    I do not recommend modifing Hosts: it's true it will block ads (even in apps), but internet response time and loading page will slow down noticeably.
    With TPLs ads/cookies will be blocked, but IE11 will benefit from them even in performance, and everything will load faster with the same results... ;)
    Some websites I go to with flash ads put Surface to lag mode and videos would have very low frame rate. Block ads through Host file is only thing that could speed up videos to watchable framerates.
    02-25-2014 02:33 AM
  8. Paolo Cardelli's Avatar
    Some websites I go to with flash ads put Surface to lag mode and videos would have very low frame rate. Block ads through Host file is only thing that could speed up videos to watchable framerates.
    1) You can block unwanted Banners/Ads/Malware and Annoying Social Fuzz with "Tracking Protection Lists" build right in IE11. Just go HERE and Add "EasyList", "EasyPrivacy" and "Privacy Choice" TPLs (you will make pages rendering/loading faster too);

    That's another VERY useful trick I posted too.
    It's way more effective then modifying Hosts files.
    TPLs will remove Ads (in browser) AND speed things up (in browser), instead of Hosts removing Ads (everywhere) BUT slowing down the whole system (everywhere)...
    02-25-2014 02:57 AM
  9. WillysJeepMan's Avatar
    1) You can block unwanted Banners/Ads/Malware and Annoying Social Fuzz with "Tracking Protection Lists" build right in IE11. Just go HERE and Add "EasyList", "EasyPrivacy" and "Privacy Choice" TPLs (you will make pages rendering/loading faster too);

    That's another VERY useful trick I posted too.
    It's way more effective then modifying Hosts files.
    TPLs will remove Ads (in browser) AND speed things up (in browser), instead of Hosts removing Ads (everywhere) BUT slowing down the whole system (everywhere)...
    This was the very first tweak I made to my Surface RT back in the day. It is indeed the preferred method over using a Hosts file for the reasons Paolo has stated.
    02-25-2014 08:19 AM
  10. PLGomez's Avatar
    1) You can block unwanted Banners/Ads/Malware and Annoying Social Fuzz with "Tracking Protection Lists" build right in IE11. Just go HERE and Add "EasyList", "EasyPrivacy" and "Privacy Choice" TPLs (you will make pages rendering/loading faster too);

    That's another VERY useful trick I posted too.
    It's way more effective then modifying Hosts files.
    TPLs will remove Ads (in browser) AND speed things up (in browser), instead of Hosts removing Ads (everywhere) BUT slowing down the whole system (everywhere)...

    So I overlooked this one from the first page. Just applied it and I'm loving browsing again! I tried the hosts files thing but it wasn't working out. It was messing up some pages I wanted to see so I just changed that back. And now with the TPLs I get what I want!
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    02-25-2014 10:28 AM
  11. Will6371's Avatar
    So I overlooked this one from the first page. Just applied it and I'm loving browsing again! I tried the hosts files thing but it wasn't working out. It was messing up some pages I wanted to see so I just changed that back. And now with the TPLs I get what I want!
    That was the first thing I did and boy is it nice to not have loads of ads.

    I have now done both sets of tips on my Nokia 2520 and what a difference on that as well. I am now thinking of getting rid of my 2520 and getting a surface 2 because I find the surface nicer to hold and the combination of kickstand and touchpad make it the winner for me. Plus I have never used the lte in the Nokia.
    02-25-2014 10:48 AM
  12. mclark2112's Avatar
    Did everything in this post to my Surface 2, and it is noticeably faster. Next, I'll optimize a friends Surface RT to see how that works out.

    Thanks All!
    02-26-2014 11:28 AM
  13. Will6371's Avatar
    Did everything in this post to my Surface 2, and it is noticeably faster. Next, I'll optimize a friends Surface RT to see how that works out.

