Solved Windows 8 Need i say more

February 26, 2014 at 04:21:58
Specs: Windows 8, 4 gig
Hi all - i'm 55 years old with a pile of kids and many a pc to my name going back to 3.1 & W95 presently happy with my beat up versions of XP and still going fine! I have a twelve year old on W7 - no problem..............BUT my ten year old has an HP Laptop running you guessed it Windows 8. Need i say more, it takes about 15 minutes to close-down and double that to wake up again......like 30 minutes!!! Any ideas or good places to start???????

Other than throw it in the bin.

ATB Pozzouk.


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February 27, 2014 at 20:40:46
I am now using Windows 8.1 at work and I can tell you they are not bad but makes more sense if you are using a touch screen monitor with it (we are: Dell all in ones). I have no problem with them but in my opinion, they make more sense for small laptops, tablets, and convertibles and I would give up the touch screen to get Windows 7 on the desktops instead (my preference but I was not given the choice).
I see Windows 7 as a mature operating system that was an evolution that began way back in the earliest days of Windows. I see Windows 8 as Windows 7 under-the-hood with a brand new interface that needs much refining for desktop and business use. This is very much like Windows 95 was with DOS under-the-hood (I never used Windows 3.1 so I skipped that reference) or Windows ME when they tried to cram all that multimedia into the 95/98 based OS (though not as bad). Windows 98, XP, and 7 were the most refined for their days and I imagine that Windows 9 will (hopefully) fix the current shortcomings. My main issue with 8 is that they have made what should be simple to access many settings, utilities, and maintenance features, a much more time consuming process (I guess hiding these makes it less likely for someone who does not know what they are doing to mess things up).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.



#1
February 26, 2014 at 04:33:20
Get someone who understands computers to look at it. The behaviour that you describe is most unusual. My Windows 8 installation starts in about 15 seconds.

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#2
February 26, 2014 at 06:26:09
If the laptop is still under warranty I would suggest calling the laptop tech support. If it isn't, then start by running a quick scan with malwarebytes to see if there are malware problems and fix all it finds. I would suggest unchecking the pro version offer...the free works just fine.
http://www.filehippo.com/download_m...

What happens is that some people ONLY run Windows Defender and that is not enough to keep malware off the PC. I would suggest running Avast Free...much better protection.
http://www.filehippo.com/download_a...

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#3
February 26, 2014 at 14:06:31
I agree with #1. Win 8 is renowned for booting up quickly, as does mine. There appear to be no more reports of shut down difficulties than there have been for previous operating systems.

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#4
February 26, 2014 at 14:38:34
There is nothing wrong with Windows 8. Some people don't like the new Metro interface but there are third party programs out there that can make
Windows 8 look and behave just like Winodws 7. Start 8 is one such program, I use it and I love it.

Anyway, I agree with post # 1 & 3, it should start up very fast, mine takes less than a second from the time I open the lid. It sounds like your 10 year old's computer has contracted a virus. It might be easiest to do a factory restore.


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#5
February 27, 2014 at 20:40:46
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I am now using Windows 8.1 at work and I can tell you they are not bad but makes more sense if you are using a touch screen monitor with it (we are: Dell all in ones). I have no problem with them but in my opinion, they make more sense for small laptops, tablets, and convertibles and I would give up the touch screen to get Windows 7 on the desktops instead (my preference but I was not given the choice).
I see Windows 7 as a mature operating system that was an evolution that began way back in the earliest days of Windows. I see Windows 8 as Windows 7 under-the-hood with a brand new interface that needs much refining for desktop and business use. This is very much like Windows 95 was with DOS under-the-hood (I never used Windows 3.1 so I skipped that reference) or Windows ME when they tried to cram all that multimedia into the 95/98 based OS (though not as bad). Windows 98, XP, and 7 were the most refined for their days and I imagine that Windows 9 will (hopefully) fix the current shortcomings. My main issue with 8 is that they have made what should be simple to access many settings, utilities, and maintenance features, a much more time consuming process (I guess hiding these makes it less likely for someone who does not know what they are doing to mess things up).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
February 28, 2014 at 07:23:29
Yes, pretty well all the old settings/utilities are there if folk want or need them. The time consuming bit is a "one off" because you can always gather their shortcuts into a folder on the desktop if you prefer that to the magic screen. From then on they are immediately accessible.

You can even make something akin to the old style start menu using a toolbar linked to "%ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs". Not everyone's cup of coffee I accept.

The relatively blank canvas of the desktop forced me to set it up my way and it is now much better and with less icons than anything I've had since Win 95.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#7
February 28, 2014 at 10:53:44
Stick with Win8 for at least a month and add the third-party software as mentioned above. Things will improve greatly
Having used all previous versions of Windows, I found Win8 a nightmare for the first week on a standard laptop. As it is basically designed for use on touch-screen units Win8 seems a leap too far after previous versions. Once I got past it's quirks and added the Classicstart feature I am very happy with the system now .


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#8
March 22, 2014 at 10:10:43
Hi all, thanks for your communications - I chose answer five as it represented many of the views i had about Win8 but in truth none of the answers really gave much in the way of advice as to where to look under the hood to fix the issues as explained.

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#9
March 22, 2014 at 10:49:58
Re-reading your initial post it seems that the only issues you reported were shutdown and startup times. This might be of interest:
http://www.askvg.com/fix-windows-8-...

Otherwise if this is a new computer perhaps you should consider taking it back under warranty, or at least to ask them to help you sort it out.

Despite the above link there seem to be relatively few reports about shutdown and startup issues (considering Google searches the world).

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#10
March 22, 2014 at 17:17:05
Sorry about that... I guess we all got hung up on the "Windows 8 need I say more..."
As mentioned, if under warranty, go back to where purchased or contact tech support. Else start a new post and list the exact system model number and specs. I suspect that you either have too little memory or too much factory installed junk that needs to be uninstalled with the possibility of malware another likely cause. I would uninstall any programs that you will never use, restart in Safe Mode and Install, update, and run Malewarebytes. If that does not help, install Process Explorer from Microsoft to see what is running and dragging all down. Then you can run msconfig (I believe it is still there under the hood somewhere (use the search feature), go to the Start Tab and uncheck all except Microsoft and your antivirus program, Apply and let it restart the machine.
Post back or start a new thread and list specs and all you have tried.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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