Managing computer software resources and hardware, an operating system offers services to computer programs. Apart from all the other operating systems that have been introduced in the computer world, Windows is the most popular and reliable operating system.
Windows 10 is the current version of Windows operating systems that is brimmed with several features that have made it one of the significant operating system update of Windows. One of the prominent features of Windows 10 is its support for universal apps and expansion of metro style apps.
Windows 10 and Superfetch
Whether it was Microsoft Edge web browser or upgraded Windows 10 Superfetch, this operating system update has received positive reviews since its introduction in July 2015. Critics applauded the updates of Windows 10 and even deemed it better than its previous version, Windows 8.
There’s no doubt in asserting that Windows 10 has some definite improvement from its previous version. In order to prevent it from getting sluggish and slow, it is important to configure it properly. There are several ways through which you can improve the performance of your Windows 10.
Windows 10 Superfetch is a lesser-known feature that you should be acquainted with in order to keep your Windows performance better and effective.
What is Windows 10 Superfetch?
Introduced in Windows Vista, Superfetch is a feature in the Windows operating system that ensures better and effective performance over time. Superfetch can be found in the Task Manager with the name “Service Host: Superfetch.” It continuously monitors the RAM usage patterns in the background and determines what type of apps is most used by you.
Superfetch automatically makes these apps “frequently used” and loads them into RAM. It makes it easier for apps to load faster than they are generally expected to. When you want to open a frequently used app, Superfetch will launch it much faster as it is pre-loaded in the memory.
Superfetch is not similar to Prefetch which was introduced in Windows XP as a pre-loading memory manager. Windows 10 Superfetch is considered as the successor of Prefetch that takes up all the RAM space for pre-loading the frequently used apps. Superfetch never occupies much space as it works on the unused memory and it relinquishes the memory whenever needed.
Issues Arising Due To Superfetch
If you are equipped with high-performance PC, Windows 10 Superfetch will work effortlessly. There’s no doubt in asserting that Superfetch expedites the functioning of your operating system by preloading the apps. There are some issues that are generally caused by Superfetch overtime.
- Superfetch uses CPU and RAM as it is always running in the background.
- Superfetch will not eliminate the need to load the app, and it instead relocates the loading time. Hence, whenever the app is loaded, the system will experience sluggishness.
- When Superfetch is loading data from HDD to RAM, it tends to become sluggish and lose its speed. In case your HDD is working at 100% for a few minutes after you start or restart your PC, then there are chances that your Superfetch is the culprit.
- When Windows 10 is installed on SSD, the performance of Superfetch will remain unnoticeable. SSDs are extremely fast that it almost eliminates the need for a Windows 10 Superfetch.
- Superfetch also causes performance issues during gaming, especially on systems with 4GB or less RAM.
How To Disable Windows 10 Superfetch?
Disabling Superfetch is not a recommended way unless used as a troubleshooting measure to eliminate potential performance issues. Superfetch should be enabled in the operating system in order to improve the overall performance.
Following are the steps to disable Windows 10 Superfetch from your PC:-
Using Services App
- Launch Service App:It is important to open the services app on your PC. For this, go to Start Menu and search for services. Launch the services app. You can also use the Run Prompt as well. Just type Windows key+R, and type services.msc and click enter.
- Disable the Superfetch Service:Once you have launched services apps, scroll down to find the Superfetch. Click to open the Superfetch option and tap on Stop to disable the function of Superfetch.
- Prevent Superfetch From Autorun:While being in the services app, right-click on the Superfetch option and go to properties. Search for Startup Type from the General Tab and turn it to Disable.
Using Registry Editor
Though the services app is considered as the preferred approach to disable Superfetch, you can also use registry editor if the services app doesn’t work. Before starting, make sure you have backed up the registry in order to prevent any loss.
- Open Registry Editor: Go to Start Menu and search for regedit. Or seek assistance from Run prompt with Windows+R and typing regedit.
- Find Superfetch: With the help of left sidebar navigate to the below place:-
- / SYSTEM / CurrentControlSet / Control / Sessiom Manager / MemoryM
- Disable Superfetch: Once you reach the destination, you would see Enable Superfetch key in the right panel. Right-click on it and go to Modify to enable key editor. Make the value data to 0 in order to disable Superfetch.
Windows 10 is undoubtedly the best Windows version ever. Whether it is the improved functionality or added features, Windows 10 has never deserted any opportunity to make things better for the Windows users. Windows 10 Superfetch is yet another feature introduced in Windows operating system that helps in maintaining and improving the system’s performance over time.
The above mentioned were some of the detailed information regarding Superfetch and how can you better use it to improve the performance of your Windows computer. Follow the guidelines and keep your operating system healthy and functioning with Windows 10 Superfetch.