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    Don't update to Windows 8 at this time


    I upgraded my Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro and have had nothing but problems ever since. Programs that ran fine under Win 7 won't even load under Win 8. Programs like Internet Explorer won't load and even when you get it to load you will have multiple instances of it running. Windows Live Mail stopped completely. Could not repair it or reinstall it. Program just hangs. I have kept up with all Windows updates., reboot my system EVERY day and still the problems persists. I know everyone is going to say to perform a clean install but I have too many 3rd party programs installed to risk blowing them away without knowing if the clean install will fix these problems.

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    I know everyone is going to say to perform a clean install but I have too many 3rd party programs installed to risk blowing them away without knowing if the clean install will fix these problems
    Upgrade the 3rd party programs to Windows 8 versions.
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by Jimfof1913 View Post
    I upgraded my Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro and have had nothing but problems ever since. Programs that ran fine under Win 7 won't even load under Win 8. Programs like Internet Explorer won't load and even when you get it to load you will have multiple instances of it running. Windows Live Mail stopped completely. Could not repair it or reinstall it. Program just hangs. I have kept up with all Windows updates., reboot my system EVERY day and still the problems persists. I know everyone is going to say to perform a clean install but I have too many 3rd party programs installed to risk blowing them away without knowing if the clean install will fix these problems.
    Did you run the upgrade assistant before upgrading? You still can do so; might provide you with some useful info related to fixes. You can run sfc /scannow to try to eliminate corruption that may be affecting you (may need to run multiple times--say 3). Of course, do what theog says.

    If, after doing these things, you still have significant problems, they I suppose you could try creating a new user account of the same type with which you typically login. Copy everything you will need to the new account (from C: > Users > Old User Account) if the new account works. Then, delete the old account. You can go back to the original user name similarly. Before you do so, make sure that deleting the original user account also deleted that user's folder in C: > Users. Sometimes this folder does not get deleted. If not, then going back to the original user name creates a minor only superficial "problem." To delete the folder, you may have to take ownership. I would not go back the original user name using any other procedure.

    I don't expect the things mentioned above to solve all your problems. If what you are left with is not satisfactory, then it looks to me like clean-install time.
    Last edited by znod; 12 Feb 2013 at 18:45.
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    While I'm not fond of the new metro interface (for me, it's ClassicShell for the start menu and sticking to the traditional desktop interface), overall I find Windows 8 to be a worthwhile upgrade--and I'm running it on 5-6 yr old PCs. It feels like an enhanced Win7, and definitely performs better on my old boxes than Win7--for me at least.

    I experienced none of the trouble the OP cited, but I did clean installs (not a fan of dirty upgrades, I do a system restore with disk imaging software at least once per year.) That said, when I installed the release preview on one of my machines, I did an in-place upgrade (7 ultimate to 8 pro), and didn't have any problems like those described here either.

    Regardless, it doesn't sound like Win8 is necessarily the problem in this case, imo. While there are valid reasons to dislike Win8, I certainly haven't noticed any serious compatibility issues like the OP, and I wouldn't discourage anyone from upgrading.
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    I stopped reading @ "i upgraded", OP, do a clean install and see if you still have issues.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    C'mon Guys --some of this sounds absolute TOSH. (OP's comments).
    Since when does IE NOT work with ANY version of Windows.

    I just can't believe 99% of the whines and grumbles currently on the Forum with W8.

    It installs fast -- much faster and easier than any previous Ms OS, and with a little bit of effort you can make it look and behave almost EXACTLY like W7 if you want.

    There are some issues such as lack of customisation with Metro / application tiles - but you NEVER have to use metro if you don't want to.

    As for multiple instances of IE running --what exactly do you mean by that -- if you start another instance of course it will open another window -- but if you really only want a single instance just open a new tab. You never have to use the Metro version of IE -- the normal version works just like it's always done.

    So on the one hand you say IE doesn't load, but now you also complain about multiple instances of IE !!!! - I don't think I'd trust your reliability as a witness in a court case somehow.

    In any case upgrading to a brand new OS is not the best way of installing it --you should do a NEW install -- although upgrade usually does work unless you have a highly customised system with some really specialized hardware.

    I just cannot believe some of the comments I'm reading recently on the Forums.

    Can't we move the general gripes about W8 to some specific thread and get back to what I imagine the general purpose of the Forums are -- to help people install / fix problems with W8 and discuss various issues such as how to make programs work, hardware / software / suggestion etc.

    Seems to me on a W8 Forum to say DON'T Update to W8 without giving a sensible list of problems - most of which could easily be solved - doesn't seem to be anything other than trolling .

    Would you sign up to a Harley Bikers forum and then within in your first twenty five ever posts to that forum say -- Harley's -- what a load of rubbish.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Windows 8 Pro w/Media Center, Windows RT


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Can't we move the general gripes about W8 to some specific thread and get back to what I imagine the general purpose of the Forums are -- to help people install / fix problems with W8 and discuss various issues such as how to make programs work, hardware / software / suggestion etc.
    Great suggestion Jimbo!
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I vote for that too.
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    Tropical Island Pair a Dice
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64/ Windows 7 Ult x64


    Agree with the last three posts, it's time to get to the solving problems part of W8, it's the problem solving that most of us enjoy helping to accomplish.

    Jimfof1913, it looks like your upgrade didn't install correctly.
    Run the repairs suggested in post #3 by znod, ask any questions you may have.
    I alway clean install and have not had any serious issues. With a bit more information we can help you to get it stable.
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