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SuperSmeg

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#1 4 years ago

I recently upgraded to Windows 8.1, and I'm having a few issues that I need help with.

  • Browsers lagging
  • Windows App Store getting stuck on it's loading screen
  • Desktop and taskbar icons not loading half the time when I boot up the system

Please don't reply to this thread if all you're going to do is suggest that I get Linux, or something as equally unhelpful.

I've had enough of people giving me advice that is not related to the issues I'm having. Don't need it here.




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#2 4 years ago

This sounds very unusual and certainly not a common problem I've come across before.

- What did you upgrade to 8.1 from? - Any third party apps you've got installed, especially anything that might affect the OS in unintended ways such as Stardock's products or pin tile apps etc? - Do you connect to the internet in an unusual way, i.e. through a proxy or VPN? As a last resort I would try a system refresh, although this does mean re-installing all your Win32 apps.


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#3 4 years ago

FileTrekker;5736129This sounds very unusual and certainly not a common problem I've come across before.

- What did you upgrade to 8.1 from? - Any third party apps you've got installed, especially anything that might affect the OS in unintended ways such as Stardock's products or pin tile apps etc? - Do you connect to the internet in an unusual way, i.e. through a proxy or VPN? As a last resort I would try a system refresh, although this does mean re-installing all your Win32 apps.

-Upgraded from Windows 8, after I had upgraded to that from Windows Vista. -No, nothing. I browsed the Windows Store on Win 8 before installing 8.1, but after upgrading, the Windows App store just refuses to fully load. I didn't download anything else from the Windows App Store itself besides Win 8.1, as it was free direct from MS at the time. -No. Just the standard way I've been doing it for years. Direct via Broadband.

This is an almost completely clean install. Before 8.1, I was on 8 for a few days, and there were no problems at all. All I've reinstalled so far since getting Win 8.1 was MS Office '07, my MS LifeCam, AVG 2014, Chrome, Firefox 29 and Skype.

I'd rather not have to go though all that again, to just fix 3 problems that are probably really simple to fix. It's a 1TB system with 4GBs of ram and a 3.16Ghz Core2Duo processor.




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#4 4 years ago

AVG would be my primary source of suspicion right off the bat. Antiviruses do weird shit sometimes, hence why I prefer to just stick to Windows Defender.

Try disabling it completely and restart, see how you get on. If you're saying it's a totally clean install otherwise I'd start there.


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#5 4 years ago

AVG has never caused me problems before. Why would it start now?

I've never trusted Windows Defender.




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#6 4 years ago

You'd be surprised. No reason not to trust Windows Defender anyway, perfectly competent these days.

I'd try it anyway, antiviruses tend to intercept connections and scan files as they're being accessed which can cause problems similar to the ones you're experiencing, I've had it a few times myself. You never consider it's the AV because one day it's fine and the next something changes in the back end of the OS or AV and it all goes tits up.

Otherwise I would check the event logs for clues. See if you find any unusual errors in there that might point to the fault.

Failing this I would refer you back to a refresh unfortunately.


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#7 4 years ago

Reformat/reinstall.

Going through everything is going to be a waste of time.

Sounds like files in your OS install are FUBAR'd




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#8 4 years ago

Some advice right out of 2004 there. There's no need for a full format anymore, a refresh will allow you to quickly achieve the same effect without loosing your personal files, settings or modern apps, only loss would be win32 apps, of which you only appear to have installed a handful anyway.


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#9 4 years ago
FileTrekker;5736143Some advice right out of 2004 there. There's no need for a full format anymore, a refresh will allow you to quickly achieve the same effect without loosing your personal files, settings or modern apps, only loss would be win32 apps, of which you only appear to have installed a handful anyway.

How so?




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#10 4 years ago

You told us a few posts ago.


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