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Windows 8 Machine runs slowly

  1. #1


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

    Windows 8 Machine runs slowly


    Hello EightForums,

    I'm having strange issues where my computer just takes a long time to load things.

    For example, I used to be able to run half a dozen programs (and four or five tray icons processes) just fine and everything would run smoothly. But now for some reason, running just two or three is causing huge performance issues. Microsoft Word 2013, Zune, Steam, CyberLink PowerDirector, Skype, Google Chrome, and all Adobe products.

    You can check my system specs, but I recently wiped my hard drive and installed Windows 8 Pro fresh and I don't understand why this is happening now.

    A contributing factor might be that I only have 235 GB left out of my 1 TB? But I don't feel like that should be doing it...

    Anyway, let me know if you have any clues. I'll answer your questions.

    Regards,

    David

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  2. #2


    Test memory and hard drive?

    Specs indicate system should run very well, certainly not slow as you mention. Since you did a reinstall, that pretty much excludes the OS. That leaves hardware.

    Download Memtest86+ (you want the 2nd one Download - Pre-Compiled Bootable ISO (.zip)). Unzip it then create a CD from the iso file using your CD burning software. There is a good freeware burner called ImgBurn which will do this easily.

    DO NOT burn the .iso file directly to CD. It must be used as input to a program that knows what to do with it, like the one I mentioned above.

    You can do this on any computer that has a working CD Burner.

    You can also use a Flash drive instead of a CD.

    Download - Auto-installer for USB Key (Win 9x/2k/xp/7) *NEW!*.
    Unzip and run Memtest86+ USB Installer.exe.
    It will format the flash drive if you tell it to. I used a small, 16MB flash drive and it had 8.5GB left when done.

    Boot the CD or Flash drive and run Memtest86+ for at least 3 complete passes unless it shows errors sooner than that. An overnight run is even better.

    Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
    Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
    Bootable Hard Drive Diagnostics
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  3. #3


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


    Hey Rich,

    So I let Memtest86+ do three passes from a USB stick, and it didn't detect any errors. Then I downloaded the Western Digital Diagnostic tool for my hard drive, (WD Blue 1 TB Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5 Inch, 7200 RPM, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64 MB Cache - WD10EZEX), and it didn't detect any errors, either.

    Windows Startup is really fast. It's seconds, in fact. But opening programs is slow and stuff in explorer freezes a lot. I only have about four applications running in my system tray on average.

    Let me know if there is anything else you suggest trying. Thanks again for the help!

    Regards,

    David
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  4. #4


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    Is your os 32 or 64 bit?

    Is your harddrive 1 gigantic partition or split?

    Try running your apps from safemode with networking and see if they load faster then...
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  5. #5


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


    Brooklyn567,

    1 partition, 64 bit OS.

    Alright, thank you. I will!
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  6. #6


    Spain
    Posts : 39
    Windows 8 Professional x64


    Might sound somewhat far-fetched, but your hard drive might have a significant amount of (free)space fragmentation. Have you tried running a defrag pass? It also might be worth a shot to try a 3rd-party disk defragmenting tool, PerfectDisk has saved many "dead" PC's for me.
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  7. #7


    Maryland USA
    Posts : 758
    Windows 8 & Windows 7 Dual Boot


    Quote Originally Posted by Julian View Post
    Might sound somewhat far-fetched, but your hard drive might have a significant amount of (free)space fragmentation. Have you tried running a defrag pass? It also might be worth a shot to try a 3rd-party disk defragmenting tool, PerfectDisk has saved many "dead" PC's for me.

    Not far fetched at all as his drive is over 75% full, good catch on the fragmentation..
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  8. #8


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Julian View Post
    Might sound somewhat far-fetched, but your hard drive might have a significant amount of (free)space fragmentation. Have you tried running a defrag pass? It also might be worth a shot to try a 3rd-party disk defragmenting tool, PerfectDisk has saved many "dead" PC's for me.
    I used PerfectDisk to defragment my harddrive, and after several days, it finished. But my computer is still hanging at the most random times. It has trouble opening Windows Explorer Windows, playing Zune stuff, opening Word documents, all things it NEVER had trouble doing before.

    There's also random program freezes here and there that just didn't happen before.

    Again, I really appreciate the help.

    Cheers,

    David
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #9


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


    I bought Windows 8 Pro OEM on DVD disk late last year from a retail computer shop. And started using it early this year on flagship.

    I have a Corsair 125GB SATA3 SSD HD, top end Intel-Intel mobo/cpu, 30GB RAM, etc. And a second internal 125GB SSD HD for storage. The HD with the OS on it has 69GB free space. Plus a 1 TB eSATA HD and 2 external USB3 HDs ... all West Digital.

    However, after a period of time the OS gradually became slower and slower. Did a fresh install and back to normal speed. A few months later the same thing happened, and a fresh install again fixed it. So now into the 3rd fresh install, and once again it is gradually becoming more and more sluggish.

    Being SSD HD no defrag is necessary, and TRIM is turned on, with auto garbage collector built in to Corsair HD.

    System restore is turned off, and various clean-up programs run after each session to clear temps and caches, etc. After finishing using IE10 also run: Safety --> Delete browsing history with everything ticked to be deleted. Mem test all OK. And finally, Glary Utilities used to clean registry, as well as a small exec called "Clear Event Viewer", etc, etc.

    Also whenever the West Digital external USB3 storage HD is opened, or something is copied to it, it takes 5 seconds before anything happens ... every time. Once it's up and running it is very quick.

    Every time I plug a standard 1TB spinner SATA HD into the external caddy, it says it needs to be checked for errors ... and always ends by saying it has no errors.

    Also boot and shut down times have progressively become slower and slower.

    Very annoying. It doesn't seem to have the same stability of Win 7. The only third party apps I'm using that affect the OS are StartIsBack with Modern and Charms turned off totally; and Win7 Games imported.
    Last edited by Mustang; 13 Jun 2013 at 15:20.
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  10. #10


    That thing about HDDs taking few seconds to respond is probably due to them being shut down because of power settings for them. They shut down after predetermined time. You can change that in Power Option section of Control Panel. Some of the other slowdowns could be attributed to the same cause because it takes some time for mechanical HDDs to become active and be readable and writable. There's no reason for SSDs to go to inactive mode, they use so little power.
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