Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Top 6 Steps to Speed up Windows 8

A couple months back, I found an article which covered tips on how to speed up Window 7. I used them and found the results to be above satisfactory, so I decided that I would put my own article together covering tips on speeding up Windows 8, but also applicable for Windows Vista, 7 and 10.

In this article, I made sure to restrict my tips to improvements that do not require major alterations to the operating system, like registry tampering, since working in this area of the computer can have adverse ramifications.

Instead, I did my research and found a number of tips that were highly effective at improving my Windows experience and put them together in an article. One thing to note is that if you have more than one user profile on your OS, then you may have to repeat many of these steps across all of them.

steps to speed up windows 8

The following tips will provide you with my most effective ways of enhancing your Windows 8 experience.

1. Disable Automatic Defrag

Having a hard drive that has been properly defragged can improve system performance, but a system defrag working in the background can have adverse effects on system performance, temporarily. Windows 8 automatically schedules defrags, by default. However, during those times of defrag, you may be doing something on the computer. The end result is a system running at 50% - 70% of its overall performance.

If you find this to be a problem for you, then you can turn off the scheduling by loading up Disk Defragmenter, then un-ticking the box next to Run on a schedule (recommended). Once you’ve disabled it, it’s important to note that you will need to run the tool manually from time to time.

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2. Remove Desktop Wallpaper

While having the wallpaper of your choice may look nice, it can and typically does adversely affect system performance, especially if the photo is of a high resolution.

What you want to do is choose a background of plain color instead, all you need to do is right-click on the Desktop, then select Personalize.

On the following screen select Desktop Background, and then open in the Location drop-down menu.

You’ll want to select Solid Colours from the list and then choose the preferred color.

3. Analyze Long Boot Times

If everything on your computer appears to be up-to-date, but your system is taking a considerable amount of time to boot up, then there could be a hidden driver or hardware issue, consider removing everything except for the monitor, mouse, and keyboard. Or, if your system is currently disconnected from the network, then consider reconnecting it to see if there is any improvement.

4. Check Running Applications

There are many programs that run in the background, some with and some without your permission, the idea is to analyze them, as some may be using up a considerable amount of processor and memory resources. To find out what’s running on your system, simply right click on the Taskbar and select Start Task Manager.

When Windows Task Manager loads up, click on the Processes Tab. Now spend some time watching; you’ll now be able to see which processes are doing what. If you spot a process using in excess of 10% of system resources and you’re not so sure what it is, then I suggest you first do a little research to figure out what it is, if you find it to be harmless, then you can disable it, by right-clicking on it and selecting End Task.

Alternatively, you could right-click on it and select Properties, to find out which program the process belongs to.

5. Update System Drivers

If your computer is running much slower than usual, then you may want to check all the drivers that are installed on your computer, since they tend to be the biggest contributors to system performance. The drivers are there to provide that link between the hardware and the software, computer companies are constantly releasing new drivers in order to iron out bugs and extensively improve device performance. Consider visiting the website of the manufacturers and downloading the latest drivers you find there.

6. Remove Unwanted Programs

You can free up hard drive space by removing programs that you no longer use. Freeing up space also improves overall system performance, so that’s something you may want to consider.

To remove a program, simply press Windows Key + R, to open the Run command box, then type appwiz.cpl into it and click on OK.

Once Uninstall a Program loads up, click on the Program you would like to remove, then click on the Uninstall button.