Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Windows 8 performance, generally slow, printers and hw

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8

    Windows 8 performance, generally slow, printers and hw


    Hi,
    I've recently upgraded my laptop from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 8 Professional, I did a fresh install on my freshly formatted Seagate ST750LX003 Hard drive. My laptop is an Acer Aspire 5755g and is Windows 8 certified by Acer.

    Iíve been plagued with problems from the start, after starting with a completely open mind to Windows 8, Iíve been turned against it to the point that I might be downgrading back to Windows 7, along with really wanting to share my terrible experiences with anyone thinking of getting Windows 8!

    The first problem comes with what I can only assume as ACPI problems, my laptop doesnít sleep properly (it can sometimes take absolutely ages to get to sleep), along with shutdowns and restarts taking their time and sometimes just not happening, it sticks on the restart screen most of the time with the white dots going in a circle infinitely. I've tried disabling "fast boot" but this has made no difference what so ever. Also, my CBS logs are around 60mb each of pure text, surely that can't be a good sign?

    Iíve had many many problems trying to merely log in. about 1/3 times of logging in, the desktop will not work properly, the start menu will but then when I try and access my desktop, it will be completely blank, displaying only a green background and my grey task bar at the bottom (with no icons on).

    Along with this, Windows 8 just feels generally unstable, Iíve had it less than 2 weeks and its already crashed loads of times, most of these crashes are where it just freezes and refuses to do anything. If Iím playing music at that point, the music just sticks at the same point and jitters as if the same 100msecs were being repeated. These crashed can only be recovered from by holding the off button.

    I installed Windows 8 using the USB windows install tool on a freshly formatted USB memory stick.

    Another problem Iíve had is the use of USB, where it can sometimes take up to 5 minutes for my laptop to realize that something has been plugged in or unplugged. None of these problems were ever present on Windows 7.

    Yet another problem is using my printer (Kodak ESP C110), which has worked perfectly up to now seems to crash the ďWindows Image AcquisitionĒ program where it causes my laptop to have a drastic rise in temperature, along with act extremely laggy.

    Is it possible for me to fix these issues without having to resort to Windows 7, I really do want to like Windows 8 because its good to keep up with the tech times etc. and eventually Iím sure, Windows 7 will be eradicated as Windows XP is being soon.

    Thanks,
    Harris

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2


    Posts : 1,093
    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    I can only confirm that Windows 8 has been rock solid for me and I'm guessing something went drastically wrong with your installation. So, did you have any installation problems like hanging on a reboot attempt during the installation process?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    Drivers, drivers, drivers. People please, if you have brand name machines, desktops, laptops or whatever, check at manufacturer's sites if they have drivers for it, if not, attempting to install a new OS can prove pretty complicated. They all seem to have some different BIOSes and custom hardware so finding right drivers can be frustrating business. Now. Win8 seems to be able to find allot more of drivers than previous versions but is not omnipotent.
    Few brand name manufacturers even released their own versions of Windows with drivers and programs for particular machine. That holds true for all other versions of Windows, not only W8.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Where did you obtain your install media? If it's official authentic media from Microsoft I would have another go at a clean install. It sounds like a corrupted install to me. If you downloaded your install media online I would download it again and redo your install thumb drive.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by JustATest View Post
    I can only confirm that Windows 8 has been rock solid for me and I'm guessing something went drastically wrong with your installation. So, did you have any installation problems like hanging on a reboot attempt during the installation process?
    Thats the thing unfortunately! It installed just fine, the problems only hit within the next week.

    Quote Originally Posted by CountMike View Post
    Drivers, drivers, drivers. People please, if you have brand name machines, desktops, laptops or whatever, check at manufacturer's sites if they have drivers for it, if not, attempting to install a new OS can prove pretty complicated. They all seem to have some different BIOSes and custom hardware so finding right drivers can be frustrating business. Now. Win8 seems to be able to find allot more of drivers than previous versions but is not omnipotent.
    Few brand name manufacturers even released their own versions of Windows with drivers and programs for particular machine. That holds true for all other versions of Windows, not only W8.
    I completely agree about drivers, the second i'd completed all the windows updates, I went straight to the acer website and installed all of the drivers. This unfortunately didn't help either .


