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October 19, 2013 9:59:40 AM

I updated my windows 8 last night to 8.1 .. my PC became very slow .. it's takes for ever to boot up and to shut down .. everything need to wait to work .. can anyone help me ?

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October 19, 2013 10:05:49 AM

I am having a similar issue when I wake from suspend/sleep on my Lenovo Yoga 11s. I have to wait about 10 seconds for it to become responsive. I don't have any issues with restart or shutdown however.

I'll post back if I find any solutions.
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October 19, 2013 10:07:59 AM

I lost the ability for the pc to sleep/hibernate.
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October 19, 2013 4:14:22 PM

I sloved it .. I created another user and deleted the current one .. now it's fast
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October 20, 2013 7:52:49 PM

My standby/suspend issue was solved by reinstalling my video drivers (intel hd 4000) it prompted me that I was "downgrading" to an older version, but it was the most current version both Lenovo and intel offered on their websites.
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October 21, 2013 9:52:51 PM

win8.1 also breaks the mouse support in a lot of games (minecraft) resulting in me planning to waste a day reinstalling 8.0
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October 23, 2013 7:32:00 PM

My laptop was suffering extreme slowness of booting, as well as black screen issues that froze the machine.
Followed the advice seen in another forum and uninstalled the video driver, then rebooted.

Wow!! Now boots faster than ever it did with Win 7 or Win 8.

Bill
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October 31, 2013 3:59:59 PM

WilliamAT said:
Followed the advice seen in another forum and uninstalled the video driver, then rebooted.

Wow!! Now boots faster than ever it did with Win 7 or Win 8.

Bill


Will you detail the "other forum" and the steps that you took?

Thank you

Ted

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November 6, 2013 8:31:32 PM

WilliamAT said:
My laptop was suffering extreme slowness of booting, as well as black screen issues that froze the machine.
Followed the advice seen in another forum and uninstalled the video driver, then rebooted.

Wow!! Now boots faster than ever it did with Win 7 or Win 8.

Bill


I'm curious as to which video driver and exactly how this solved the problem. I'm also experiencing incredible slowness after installing 8.1 yesterday and am hoping for a solution other than rolling back to 8. If anyone does find a working solution, please post details. Thanks!
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November 14, 2013 7:18:55 PM

vezikon said:
I updated my windows 8 last night to 8.1 .. my PC became very slow .. it's takes for ever to boot up and to shut down .. everything need to wait to work .. can anyone help me ?


Judging by the other replies, there may be several causes. In my case it turned out to be Norton Internet Security 2014 (version 21.1.0.18). I had upgraded from NIS2013 to NIS2014 just after upgrading the operating system from Win8.0 Pro to Win8.1 Pro a couple of weeks ago, and everything seemed to be okay. The extreme slow-down seemed to begin immediately following the Windows updates which were released earlier this week. I noticed that the hard-drive light appeared to remain on nearly full-time, and everything from booting to accessing local folders, email or the web became extremely slow.

I tried several of the fixes recommended by others, without success. I then began receiving on-screen warnings from Symantec which eventually required manually uninstalling and reinstalling NIS. After doing so, everything is back to normal speed.

Good Luck!
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November 28, 2013 7:34:03 PM

Hi.. Friends
as every1 knows that windows 8.1 still facing issues coz its trial released by windows without bug fix..
so better uninstall updates from ur laptops/ PCs the same I did wid my laptop and it working perfectly and fine now..
u may can get to know how to uninstall updates from windows site.
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December 3, 2013 12:43:17 PM

I downgraded to windows 7 because of all the issues. I like the modern interface (to an extent) however all my games lost support for my game pad and mouse, that and there other issues eg slow boot slow shutdown. software incompatibilities for example I have a blackberry z10 but I cant connect it to my laptop with windows 8.1 because it results in a bsod, and other hardware no longer having support and for some reason a 99% cpu spike......
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December 9, 2013 4:08:34 AM

QUOTED SPAM REDACTED - SS

thanks for the suggestion and link. It worked using a local account, but problem persists using Microsoft account ..
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December 27, 2013 1:39:39 PM