    Thanks All!
    You will be more than surprised with the out come on the RT
    02-26-2014 12:03 PM
  14. TechAbstract's Avatar
    1) You can block unwanted Banners/Ads/Malware and Annoying Social Fuzz with "Tracking Protection Lists" build right in IE11. Just go HERE and Add "EasyList", "EasyPrivacy" and "Privacy Choice" TPLs (you will make pages rendering/loading faster too);

    That's another VERY useful trick I posted too.
    It's way more effective then modifying Hosts files.
    TPLs will remove Ads (in browser) AND speed things up (in browser), instead of Hosts removing Ads (everywhere) BUT slowing down the whole system (everywhere)...
    I have pretty much tried all those in Tracking Protection List before going with host file. They don't seem to block anything and streaming videos on some sites were around 2-5 frames per second with Adobe Flash and javascript ads everywhere lol. I am glad TPL is working for some people.
    02-26-2014 09:55 PM
  15. Paolo Cardelli's Avatar
    I have pretty much tried all those in Tracking Protection List before going with host file. They don't seem to block anything and streaming videos on some sites were around 2-5 frames per second with Adobe Flash and javascript ads everywhere lol. I am glad TPL is working for some people.
    That's weird.
    I suggest you to reset yout IE11 to default settings and then re-apply TPLs.

    Go to IE11 (Desktop) -> Tools -> Settings -> Advanced tab -> Restore Defaults.

    They should work properly then (be sure to add EasyList, EasyPrivacy and PrivacyChoice at least).

    Ads should be gone with them.
    Last edited by Paolo Cardelli; 02-27-2014 at 05:12 AM.
    02-27-2014 02:45 AM
  16. Will6371's Avatar
    Paolo, one problem that I have is that if someone puts a video in a thread I can't see or play it. There is nothing there for me to see just a blank space where the video would have been. Have I done something wrong?

    Thanks
    02-27-2014 03:26 AM
  17. Paolo Cardelli's Avatar
    Paolo, one problem that I have is that if someone puts a video in a thread I can't see or play it. There is nothing there for me to see just a blank space where the video would have been. Have I done something wrong?

    Thanks
    Restore IE11 (see above) and be sure to have latest updates installed (check Windows Updates). Reboot, and try again.

    Videos and Flash should always work.
    02-27-2014 03:28 AM
  18. Will6371's Avatar
    Restore IE11 (see above) and be sure to have latest updates installed (check Windows Updates). Reboot, and try again.

    Videos and Flash should always work.
    Again thank you, I was thinking it was something that I did because I can see the videos when I'm on my Nokia 2520 with the same settings.
    02-27-2014 03:33 AM
  19. Will6371's Avatar
    That's weird.
    I suggest you to reset yout IE11 to default settings and then re-apply TPLs.

    Go to IE11 (Desktop) -> File -> Settings -> Advanced tab -> Restore Defaults.

    They should work properly then (be sure to add EasyList, EasyPrivacy and PrivacyChoice at least).

    Ads should be gone with them.
    When I tap on file there is no "settings" in the drop down box.
    02-27-2014 04:55 AM
  20. Paolo Cardelli's Avatar
    When I tap on file there is no "settings" in the drop down box.
    Ops, sorry.
    Try Tools instead of File.
    I'm using the Italian version :)
    02-27-2014 05:11 AM
  21. Will6371's Avatar
    Thanks, that did the job.

    By the way just loading this page afterwards shows how good the tips you posted are.
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    02-27-2014 05:28 AM
  22. Paolo Cardelli's Avatar
    Thanks, that did the job.

    By the way just loading this page afterwards shows how good the tips you posted are.
    You're Welcome ;)
    02-27-2014 07:30 AM
  23. Will6371's Avatar
    Thanks, that did the job.

    By the way just loading this page afterwards shows how good the tips you posted are.
    Now I have another problem, I done what you said about resetting IE but when I when to do your tips again there were still set including the easy lists and privacy lists but I'm still getting all the ads and the rt is as slow as it was before.

    I checked and I don't have any updates by the way.
    02-27-2014 08:42 AM
  24. Will6371's Avatar
    Okay I even tried wiping it completely and starting afresh but when I try to ad the easy list, privacy list and privacy choice it says that it is already added but I'm still getting all the ads and slow page loading.

    Help

    Okay panic over, after going into tools and looking in "manage ad-one I found that they had been all disabled and the problem with not seeing the videos was down to having the stop Google tracking option on it. I disabled that and now I can see the videos and my rt is almost as fast as my 2520 was.

    Happy days again
    Last edited by Will6371; 02-27-2014 at 02:17 PM.
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    02-27-2014 01:34 PM
  25. rav16's Avatar
    Is it advisable to keep the app updates to manual or automatic ?
    03-03-2014 11:59 AM
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