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Alias

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Windows 8.1 ver 6.2

I've read proposed solutions here and on the web. No luck. Here is what I know.
After reboot, W8 runs pretty well. As the days go on, it gets exceedingly slow. (NOTE: all time given were actually timed)
Browser (Firefox, IE, Chrome) can take 5-6 minutes to complete an update when I hit F5. I get a LOT of "No Response." I've tried running browsers with Add-ins disabled and removing cookies.
EM Client will take 3 minutes to change from email to calendar.
Word takes 2 minutes to open.
Eventually, the keyboard will take 30 sec to 1 min from hitting a letter key to it's appearing on the screen.
CTRL-ALT-DEL takes 2 minutes to display.

I've tried emptying Recycle Bin, removing unused apps, checking Task Manager for memory hogging apps, memory uses 2.9 of 3.7GB, disabling/removing Avast, emptying browser history, ran anti-virus, searched for malware. I've read great debates about registry cleaners and, thus, haven't tried one. I haven't removed/reinstalled W8. Any further tests/tips would be appreciated.
 

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Brink

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My Computer

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  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Name
    Shawn Brink
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
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    1920x1080
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    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech MX Master
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    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
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    Internet Explorer 11
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    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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wiganken

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Have you tried running "sfc /scannow" (without the quote marks) inside a command window? This will find and try to fix system files which may be corrupt.
They may have become corrupt due to a failing hard disk so also run "chkdsk /f C:" (without the quote marks) inside a command window. This will identify and fix disk problems but if your hard vdisk is on its way out then the fix will only be temporary because file corruption will continue to occur.
 

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    Windows 8.1 64 bit
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    PC/Desktop

mrjimphelps

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Try this: Run MSCONFIG. Go to the Services tab. Check the box which says "Hide all Microsoft services." Now select all items and click Disable then Apply. Now reboot the computer.

I suspect that your computer will run faster once you have done the above. If I am right, then that means that one (or more) of the non-Microsoft services was the culprit. You now have a choice: (1) Leave them all disabled, or (2) Re-enable all that you can without slowing down the computer.

Some of these non-Microsoft services are performing important functions, such as anti-virus monitoring. You definitely want to re-enable them. However, some of them are quite useless and can stay disabled. And one (or more) of them are slowing down the computer.

To re-enable them, go back into MSCONFIG, and go to the Services tab. Hide all Microsoft services. Now enable a service that looks important, or one that looks harmless. Click Apply, then reboot the computer. See how things go when you are back in Windows. If all is well, then you can leave that one enabled. Keep going into MSCONFIG and re-enabling one at a time, rebooting after each re-enable, until you find the culprit. Keep that one disabled, and make note of which one it was for future reference.
 

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    Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (host OS) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (virtual machine)
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    Dell Inspiron 3847
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    Haswell
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    12 GB
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    Acer 23"
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    1920 x 1080
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    Two hard drives, 1TB each: One for Linux, one for my data.
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    IT Professional
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    IBM Model M
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    Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer
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    Sophos (Linux), Windows Defender (Windows)
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    I use Samba to share my data drive with the other computers at my house.
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