I upgraded to 8.1 last night and my shutdowns were taking 5 minutes or more. I associated with the upgrade, but nothing I did would fix it. Finally I did the only thing I hadn't tried, turning off the bluetooth (I had turned it on after the upgrade), and my shutdowns and startups started taking 20 seconds. Before, it would get to a black screen fairly quickly, but the power button would stay lit up for 5 minutes after that. Now from the moment I hit shut down to when the light goes out is 20 seconds or less. That doesn't make this okay because I shouldn't have to switch my bluetooth off before shutting down each time, but at least my new laptop is fast again.
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January 5, 2014 10:30:36 PM

hokiemas said:
I upgraded to 8.1 last night and my shutdowns were taking 5 minutes or more. I associated with the upgrade, but nothing I did would fix it. Finally I did the only thing I hadn't tried, turning off the bluetooth (I had turned it on after the upgrade), and my shutdowns and startups started taking 20 seconds. Before, it would get to a black screen fairly quickly, but the power button would stay lit up for 5 minutes after that. Now from the moment I hit shut down to when the light goes out is 20 seconds or less. That doesn't make this okay because I shouldn't have to switch my bluetooth off before shutting down each time, but at least my new laptop is fast again.


same problem with me in windows 8.1.
this happen after windows update last month.
need to turn off bluetooth to fix this shutdown problem.
wireless also mess up after windows update.
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January 7, 2014 7:56:40 PM

abec said:
hokiemas said:
I upgraded to 8.1 last night and my shutdowns were taking 5 minutes or more. I associated with the upgrade, but nothing I did would fix it. Finally I did the only thing I hadn't tried, turning off the bluetooth (I had turned it on after the upgrade), and my shutdowns and startups started taking 20 seconds. Before, it would get to a black screen fairly quickly, but the power button would stay lit up for 5 minutes after that. Now from the moment I hit shut down to when the light goes out is 20 seconds or less. That doesn't make this okay because I shouldn't have to switch my bluetooth off before shutting down each time, but at least my new laptop is fast again.


same problem with me in windows 8.1.
this happen after windows update last month.
need to turn off bluetooth to fix this shutdown problem.
wireless also mess up after windows update.


I was actually able to fix this. I uninstalled my bluetooth drivers, removing them completely from my laptop. Then, when I restarted the computer, I went to the Asus support site and downloaded the latest Qualcomm bluetooth drivers. I then restarted the computer again. Now I have fast shutdowns and startups, and I don't have to turn off my bluetooth. My bluetooth is working perfectly, and the computer is shutting down and starting up quickly. I have no idea why this was an issue, but it appears to have been fixed. I figured this out about a week ago, and so far, so good.

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February 12, 2014 3:30:51 PM

Simple solution ...
Do not use the shutdown of the added Start button in Windows 8.1, this will not initiate a fast boot afterwards!
Use the shutdown as in Windows 8 via the Charms bar at the right side or the power button of your computer, at next boot the computer will start with the fast boot option enabled and everything will be fast.
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February 16, 2014 6:20:31 PM

vezikon said:
I updated my windows 8 last night to 8.1 .. my PC became very slow .. it's takes for ever to boot up and to shut down .. everything need to wait to work .. can anyone help me ?

I finally decided to update my 3rd gen/i5/HD4000 Acer from 8.0 to 8.1. Same problem... super slow. Thought I had a virus. Ruled that out and Googled the issue. You guys are right. Now faster than ever by reinstalling the HD4000 graphics driver from the Intel site.
Even more intriguing? How come you guys can work it out and Microsoft (even with thousands of hours of testing) didn't even notice.....hmmmmmm.
Gary.
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February 22, 2014 5:12:52 PM

They noticed. They just don't give a shit.

I'm having the same five minute shut down time. It takes nearly that amount of time to boot up to where the chams bar is operable.

I'm also getting an error message at every start up saying that a reboot was necessary do to some issue. And no mention of what the issue is either, idiots.

There's a few potential solutions provided here that I intend to try tomorrow.

I hate Windows now more than I ever did.
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February 22, 2014 5:59:21 PM

I couldn't wait.

Updating the Bluetooth driver fixed my issues. My five minutes shut down and start up times are now at about 15 seconds! Hell yeah.

