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Windows 8.1 pauses/freezes for a moment every now and then

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    Rio
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    Windows 8.1 pauses/freezes for a moment every now and then


    Every now and again when I click an executable or anything at all, Windows 8.1 will freeze for a few seconds.

    Is someone having the same problem? What could this be?

    Thx in advance!

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    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    A lot is due to the bloat. The other part is what kind of hard drive you are using. I have a SSD in my laptop and never got any pausing or freezing. Unless it was doing a Network share in Explorer. Then I get the clocking, because 8 has to rebuild the cache.
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    Rio
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    Quote Originally Posted by broe23 View Post
    A lot is due to the bloat. The other part is what kind of hard drive you are using. I have a SSD in my laptop and never got any pausing or freezing. Unless it was doing a Network share in Explorer. Then I get the clocking, because 8 has to rebuild the cache.
    What is a 'bloat'? And is there any way around this issue or do we all have to get used to it until Microsoft comes up with a solution?
    By the way my laptop has a 5400rpm hdd.
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    You could also increase your memory to maximum for better performance.
    EDIT: Bloat are unnecessary programs which you never use, you can uninstall any programs you don't use or you think you will not need them in Programs in Control panel.
    Last edited by brummyfan; 26 Mar 2014 at 08:06. Reason: additioanal info
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    just to add ,the 5400 rpm drive is slower ,and also is the Celeron cpu slower ,but having said that you should not get that pause ,its not a Microsoft issue ,as much as we like to blame so much on them .
    Bloat ware ,is usually demo programs that the laptop makers put on the laptops because they get paid to do so by the software makers .as suggested do some checking in control panel /programs and features ,and remove what you know to be such programs .you may have to be careful ,because some of the programs you find in there are needed.

    not positive on this but it could have make a difference ,the 2x40gig duel boot .I think you would have been better of had you made the partitions bigger.

    sometimes malware/spyware can cause this pause .I would do a scan with the free version of malwarebytes .
    directions and download here ,good luck
    How to use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to scan and remove malware from your computer
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    Posts : 32
    Windows 8.1


    I've noticed this a few times, and am beginning to think it is related to File Explorer running several copy paste tasks simultaneously and not any of my running apps. It is very frustrating.
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    Rio
    Posts : 85
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    I have no idea what causes this, but it's annoying if you compare it to Windows 7's crisp and sharp constant behavior. I love the Windows 8 new features, its modern touches, but these pauses/freezes are really something Microsoft should be looking into.
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    Joisey
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    Windows 8.1 consumer 64 bit


    Do you hear clicking when the pause happens? Unexplained pauses can be caused by disk surface errors. If the disk has trouble reading the drive, it goes through a mechanical process to try to read the data, when this happens the system will pause waiting for the disk. Right click on the disk in "This PC", select properties, tools, and disk check to test the disk.
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    Rio
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeytg View Post
    Do you hear clicking when the pause happens? Unexplained pauses can be caused by disk surface errors. If the disk has trouble reading the drive, it goes through a mechanical process to try to read the data, when this happens the system will pause waiting for the disk. Right click on the disk in "This PC", select properties, tools, and disk check to test the disk.
    I don't hear any clicking noises and my disk has been recently checked for errors by Seatools Dos Disk. No errors were found. I don't believe this is caused by disk error but by bad programming by Microsoft. Hope they'll fix it in the next update.
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    not sure a update will fix something not everyone has ,I have been using win8 since before it was released ,and have never experienced this on any of my installs, its quite the opposite ,on the one I use now I can bootup and open my mail and browser programs before windows loads the network adapters drive .if it is doing what yours is doing I haven't noticed it,i just clicked to open 3 programs as quick as I could and no pause at all so if it a windows issue how come mine works ok
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