QUESTION My Windows 8 PC seems to be taking longer to start up than when it was new. I haven't changed any Bios settings. Is there anything I can do to find out what's causing the slowdown?
HELPROOM ANSWER A quick and easy first step would be to open the Task Manager and take a look at the new Start-up tab. To launch Task Manager, hold down the Windows Key and press X, then select Task Manager from the pop-up menu. (See also: How to use the Windows 8 Task Manager.)
Select the Start-up tab and look at the Start-up impact column. Here, each item is graded according to its impact on your system startup time – either Low, Medium or High. Re-order the entries to display high-impact services by clicking the Start-up impact column heading.
If anything is shown in this list that doesn't need to launch at system startup, it will be slowing down your PC. Right-click the entry and, from the context menu, either disable this behaviour, browse to the folder on your hard drive in which the application is stored, or perform a quick search online to help you decide whether it needs to run at system startup.