Windows 10 Slow? Try These Two Quick Fixes

Do you Windows 10 Quick Fixfind Windows 10 slow at times? That it goes from speedy to sluggish for no obvious reason? Well, before you start worrying about malware (which used to be the most common culprit), try these quick fixes.

  1. Open the Command Prompt in Admin mode. You can right-click on the Start menu and choose “Command Prompt (Admin)” – or try one of these other ways to open the command prompt.
  2. If a “User Account Control” warning appears, click “Yes” – you do want to let this app to make changes to your device. If nothing seems to happen, check your taskbar for a new icon – this warning sometimes hides behind other windows.
  3. Once you see a black box with the title “Administrator: Command Prompt”, click into it and type the two following commands, one after another:

        net stop "Windows Search"
        net stop superfetch

You should see an improvement within seconds of these two services stopping.

Why Does Windows 10 Slow Down Like This?

Why is this happening? Well, Windows 10 seems to have forgotten how to do basic OS tasks that previous versions did pretty well – like managing disks and its own processes. The “Windows Search” and “superfetch” services are supposed to help to keep your system fast and responsive. Unfortunately, they often just decide to demand all the resources they can. Other applications then struggle to get any access to your disk drives.

You can see this happening in the Task Manager. Right-click on the taskbar to start that, then look at the disk usage in the ‘Performance’ tab. If it’s maxed out, that’s a problem. However, starting extra programs – even the Task Manager – when your system is slow just aggravates things. So, I find that these two services are so often to blame that it’s quicker to just open the command prompt and stop them anyway.

With luck, Microsoft will get around to fixing this eventually and this post will be obsolete. Until then, I hope this will help you fix your Windows 10 slowdowns. Please feel free to share it to help others.

Happy St. David’s Day, Wales!

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant Hapus!

The Red Dragon of WalesToday is a (particularly) good day to be Welsh.

It’s a funny thing, though – being a Welsh web designer born in “Newport, Monmouthshire,” as it was then. Monmouthshire was “mostly English” until 1972 (hush, now – you won’t get 20 years of web experience from a Millennial…). It still is, in terms of language, though at least schools now teach Welsh.

Anyway, having grown up around Chepstow, Monmouth and Bristol, I’m very much a man of Gwent, though with West Glamorgan roots. Still, years working across South Wales as an archaeologist taught me enough of Wales’ history to take real pride in it.

That’s why I’m still especially keen to support businesses and other organisations across South Wales and Avon. I didn’t specifically plan today’s trip to Cardiff for St. David’s Day, but seems very appropriate.

Sadly though, I’ve been too busy learning web and programming languages to learn that of my kin. Thankfully, I’m not alone in being so preoccupied. So, today is a day for many of us to trot out the few Welsh phrases we know – the phrases that still somehow manage to bind us together as a nation.

Cymru am byth!

New Era, New Website

Ever heard of the shoemaker’s children? Yep, they’re the kids that go shoeless because their father’s too busy making shoes for other people. Well, it happens to web designers, too.

So, I’ve been so busy building blogs for other people since 2004 that I never got around to building one for myself. Of course, it’s a little more complex than that. As a developer, I didn’t really need a content management system – it was easy enough for me to edit web pages by hand. I could see the advantages of systems like WordPress even then – just didn’t need them so much myself. By the time more developer-friendly features arrived, I wanted to refresh the whole site, not just add a blog.

Still, it’s done, and it’s here. Hope you like it! More soon…