I went to the search feature in the charms bar and typed in "Trouble" and clicked on the troubleshooting icon. From there I clicked on Action Center (bottom left) and under the maintenance dropdown it notified me of the Bluetooth driver issue. From there I was able to download and install the new driver. Worked like a charm.

No more error message on start up either.

Now I don't have to return my new laptop. Woo!

Windows, you guys still totally suck. Get your effing acts together.
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February 23, 2014 4:31:35 AM

jldevoy said:
win8.1 also breaks the mouse support in a lot of games (minecraft) resulting in me planning to waste a day reinstalling 8.0


you could of just refreshed your pc have done this many times and is very helpful!
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April 22, 2014 5:31:49 PM

My only answer is downgrading back to 8. After upgrading to 8.1 from pre-installed 8 the laptop slowed down to a crawl. 'Can not display the webpage' is ever-present. Never-mind re-boot/ start-up and shut-down-- I can barely connect to the Internet. System icons disappeared and my mouse is no longer detected.

I already went through all of this in October/ 2013, when 8.1 upgrade became available. The compatibility issues were so extreme that restoring back to pre-installed 8 was the only option. Against my better judgment someone convinced me that upgrading to 8.1 was a good idea- adding that the newest (April/2014) update to the 8.1 upgrade was amazing.

No. Not even. This laptop is barely functioning, now. Every update makes the situation worse. Who has time for this?! How many hours each day are we supposed to devote to troubleshooting all that's wrong with Microsoft Windows 8 and it's creepy, even glitchier upgrade, 8.1...?!

Some tech support agents are quick to point out how painfully slow my high-speed Internet is-- as if THAT is what's caused this. Really?! Because my backup laptop running Windows 7 is fine. Same high-speed, same everything. When this laptop was running 8 it was fine.

I wasn't happy with 8 due to the bugs but at least I could handle them. In the last 2 weeks (since upgrading to 8.1) this laptop has been use-able MAYBE 5 days total. Just the thought of the back-to-pre-installed-Windows 8-factory-settings/, full-throttle recovery (3 1/2+ hours), going through all of the Windows 8 updates all over again and trying to get this thing back to some semblance of functionality is going to require days but that's the only solution that makes sense to me.

Maybe those with pre-installed 8.1 have a different experience. But this laptop came with 8 and it's going back to 8.
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April 22, 2014 9:37:25 PM

Sounds like doing an upgrade to 8.1 versus a clean install causes a lot of issues. I did a clean install when i went from 8 to 8.1 and while it involved backing things up and reinstalling programs, it went off with zero issues. This is on a 7+ year old Thinkpad (T61p) and all of the hardware works A-OK. Still feels fast & smooth. It's sort of been a general rule / common knowledge that you NEVER want to do an in-place upgrade with Windows...fresh install wins every time, despite requiring more time investment up front.
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April 23, 2014 12:09:21 AM

Had the same problem. However fixing the bluetooth driver solved it. Now my laptop turns off and boots up in about 20s (was taking upto 5 minutes before having solved this problem). :D :D . Followed StoneWolfe's procedure; though a bit differently. I searched for 'Control Panel' in the search option in the Charms toolbar. After opening the Control Panel, under 'System and Security', I clicked on 'Find and fix problems'. This opens the 'Troubleshooting' page which StoneWolfe was talking about. Then I clicked the 'Action Center' option in the bottom left corner, where in the Maintenance dropdown I was notified about the bluetooth driver problem. Solved it from there, and installed the new driver. It does work like a charm.
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May 2, 2014 5:25:55 AM

I'm not sure if this helps, but I was having the same issue on my tablet pc. I opened msconfig from the run command, and booted the computer into safe mode with directory repair. Ever since doing that all sluggishness has gone, and my tablet is nice and zippy again. Give it a go and see if it helps :) 
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May 10, 2014 10:14:54 PM

I dont think that we are good with 8.1!!! I reinstalled Windows. Or you can even use Windows 7 Ultimate..... Because according to me, there are no such problems in Windows 7 ultimate!!
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May 20, 2014 5:17:18 PM

Luke Henderson said:
I'm not sure if this helps, but I was having the same issue on my tablet pc. I opened msconfig from the run command, and booted the computer into safe mode with directory repair. Ever since doing that all sluggishness has gone, and my tablet is nice and zippy again. Give it a go and see if it helps :) 


