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Windows 8 upgrade has rendered my computer unusable

  1. #1


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8

    Windows 8 upgrade has rendered my computer unusable


    I am very frustrated with Windows 8. I upgraded my Dell laptop the weekend it came out and performance on my laptop has slowly degraded. Now I'm too the point where my computer is so slow, it just won't work. Reboots take forever. 10-15 minutes from startup until I can login. Another 10-15 minutes before the Desktop is up. But still, apps won't launch. When I can launch the Task Manager, it says my hard drive is at 100% utilization, even though I have not launched any apps. I went through and removed unneccesary items from the startup menu. My computer is a couple years old, but I was under the impression that if the computer ran Win7, it could run Win8. My computer has an Intel Centrino 2 processor with 8GB RAM.

    Any ideas on what could be causing my slowness?

    How do I go about doing a reinstall of the OS? When I originally upgraded, I selected the "Bring Nothing Over" option.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Sukach, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Sounds like another bad upgrade experience.


    You can use the tutorial below to help you download a ISO file that you can create a bootable USB/DVD with.

    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...edownload.html

    Afterwards, the tutorial below can show you how to do a clean install with your Windows 8 upgrade USB/DVD.

    Clean Install - Windows 8


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    india
    Posts : 101
    Windows 8 pro with WMC x86 & windows Blue preview x86 with Windows 7 Ultimate SP1


    oh don't worry man just take a chill -pill..!!
    while upgrading it is always better to uninstall your anti-virus While upgrading to windows 8, and after upgrading you should reinstall it again with the most latest virus definitions and program update... it is so because your anti-virus may be detect your new OS installtion as a harmful system tweak or an really dangerous virus...... Good Luck
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  4. #4


    Posts : 94
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Sukach View Post
    I am very frustrated with Windows 8. I upgraded my Dell laptop the weekend it came out and performance on my laptop has slowly degraded. Now I'm too the point where my computer is so slow, it just won't work. Reboots take forever. 10-15 minutes from startup until I can login. Another 10-15 minutes before the Desktop is up. But still, apps won't launch. When I can launch the Task Manager, it says my hard drive is at 100% utilization, even though I have not launched any apps. I went through and removed unneccesary items from the startup menu. My computer is a couple years old, but I was under the impression that if the computer ran Win7, it could run Win8. My computer has an Intel Centrino 2 processor with 8GB RAM.

    Any ideas on what could be causing my slowness?

    How do I go about doing a reinstall of the OS? When I originally upgraded, I selected the "Bring Nothing Over" option.
    Sounds liek the hard disk is failing, run manufacturer diagnostics and see if it passes clean.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I'm with Brink on this one, sounds like another upgrade gone bad. His recommendation to do a clean install sounds like the way to go to me.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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