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windows 8.1 slows down over time

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1

    windows 8.1 slows down over time


    I cant figure this one out some how over time windows 8.1 will start to slow down for example adobe lightroom takes about 2 seconds to open, i don't know how long but after some time it will take like 20 seconds or more and while loading it just does not look correct like black boxes that take time to get filled in. This not only impacts loading of applications but the application its self becomes very slow. Task manager shows minimal CPU usage same with ram its not all in use. Grabing the window and resizing it looks horrible things flash in and out of place and areas take few seconds to get filled back in.Restarting the system fixes this and i found the restarting explorer.exe instantly brings back the performance but i am getting annoyed doing this every time. explorer.exe uses less then 4% cpu and around 60mb of ram at the time of the performance issues and i don't understand how restarting it brings back performance or how it affects performance in the first place when it does not use much cpu in the first place.

    CPU i7 2600k OC to 4.5ghz i did test out just running at stock same problem
    Motherboard is P8P67 WS REVOLUTION
    RAM 24gb
    GPU GTX 570


    does anyone have a idea whats going on i am getting so annoyed i think i will go back to windows 8 or even get/learn to use a MAC i really need this get fixed as i use this PC for work.

    Thanks

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    I think the speed of most computers deteriate over time anyway. I usually just reset mine when the get really slow.
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    What type is your hard drive or ssd? sounds like its not properly maintained. causing heavy fragmentation if its a hdd. the black boxes are when it's loading a picture or like the program it self and do you see the black boxes in other programs that could be your gpu vram going. also if your OC is not set right it can actually slow performance, do you have issues if you run something like occt for a while(will generate a lot of heat).
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  4. #4


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by rvcjew View Post
    What type is your hard drive or ssd? sounds like its not properly maintained. causing heavy fragmentation if its a hdd. the black boxes are when it's loading a picture or like the program it self and do you see the black boxes in other programs that could be your gpu vram going. also if your OC is not set right it can actually slow performance, do you have issues if you run something like occt for a while(will generate a lot of heat).
    Its a SSD and fragmentation wouldn't do this and how would fragmentation be fixed by restarting explorer.exe? The OC is not the issue as i have tested it with default CPU speed. The black boxes are where the programs panels are so it looks like the program is running so slow that i can see the boxes and takes time for the program to fill in the panel.
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    I don't know how I missed about 2/3 your opening post sorry. You should set up logging resource manager and see if will show you what goes on when the drop occurs.

    Edit see what process explorer says explorer is using Process Explorer
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by rvcjew View Post
    I don't know how I missed about 2/3 your opening post sorry. You should set up logging resource manager and see if will show you what goes on when the drop occurs.

    Edit see what process explorer says explorer is using Process Explorer
    oh no no problem , what should i be looking for though? explorer.exe uses same CPU and RAM when the performance is good and bad. How can a computer performance go bad if the CPU usage shows less then %5 used?
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    WIN 7 PRO x64, WIN 8.1 PRO x64


    It doesn't show a tree you can expand for explorer.Exe? Also when it happens in resource manager does it show under disk a large amount of read or writes continually for some process or service? I'm on my phone, later I can post screens if you need.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by rvcjew View Post
    It doesn't show a tree you can expand for explorer.Exe? Also when it happens in resource manager does it show under disk a large amount of read or writes continually for some process or service? I'm on my phone, later I can post screens if you need.
    I just turned on the PC so i have yet to get to the performance issues i did try this program before and couldn't figure out what to look for.

    currently it shows in explorer.exe tree procexp.exe procexp64.exe
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    WIN 7 PRO x64, WIN 8.1 PRO x64


    procep is the process explorer program your looking at it with so that's normal. try to look at this area when it happens.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by rvcjew View Post
    procep is the process explorer program your looking at it with so that's normal. try to look at this area when it happens.
    okay performance is slowing down its not that bad yet but i still cant see whats going on here is a screen shot of some of the stuff you wanted me to look at. Is page faults at 19million bad? or is that normal.
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