Windows 8 Power User Tips

Windows 8 is a much more powerful Operating System than it is given credit for. While on the surface it may seem like users have lost a lot of functionality from their beloved Windows 7, power users need not fear as Windows 8 can still be tweaked to your satisfaction. These Windows 8 Power User tips will help you make the most out of your Windows 8 Operating System.

Windows 8 GodMode

A Windows 8 power user will appreciate the implementation of Godmode. GodMode has been available in other versions of Windows, but it seems even more useful in Windows 8, where users struggle to find menus in a Start menu-less environment. You can place a Godmode shortcut on your Desktop and avoid having to search endlessly through tiles and apps to do the things you need to do.

windows 8 power user godmode

First, create a new folder on your Desktop by right-clicking the desktop and selecting New>Folder and then rename it to: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

The folder will change its icon and then be opened to reveal a multitude of menus that can be expanded and collapsed depending on how often you use them.

Create An Applications Folder On The Desktop

For those who want a fast and easy way to access their applications without having to switch to the Modern UI tile mode can create an Applications folder on the Desktop.

windows 8 applications folder

To do so, create a new folder and then rename it to: Applications.{4234d49b-0245-4df3-b780-3893943456e1}

You will now have fast access to all of your installed applications.

Tweak The Windows X Menu Options

As you may know, pressing the Windows key and X will display an abbreviated stat menu that gives you access to many of the critical areas of Windows, such as the Control Panel, Task Manager and File Explorer. But you can also tweak the Start X menu to exclude those things you do not need to be listed there.

Windows X Menu

To do so, you will first need to navigate to the WinX directory. You will go to the C drive>Users>your username>AppData>Local>Microsoft>Windows>Winx.

Note: You many need to enable hidden folders to view some of these directories. You can do this from the View tab in the navigation ribbon at the top of the Window.

Once in the WinX directory, you will see three folders: Group1, Group2 and Group3.

Windows x

Expand these three folders to reveal the shortcuts to various control panels in Windows. You can safely delete any shortcuts you do not want listed in the Start X menu. For instance, if you never want to access the Power Options from the Start X menu, delete the shortcut and that option will no longer appear.

Disable Programs That Slow Your Boot Times

There are many factors that can slow down how quickly your system boots up. Windows 8 improved on the msconfig command that allowed you to disable applications at boot. Windows 8 now allows you to see which programs impact your boot times the most so you can remove them and improve boot speeds.

To view this, hit the CTRL+ SHIFT and ESC keys to bring up the Task Manager.

Windows 8 startup

Under the Startup tab, look for those programs that have a High startup impact and disable them if you do not need them to load each time you boot your machine. This does not mean you are uninstalling the applications. It simply means these applications will not launch and run automatically in the background each time you boot your PC.

Windows 8 Power Users

So for those Windows 8 Power Users that have been putting off upgrading to Windows 8.1, these Windows 8 tweaks should help you regain the flexibility you’ve enjoyed in previous versions of Windows. If you have a Windows 8 power user tip you’d like to share, let us know.


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