Speed Up Your Windows 8 PC or Laptop
Edited by Jacob, Doug Collins, Dougie, Eng and 1 other
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.
Read on to learn what you can do to fix your speed problems, and get your computer running like new again:
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 use regularly, 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:
- 1There are two ways to reach the Control panel.The first thing you need to do is open your Control Panel.
- From the main Windows 8 tile screen, you can click on the Desktop shortcut. This will open your Home screen.
- 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.
- 4This will open the "Programs and Features" window, where you'll see a list of all programs installed on your computer.
- 8When you do this, a User Account Control window will pop up, informing you that it is uninstalling the program.
- 9Now you will see the program has been deleted from your Windows 8 PC.
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 run. Read on for how to stop programs from starting when Windows starts.
Defragment and Optimize your Drivers
Defragmentation is a great way to organize the used space on your drive, making it run more efficiently. Follow these steps to defragment your drive, or if you have more than one drive, to defragment your drives:
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 to discover the steps:
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 article
- 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.
- Before downloading anything from the internet, Google the site you are downloading from, and the app itself, to see if people are having issues with either.