speckytecky (13th April 2014)
I suppose its my own fault, but I've bought a brand new all-in-one PC that came with Windows 8 for someone here. An i3 with 4gb of ram and nothing much installed, but thanks to buggy old Windows 8 its effectively unusable for 15-20 minutes or so after logging in. This is offline, not joined to a domain! The task manager shows 100% disk activity - when this finally calms down the system is responsive.
With this sort of crappy performance on a brand new out of the box pc, I wonder if this os was ever tested before release!
I've checked and is only seems to be the 'system' process that is hammering the system. I could delve deeper, but you know what - I shouldn't have to, this should be making me think differently about W8 but all its done is manage to convince me even more that it wasn't release ready.
speckytecky (13th April 2014)
Or, more likely there is a problem with your particular system, whether it's hardware or drivers? That's the sort of rash decision I normally jump to. 8 is a far superior OS as far as the underlying system is concerned; hence if there's a problem with performance it's more than likely not directly OS related.
Sounds like pre-installed crapware doing something stupid. Check the logs. Then send it back to the shop.
Logs checked, nothing installed - virgin system with no bloatware! Its Windows own processes that are dragging it down. Google 100% disk activity and see how common this actually is
jinnantonnixx (23rd July 2013)
Tried putting 8.1 on it just for the fun of it?
I've searched and seen hundreds of solutions, but they all smack of desperation - Disabling ipv6, changing power plans etc. Its obviously fairly common, has no single solution and doesn't occur with Windows 7 on the same hardware.
Sounds more like some borked hardware in it tbh, or some flakey drivers. Me personally it would be going straight back to where it came from and get a replacement machine or swapped for something different. I've been testing W8 on various bits of ageing and new hardware and haven't really hit an issue, not saying there isn't but it does sound like a problem with particular hardware or drivers.
I did wonder about hardware or drivers, but its fine once it calms down. Plus many other people have complained of similar issues on vastly differing hardware.
I found Win 8 unstable for 1st couple of hours, combination of windows updates and time fixed it, when I looked at resource Monitor it was doing a scan/cache of everything on the HDD and running updates. Left it overnight and its been fine now for weeks. same with Win7 once updated and cached all was OK
Is fast boot on? Win 8 is somewhat slow to start unless that is enabled.
Windows 8 is alien and annoying. but it's really optimised and runs better than Windows 7 on the same system.
I haven't checked fast boot - but I assume its on as its still the default settings. I would like to keep 8 on this PC to familiarise myself (and others) with it, but when it is as unusable as this its difficult to justify.
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