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Windows 8: Biggest Problems

  1. #31


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    It appears that Wake-On-LAN (WOL) from shut down doesn't work when fast startup is turned on even when WOL is enabled in the BIOS. WOL works when fast startup is turned off though.

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  2. #32


    Posts : 6
    Windows 7 & 8


    I don't have any gripes. I'm impressed how smooth and error free my Windows 8 experience has been so far, especially with it being at the stage it is. Explorer has stopped working (locked up) a few times but restarted with no problem. I love the fact that Microsoft put the "Up Level" button back but on the other hand I can't believe they have eliminated the Advanced Appearance Settings. I really hope they put it back in the RTM. I mentioned this in another post but I installed a program called Classic Shell that restores a fully functioning Start Menu
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  3. #33


    Posts : 1,851
    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    Quote Originally Posted by BobMc View Post
    Explorer has stopped working (locked up) a few times
    Install the latest SATA storage drivers available for your board from ASUS website. You're currently using pciide.sys which is not the proprietary driver and you're losing performance because of it.

    Good to install latest Intel chipset shown too:

    ASUS - Motherboards- ASUS P9X79

    (You can get the latest Intel Rapid Storage from Intel.com, which will be slightly newer than that page. Likely, same for chipset too.)
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  4. #34


    Posts : 6
    Windows 7 & 8


    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BobMc View Post
    Explorer has stopped working (locked up) a few times
    Install the latest SATA storage drivers available for your board from ASUS website. You're currently using pciide.sys which is not the proprietary driver and you're losing performance because of it.

    Good to install latest Intel chipset shown too:

    ASUS - Motherboards- ASUS P9X79

    (You can get the latest Intel Rapid Storage from Intel.com, which will be slightly newer than that page. Likely, same for chipset too.)
    I'm using storahci.sys. I have the SATA set to AHCI. Normally, I don't have any drives connected to the onboard sata ports, except for the DVD, because all drives are connected to my raid controller but I didn't want to mess with dual boot problems. Windows doesn't see Areca Cards without drivers. While I was using ViStart for a start menu is when I had the Explorer problems.
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  5. #35


    Posts : 1,851
    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    Quote Originally Posted by BobMc View Post
    I'm using storahci.sys.
    Alright, so you have the bios set to AHCI and you're using the non-proprietary generic AHCI driver.

    You need to install the proprietary drivers.

    Uninstall any 3rd party antivirus or security suite in safe mode with the special tool. Reboot and set Windows Firewall and Windows Defender services to auto and start them too.
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  6. #36


    I love Win8. The start screen Metro tiles are weird but it's what's under the hood that counts. Win8 is a hot rod. I've been using W8CP as my sole OS since the day it was released and I've grown to love its' many upgrades from Win7. I do wish they would make a separate version of the start screen and Metro Tiles for desktop users however. These Tiles are dull and clunky. Pleeeeeeeeese Microsoft, can you make it so I can put the cursor anywhere on the screen and move the tiles? Please? I'm getting Carpal from running the cursor down to the bottom and across all the time and making long wide swipes to the corners to pull up other screens...Carpal attack.. but I would never go back to W7 and I look forward to October for my final release retail version of W8. If any MS people are reading, I don't like tablets and I'm a desktop PC, laptop PC and Android cell phone person. And no Apple products for me never, gawd nooo... Sooo, exciting times ahead for us PC gamers, I look forward to seeing the new desktop designs coming out next year with fantastic capabilities and hopefully some upgraded asthetics for people who appreciate some bling and flash with the power. That's my two cents worth.
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  7. #37


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I'm getting Carpal from running the cursor down to the bottom and across all the time and making long wide swipes to the corners to pull up other screens
    I solved that problem with a trackball mouse: Logitech - M570 Wireless Trackball - Gray/Blue - 910-001799
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  8. #38


    Posts : 6
    Windows 7 & 8


    I opened a command prompt to disable hibernation to free up some space on my SSD and even though I've disabled UAC, I got an error message telling me I didn't have permission. I began searching around to find out how to open an elevated command prompt and found something that I find to be very helpful in Windows 8.

    This menu pops up by clicking the Windows Key + x:

    Click image for larger version
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  9. #39


    The biggest problems? The cancer that is third party applications.

    When you install something, you'd expect it to sit nicely in it's own folders and maybe set a few registry keys, all following some kind of standard, right? Well, nope. I'm a gamer, and let me just say:

    C:\Program Files\
    C:\Progam Files (x86)
    C:\Program Data\
    C:\Users\<user>\
    C:\Users\<user>\My Documents\
    C:\Users\<user>\My Games\
    C:\Users\<user>\Saved Games\
    C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\
    C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\

    That's not even getting into how some programs don't even handle UAC gracefully and simply quietly quit to desktop for no apparent reason, forcing us to turn off UAC notifications even if that's not the blessed way we want to use our machines and we want to use them properly blessit, not be forced to create an unrestricted admin-level account just to install your $60 turkey, etc.

    My favourites are those apps which "manage" other apps, trying to poke their tentacles everywhere. "You bought a HP printer? Good, now stand aside while we install this HP Apps Manager, comes with free Apps Updater, Install Fixer, and Uninstaller. Do you want these toolbars while we're at it? What was that, Windows already has a place to uninstall programs? Well, here's ours, good luck guessing which one you need to use lol (actually if you use Windows' version the app won't actually be uninstalled properly and bits and pieces of it will forever clog your registry)."

    Programs should just use
    C:\Program Files\ or C:\Program Files (x86)
    and maybe
    C:\Users\<user>\My Games\
    for config files and other crap. There's a user path there so it'll even work multiuser. Everything else is just bullshit excuses to pollute your system.

    Edit:
    What has MS got to do with this? Well, it's their ecosystem innit? If DirectX is good enough for those weenies to use, surely folder/registry key guidelines are trivial to adhere to. Anything that doesn't comply needs to die in a fire.
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  10. #40


    Posts : 1
    win 8 pro


    It has taken 24 hours but I am actually starting to like and understand this win 8 pro. No problems whatsoever installing this system on my dell, definite big difference and only cost $15.00. Gonna stick with it
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