I have used Windows for decades but don't know what you mean by "directory repair," even after searching for this term? Are you talking about chkdsk, Active Directory restore, or what? Anyone else? Meanwhile I'll be trying the suggestions posted.
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May 25, 2014 3:34:51 PM

problem turn on multi time pc after shutdown pc in windows 8.1 update 1 2014
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July 6, 2014 7:36:38 PM

Booting into directory repair now!
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November 5, 2014 8:14:48 PM

I decided to try all the solutions posted here, from the simplest on, but didn't need to get far. I reinstalled the video driver and it works like a charm. The computer was so slow after windows 8.1 upgrade, it was barely moving. When I tried to update the driver, it said I was using the latest driver and no update was needed. So I went to Dell support site, downloaded the driver, and reinstalled it. Awesome! Thanks for the suggestions.
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November 28, 2014 6:58:17 AM

Sometimes that problem is because the correct hard drive is not on #1 boot device on your BIOS
Goto BIOS (F2 or delete)
Look into Bios Priority
If needed go to "Advanced Mode" - "Boot" - "Boot option Priorities"
Check on "Boot Option #1" if the correct hard drive is set
If your HD is not showing in "Boot Option #1" go to "Hard Drive BBS Priorities" and change the order
Save and Enjoy :) 
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December 12, 2014 11:55:47 AM

Not sure if the same issue, but my new HP laptop running Windows 8.1 was booting and shutting down very quickly since the day I bought it (about 3 months ago). One day, for unknown reasons, I hit the start button and it took a long time to boot = close to a full minute as opposed to the few seconds it was taking before. And when I clicked on "Shut down" to turn the computer off, it showed the "Shutting down..." screen and then went dark, like it normally does, but it hung up. After a few days I noticed something specific: if I closed the laptop after I clicked "Shut down" it would hang for about 3 - 5 minutes and eventually shut down. If I left the laptop open (display raised up), it would hang for 3 - 5 minutes and then boot itself back up.

How I fixed it: I opened a command prompt window as Administrator and ran: powercfg.exe/energy - that ran for about 1 minute or so and generated a report that it put at: C:\Windows\system32\energy-report.html - I opened that report and read the list of errors and such and saw that a bunch of them were "This device did not enter the USB Selective Suspend state. Processor power management may be prevented when this USB device is not in the Selective Suspend state" I then went to: Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\Change when the computer sleeps\Change advanced power settings. When the box pops up, select: USB Settings\USB selective suspend setting - and set the 'Plugged in' value to "Disable." Then shut down.

THAT fixed my problem. I hope this helps someone!
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December 24, 2014 12:20:44 PM

aspiringpctech74 said:
WilliamAT said:
My laptop was suffering extreme slowness of booting, as well as black screen issues that froze the machine.
Followed the advice seen in another forum and uninstalled the video driver, then rebooted.

Wow!! Now boots faster than ever it did with Win 7 or Win 8.

Bill


I'm curious as to which video driver and exactly how this solved the problem. I'm also experiencing incredible slowness after installing 8.1 yesterday and am hoping for a solution other than rolling back to 8. If anyone does find a working solution, please post details. Thanks!


So which one doesn't need a credit card to use in order to sped it up..... my solution was to pawn my windows 8 and go back to a windows vista. Best money and time saver ever........ no wait Microsoft charges you a monthly subscription for full access to your OS. If you don't pay the monthly subscription fees you get a half assed slow windows microshit .
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a b * Windows 8
January 4, 2015 4:38:33 AM

PlumBlossom said:
aspiringpctech74 said:
WilliamAT said:
My laptop was suffering extreme slowness of booting, as well as black screen issues that froze the machine.
Followed the advice seen in another forum and uninstalled the video driver, then rebooted.

Wow!! Now boots faster than ever it did with Win 7 or Win 8.

Bill


I'm curious as to which video driver and exactly how this solved the problem. I'm also experiencing incredible slowness after installing 8.1 yesterday and am hoping for a solution other than rolling back to 8. If anyone does find a working solution, please post details. Thanks!


