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How to speed up your Windows 8 PC

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Your PC with it installed Windows 8 has it become a little too slow compared to when you bought it? Have you switched to Windows 8 from another version of the Microsoft home system and the performance of the computer has dropped significantly? Then I have some advice that might come in handy.

What you need is a series of applications and maintenance operations that can help you find out how to speed up your PC with Windows 8 without too much effort. I do not promise you miracles, it is clear but, if you put into practice all the advice I am about to give you and continue to “treat your computer well”, the results will certainly be positive.

Then? How about putting the chatter aside and finally starting to get busy? Are you ready? Very well. I therefore suggest that you do not delay any longer and take action. Position yourself comfortably in front of your multimedia station and concentrate on reading the following. I sincerely hope that in the end you will be happy and satisfied with what you learned as well as, obviously, with the results obtained. Good job!

Remove unnecessary preinstalled software

How to speed up your Windows 8 PC

If what you are using is a pre-assembled PC and especially if it is a laptop, it is very likely that in the system they “house” a whole series of unnecessary software which are usually pre-installed by companies on computers that are sold in electronics stores and supermarkets. I refer to trial versions of antivirus, multimedia programs, additional toolbar for the browser and other unnecessary programs. Personally I suggest you get rid of them immediately, it can be considerably helpful in terms of speed!

To do this, you can use The PC Decrapifier. It is a free and no-install application that analyzes all the software installed on the computer and signals to the user which ones they can or even they must remove because considered “garbage”.

To download The PC Decrapifier to your computer, connect to the website of the program, click on the button Download Now located in the center and, on the new page that opens, presses the button Download placed under the wording Free. If the download does not start automatically, click on the link use this link to force it “manually”. Download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and click on the button Yes.

Now that you see The PC Decrapifier window on your desktop, click on the button Analyze to analyze your computer and find the junk programs that may be present. Then it examines the various software identified that have been organized in the three program tabs: in the tab Recommended there are the software that you would do well to remove, in that questionable there are the alleged junk programs and in that Eveerything Els all other software.

Next to the name of each software there is also the opinion of the other users about it and the space they occupy on the computer. By clicking on the Question mark you can get more info about that application.

After identifying the unnecessary programs, select them by ticking the relevant box on the right, press the button Remove Selected placed at the bottom and click the button Begin removal Now. Wait for the uninstallation process to start and follow the referral wizard to finalize its removal.

Deactivate the automatic start of the programs

How to speed up your Windows 8 PC

Another way to speed up your PC with Windows 8 is to disable theautomatic start of programs that automatically start when the computer is turned on. This is a very simple but effective practice, which is recommended for all versions of the Microsoft operating system.

To carry out the operation in question, therefore, call the Task Manager by right clicking on an empty spot in the taskbar and selecting the item Activity management from the menu that appears. In the window that opens, click on the item More details, select the card Start and disable the programs you don’t want to start automatically every time you log in to Windows, by selecting them and clicking the button Disable.

Delete unnecessary files

How to speed up your Windows 8 PC

Free up space on the hard disk by deleting i unnecessary files present on the same does not automatically speed up the PC (except in rare cases, for example when there is not enough RAM and the system resorts to the creation of a swap file on the disk to make up for this lack), however it can be useful for many reasons that it is useless to be here to list.

Roll up your sleeves and erase all that data, such as cache files, browser history, cookies etc. which do nothing but take up precious space on your PC. To do this, you can take advantage of the famous software CCleaner, able to fulfill the purpose in question in an excellent and free way (even if, possibly, it is available in a paid variant with additional functions).

To download CCleaner to your PC, connect to website of the program and click on the link that you find at the column Free. Download is complete, open the .exe file just downloaded by double clicking on it and presses the button Yes. In the window that opens, select Italian from the drop-down menu for selecting the language located at the top right, remove the tick relating to the installation of any additional programs (e.g. Google Toolbar) and press the button Install. When setup is complete, press the button Launch CCleaner to start the program.

Now that you see the software window on the desktop, all you have to do is select the items to be removed from the PC using the options in the left sidebar (leave everything as it is if you don’t know where to get your hands!), In the tabs Windows is Applications, and click on the buttons Start cleaning is Go on. When the process is complete, you can also view the report of the operations performed by clicking on the item Show advanced report, which you always find in the program window.

Note: CCleaner includes a real-time system monitoring function, through which it constantly checks the disk status and automatically deletes unnecessary files. Personally I consider it superfluous and, therefore, I advise you to disable it by going to the section Options> Monitoring of the program and removing the check from the items Enable monitoring is Enable system monitoring. For more details, see my guide on how to download and use CCleaner.

Eliminate errors in the registry

How to speed up your Windows 8 PC

Another very useful operation to accomplish to speed up the PC is to eliminate the errors present in the registry, which could be the cause of various slowdowns and malfunctions of the computer and which inevitably accumulate as a result of installing and uninstalling software, modifying this or that other file etc.

This is a very “delicate” operation, as it could lead to the removal of important keys for the correct functioning of the system, so I advise you to do it only if you know exactly where to get your hands and only after creating a backup. If you don’t know how to make a backup of the registry, read my guide dedicated to the topic.