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Where did you obtain your install media? If it's official authentic media from Microsoft I would have another go at a clean install. It sounds like a corrupted install to me. If you downloaded your install media online I would download it again and redo your install thumb drive.
    Thats a very good call actually, I downloaded the operating system from my university intranet (all us engineering students get windows 8 pro for free), I think i'm going to have to re-download and reinstall for sure.

    Thanks a lot!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 1,093
    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by pyrohaz View Post
    Thats the thing unfortunately! It installed just fine, the problems only hit within the next week.
    Just hit? Like a malware infection possibly? Have you done a full AV scan?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #7


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by JustATest View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pyrohaz View Post
    Thats the thing unfortunately! It installed just fine, the problems only hit within the next week.
    Just hit? Like a malware infection possibly? Have you done a full AV scan?
    Yup, did a full scan (I've got Comodo Internet Security Premium) and it didnt seem to find anything, all completely updated.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #8


    Posts : 1,093
    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by pyrohaz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JustATest View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pyrohaz View Post
    Thats the thing unfortunately! It installed just fine, the problems only hit within the next week.
    Just hit? Like a malware infection possibly? Have you done a full AV scan?
    Yup, did a full scan (I've got Comodo Internet Security Premium) and it didnt seem to find anything, all completely updated.
    Can we see a screenshot of your disk management please? Mine is a UEFI clean install:

    Click image for larger version
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    As requested!

    Click image for larger version
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #10


    Posts : 1,093
    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Hmm... that's strange. It appears you have the partition structure of a Win 7 Legacy install because a Win 8 Legacy clean install should look like this:

    Click image for larger version

    My best guess is that you did not do a "true" clean install. Actually, I think you left the Win 7 structure in place. This may or may not be contributing to all of your issues; however, I would consider doing a true clean install and deleting all partitions as part of the process. Also, I can only assume that your BIOS is not UEFI capable and that is why your only option appears to be a Legacy install; yes?

    I will be updating this link with a clean install tutorial so I'll be right back.

    Clean Install - Windows 8
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Windows 8 performance, generally slow, printers and hw
Related Threads
Performance verrry slow, jerky in Performance & Maintenance
Any ideas of what I can look into on my computer to see what's slowing it down so badly? I haven't installed any new programs in quite some time. I have 8.1. I've been trying to look at services and startup to see if there is something strange but can't find anything. One weird thing I noticed...
Here is the deal .. Windows 8.1 and I have an Asus computer that is less than 2 months old. But the USB performance is pretty poor .. I thought it was my USB stick, so bought a new one USB 3.0. But it was worse in my test below. I did a test. Copied a 190 MB file to each USB Stick from my...
When I go toControl Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> Devices and Printers it can take 5 minutes or more to populate the window. A green bar slowly progressing along the top. Sometimes (not always) when I click on the Network icon it shows an empty window, taking five or more minutes, also with a...
I recently had a PSU start to fail which led to some file tables being corrupt. I replaced it, checked all disks (I have 1 80 GB SDD which is the boot drive and 3 HDDs used for application/data storage. After I replaced and fixed everything, I was still having a few issues with certain drivers. ...
Bsod error and slow pc performance. in Performance & Maintenance
BSOD Error on Windows 7. Hello Everyone! I have Windows 7 on my PC with the following configuration : 1. 1 GB DDR1 RAM. 2. Intel Mercury Motherboard. 3. 500 GB HDD. I have formatted my PC many time but after sometime I got the BSOD error :(. Also if I am working on my PC and I locked it...
I have noticed on one of my Windows 8 Pro computers that it has longer response time when accessing Internet. It has worked flawlessly for a month. The other PCs are not affected so it has nothing to do with my Router (DIR655) It seems like it takes time to do a DNS-lookup and I have tried...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook