Solved Windows 8 Pro poor multitasking performance

Toshiba / Satellite c650 19t
March 3, 2013 at 06:03:21
Specs: Window 8 Pro 64-bit & Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, Intel i3 350M (2.27Ghz) 6GB RAM
Once a week I scan (Norton), defragment and backup my laptop all at once on the desktop. I've always done this and in Windows 7 it would finish in about 2 hours. Now Windows 8 is different, I come back and it has finished 1 of the 3 things (usually backup). It seems to be taking a more "focus on one task at a time" approach and takes about 4 hours now.
Has Windows 8 changed its multitasking method? If so, how do I change/override it?

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#1
March 3, 2013 at 07:17:19
You shouldn't be doing all 3 at once anyway.

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#2
March 3, 2013 at 09:31:15
Preferably in this order:

Norton scan.

Backup.

Defrag.

Norton first because it could find something that affects the other two. Backing up is too important to do when other intensive programs are running and defrag is clearly best done after any fragmentation caused by the others.

There could be all manner of reasons why two different computers behave in a different way so it's best not to jump to the conclusion that it is a Win 8 design issue. You might have more background programs running on this computer than you had before. Best make sure you don't have a virus too (run MalwareBytes freebie at least).

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#3
March 11, 2013 at 06:30:36
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Are we talking about the same computer that had Windows 7 on it once and now has Windows 8 on it through an upgrade process ?

Have you done all the updates of Windows 8 properly ?

CoolGuy


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#4
March 16, 2013 at 10:17:47
Just realised that the reason it was scanning, backing up and defragmenting so slowly was because it had Windows 7 to do as well (dual boot). That would add about an extra 30GB. Thanks for all your answers and sorry about my late reply.

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#5
March 16, 2013 at 23:44:41
If you want to avoid this, you can go to Disk Management and remove drive letters of Windows 8 partitions when you are on Windows 7 and do the same for Win 7 when you are on Win 8. But if you do this, you cannot see the drives of Win 8 when you boot to Win 7 and vice versa.

CoolGuy


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#6
March 17, 2013 at 09:43:06
Glad to hear you sorted it and thanks for popping back to let us know.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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