Apps.. .

It could be that your preferred anti-virus solution is the culprit. Posters in the MS Community forums are reporting that some anti-virus solutions are having adverse effects. It could well be my problem too, but if I never saw another app on this PC, it would be too soon.

Apparently, turning off UAC can spoil the party too, although last time I looked, I do have two apps which still work and with UAC disabled.

Windows 8 installation.. Upgrades..

Regardless of what you are told elsewhere, minimum specs equates to minimum performance, so forget about the quoted minimum specs for Windows installations. A bigger problem is driver support which can render the best graphics card of its day to the level of a Netbook screen.

Aging chipsets and small hard drive (less than 120gb) equals TROUBLE, no matter what you try to do.

If you have gadgets and ANY utilities installed in Vista or Windows 7, get rid of them before you try to upgrade. Leaving them be will either bring the upgrade to a dead stop or extend the time taken as Windows 8 works out how best to deal with them.

A clean machine is a happy machine.. Smile

Making changes..

Adding software..

Upgrading the OS..

  • Ensure that your hardware will support the new OS. Without decent driver support, the new OS will run like a dog and you will fast regret paying out for the new OS software.
  • Back up the incumbent operating system onto an external hard drive. If you don’t have one, go out NOW and buy one. A backup or system image is like a lottery ticket. If you have one, you might win. If you don’t have one, you WILL lose..
  • Always back up the OS TWICE. Backup or save EVERYTHING twice, and to two separate locations if you can..
  • Ensure that you keep your back up or system image current with what is being used operationally..
  • Note that a backup should be a COPY of what is on the production computer, NOT the last surviving source for your important fata. So, after you have recovered using a system image, put back all of your other data too.. .

Swapping out hardware..

  • If you swap out an OEM motherboard with something bought from a retail store, you will also need to buy an operating system because the original OEM key code will reject the generic BIOS on a retail motherboard. Boards replaced by OEM manufacturers have the OEM BIOS image applied, and will NOT be rejected by the OEM key code.
  • An old failing hard drive will not successfully clone its contents to a new one. The moral is not to wait until the computer has almost come to a dead stop before addressing hardware issues.
  • Create recovery disks, because when your hard drive ‘pops’[, it takes out your recovery partition too.
  • Manufacturers charge up for supplying recovery disks these days, so do it YOURSELF.. 

Dual boots..

  • OEM machines, because they contain all that you need to recover the machine back to its new state, and the tools to get you there, are NOT the best candidates for dual boots as they stand.
  • Before you consider dual booting, go into the MS Community forums and take note of what is being advised. Take time to look at as many posts as you can.
  • When you change the configuration of an OEM machine, you instantly lose support from the OEM manufacturer. This means that you are on your OWN. The more knowledge you have, the better the chances of survival.
  • Note that dual booting XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 can lead to issues where they adversely affect the other. Examples would be removal of shadow copies, restore points, and general corruption leading to continual CHKDSKs at boot up and maybe nothing booting at all. 

Computing should be a fun experience. The best way is to keep everything simple and never move further than your knowledge allows.