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    Slow app loads


    Boot time is reasonable, but the first apps to load take far too long (up to 90"), and occasionally do not respond.
    Once the system has been 'up' a while, apps load OK. Multitasking is sluggish (with a high quality I7 processor).

    The prime suspects, as deduced via multiple event viewer errors, include MsMpEng.exe, which appears to be Windows Defender, and WIA hanging.

    Typical ALPHA software woes, I'll wager, and this is just FYI ... yet suggestions are always welcomed.

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    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    Hi,

    I wouldn't blame Windows not even slightly.

    It is working excellent here and it is not the issue in any way. Consider it a purchasable product as it stands.

    If I were you, I would open the device manager and one by one, visit the manufacturers' sites to install the latest drivers for each.

    If you have a 3rd party antivirus installed, uninstall it with its removal tool and then install MSE to replace it.

    Good luck!

    Other than that, a nice HDD defrag for all of your spinning drives would not hurt. For 8, I highly recommend Auslogics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    If I were you, I would open the device manager and one by one, visit the manufacturers' sites to install the latest drivers for each.
    Thanks for the suggestions. A bit more background here. Win 7, on another drive, runs the very same hardware and programs with no errors, and all drivers are the latest available.

    If you have a 3rd party antivirus installed, uninstall it with its removal tool and then install MSE to replace it.
    No 3rd-party A/V ever. When W8 was first installed to this SATA drive a prompt indicated that MSE wasn't compatible.

    Other than that, a nice HDD defrag for all of your spinning drives would not hurt. For 8, I highly recommend Auslogics.
    Been done several times. After W8 is up for several minutes it runs reasonably well, but for the occasional "not responding" and drive thrashing. Few apps are installed and all the latest versions: Firefox, Thunderbird (mail), a clipboard utility, Terabyteunlimited's Image For Windows, CCCleaner, Irfanview (image viewer) and a Canon MP210 printer/scanner device. Telnet and Windows Fax/Scan are configured.

    Also regularly seeing "phantom" icons on the taskbar. They vanish when clicked.
    Last edited by borgus; 12 Mar 2012 at 12:00.
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    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    First thing that comes to mind is that, and of course it is your choice here - that you should disable the Windows Search service. It commonly slows things down and creates that drive thrashing you speak of. Almost any enthusiast I know of and even ones I don't lol all disable this. It's the first thing I do basically after an install.

    services.msc

    You will still be able to find things by typing in Metro etc... What it will do though is make Windows take a little longer if you search for specific files that only you have on your machine.

    I would also disable Windows Image Acquisition.

    Reboot after for good measure and see how things go. Maybe myself or others will have more suggestions.


    ----

    Here is an excellent services guide that can be followed to tweak:

    Black Viperís Windows 8 Service Configurations | Black Viper | www.blackviper.com

    This can also be used to supplement that:

    Black Viper’s Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Service Configurations | Black Viper | www.blackviper.com
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    Windows 8


    Hi, I just faced the same problem, but after following a simple proceedure, it works fine now:


    1. go to: Command Prompt (in administrator mode) // deutsch: Eingabeafforderung (administrator)
    2. type: SFS/SCANNOW and press enter

    It fixed my problem even before the test finishes. I hope it help you too.


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