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Chris1290

New Member
I just upgraded to Windows 8 and am experiencing several issues. I've updated several times but these issues persist.

My Desktop is void of Icons. When I browse to my desktop and files folder all the shortcuts and files show up but don't appear on the desktop itself.

When I right click on my desktop I get the "twirly circle" for about 20-40 seconds before the right click menu shows up.

My computer freezes up every time I use the search function and select "Files." I have no problem with apps or settings but as soon as I move to files I freeze up and have to manually restart. I can search my files using the file browser with no issues.

Sometimes my computer won't recover from going into sleep mode by moving the mouse or pressing a key. I have to push the power button 2 or 3 times.

Thanks in advance for any help.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite P755-S5270
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-2410M 2.30 GHz
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    AVG

Coke Robot

New Member
Pro User
Gold Member
Hello and welcome!

Did you do a straight up UPGRADE install or custom, clean install?

Also, do you need any help navigating Windows 8? I'm kind of known here to be excellent for that. :)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320
    Motherboard
    Crosshair V Formula-Z
    Memory
    16 gig DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS R9 270
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
    PSU
    OCZ 500 watt
    Case
    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
    Cooling
    Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Touch Mouse
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014

Chris1290

New Member
I'm guessing I did an upgrade install. I'm not having any issues navigating but thanks for your offer. Part of the fun for me is exploring on my own as well =)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite P755-S5270
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-2410M 2.30 GHz
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    AVG

wetibbe

Banned
Chris:

Sorry to say it but it sounds like your computer doesn't have the necessary system requirements to run Windows 8.

But then you didn't tell us anything about it !
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP

znod

New Member
Power User
I'm guessing I did an upgrade install. I'm not having any issues navigating but thanks for your offer. Part of the fun for me is exploring on my own as well =)
If your non-Windows 8 programs are still installed (except for incompatible ones), then you did an upgrade--which probably is the heart of your problems. Sounds like you should start over with a clean install. See Clean Install - Windows 8. Since Widows 8 is already installed, you may have to activate using one of the procedures (probably the refresh procedure) identified here: Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade. I am assuming you have an install medium--an install DVD, flash drive, or an ISO (which can be used to create either of the first two). If you need an ISO (and of course have a product key), then see the first topic here: Windows 8 Upgrade ISO - Download or Create. I am assuming you are not going to be reinstalling under UEFI.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    DIY Rig; MacBook Pro (MBP)/Parallels/Boot Camp; HP Pavilion dv6500t Laptop
    CPU
    Intel i7-2600K (sometimes OC'd to 4.8 GHz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Rev B3
    Memory
    16 GB Corsair Vengeance
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 570 SC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Gateway
    Hard Drives
    Dual Boot:
    Win7 Ult RAID 0 on OCZ Revo x2 and
    Win7 Ult RAID 0 on Caviar Black SATA 3's
    PSU
    Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W
    Case
    Cooler Master 932 HAF
    Cooling
    Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500
    Mouse
    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500
    Internet Speed
    20 Mbps Download/2+ Mbps Upload
    Other Info
    Pioneer Blu-ray Burner/DVD Burner

MrShowdown

Well-Known Member
Power User
I'm guessing I did an upgrade install. I'm not having any issues navigating but thanks for your offer. Part of the fun for me is exploring on my own as well =)
If your programs are still install, then you did an upgrade--which probably is the heart of your problems. Sounds like you should start over with a clean install. See Clean Install - Windows 8

. Since Widows 8 is already installed, you may have to activate using one of the procedures (probably the refresh procedure) identified here: Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

.

You don't need to.
Since Windows Setup detects an eligible OS that has been installed, it is possible to reformat the partition which Windows is installed, as long as you format it in the Windows Setup itself.

Why some people need to refresh their installation after a clean install? Because some people may have:
-A blank hard drive with no OS installed (or eligible OS installed)
-Reformatted from 3rd party applications (e.g Partition Wizard Bootable CD, FDISK, DISKPART-RE)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Lenovo Y520
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 7300HQ
    Motherboard
    OEM Lenovo
    Memory
    4GB DDR4-2400
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1 (2)
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Seagate 1TB 5400 RPM
    Keyboard
    OEM Lenovo
    Mouse
    Logitech G502 Proteus Core
    Internet Speed
    100 Mbps
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Other Info
    PC:

    AMD Athlon X4 760K
    8GB DDR3-1866
    AMD Radeon RX 460
    Seagate 500 GB 7200 RPM

znod

New Member
Power User
I'm guessing I did an upgrade install. I'm not having any issues navigating but thanks for your offer. Part of the fun for me is exploring on my own as well =)
If your programs are still install, then you did an upgrade--which probably is the heart of your problems. Sounds like you should start over with a clean install. See Clean Install - Windows 8

. Since Widows 8 is already installed, you may have to activate using one of the procedures (probably the refresh procedure) identified here: Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

.

1. You don't need to.
Since Windows Setup detects an eligible OS that has been installed, it is possible to reformat the partition which Windows is installed, as long as you format it in the Windows Setup itself.

2. Why some people need to refresh their installation after a clean install? Because some people may have:
-A blank hard drive with no OS installed (or eligible OS installed)
-Reformatted from 3rd party applications (e.g Partition Wizard Bootable CD, FDISK, DISKPART-RE)
1. He will need to do what I said in all likelihood--the refresh procedure most likely. Win8, per se, is not a qualifying OS in this context. Some get lucky and don't have to do the refresh to activate after reinstalling. I wasn't lucky; I had to do the refresh. Check out step 3 in Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade.


2. As indicated, some, probably most, have do do the refresh procedure after reinstalling Win8.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    DIY Rig; MacBook Pro (MBP)/Parallels/Boot Camp; HP Pavilion dv6500t Laptop
    CPU
    Intel i7-2600K (sometimes OC'd to 4.8 GHz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Rev B3
    Memory
    16 GB Corsair Vengeance
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 570 SC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Gateway
    Hard Drives
    Dual Boot:
    Win7 Ult RAID 0 on OCZ Revo x2 and
    Win7 Ult RAID 0 on Caviar Black SATA 3's
    PSU
    Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W
    Case
    Cooler Master 932 HAF
    Cooling
    Zalman CNPS9900MAX-B CPU Fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500
    Mouse
    Logitech Cordless Desktop MX 5500
    Internet Speed
    20 Mbps Download/2+ Mbps Upload
    Other Info
    Pioneer Blu-ray Burner/DVD Burner

Chris1290

New Member
Thanks for the input! I simply ran the refresh function and most of the problems have been corrected. The only one I still have is that no icons are on my desktop despite them being int he dektop folder.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite P755-S5270
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-2410M 2.30 GHz
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    AVG

Chris1290

New Member
And Google just solved this issue for me =)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba Satellite P755-S5270
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-2410M 2.30 GHz
    Memory
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
    Browser
    Chrome
    Antivirus
    AVG

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