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User Info: Startech_Viper

Startech_Viper
3 years ago#1
Has anyone experienced this? I have problems playing Skyrim, Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and Need for Speed Rivals, all of which were running fine before installing Windows 8.1. Another reason it may be happening is because I also installed The Sims 3 and its expansion packs before I upgraded, which does take up a lot of space (Roughly 60 some odd gB). Could that be the reason? And is there a way where I can boost my performance?

I have an Alienware 14 with an Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4700MQ CPU @ 2.40GHz if that helps
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User Info: Lonestar2000

Lonestar2000
3 years ago#2
Upgrades are never a good idea, do a clean install.
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User Info: InsuRn

InsuRn
3 years ago#3
Lonestar2000 posted...
Upgrades are never a good idea, do a clean install.


Isn't 8.1 like a Service Pack ? I never formatted before a SP...
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User Info: Startech_Viper

Startech_Viper
3 years ago#4
Lonestar2000 posted...
Upgrades are never a good idea, do a clean install.


Clean install as in the resource disc?
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User Info: bluezero

bluezero
3 years ago#5
Lonestar2000 posted...
Upgrades are never a good idea, do a clean install.


Right, because people that bought 8.0 magically have an 8.1 disk.
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User Info: shdwdrgnix

shdwdrgnix
3 years ago#6
bluezero posted...
Lonestar2000 posted...
Upgrades are never a good idea, do a clean install.


Right, because people that bought 8.0 magically have an 8.1 disk.


just format and upgrade to 8.1 first thing

User Info: Bazooka_Penguin

Bazooka_Penguin
3 years ago#7
Are all of your drivers up to date and compatible with Windows 8?
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User Info: Rexdragon125

Rexdragon125
3 years ago#8
It's not a service pack, it's actually a new Windows version

User Info: mrCube

mrCube
3 years ago#9
Rexdragon125 posted...
It's not a service pack, it's actually a new Windows version


It's really not. In name it's a new version but in pretty much every way it's a service pack.

Anyway TC I had the same issue. The problem was that after installing 8.1 it completely changed the power settings of Windows. So now even if you're plugged in, it's going to throttle your CPU. You have to go into the power settings in the Control Panel and change them accordingly.
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User Info: Bazooka_Penguin

Bazooka_Penguin
3 years ago#10
mrCube posted...
Rexdragon125 posted...
It's not a service pack, it's actually a new Windows version


It's really not. In name it's a new version but in pretty much every way it's a service pack.

Anyway TC I had the same issue. The problem was that after installing 8.1 it completely changed the power settings of Windows. So now even if you're plugged in, it's going to throttle your CPU. You have to go into the power settings in the Control Panel and change them accordingly.


It updated the kernel. Since the Kernel 6.0 was launched each new version of Windows was built on a new major kernel revision. Vista was 6.0, 7 was 6.1, and 8 was 6.2, but 8.1 uses 6.3. SPs would normally only make minor changes to the kernel. Convention tell us that it's a new version of Windows.
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