Speed Up Your Windows 8 PC or Laptop

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Whether you want to speed up your Windows 8 laptop or PC for Internet surfing, gaming, or are worried about boot speeds, this article is for you. Working with a slow Windows 8 system can be very frustrating. Fixing the problems that slow it down can be even more frustrating, not to mention confusing and difficult to figure out. This is because there are number of causes for slowdowns, including junk files, full browser caches and histories, full or fragmented hard drives, viruses, or Windows registry errors and a host of similar issues. In this article we look at the most common reasons your Windows 8 computer might be running slow, and we give you the best and fastest instructions on how to speed up your computer.

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Read on to learn what you can do to fix your speed problems, and get your computer running like new again:

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Uninstalling Programs That Aren't Essential

Every program you install uses parts of your hard drive and your RAM memory.

As a result, when you have too many programs that you don't regularly use, Windows starts to function slowly. If you have a larger number of programs installed that you don't use, follow these steps to uninstall them:

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    The first thing you need to do is open your Control Panel.
    There are two ways to reach the Control panel.
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    From the main Windows 8 tile screen, you can click on the Desktop shortcut.
    This will open your Home screen.
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    If you don't have a Windows desktop shortcut, or you can't find it, you can also press the Windows shortcut key on your keyboard.
    It's the key to the left of the space bar, and looks like the Windows logo. This key will let you switch between the Windows 8 tile screen and the desktop Home screen.
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    Once you're on the Home screen, open your Control Panel by double clicking it, or tapping it if you're using a touch screen.
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    Now you should see the Control Panel window.
    On the bottom left, under the 'Programs' section, you'll see the option to click on 'Uninstall a program'.
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    This will open the 'Programs and Features' window, where you'll see a list of all programs installed on your computer.
    Simply scroll down through the list of programs, and look for the ones you don't use any longer.
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    Now, select a program you want to delete or uninstall by highlighting it and pressing the 'Enter' button on your keyboard, or double clicking it to start the uninstall process.
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    A pop up will appear, asking you if you are sure you want to completely remove the program, and all of its components.
    The process is different for every program. Some will just have the option to uninstall, while others will ask you to click 'Yes' to uninstall the program, or 'No' to cancel.
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    When you do this, a User Account Control window will pop up, informing you that it is uninstalling the program.
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    Now you will see that the program has been deleted from your Windows 8 PC.
    This will have freed up some additional space, which will help to speed up your system.
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Disable Programs That Autostart With Windows

The more programs that start with Windows, the slower everything will run.

Many programs you install will set themselves to automatically start when Windows 8 launches. These are called Autostart programs, and each one will contribute to slowing your system down. The more you have, the slower your computer will be. Read on for how to stop programs from starting when Windows starts.

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    From your Home screen, which we described how to access at the beginning of this article, right click on the Start bar.
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    Select 'Task manager'.
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    Now you should see the 'Task Manager' window.
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    Click on the Startup tab.
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    Now select the program that you want to stop from starting up when Windows starts.
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    Click on the 'Disable' button, on the bottom right of the Task Manager window.
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    Now you will see that the program has been disabled from the Startup list.
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Defragment and Optimize your Drivers

Defragmentation is a way to organize the used space on your drive, making it more efficient.

Follow these steps to defragment your drive, or if you have more than one drive, to defragment your drives. Follow these steps to defragment your hard drive:

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    On your Home screen, double click on 'My Computer'.
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    Right click on any hard drive, and then select 'Properties'.
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    This will open the drive properties.
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    Select the 'Tools' tab, and then click on 'Optimize'.
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    This will open a new window named 'Optimize Drives'.
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    Select a drive that you want to defragment and click on the 'Optimize' button.
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    The optimize process will begin, and wait for the process to completed.
    Note that for drives that are particularly fragmented, this can take some time.
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    Restart your computer, and you should notice some speed improvements.
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Empty your Recycle Bin

Files in the Recycle Bin slow down your computer, and take up valuable space.

When you delete a file, it goes to the Recycle Bin. After some time the Recycle Bin becomes full of trash files that you've deleted. To empty the Recycle Bin, read on for steps:

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    On your Home Screen, right click on the 'Recycle Bin', and select 'Empty Recycle Bin'.
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    A window will pop up asking if you're sure you want to delete the files.
    Select 'Yes'.
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    Your recycle bin has now been emptied, and you've freed up some space.
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Tips and Suggestions for Speeding Up Your Windows PC

  • Always use an Anti-virus application, like Avast, Kaspersky, McAfee, Nod32 and Norton. These applications will help protect you from viruses, and prevent slowdowns due to infections.
  • Consider using third party tools, like CCleaner, or SpeedUpMyPC. These tools will help keep your computer running fast, without requiring you to perform the more technical steps we've described earlier in this guide.
  • Don't install apps you aren't going to use. This includes most toolbars, or 'free' installation apps that you aren't sure about. Often these can contain malware and viruses, which can significantly impair system performance.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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