Now let’s move on to action: to clean the registry, I suggest you turn to Free Error Cleaner, a free program used just for the purpose in question and very simple to use. To download it, connect to the relevant one download page and click on the link Download here present at the wording Free Error Cleaner version 3.xx.

When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and click the button Yes. In the window that opens on the desktop, press the button Next, select the item I accept the agreement and click the button again Next four times in a row, on that install and on the button Finish to complete the setup.

Then start the program by double clicking on the relevant link that has been added to the desktop and pressing the button Yes in response to the startup that is shown to you. Now that you see the Free Error Cleaner window on the screen, click on the button Start Scan located at the bottom right to start the search for errors in the registry.

When the process is complete, first press on the button Next and on the buttons Repair Page is Repair Now! to get rid of all the errors that the program has been able to find. Finally, click on the button finished.

Note: if you are asked to register your copy of the program, click on the appropriate link, fill in the proposed form and enter the code obtained in the field on the screen. Registration is free, but if it is not done, the software ceases to function.

Perform an antivirus scan

How to speed up your Windows 8 PC

Also consider the fact that your computer may be slower than expected due to the presence of various viruses possibly “contracts” surfing the net or following the installation of programs from sources that are not highly recommended. To cope with it, you can make a healthy antivirus scan and proceed with the removal of detected threats.

To perform the operation in question, I recommend you use Bitdefender Free Edition, a completely free antivirus, which has very little impact on system performance and acts in real time, therefore offering a good degree of protection.

To use it, connect to his website and click on the button Download it for free located in the center of the page. When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and, in the window that is shown to you on the screen, presses the button Run then on that Yes. Once this is done, the download of all the components necessary to make the antivirus work will start.

At the end of the process, in the new window that opens, check the box relating to the acceptance of the terms of use of the program and press the button install, in order to start the actual installation of Bitdefender on Windows 8. During the setup, the antivirus will also perform a short system scan. Once completed, to use Bitdefender Free Edition, you will need to create a free account by pressing the button Sign in to Bitdefender and filling in the form that is proposed to you.

Subsequently, you can start a manual system scan by double-clicking on the antivirus icon located in the notification area and pressing the button System scan in the window that will open on the desktop. Once completed, the detected threats will be removed automatically. If this is not possible, you will be asked what action you wish to take.

However, keep in mind that, as I said, Bitdefender is always active in the background so any future viruses will be automatically detected by the program. For scruple, however, periodically perform a scan as I indicated above.

Defragment the disk

How to speed up your Windows 8 PC

Another operation that I recommend you perform on your PC to speed it up in daily use is to defragment the disk. Over time, in fact, the data saved on the computer are arranged in a disordered manner due to the lack of contiguous spaces on the disk. This phenomenon is called fragmentation and goes to impact more the file systems used by Windows and magnetic disks. So, if your PC is equipped with an SSD, this operation is not necessary (but you still need to activate the drive maintenance functions available in Windows).

Windows automatically performs disk defragmentation and SSD optimization, consequently, theoretically, it should not be necessary to perform it “by hand”. Nonetheless, I invite you to check that it is actually enabled (you may have disabled it inadvertently), not to mention the fact that, if you deem it appropriate, nothing will life you to defragment the disk “on request”, by starting the procedure yourself.

To verify that disk defragmentation is enabled, click on Start button (the one with the pennant Windows) located on the taskbar, type defragment and optimize units in the search field located in the upper right part of the Start Scren and click on the corresponding result.

In the window that opens on the desktop, click on the button Change settings and check that there is a check mark on the boxes Run on a schedule (recommended) is Notification in case of three consecutive scheduled executions not completed (otherwise take care of it), then indicate how often you want the defragmentation to be performed through the menu Frequency (the default is Every week) and save any changes made by clicking on the button OK.

To perform disk defragmentation at the moment, select the drive for which you want to act through the main window Optimize units and click on the button Analyze. Once the analysis is complete, if necessary, you will have to click on the button Optimize to proceed with the optimization, in fact.

Restore the system

How to speed up your Windows 8 PC

Despite your efforts and despite the above advice, you still haven’t managed to speed up your PC with Windows 8 installed? Then you could try restore the system, bringing the latter back to factory settings, taking advantage of the recovery function present in the Microsoft OS. You can choose to reset everything or just the PC applications and settings without deleting the data. In almost extreme cases, it may be the only viable solution!

To perform the operation in question, access the Start Scren by clicking on the Start button (the one with the pennant Windows) that you find on the taskbar, click on the Settings (the one with thegear) and select the item Update and restore which is on the left.

Then click on the item Restoration that you always find in the left part of the screen displayed and choose whether to remove all data and reinstall Windows 8 by clicking on the button To start placed under the heading Remove everything and reinstall Windows, or whether to reinitialize the PC without losing photos, music, videos and other personal files by pressing the button To start placed under the heading Reinitialize your PC keeping your files.

Then follow the simple wizard that is proposed to you on the screen to start the recovery. The “simple” recovery procedure takes 15–20 minutes on average, the more advanced one can go on for hours. However, you will not have to do absolutely anything, you will simply have to wait for the computer to restart with the new installation of Windows ready for use.

For further details on what to do, I send you to refer to my guide specifically dedicated to how to restore windows 8 by which I proceeded to speak to you of the matter in great detail.