This tutorial will show you how to speed up Windows 8.

Your operating system may take more time at the time of start up because it has too much load of processes at the time of startup, at the time of copying a file your operating system may slow down because of unavailable buffer memory, when you are gaming you may suffer lag because of running of several unwanted application in the background. So, if you want to speed up your system’s performance you have to reduce the number of processes which get launched at the time of startup, clear your temporary memory files and close the unwanted applications running in the background.
These are the basic visible reasons for system slow down, there are many more reasons such as pre-set values of attributes in the Registry, etc.

Speed Up Windows 8

Methods to speed up Windows 8

Disable unwanted startup programs :

1. Open the task manager, press Window + X buttons and click on Task Manager.

Open Task Manager

2. Go to startup tab, disable the applications which are unwanted at the time of startup. In my case Bittorrent, Adobe Updater, FixMyRegistry.exe are unwanted so I have disabled them.

Edit Startup

3. Click OK.

Clean up buffer memory and unnecessary temporary files :

1. Open the Run window by pressing Window + R buttons, type “%temp%” and press Enter

Open temp files

2. Select all the files and delete them all.

Delete all

3. Similarly open Run window again, type “temp” and press Enter.

Open temp files

4. Delete all the files.

Delete all

5. Again open the Run window and type “prefetch” and press Enter.

Open prefetch files

6. Delete all the files.

Delete all

7. Now, Open My Computer, right-click on your drive with the operating system (e.g C:\) and click on Properties,
over there you will find an option Disk Cleanup, click it and press OK when a new window appears.

Open Properties

Disk Cleanup

Now, you have successfully cleaned the buffer memory of your system.

Reduce runtime services :

1. Open Run window by pressing Window + R buttons, type “msconfig” and press enter.

2. Now, go to Services tab, first click on the “Hide all Microsoft Services” and then deselect the services which are of no use to use at runtime and press OK.

Stop Services

Registry tweeks :

1. Open the Run window by pressing Window + R buttons, type “regedit” and press enter.

Open Regedit

2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Mouse. Double click on MouseHoverTime, in the Edit String window change the value from 50 to 100.

Edit Mousehovertime

Edited Mousehovertime

3. Again navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Current Control Set\Control. Double click on WaitToKillServiceTimeout and change the value in the Edit String window to something near 1000 and press Enter.

Edit Wait to kill

Edited Wait to kill

If you have completed all these steps successfully then your computer is clean and will work smoothly now. Now you may want to see some more tips to Fix slow Windows 8 PC.


Susham is a part time blogger and a Software Engineer by Profession. He has keen interest in latest Gadgets and Tech updates. Like us he is also passionate about Windows 8.


  1. Hi,was a great help.Thanks.Just on registry tweaks step 2 where you say to change Mouse Hover Time from 50 to 100,mine is set at 400,just like yours is in the illustration above before you double click it to change the value.Is it right for me to change it from 400 down to 100?Thanks again mate

    • Hi Dave, It is absolutely safe to change the value. It will speed up your Windows 8. If you want to know how? I can explain it..


      • Ah i changed it to 100 alright,just when you said to change value up from 50 to 100 when mine was at 400 I thought I might be having the opposite to desired effect.Thanks again mate 🙂

  2. I went through all your suggestions and I would swear that my computer is now slower. Have you had any similar feedback? Do you have any idea why it seems slower now? Should I just cut my losses and try to put things back as they were?

  3. After following these instructions and then restarting my PC, I found that my touchpad no longer scrolls… Any suggestions?


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