Making Windows 8.1 better to use
The following steps were recorded when I configure my Windows 8.1 64-bit system. For reference only.

1. UAC

  • Settings -> Control Panel -> User Accounts -> Change User Account Control settings
  • Choose "Never notify"

2. DPI

  • Right click on desktop -> Screen resolution -> Make text and other items larger or smaller
  • Choose "Medium - 125%"
  • Check "Let me choose one scaling level for all my displays"
  • Sign out & in
  • Right click on desktop -> View -> Small icons

3. Animate Effects

  • Settings -> Control Panel -> System -> Advanced system settings
  • Advanced -> Performance -> Settings... -> Visual Effects -> Uncheck all animate effects

4. Classic Shell

  • Install Classic Shell (Do not install Classic IE9 and Update) (Download)
  • Config
  • File Explorer -> Hide Classic Explorer Bar

5. 7+ Taskbar Tweak

  • Install 7+ Taskbar Tweak (Download)
  • Config

6. Taskbar and Navigation properties

  • Right click on taskbar -> Properties
  • Taskbar -> Check "Auto-hide the taskbar"
  • Taskbar -> Check "Use small taskbar buttons"
  • Taskbar -> Taskbar buttons: Never combine
  • Jump Lists -> Uncheck "Store and display recently opened items in Jump Lists"

7. Install Drivers

8. Default Font

  • Use Windows 8 Font Changer (Download) to modify the default font to Tahoma
  • Restart
  • Adjust ClearType

9. Region

  • Settings -> Control Panel -> Region
  • Short date: yyyy-M-d
  • First day of week: 星期日

10. Keyboard Shortcuts Underline

  • Settings -> Control Panel -> Ease of Access Center -> Make the keyboard easier to use -> Make it easier to use keyboard shortcuts
  • Check "Underline keyboard shortcuts and access keys"
  • Check "Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen"

11. AutoPlay

  • Start -> Control Panel -> AutoPlay
  • Uncheck "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices"
  • Each selection remains the default "Choose a default"

  • Run "gpedit.msc"
  • User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> AutoPlay Policies -> Turn off AutoPlay -> Enabled on All drives
  • Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> AutoPlay Policies -> Turn off AutoPlay -> Enabled on All drives

12. Built-in CD Burning

  • Run "gpedit.msc"
  • User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> File Explorer -> Remove CD Burning features -> Enabled

13. Temp Folder (optional)

  • Start -> Control Panel -> System -> Advanced system settings
  • Advanced -> Environment Variables...
  • Set TEMP, TMP = F:\Temp
  • Clear original files (%USERPROFILE%\AppData\Local\Temp)

14. Folder Recognition

  • Run Restore_Default_Folder_Templates.bat (Download)
  • Run All_Folders_Use_General_Items_Folder_Template.bat (Same download page as above)

15. Hide Library Folders


16. Set Folder Default View

17. Zip Folder

  • Import Disable_ZIP_Compressed_Folders.reg

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CompressedFolder\CLSID]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.zip\CLSID]

  • Import Disable_CAB_Files.reg

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CABFolder\CLSID]

[-HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\SystemFileAssociations\.cab\CLSID]

18. Compression Software

  • Install WinRAR or 7-zip

19. Configs

  • Config Sounds (Set to no sounds)
  • Config Windows Color
  • Config Quick Launch Bar

20. Install Input Method

21. Language

  • Start -> Control Panel -> Language
  • Advanced Settings -> Switching input methods -> Let me set a different input method for each app window
  • Change language bar hot keys -> Between input languages: Ctrl + Shift
  • Config as the following screenshots:









22. AutoHotkey

  • Install AutoHotkey
  • Edit the startup script as below:

; Ctrl + Shift
^space::^shift

23. WinSAT Scheduled Task

  • Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools -> Task Scheduler
  • Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Maintenance
  • Right click WinSAT, and choose "Disable"

24. Set Power Options
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