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How to Fix a Slow XAMPP or DesktopServer on Windows 8

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 in Coding | 4 Comments

I develop locally because it’s faster, safer, and overall more productive. I recently went from a screaming fast desktop to a plain jane laptop and noticed a substantial slowdown in the way Chrome loads up, XAMPP (DesktopServer) page reloads, and overall laptop speed. I was literally about to trash the thing and move over to a Mac. Until, I Googled for awhile and found a gem.

If you are experiencing slowness while using XAMPP, MySQL, PHP and/or DesktopServer while using Windows 8 please do yourself a favor and read thoroughly this post: Apache, PHP, MySQL slow under Windows 8. How to fix.



This Post is a Gem

If you don’t want to read through the entire post here’s the fix that worked for me:

  1. Goto Windows 8’s Power Plan settings
  2. Change your Power Plan Settings to “High Performance” windows8-high-performance-power-plan
  3. Click “Change plan settings” and click “Change advanced power settings” and change “Minimum Processor State” to the settings below:windows8-high-performance-power-plan2

Applying these three simple steps sped up my system to incredibly noticeable speeds.

Hopefully you’ll see very similar results. Good luck!


  1. faizan ahmed
    January 24, 2018

    Happy that it has worked for someone, its a nope from me.

  2. Matt
    February 20, 2018

    no difference for me …

  3. matthew
    June 27, 2018

    worked so much for me

  4. matthew
    June 27, 2018

    worked so much faster for me