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February 4, 2013 10:07:44 PM

Now, I don't know where to really put this. So apologizes, but it is general discussion of Windows 8. Anyways, my computer is pretty freaking slow now. I've had it for 6 months and I don't know what the reasons are. Here are my specs:

Intel 3930k @3.6GHz, 32GB DDR3 Ram, Asus Rampage Extreme Mobo, 360GB SSD, 2TB HDD, 3TB HDD, GTX 670 4GB FTW, Corsair 800w PSU

Now It's a pretty strong and fast machine. It was extremely fast when I built it. I could open applications immediately. Now not so much. I have over 50GB free on the SSD which is my primary drive. I have Avast Anti Virus and I've done a full system scan, as well as with Windows Defender too see if any viruses, malicious ware, or spyware is on there. It is completely clean. I do have some trainers for games however so there is something too take in to account. I also use CCleaner regularly. My money is on some sort of virus of some sort or something. I try and optimize my drives weekly. My computer is up to date with Windows 8. Is there anything else I can do to make my PC faster and like it was before? I do have a lot of software on the drive, but like I said it's over 50GB and my Steam Games are saved on another hard drive. Thanks for the help! Extremely appreciate it!

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February 4, 2013 10:22:04 PM

That's probably what I'm going to have to do. It's really my last option but you're right. It's too bad that the general performance is like this. However, this never happened on my old PC. I mean it would take a year or so to go down but now It's only been about six months. :( 
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February 4, 2013 10:25:26 PM

Before resorting to the drastic fresh install, is the superfetch service still running on your system?
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a b * Windows 8
February 4, 2013 10:26:17 PM

do this..boot into safe mode and run msconfig and turn off everything off. then reboot and check that your mb bios is up to date. a lot of the new mb have windows 8 bios patches. if the system runs better there may be a damaged program in start ups. go back into msconfig and turn on one program at a time and see if the speed slows down. also in windows check that you only have one anti virus or one malware program running. one thing also to check is if you ran hijackthis that you uninstall teatime. teatime something that it drops and runs at start up. one other issue i found is the mvp software that bonds ipgpu and the gpu that comes with most mb cd is buggy. check that you did not install that software.
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February 4, 2013 10:26:52 PM

also make sure your ssd firmware is up to date.
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February 4, 2013 10:28:57 PM

^^If that was the case I think he would have noticed the problem straight away, that's what's making me think it's superfetch.
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February 4, 2013 10:53:29 PM

Rusty1983 said:
Before resorting to the drastic fresh install, is the superfetch service still running on your system?


If by that you mean if I look in Task Manager and go to services and look under S. There is nothing called superfetch :/ 
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February 4, 2013 10:54:58 PM

The-f-word said:
However it sounds like you did an upgrade from 7 to 8 in which case it probably lasted longer than most would anticipate. The whole cross windows OS transfer really does a number on the performance; at least from my experience.


So what would you recommend? Doing a fresh install again with Windows 8?
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February 4, 2013 10:56:47 PM

smorizio said:
do this..boot into safe mode and run msconfig and turn off everything off. then reboot and check that your mb bios is up to date. a lot of the new mb have windows 8 bios patches. if the system runs better there may be a damaged program in start ups. go back into msconfig and turn on one program at a time and see if the speed slows down. also in windows check that you only have one anti virus or one malware program running. one thing also to check is if you ran hijackthis that you uninstall teatime. teatime something that it drops and runs at start up. one other issue i found is the mvp software that bonds ipgpu and the gpu that comes with most mb cd is buggy. check that you did not install that software.


I will take all your consideration, but it's gonna be a real pain in my behind to turn on each program and such, but for the greater good, I will do it.
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February 4, 2013 11:02:19 PM

The-f-word said:
Yeah at this point it could be alot of things.... I personally would just backup what I need and start clean. Trust me it will feel way better as well. Fresh windows 8 install sounds like the thing to do. I hope it goes well for you and you see the improvement that you want to see.


Yeah I agree, I like the feeling of having a clean brand new PC. I don't have time now, maybe on the weekend or so. Thanks for the advice!
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February 4, 2013 11:38:20 PM

Hi,

First, you can try doing a SYSTEM RESTORE to one of the earliest points (start at the latest and work backwards).

Second, if you are going to reinstall make sure that you create BACKUP IMAGES. You spent a LOT of money so buy Acronis True Image 2013.

Acronis True Image 2013:
I have this setup to AUTOMATICALLY make backups of my SSD to the Hard Drive. I use an INCREMENTAL method (custom) and a backup each week for about 10 weeks (then it overwrites) so I can RESTORE to any week back as far as 12 weeks.

Total space required for all 10 weeks is roughly 120GB (40GB main, plus 4x5GB incrementals).

Other backup:
Make TWO backups that are NEVER DELETED.

Backup#1 - Immediately after installing Windows 8 (just drivers and Acronis, no updates) AND with Windows 8 ACTIVATED (thus Restoring does NOT require you to re-Activate. There are a limited number.)

Backup#2 - Microsoft Updates, Applications etc
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February 4, 2013 11:55:38 PM

Any hints in the event viewer? I usually filter by critical error and warning.
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February 5, 2013 12:05:32 AM

photonboy said:
Hi,

First, you can try doing a SYSTEM RESTORE to one of the earliest points (start at the latest and work backwards).

Second, if you are going to reinstall make sure that you create BACKUP IMAGES. You spent a LOT of money so buy Acronis True Image 2013.

Acronis True Image 2013:
I have this setup to AUTOMATICALLY make backups of my SSD to the Hard Drive. I use an INCREMENTAL method (custom) and a backup each week for about 10 weeks (then it overwrites) so I can RESTORE to any week back as far as 12 weeks.

Total space required for all 10 weeks is roughly 120GB (40GB main, plus 4x5GB incrementals).

Other backup:
Make TWO backups that are NEVER DELETED.

Backup#1 - Immediately after installing Windows 8 (just drivers and Acronis, no updates) AND with Windows 8 ACTIVATED (thus Restoring does NOT require you to re-Activate. There are a limited number.)

Backup#2 - Microsoft Updates, Applications etc



I will do that. Thanks!
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