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Any way to downgrade windows 8.1 to windows 8? SLOW!!!!

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    Windows 8

    Any way to downgrade windows 8.1 to windows 8? SLOW!!!!


    My laptop is becoming slow due to windows 8.1 which I just upgraded to like 2 hours ago. It has never been this slow when I had windows 8 but when I upgraded to 8.1 my laptop became slow all of a sudden Microsoft I hate you for making my computer slow , so anyway to uninstall 8.1 or downgrade to 8 without a using a windows 8 disk as I don't want to reformat my pc.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Can you be more specific? Windows 8.1 is no slower than Windows 8, thus you are likely encountering a problem of some sort. What in particular is slow?
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  3. #3


    Posts : 17
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Can you be more specific? Windows 8.1 is no slower than Windows 8, thus you are likely encountering a problem of some sort. What in particular is slow?
    Start up takes a little longer. Opening internet takes a little longer. The windows 8 search takes longer to respond. It just plain lags for me now. Sometimes it will lag for no reason when browsing like the internet will freeze and I can't click on anything. Generally windows 8.1 is slower for me since the update from 8 to 8.1.
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    Posts : 2
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by iseeu1001 View Post
    Start up takes a little longer. Opening internet takes a little longer. The windows 8 search takes longer to respond. It just plain lags for me now. Sometimes it will lag for no reason when browsing like the internet will freeze and I can't click on anything. Generally windows 8.1 is slower for me since the update from 8 to 8.1.
    I upgraded a few days ago and I am having the same issues and don't really want to do a full reset but I am not liking the tweaks/updates that they have done. I already had Stardocks Start8 running great on Windows 8 and only upgraded to get Microsoft new Start button but that's as good as a chocolate teapot

    Well if there is no easy way I will have to do a full restore....
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    Win 7 Pro x64


    Clean install would have been the best way to go. I've never seen an upgrade that didn't have some sort of issue.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by iseeu1001 View Post
    Start up takes a little longer. Opening internet takes a little longer. The windows 8 search takes longer to respond. It just plain lags for me now. Sometimes it will lag for no reason when browsing like the internet will freeze and I can't click on anything. Generally windows 8.1 is slower for me since the update from 8 to 8.1.
    Since you only upgraded a few hours ago, you have to understand that there are processes that have to complete before your system will run at full speed. Particularly around search, it must re-index all your files and that takes some time.

    Give it a couple of days before you make any judgements. Also, did you make sure to apply the final update patches?

    I've also heard that for some people, their search index locations got reset and they had to add their local folders back into the indexed locations.
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    IOS Windows


    Been about 2 1/2 weeks now or however long it's been now since the release of 8.1 and my Aspire M is just bogged down, just like Iseeu101 stated. Overall down grade to performance. 8.0 was quick, responsive & dependable..not anymore! Seen it at my technical college, several users having almost exact issues..
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    First I've heard of Windows 8.1 being slower than Windows 8.

    Isn't Windows 8.1 a mandatory up as advised by Microsoft and you risk not getting the latest security and updates for apps if one chooses to stay on Windows 8 unlike SP1 for Windows 7.
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    windows 8.1


    I can report the same issues as others here. The whole PC is slow. Boot up/Shut down are marginally slower than before so not too fussed about that. It's the general malaise around getting anything running that bugs me. Clicking ANY icon does not result in a quick program startup...rather an interminable plod. It's not as if my PC is underpowered for the task...i have a Core i5 overclocked to 4.3ghz with 8gb of fast ram on an Asus high end mobo. I have mechanical HDD's admittedly but they are on the 6gb/s port.

    I have a triple boot with Vista/7/8.1 running. I have very few programs installed/running on either Vista/8.1 but Vista is not sluggish like 8.1 is and my Vista install is only 32bit and 8.1 is 64bit!

    I may just reinstall as i will be fitting a new 3tb drive anyway.
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Nemix View Post
    First I've heard of Windows 8.1 being slower than Windows 8.

    Isn't Windows 8.1 a mandatory up as advised by Microsoft and you risk not getting the latest security and updates for apps if one chooses to stay on Windows 8 unlike SP1 for Windows 7.
    I don't consider it mandatory, I have my own security, I don't need Microsofts, so I never download any security updates, In fact I only download updates for Office or any "Reliability" updates, which get rolled back if I see any decrease. That's only happened once though.

    This is the life history of Windows through XP actually, yo install it, it's FAST. Then you start getting these updates, which I religiously used to get all of every Tuesday. Within a month after installing XP the system was unworkable, so it was a fresh install, and then, NO updates, I waited over 6 months, and then I carefully chose which ones after reading what they were. My XP system stayed fast for ages.

    I applied the same to 7, Vista actually needed SP1, and with SP1, it works pretty well.

    See, 8.1, for being a full OS update, is acting more like a Service Pack. I've seem other "slowness" complains on other boards as well as here. I don't know what could be causing it, maybe old hardware, but some of the complaints were one new computers that came with 8.
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