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System gets choppy and slow within 24 hours

  1. #1


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1

    System gets choppy and slow within 24 hours


    Ever since I upgraded to 8.1 a couple months ago my system would become slow and choppy. Like even just moving windows around the screen you could feel the choppiness. I feel a laggy response when clicking things. It gets to the point where I have to restart my computer once a day to get rid of the choppiness. After a fresh restart, everything is nice and smooth but that doesn't last long.


    This never happened before I updated to 8.1. I would be able to leave my system up for weeks without having to restart. Now within 24 hours my system feels like its bogged down and choppy like it's on Windows 95 or something. Anyone experience something similar?


    I don't even have many things open. My CPU usage right now is at 30% and memory at 28%.


    Specs:
    i5-4670
    GeForce GTX 770
    16gb DDR3 SDRAM
    windows installed on 128gb SSD


    Update: I think I've found the issue. My system has been on for 2 days straight without getting showing any sluggish symptoms after disabling a program called DisplayFusion which I used to cycle wallpapers on my different screens. Hopefully this is it and I don't have to worry about it anymore! Thanks for everyone's suggestions and help!
    Last edited by toastytofu; 30 Dec 2014 at 07:22.

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  2. #2


    UK
    Posts : 35
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    Have you been in to the Start-up tab which is in Task Manager to check what sort of items are starting with Windows? It also shows an impact it has on boot speed. Just wondering if you have a lot of processes starting with the system. Obviously recommend doing a spyware scan too.

    Let us know how you get on.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by alexncfc View Post
    Have you been in to the Start-up tab which is in Task Manager to check what sort of items are starting with Windows? It also shows an impact it has on boot speed. Just wondering if you have a lot of processes starting with the system. Obviously recommend doing a spyware scan too.

    Let us know how you get on.
    Just checked, and nothing out of the ordinary. Nothing has changed after I updated to 8.1. Windows 8 was so smooth.

    I boot up in 10-15 seconds on the SSD. I did a malware/spyware scan and the system is clean
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  4. #4


    UK
    Posts : 35
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    Is it choppy just graphically or does the whole system seem a lot slower? I.e - do apps take longer to load too? As you're on an SSD I'd expect everything to be near instant, so maybe Windows 8.1 shipped with an updated graphics driver for your graphics card which is causing problems?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by alexncfc View Post
    Is it choppy just graphically or does the whole system seem a lot slower? I.e - do apps take longer to load too? As you're on an SSD I'd expect everything to be near instant, so maybe Windows 8.1 shipped with an updated graphics driver for your graphics card which is causing problems?
    It feels like a bit of both. I updated my graphics card drivers from nvidia's site recently to see if that was the problem but the system still gets choppy within the day.

    Dragging windows around the screen gets noticeably laggy and choppy as the day goes by. Opening a simple video file seems to take longer than it should (even if its by like a few seconds). It's just that laggy feeling you know? I don't really know how to describe it.
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  6. #6


    UK
    Posts : 35
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    I know the choppyness/lagging you mean. It doesn't feel as responsive as it should. I've had similar "feelings" when my hard drive is on its way out and it causes the system to lag and stutter. As you have an SSD, this is clearly not the problem here. Also strange that it happens as the day goes on. That kind of suggests to me that a process or service is kicking in and taking a lot of CPU time, if I was having this issue, I'd have a look in the Event Viewer under the System and Application log categories as soon as I first notice the lagging to see if anything gets started.
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  7. #7


    UK
    Posts : 35
    Windows 8.1 64-bit


    Or another possible cause that fits the criteria: overheating. What are your temps like? Use a tool like HWMonitor to find out.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by alexncfc View Post
    Or another possible cause that fits the criteria: overheating. What are your temps like? Use a tool like HWMonitor to find out.

    All temps normal, even when gaming
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  9. #9


    Posts : 179
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center


    How's disk usage? 30% CPU is a lot of activity already (1 full core loaded or load is spread on multiple cores) so Windows might take a higher priority on those tasks resulting to lag even if there are more cores available for use
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  10. #10


    Try:

    run-msconfig-services-hide all microsoft services-see what is running with the system
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