Windows 8 is a completely different animal than Windows 7 or Vista. It no longer has the Start menu available, it requires modifications to the user security rights in terms of file access rights, it comes with lots of unwanted apps, most of which can be removed, the services tab shows lots of things you can disable or set to manual, so let me take you through the steps to optimize Win 8.

The first step is to start your machine and then - from the start page - right click anywhere on the interface, so All Apps appear. You can then unpin any Apps from the Start page and uninstall what you don't need. Next is to set your folder preferences to your liking. I prefer to have system and hidden files shown, but you have to decide that yourself. Next step is to use the CMD.exe command line to change attributes of all files and directories you may want to access and modify. Note that a lot of files will show: 'Access denied'. You can correct that partly by modifying the user properties under the security tab and having 'inheritance' on, so it propagates through the directories. This is a bit of a hassle, but I have not yet found an easy way to resolve this. You have to run CMD.exe as an Administrator.

What is nice about Windows 8, is that Godmode still works as it did under Windows 7. This is a very handy utility to access and change almost any Windows property in an easy manner. Just create a folder called:

GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

and you can easily access and modify even more settings than are available from the Control Panel.

Once you have removed the Apps you don't need, and cleaned up the disk by removing all those License.txt and Readme First.txt files or whatever they are called, setup your static page file. In my case I put it on the boot drive, because I guess that I will not need it much with 64 GB of memory, but if I ever have a crash, Windows 8 insists on using a page file on the boot disk to create a memory or crash dump, so it will be created even if you have another page file on a different drive.

Next go to the power options and set 'Put the computer to sleep' to Never. Then move on to the 'Change advanced power settings' and select what fits your purpose, but here are my settings:

 If you haven't done this already, remove the 'hyberfil.sys' file by doing the follwing:

Go to cmd.exe as administrator and from the command prompt type in:
"powercfg.exe -h off" without the quotes and press enter. Then exit.

That removes a huge file from your boot disk and reclaims up to nearly 64 GB of space, depending on your system.