So which one doesn't need a credit card to use in order to sped it up..... my solution was to pawn my windows 8 and go back to a windows vista. Best money and time saver ever........ no wait Microsoft charges you a monthly subscription for full access to your OS. If you don't pay the monthly subscription fees you get a half assed slow windows microshit .


In what way do you have to pay a monthly subscription?
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January 4, 2015 6:08:51 AM

Are you talking about your internet connection? You need to pay that; it's like expecting to get cable just because you own a TV.

If it's something else, then you've probably fallen for a scam.
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March 2, 2015 7:26:12 PM

It will get slower cause you are putting a new Operating system which is 8.1 onto your old operating system which is 8.0. So when the computer boot up sequence starts, it first tries to boot up to windows 8. But you upgraded it. So the new codes in 8.1 stops that sequence and tell it to boot up from the 8.1 instead. Thus it turns out to be more steps. Also even though u upgraded, all the essential files for your old 8.0 OS still there.
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a b * Windows 8
March 3, 2015 11:12:19 AM

knightofsun123 said:
It will get slower cause you are putting a new Operating system which is 8.1 onto your old operating system which is 8.0. So when the computer boot up sequence starts, it first tries to boot up to windows 8. But you upgraded it. So the new codes in 8.1 stops that sequence and tell it to boot up from the 8.1 instead. Thus it turns out to be more steps. Also even though u upgraded, all the essential files for your old 8.0 OS still there.


proof please
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March 3, 2015 5:04:20 PM

vezikon said:
I sloved it .. I created another user and deleted the current one .. now it's fast
... how do lyou delete one user and create another one? I'm a senior citizen and just learning the ins and outs of my system. help!

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March 3, 2015 7:06:27 PM

Go to PC Settings, then Users. There should be a fairly obvious way to create a new user. Make it an administrator.

Then log into your new account, and go to PC Settings>Users again. You should be able to select the old user and delete it.
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April 5, 2015 10:40:41 AM

this Windows update totally sucks!! i hate it!! it makes everything slower, i have the Resident Evil 4 game, and now, after the update, became slower, and it doesn't take the whole screen, and the other apps are slower.

like 3 months ago, i updated my Windows, and because all the problems, i restarted my PC to W8 again.. i was happy until, 2 days ago, it told me that i had to update my PC, and i pressed the ''remind me later'' button, but then, after 1 day, there wasn't no ''remind me later'' button. there was no choice, i had to update that shit! and now i don't want to restart my PC again, all my apps will be lost! i hate you Windows 8.1
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April 17, 2015 5:42:38 AM

memope64 said:
this Windows update totally sucks!! i hate it!! it makes everything slower, i have the Resident Evil 4 game, and now, after the update, became slower, and it doesn't take the whole screen, and the other apps are slower.

like 3 months ago, i updated my Windows, and because all the problems, i restarted my PC to W8 again.. i was happy until, 2 days ago, it told me that i had to update my PC, and i pressed the ''remind me later'' button, but then, after 1 day, there wasn't no ''remind me later'' button. there was no choice, i had to update that shit! and now i don't want to restart my PC again, all my apps will be lost! i hate you Windows 8.1


My system was very slow too. I updated my video driver (AMD R9 270) and that got things going again. Something in the update must have broken my previous driver.
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May 13, 2015 12:39:24 PM

knightofsun123 said:
It will get slower cause you are putting a new Operating system which is 8.1 onto your old operating system which is 8.0. So when the computer boot up sequence starts, it first tries to boot up to windows 8. But you upgraded it. So the new codes in 8.1 stops that sequence and tell it to boot up from the 8.1 instead. Thus it turns out to be more steps. Also even though u upgraded, all the essential files for your old 8.0 OS still there.
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I'm a Microsoft Certified Professional. Your reply is null, void, and invalid...and slightly retarded. The problem lies somewhere else and apparently it has to do with drivers.

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June 22, 2015 12:06:23 PM

disable you anti virus, after a lot of trial and error, i figured out that after updating to 8.1 it somehow effects you installed anitvirus software, i disabled mine and its back to superspeed. i have quick heal anit virus i gonna email them for a solution, i recommend that everyone try this as well. hopefully it will work for you.
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