Why is Windows 8.1 running slow? That is a question that is becoming more popular lately as Windows 8.1 matures. Most people know that it shouldn’t be a hardware issue such as RAM since virtually all Windows 8.1 computers use high capacity DDR3 RAM. However, one possible reason could be due to the fact that there are now more types of adware and spyware that are designed specifically for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. When Windows 8.1 was first release, it was not much of a problem since many harmful programs just could run on the new operating system. There was also the upgraded version of Windows Defender that is built in to the Windows 8.1 operating systems.
Now that time has passed, most people will have to do what they have done with previous version of Windows. The best defense is to watch what sites you visit. Getting anti-virus and anti-spyware software can help, but there is hard wall limit to how beneficial those types of programs can be. This is because there will always be new version of harmful programs. For example, there is a seemingly “harmless” program going around now that targets gaming computers, but can run on any computer. This virus will go into rest mode when it detects any input. This means that it can stay on your computer for an extended period of time without your knowledge. However, when you leave the computer it will push your system’s graphical processor to its limit to accomplish bit-coin mining. This could easily burn out your system’s hardware whether you have a desktop, laptop, or Windows tablet.
The overheated components could easily cause thermal throttling which could cause Windows 8.1 to run slow. In this event, you could stop this by disabling the problem in the start list. The startup list is located in the Task Manger, unlike previous versions of Windows. In Windows 7, this option was reached by typing “msconfig.exe.” in the command line prompt. In Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, you can simply right click on the taskbar and select Task Manger. Disabling the programs in the startup tab can work for this situation and many other situations where Windows 8.1 could be running slow.