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How to defragment your Windows 8 PC

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How to defragment your Windows 8 PC: You bought a new PC with Windows 8 and, after a first moment in which you really felt lost, are you trying to get familiar with all the news of this revolutionary version of the Microsoft operating system? Well, this is the right spirit to face such situations.

I know you have also read my guide on to do it how to use windows 8, but you still have some doubts that you would like to unravel quickly. For example, you would like to know how to defragment your Windows 8 PC. If everything has remained as before or this function has also changed. I’ll settle for you right away, here’s all there is to know about disk defragmentation in Windows 8.

I want to start this guide on how to defragment your Windows 8 PC reassuring yourself: even if the utility for defragmenting the disk has been improved compared to the past, its operation in Windows 8 is the same as what you learned about Windows 7 and Vista.

This means that Windows autonomously takes care of defragmenting the disk and maintaining its performance at its best, but you can customize how to defrag it. How? Now let’s find out right away.

As a first step, go to the Start Screen Windows 8 (by pressing the key Win on the keyboard) and search for the term defragments. At this point, select the item Settings from the right sidebar and click on the icon Defragment and optimize units to start the new defragmentation utility present in Windows 8.

In the window that opens, you will find the “classic” list of hard drives in the PC with two buttons at the bottom of the latter: Analyze, which allows you to analyze the disk status e Optimize, which instead directly launches the defragmentation, TRIM optimization and consolidation of the memory allocation for the selected unit. What am I talking about?

So the function of defragmentation – you should know by now – consists of tidy the files on the hard disk after they are fragmented in places on the hard disk distant from each other (to speed up their opening). L’TRIM optimization takes care of indicating to the storage space which blocks of data are no longer in use (in order to optimize their use), while the consolidation of the memory allocation provides to reorganize the data from high density memory allocations towards low density memory allocations.

For defragment your Windows 8 PC manually (which is not normally necessary), you must therefore select the unit you want to undergo the optimization procedure (e.g. C:) and click on the button Optimize.

If instead you want to change the times in which Windows has to perform the automatic optimization of the disks, click on the button Change settings and, in the window that opens, use the drop-down menu Run on a schedule to set up defragmentation every week (default), everyday or every month. My advice is to leave the setting active on the weekly plan, in this way Windows will take care of automatically optimizing the disks based on their type once a week taking advantage of the moments of inactivity of the PC.

You can also choose which units to include in the automatic defragmentation process. Just click on the button Choose and put or remove the check mark from the disks to be automatically optimized or excluded from the procedure. If you don’t want Windows to automatically optimize all new disks connected to your PC, remove the check mark from the entry Automatically optimize new units and click on the button OK to save the changes.