Overheating issues on Windows 8/8.1 are 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 you’ve checked those issues 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.