If have are running a touch-based Windows 8 machine, you might have noticed that it can be difficult to select certain elements of the operating system, most notably the ones that are not designed for your fingers: Explorer in desktop mode, for example.
Happily, a new hack has cropped up on the XDA Forums that is worth your testing. TNW implemented the registry change, and found it to be a positive adaptation, but that could be due to the fatness of our fingers. Your mileage will vary.Â Specifically, XDA denizens reported improved keyboard response, and better â€śsmall item manipulation.â€ť
However, it is worth trying out. You can find the changes specified below in the following packet. Here are the directions in case you want to implement the new values yourself:
- Edit key for latency from 8 to 2.
- Edit sample time from 8 to 2
Users in the thread have reported that the hack will result in decreased battery life, as Windows 8 has to ping the touchscreen more often. If you are a Surface owner, you have enough battery power to make it through, I would guess.
The battery power point is likely the precise reason why Microsoft didnâ€™t itself place the settings in this manner, as it wanted to ensure that devices running its operating system were competitive from a battery life perspective.
Itâ€™s Saturday, so you owe it to yourself to try something new. Get to it.
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