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Tired of Windows 10

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I don't know whether it's because I upgraded from a potentially non-genuine Windows 8.1 but Windows 10 is driving me crazy. Here are a bunch of issues I still don't know what to do about. There are some workarounds for some of them which I found online, but it's just frustrating to have them in the first place, others are probably there to stay.

  • Wifi chip suddenly gets disabled out of nowhere for usually 10 minutes, restarting doesn't solve, I just have to wait. Trying to enter the Wifi options from the settings just freezes the window.
  • Audio gets disabled out of nowhere as well, I have to restart the "Windows Audio" service every time that problem shows up, which is way too frequent lately.
  • Start menu doesn't even work anymore. Seriously, it just won't work. I click and click and no response whatsoever.
  • Sluggishly slow boot time and shutdown, I'm talking about a record of 10 minutes for each of these operations here. Not even my 5 year old PC running windows 7 is that slow yet.
  • Overall unresponsiveness that drives me crazy. Huge FPS spikes in games (My laptop has a GT 830M, it used to handle these games very very well), video playback stutters, and scrolling through anything whether it's a browser or MS Word always has a 1-2 seconds delay.
  • Task Manager fails me when I need it most. It's supposed to help me get rid of unresponsive processes and apps but instead it's the most unresponsive app of them all.

Windows is telling me my copy is genuine but I really don't know, it was supposed to come with FreeDOS but I was surprised to find Windows 8.1 already there. Would a non-genuine copy suffer from such issues?

Did any of you encounter any issues like that so far?

It was a huge mistake to install it on my college laptop, it's the middle of the semester and I really can't afford to spend time trying to work around all these issues and inconveniences, it slowed down my work tremendously. It worked magically during the first month but then it just got worse little by little for some reason.

I actually only mentioned half the issues I encountered so I won't make this longer than it should.

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While I haven`t yet check out Windows 10 for myself, the truth is, that the OS is still pretty fresh out of factory. There are bound to be a lot of issues in the beginning, until Microsoft will start weeding them out and putting out patches and updates, which will surely solve many problems that Windows 10 currently has. Windows 7, as stable as it is now, has had a ton of updates since launch as well.

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Woah, my fiance uses Windows 10 and he hasn't reported this kind of issues yet. It seems his computer is working as well as usual, because so far he hasn't complained. The only complain he had from the very beginning was that some apps didn't work, but other than that no problems at all. I hope you find a solution to your problems, my old PC was slow like that, no idea how i could put up with that for so long. 

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Non Genuine copy aside, you have a malware and or hardware issue. Non of what you listed has been reported as windows 10 specific issues.

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Non Genuine copy aside, you have a malware and or hardware issue. Non of what you listed has been reported as windows 10 specific issues.

I'll try doing a full scan, but in case it's not malware how do I diagnose a hardware issue? My laptop is fairly new (bought it two months ago) so I didn't put that possibility in mind.

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I'm curious about the confusion of what OS would be on it. You said it was supposed to be Freedos, but that seems like a highly irregular choice for modern hardware. If it came with Windows 8.1 and it was purchased new I would tend to think it's a legitimate copy, but I don't know the details of how and where you purchased it so I'm not sure.

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I'm curious about the confusion of what OS would be on it. You said it was supposed to be Freedos, but that seems like a highly irregular choice for modern hardware. If it came with Windows 8.1 and it was purchased new I would tend to think it's a legitimate copy, but I don't know the details of how and where you purchased it so I'm not sure.

It's an HP Pavillion 15. A lot of these models come with FreeDOS to reduce the price afaik. I bought it online. It said in the description that it comes with FreeDOS.

Hold on, on HP's website it said it comes with Windows 8.1, so I suppose that was just a mistake from the seller himself maybe?

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What online source did you get it from? Was it new or used?

At any rate when I get a chance I'll pull the specs on the machine and see if this can be resolved.

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What online source did you get it from? Was it new or used?

At any rate when I get a chance I'll pull the specs on the machine and see if this can be resolved.

It's a local online site, I bought it new. Well, now I'm sure it was a mistake. This is my laptop, but this time it's sold by a different seller and he has "Windows 8.1" written down as the OS it comes with.

So all evidence points towards that Windows 8.1 that came with it was probably genuine. My bad.

Anyway, to update, I did a complete full scan (including a boot-time scan) and I found a bunch of malware. :| Avast classified their severity as "high" too. I may have gotten too into the habit of automatic detection by antiviruses and the nonexistence of malware on my previous machines that I automatically excluded that possibility.

However the only thing that got fixed is the start up and shut down times and the overall speed, it's back to normal. The start menu seems to be working again too, but the audio issue is still there. I found lots of google results showing that a lot of Windows 10 users (albeit from the days of the TP) had this issue. The Wifi is still doing that little ritual every once in a while as well.

Also the task manager still takes as long as my browser to start up... which is about half a minute. That's when I have nothing running. I don't even want to imagine how long it'd take to start when my CPU is at 90% usage. Now that my PC is clean of malware (hopefully), what else can be causing these other issues?

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It probably isn't. You said you ran a boot scan, which one did you use?  I would use something other than whatever you have installed so that a different product with a different database gets a crack at it. Avira has such a utility that can be burned to a disk or written to a USB thumb drive. It's not a fast process. You may want to plug it in and let the scanner work over night. I had it take 12 hours on somebodies machine once. 

You could also try the Panda Cloud Cleaner. You don't need to make boot media for it and it may find stuff that Avast missed or that Avast can't catch if it is being interfered with by malware. It is an on demand scanner that is fine to have installed along with another antivirus tool.

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Well I ran that boot scan using Avast itself. After doing the full scan it asked me if it should do a boot scan and I said why not. It didn't take a night though. 4 hours was enough for it. I will try that Panda Cloud Cleaner and see if it can find anything, thanks.

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i know how you are feeling. i also wanted to roll back to Windows 7. lately i upgraded to windows 10, but what caused a trouble was that my previous password was not allowed in windows 10. windows 10 user locked out. i don't know how to do. so i just had no choice but to downgrade it to windows 7 again. 

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Your password troubles and the windows version are likely separate issues. Migration of local accounts to the modern setup is something a monkey could accomplish to be honest. It is not hard.

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