Why does Windows 8 become slow when using Internet Explorer?

Carolyn February 17, 2013

It seems like Windows 8 is fast at starting up but seems to get slow when using Internet Explorer. Why?

  1. Nitesh Badala
    March 7, 2013 at 5:51 am

    You should use IE version 10 specially made for windows 8.check it now.

  2. Zaid Mark
    February 25, 2013 at 8:38 am

    follow these tips, overall pc performance including Internet explorer will run faster


  3. ion popa
    February 18, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    I don't know, but this make me laugh a lot! Poor IE...
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  4. Carolyn Barnett
    February 18, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    OS Name Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
    Version 6.2.9200 Build 9200
    Other OS Description Not Available
    OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
    System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
    System Model Inspiron N7010
    System Type x64-based PC
    System SKU
    Processor Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU P6100 @ 2.00GHz, 1999 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
    BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A11, 3/31/2011
    SMBIOS Version 2.6
    Embedded Controller Version 255.255
    BIOS Mode Legacy
    BaseBoard Manufacturer Dell Inc.
    BaseBoard Model Not Available
    BaseBoard Name Base Board
    Platform Role Mobile
    Secure Boot State Unsupported
    PCR7 Configuration Binding Not Possible
    Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
    System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
    Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2
    Locale United States
    Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.2.9200.16442"
    User Name CarolynBarnett\Carolyn Barnett
    Time Zone Pacific Standard Time
    Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 2.00 GB
    Total Physical Memory 1.86 GB
    Available Physical Memory 726 MB
    Total Virtual Memory 3.24 GB
    Available Virtual Memory 1.75 GB
    Page File Space 1.38 GB
    Page File C:\pagefile.sys
    Hyper-V - VM Monitor Mode Extensions No
    Hyper-V - Second Level Address Translation Extensions No
    Hyper-V - Virtualization Enabled in Firmware No
    Hyper-V - Data Execution Protection Yes

    • Nevzat Akkaya
      February 19, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Apparently your RAM is the culprit. You should upgrade your computer, add more physical RAM to your system. According to official Microsoft documentation, 2 GB is the minimum physical RAM that 64 bit Windows can run, so your system at the minimum. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/system-requirements Don't expect your PC to fly with 2 GB RAM, you should have at least 4 GB to feel the difference. Internet Explorer and any other browser consumes hundredths, sometimes gigabytes of RAM when used with many tabs open, so it's normal for IE to get slow over time with limited RAM.

      • Carolyn Barnett
        February 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm

        I just ordered the 4 gb ram from Dell..Thank you all so much!

        • Nevzat Akkaya
          February 19, 2013 at 9:32 pm

          you did the best choice. congratulations...

  5. prashanth singh rathore
    February 18, 2013 at 12:52 pm
  6. Nikhil Chandak
    February 18, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    use the latest IE 10 , it would be better .....
    but anyway dont forget to clean the cache and temp files using ccleaer , and advance system care 6 !
    Also remove the add-ons or extensions
    Why dont u try some other good browser like Google Chrome and Mozila firefox , as they are far better than IE

  7. Oron Joffe
    February 18, 2013 at 10:59 am

    There are many possible causes for this, including:
    1. Add-ons are slowing down IE (see http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/internet-explorer/manage-add-ons#ie=ie-10 for how to disable them)

    2. Cache or cookie problems. Follow the instructions at http://windows.microsoft.com/is-IS/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies#ie=ie-10 but tick both "cookies" and "Temporary Internet Files".

  8. susendeep dutta
    February 18, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Internet Explorer(IE) on Windows 8 i.e. version 10 is fast at startup but its performance lags behind in comparison with other browsers.You can check if IE is consuming more RAM,processor and if it's,then this might be the reason.

    To minimize it,you can clear its data i.e. cache,cookies,history to speed it up a little bit.

  9. Jamshid Rasulev
    February 18, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Could you tell more about RAM memory and CPU frequency of your PC

  10. Alan Wade
    February 18, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Which I.E. are you using the one on the Start Screen or the version in your programs folder?
    If you havnt tried both then do so and see if they both slow your machine down.

  11. ha14
    February 18, 2013 at 7:11 am

    go with the new version of IE 10

    your security tool can reduce speed of internet brower.

    see if Internet Explorer 9 is in software mode by clicking Tools > Internet Options > Advanced. The first checkbox in the list indicates whether IE9 is running in software mode.
    this can happen when your graphic card driver is outdated, try to install the latest version

    How to enable or disable software rendering in Internet Explorer 9

    check if you have add-on in conflict.

    try to clean temp files with ccleaner,


    Iobit Advanced System care

    try to clean malware if exist with superantispyware

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