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Windows 8.1 feels slow on a new install and new laptop

  1. #1


    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1

    Windows 8.1 feels slow on a new install and new laptop


    Hey,

    I have just purchased a new i7 quad core HP Envy laptop thats all singing and all dancing etc however the overal feel of Windows is very "sluggish" and slow.

    Thought it was me initially however it definately is not as fast as my wives 3 year old i5 core when it comes to starting up, opening programs or switching between windows. The big speed delay is really obvious when you try and open folders using Windows explorer.

    Is there anything that I can look to fix or change - even something where I can see what the bottleneck is ?

    Thanks

    Scott

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  2. #2


    Posts : 143
    Windows 8.1


    If its brand new, you can rest it to factory fresh and get rid of a lot of the HP junk ware that is installed. Also you can go into the Start Up screen in Task Manager and disable a lot of programs from running at start up.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 44
    Windows 8.1


    cheers fella - I have removed most of the HP branded junk but its still very slow - almost feels like the hard drive is constantly working.

    I have have a spare SSD which I will install and see how much of a difference that makes.

    thanks again.

    Scott
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  4. #4


    Posts : 21
    Win 8.1u1


    Quote Originally Posted by scott7saunders View Post
    ... almost feels like the hard drive is constantly working. ...
    How many hours has this new machine been in use? You may be encountering a system that is running an updater in the background, indexing files for Search and/or one that is running its virus scanner for the first time. This can take a surprising amount of time if you are also using the new machine heavily at the same time, particularly if you are installing new software on the new machine.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 143
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Dwig View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by scott7saunders View Post
    ... almost feels like the hard drive is constantly working. ...
    How many hours has this new machine been in use? You may be encountering a system that is running an updater in the background, indexing files for Search and/or one that is running its virus scanner for the first time. This can take a surprising amount of time if you are also using the new machine heavily at the same time, particularly if you are installing new software on the new machine.

    Yes, this is definitely a factor that I forgot.
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  6. #6


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    The slowness on laptops is mostly caused by the slowpoke 5400 RPM disks. Throw that HDD out and replace it with a SSD and your laptop will fly.

    A 240GB SSD you can get for under $100 and a 500GB SSD goes for $180 and up. Example:

    Crucial BX100 CT500BX100SSD1 2.5" 500GB SATA 6Gbps (SATA III) Micron 16nm MLC NAND Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Newegg.com

    And Mushkin is my favorite - very fast. I have a 60GB, a 120GB and a 240GB.

    Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB-G2 2.5" 240GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - Newegg.com
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  7. #7


    Pittsburgh
    Posts : 103
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 64 Bit


    Task Manager and Resource Monitor will show processes which are using up the disk, memory, CPUs. After an update the system defragger and Norton 360 makes my laptop unusable as the processes monopolize the disk. Waiting awhile solved the problem.
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