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Windows 8 Machine runs slowly

  1. #21


    Seattle, WA
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quick update:

    I've removed most extra context-menu items (added in by programs), uninstalled a few programs, did a CCleaner run (got rid of 1.3GB or so of temporary files) and have removed several dozen Windows 8 "Metro" apps.

    I have 130 programs left totaling 31.3 GB in size. I've disabled all startup programs except Dropbox, an AutoHotKey script I made, and Memeo Instant Backup.

    After all of that, I have 212 GB free out of my 1TB drive. The space is filled with music files, movie files, image files, and game files.

    My computer defrags frequently, I recently dusted the inside of my computer, and run Windows Defender and Malwarebytes regularly.

    Is there anything else I could be doing to make it faster? It still seems a bit slugglish.

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  2. #22


    Can't see much wrong with your system to cause a noticeable slow down. Amount of data on the HDD as long you have enough free space on system disk will not slow whole thing down and neither will large number of programs installed providing that they are not on autorunn and do not install to many services. The only other thing I could think of could be that you are demanding too much from that GPU. You could try to cut down on visual frills and see if that helps somewhat. I do not put too much thrust in Defender, could have happened that some bug wormed and squirmed it's way in past it.
    Could it be that your perception of speed is a bit on subjective side ? I know that it happens to me, when I upgrade at least a bit and everything seems faster but after a while it all seems normal and even makes me want to speed it up more because it seems slower than before. That's when I run a test program just to reassure myself.
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  3. #23


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Quote Originally Posted by davidvkimball View Post
    Is there anything else I could be doing to make it faster? It still seems a bit sluggish.
    If you haven't already done it, have you maybe considered adding a 2nd internal storage hard drive? You can put shortcuts to stuff in it and run them from your desktop. For example I have about 5GB music in 2nd internal storage HD. And play it on Win Media player from desktop using favourite lists sourced from 2nd HD.

    Or maybe use your current spinner HD for storage and put your OS on a 2nd internal SATA3 SSD HD?

    Also run command: msconfig --> Then run selective start-up, turning off all unnecessary programs.

    Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware are a couple of good programs for cleaning ... and both freebies.
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  4. #24


    If you want speed install a good SSD as your boot drive. You'll never boot from a spinner again!
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  5. #25


    Australia
    Posts : 716
    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    If you want speed install a good SSD as your boot drive. You'll never boot from a spinner again!


    Once you start using SSD you'll never go back. It's like going from a VCR to DVD. Chalk and cheese. And the later model SSDs don't have the fast wear and tear problems of the early prototypes from a few years ago.
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  6. #26


    Seattle, WA
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    If you want speed install a good SSD as your boot drive. You'll never boot from a spinner again!
    Hmm...once I acquire the money, this may be an option for me.

    Can you provide me a link to some detailed instructions on how to do that?
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  7. #27


    Posts : 467
    Windows 8 Pro


    Lifehacker has an easy to follow set of instuctions on their web site...might be worth a looksee.

    How to Migrate to a Solid-State Drive Without Reinstalling Windows
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  8. #28


    Seattle, WA
    Posts : 117
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Well my computer still runs relatively slowly. Is it possible my processor is getting old or something? I can't think of any reason why it's running so slowly.

    If it's the hard disc, then I suppose I could use a solid state drive? But I really hope that's not necessary!

    Zune is particularly unresponsive. Any tips on getting programs like Zune, PhotoShop, Office, and Windows Explorer to run more smoothly?
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  9. #29


    Programs like Photoshop benefit greatly from better processors and more and faster memory. You should check if your MB and Bios can take a Phenom II 9xx, that would certainly make a difference as far as execution of programs is concerned. If programs are opening slowly, than an SSD would be huge step forward.
    In the mean time you could check if it is possible to OC processor somewhat and make sure that HDD is optimized and has at least 15 - 20% free space. Problems may arise with brand name computers that usually have poor BIOS options for overclocking and upgrading main components.
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  10. #30


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8

    Adobe updates??


    Quote Originally Posted by davidvkimball View Post
    Quick update:

    I've removed most extra context-menu items (added in by programs), uninstalled a few programs, did a CCleaner run (got rid of 1.3GB or so of temporary files) and have removed several dozen Windows 8 "Metro" apps.

    I have 130 programs left totaling 31.3 GB in size. I've disabled all startup programs except Dropbox, an AutoHotKey script I made, and Memeo Instant Backup.

    After all of that, I have 212 GB free out of my 1TB drive. The space is filled with music files, movie files, image files, and game files.

    My computer defrags frequently, I recently dusted the inside of my computer, and run Windows Defender and Malwarebytes regularly.

    Is there anything else I could be doing to make it faster? It still seems a bit slugglish.
    I saw towards the beginning of the thread that you had Adobe running. Not sure if you mean Acrobat reader or something more robust like Photoshop or Dreamweaver? Having the Adobe suite will sometimes automatically look for updates and that's hung up my computer in the past. Sometimes there will be a dump file or two in process (in the Task Manager) which totally hangs things up. Not sure if that has anything to do with your system since you've rebooted and reloaded some things. You might check the Task Manager to be sure there's not something like that going on. (does W8 have a task mgr? I'm just learning the system)
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