Overheating issues on Windows 8/8.1 can be frustrating, and while common among laptops, desktops can also fall victim. Fortunately Windows 8/8.1 has direct settings for controlling the CPU speed and I’ll show you how to use this feature in this guide.
I will presume you have already done the following?
- Clean all air vents, fans & filters
- All Windows Updates installed
- Virus Scanned & infections removed
- Malware scanned & infections removed
If those issues have been checked off and you’re still having overheating issues and shutdowns, follow text guide below or watch the video above.
Fix overheating issues on Windows 8/8.1 (Metro)
- Click on the Search Icon top-right of your screen
- Make sure Everywhere is selected, then type "Power Options" into the search box
- Now click the Power Options from the search result (first result)
- Make sure the Balanced option is selected, then click Change plan settings
- Now click the Change advanced power settings link
- Expand + the Processor power management option (if your CPU supports it)
- Expand + the Maximum processor state option
- Click the blue text then set the option to 90% and click Apply
- Now click OK to close the Power Options window
- Restart your PC
- All done!
- NOTE* If you’re still having issues, repeat the guide and choose 80%, then 70% etc until your computer stops overheating.
- NOTE 2* If you do not have the Processor power management option, your CPU doesn’t support throttling.