What is Superfetch and how to disable Superfetch?

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Windows 10 is the most advanced windows software ever and users from all over the world have shifted to Windows 10. Windows 10 has very few problems but sometimes its a lag or seem sluggish. Some of the experts say that disabling Superfetch can improve the performance of your windows Pc. In this article, I have written in detail about what is Superfetch and how to disable Superfetch on windows 10 

Whats is Superfetch?

Before getting into details about What is Superfetch, its uses, and pros and cons I would tell you the reason it was first started in windows vista. The reason why Superfetch was first used in a windows visa is that the company claimed it improves performance over a period of time.

How to does Superfetch improve the performance?

Superfetch is know as Service Host: Superfetch on windows task manager. The application quietly sits in the background and analyzes the application on your computer you use regularly. Superfetch then marks the application you use regularly as frequently used put then into the ram of your computer before you even start the application 

For example, If you use Google chrome regularly then Superfetch will detect it and preload it into the ram. So the next time you open the app it will open instantly with any lag cause it’s already loaded in the ram.

Don’t be worried Superfetch is designed to use only the unused ram space on your Windows PC. 

Some windows users have constantly complied with Superfetch slowing down their PC. Below I have written the step by step process to disable Superfetch in two really simple and easy ways

How to disable Superfetch?

Disable Superfetch manually

Step 1: Open Run (Press Windows key and R simultaneously)

Step 2: Type services.msc and press Ok

services run

Step 3: Scroll down and Find for Superfetch



Step 4: Right-click open Superfetch properties and on the General tab > Click on disable ( from the startup drop down) > Stop > OK

disable superfetch


You have now successfully disabled Superfetch from your windows PC


Disable Superfetch  via command prompt

Step 1: Open Run (Press Windows key and R simultaneously)

Step 2: Type CMD and press Ok

Step 3: You will see a black screen also know as the command prompt type this net.exe stop superfetch and press enter

superfetch disable

Step 4: Once that is done type sc config sysmain start=disabled and press Enter

superfetch disable


Is superfetch and prefetch the same?

Prefetch was first used in Windows XP while Superfetch is used is windows vista. Superfetch is a better version of prefetch. The reason Microsoft upgraded prefetch it did not analyze app usage patterns like Superfetch

Pro and Cons of Superfetch

Pros of Superfetch

  • Helps load application faster 
  • Preloads apps in the Ram
  • Only uses unused memory in the ram
  • Better than prefetch

Cons of Superfetch

  • User have complained windows slowing down 
  • Users often look to disable Superfetch
  • Need updates and improvements
Joel Picardo

Joel Picardo

Joel Picardo has been in the startup space for the last 5 years and has worked with startups in the cryptocurrency and digital marketing industry. He founded GeekyMint along with his co-founder SafdarAli with a mission to provide well-reseached articles in the cryptocurrency, finance, technology, blockchain, software, and startup sector

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