Now that the basic steps have been taken, it is time to continue with optimizing the services running. Start with visiting the BlackViper Windows 8 Service configuration. Everything not needed can be set to either 'manual' or 'disabled'. Manual has the advantage that if the service is ever needed in the future, it will be turned on automatically, something not possible when using disabled.

Next make sure that in Disk Management on all your disks, indexing and compression are turned off. Right click on My Computer, select Manage and then select Disk Management. Select a disk, right click and select Properties and make sure that both tick boxes at the bottom of the window are cleared. Repeat that for all your volumes.

I also disable the Windows default 'Last Access Time Stamp', since I don't need it and it can enhance performance when disabled. Now comes the time to test whether the system is properly setup, assuming you have updated Windows and all drivers. It does not mean anything for video editing, but it can show whether everything works as expected. From Control Panel choose Performance information and Tools and run the WEI, Windows Experience Index. It looks something like this:

*Note that the disk score is based on my raid array, not the default boot disk.
WinSAT reported sequential reads of 3259 MB/s and writes of 4102 MB/s.

If there are large differences in these numbers, something could be wrong. It may be a weak component, like a slow disk drive for example, or a setup problem, so check carefully whether you have a balanced system. In my case the 'weak' link is the GTX 680 as shown by the relatively low score of only 8.7. Make sure that there are no question marks in the Device Manager. It should look something like this:

You can adjust Visual Effects under the Performance Options to your liking. In my case, I have only turned on 'Smooth edges of screen fonts'. Everything else is turned off.

The next step depends on your disk setup and the nature of your boot disk. I have 4 volumes of which two are SSD's. Due to technological limitations of NAND memory, SSD's have limited write cycles and once that limit has been reached, the SSD is dead. For that reason I have chosen to set the Windows environment variables to the second SSD, in order to spread the writes of the OS across both SSD's. Right click on My Computer, select Advanced System Settings and then click on the Environment Variables box at the bottom of the window. I changed TEMP and TMP to point to a directory on my D: drive.

Before you go any further, defrag your disk and reboot.