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NEW BUILD: What is chief cause of Win7/8 instability?


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Hi there,

About to make my own workstation for print and web work, wanted to know what I should be on the look out for in regards to instability issues on Windows 7 and 8/8.1.

At work, we're on i5 Gateways (stop laughing) and they run like champs -- but we've disabled EVERY SINGLE updating feature on them. Once we [DEL]gutted all the Gateway crapware[/DEL] made some adjustments, the cord was cut, so to speak.

I've considered just buying myself the same Gateway and be done with it -- but I'd like to know what are the biggest culprits of instability issues in the latest Windows OS?

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1, Mac OS Mav


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Belgrade , Serbia

Besides hardware ? drivers of course. Using some "miracle" speedup and customizing tools, ranks pretty high in my books. Skipping updates or updating highly modified windows can make a mess of it. Defender, as much as some like it is not a really very effective unless one is extremely careful and not visiting suspicious sites and using a lot of memory sticks you don't know where it's been. So, a good AV + something like Malwarebytes for occasional checks is practically a must if one is active on the net or has a lot of unknown files going thru the system.
All in all, a nicely set system without too much "shmucking around" should not have any problems at all. I have seen even lovely XP last many years without a hitch on computers used only for let's say accounting, CAD or other programs without owners modding or otherwise damaging OS itself.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Home made
    AMD Ryzen7 2700x
    Asus Prime x470 Pro
    16GB Kingston 3600
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus strix 570 OC 4gb
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 960 evo 250GB
    Silicon Power V70 240GB SSD
    WD 1 TB Blue
    WD 2 TB Blue
    Bunch of backup HDDs.
    Sharkoon, Silent Storm 660W
    CCM Nepton 140xl
    Internet Speed
    40/2 Mbps

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