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Placebo effect?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 x64

    Placebo effect?


    I'm not sure if it's a placebo effect or not, but I just finished installing that huge update to Windows 8.1 (~950MB) and now, for some reason, CPU intensive tasks seems a lot quicker.

    I've also noticed that gaming is smoother since the update.

    Has anyone else noticed this, or am I just experiencing a placebo?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 406
    W10 Pro X64


    We periodically release updates for Windows to include new features, the latest security protection, and the best drivers and software. Windows 8.1 Update and Windows RT 8.1 Update include improvements to make Windows more familiar and convenient for devices that use touch and mouse input and to make Windows available on a wider variety of devices, so you have more to choose from. Windows 8.1 Update and Windows RT 8.1 Update also include security and performance updates, and they must be installed for your PC to receive any future security updates for Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1
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    Im not sure on exactly what performance updates they mean, but it seems to be working for me too.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 419
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Dude View Post
    Im not sure on exactly what performance updates they mean, but it seems to be working for me too.
    Ok so it isn't just me noticing it then. I've also noticed my cold boot time went from 2.4 seconds (Windows logo to Start screen) to 1.2 seconds.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 406
    W10 Pro X64


    Good to hear! Check your total restart time using the tool mentioned here


    Restart Time
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  5. #5


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I noticed things are faster.
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  6. #6


    St. Augustine
    Posts : 388
    windows 8.1 64, LT -Windows 10 Home 64


    Quote Originally Posted by LovingWindows View Post
    I'm not sure if it's a placebo effect or not, but I just finished installing that huge update to Windows 8.1 (~950MB) and now, for some reason, CPU intensive tasks seems a lot quicker.

    I've also noticed that gaming is smoother since the update.

    Has anyone else noticed this, or am I just experiencing a placebo?
    Funny you mentioned it but I feel the same way.

    Some things are definitely faster and the OS just seems to have a little different feel to it. If I pull up Reliability Monitor it is almost instantaneous whereas before it might take a couple seconds crunching the numbers. My Photoshop Programs were always fast but now they load even faster. I have yet to encounter any ill effects from the update and it's not because I am not looking.

    Also, my system would generally sleep on schedule except after doing lots of intensive things like running scans or creating backups when it would stop going into sleep mode until after a restart but this no longer seems to be the case. Yesterday I ran scans, created a restore point, created a custom refresh image and then created a system image backup, walked away and the PC went to sleep on schedule. Don't know what this might mean for others but this is my observation on my PC.
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    Posts : 419
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I have also noticed that Windows Defender scans a lot faster now.

    Did a full scan last night which ended up with a total of ~450,000 items and finished in under 20 minutes. Before the update, that same scan would take 45-60 minutes with the same amount of scanned items.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Well, they did continue to make Windows 8.1 better and coded it for dirt cheap low end tablets so that means for all the rest of us happy and efficient CPUs.
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  9. #9


    Central IL
    Posts : 3,468
    Linux Mint 17.2


    They most likely took out a lot of old code. There was rumor that some of the old 16-bit coding was going bye-bye. Same with some .dll's for older hardware.

    With MS finally starting to use a lot more Open Source coding & GPL. You will start to see the OS finally getting lighter weight. 9.x is supposed to be redone for the Kernel. Now that Blamer is out of the game. Only time will tell what happens.

    Since it is obvious that MS management finally realized that they needed to work with the developers of the other platforms. Even though they have been working with Apple for years. That was the only way that the company could stay afloat.
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  10. #10


    I would bet on memory management improvements, My memory scores on tests went up a notch higher, CPU none.
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