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Windows 8 runs slower than windows 7 its very very slow,

Rollyd

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How do I speed it up. Windows 8 was supposed to be faster than 7, My computer (Laptop HP) has 1 gb memory and is well inside the specs windows 8 requires. Any help would be appreciated. It took me 10 hrs to install this program. How do I re-install it or get rid of it. I don't have a disk, bought from microsoft off internet.

:mad:
 

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  • OS
    windows 8

znod

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Did you do an upgrade install? If yes, then a clean install may be your only chance for success. Do you have the ISO from your Win8 installation? Then, make an install DVD or Flash drive so you can do a clean install. Do you need to re-download the ISO, then go here. For additional instructions on doing any of these things, then post back and let us know what your want to do. And, also, you could downgrade to Win7: Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7.
 

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  • OS
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP
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    DIY Rig; MacBook Pro (MBP)/Parallels/Boot Camp; HP Pavilion dv6500t Laptop
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    Intel i7-2600K (sometimes OC'd to 4.8 GHz)
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fafhrd

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Rollyd, it helps to give your system model and specifications.

The first thing is that you are running the right version of Windows 8 - with only 1 GB of RAM, you need to be running the x86 (32-bit) version. With the x64 (64-bit) version you will not see benefits until you have 4 GB RAM.

If Windows 8 is running really slowly, on a machine that runs Windows 7 without problems, then there are probably devices that are not using optimal device drivers - it may be that there are not going to be updated drivers. In particular, networking is important, and if there is a slow internet connection, Windows 8 will be trying to update itself, at the expense of performance.

Secondly, the software that is running will slow down the system. Windows 8 does not need 3rd party antivirus, or firewall, software, since these are inbuilt, but they need to be running to protect your system. Malware is the first question to eliminate in a slow running system.

Another reason for slow running is device failure. A failing storage device, either hard drive, or optical can take up resources that cause slow-downs. Check Device Manager from Control Panel to see if any devices have warnings or alarms.

Finally a 10-hour installation rings alarm bells - Windows 8 can be installed in less than an hour on many compatible systems. Was this a clean install or otherwise?

So, what is your model and what do you have loaded on it?
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP COMPAQ Presario CQ57
    CPU
    AMD E- 300 APU with Radion HD Graphics 1.30GHz
    Motherboard
    inbuilt
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI
    Sound Card
    High Definition Audio on-board
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    notebook
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
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    Seagate ST9500325AS
    Google drive 15GB
    Skydrive 25GB
    BT Cloud
    PSU
    external 20v
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    pretty good
    Keyboard
    inbuilt
    Mouse
    touchpad
    Internet Speed
    BT Infinity Unlimited - 80 up 20 down =70/16 really
    Browser
    Chrome Canary usually
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    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes
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    no Start menu modifications
    Upgraded with no issues to 8.0 and to 8.1
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Ray8

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Every time that there's an issue with a Windows 8 install, the first question and subsequent response is to do a clean install. When you have a significant number of programs installed on your PC, the last thing that you want to do is a clean install and go through the process of installing every program and update.

I had to do that once when a hard drive failed and I didn't have a backup. It was four days before I had everything back on line. To date, I've always done an upgrade and not have any issues, even with Windows 8, despite an initial stumble. People who keep advising a clean install must have almost nothing of consequence on their PC .
 

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    Windows Phone 6, Windows CE 5, Windows Vista x32, Windows 7 x32/x64, Windows 8 x64
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fafhrd

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I fall into Ray's category of having systems that are in use and have systems already running, which I could not do without. I therefore boot into more than one OS (in my case Windows 7, Linux Mint installed under Windows using WUBI, and Windows 8.) If Windows fails, I can still use the Linux system to access the data I have. The clean install of Windows 8 was on a partition and I used the Enterprise evaluation. But I am confident to manage partitions, and install in ways other than using the Windows setup program.

I don't consider that you need an empty machine to perform a clean install - but you cannot cleanly install Windows on a Windows machine that is already ailing due to crapware, malware or failing devices. Those problems need to be dealt with before a new OS installation.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP COMPAQ Presario CQ57
    CPU
    AMD E- 300 APU with Radion HD Graphics 1.30GHz
    Motherboard
    inbuilt
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI
    Sound Card
    High Definition Audio on-board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    notebook
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Seagate ST9500325AS
    Google drive 15GB
    Skydrive 25GB
    BT Cloud
    PSU
    external 20v
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    pretty good
    Keyboard
    inbuilt
    Mouse
    touchpad
    Internet Speed
    BT Infinity Unlimited - 80 up 20 down =70/16 really
    Browser
    Chrome Canary usually
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    no Start menu modifications
    Upgraded with no issues to 8.0 and to 8.1
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MadHorseman

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I Seem to remember that early Previews ran very slowly when the Video driver was wrong - might be worth looking there?
 

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System One

  • OS
    WIN7 Home Premium 64-bit
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    Robin Hepworth
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    Homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I7 920
    Motherboard
    Asus P6T-Se
    Memory
    6Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire HD5770
    Sound Card
    On-board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS VW246H, Samsing Syncmaster 2233, Samsung Syncmaster T200HD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2 x 500Gb
    PSU
    Coolermaster Silent Pro M700
    Occupation
    Retired!!!
    Case
    NOX
    Mouse
    Logitech Marble
    Internet Speed
    10Mbps
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