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    Going from Windows 8.1 to 8.0

    I'm about ready to go from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.0. Both are 32-bit. I have 2 GB of RAM and a 1 TB hard drive.

    For the short time I had Windows 8.0, everything worked very well. I found absolutely no problems with it once I installed StartIsBack. From that point until I upgraded to 8.1, everything seemed perfect.

    However, since upgrading to 8.1, I have found some problems:
    • Occasionally my video becomes unreadable. I have to close the window and reopen it to restore the video to readability.
    • Windows 8.1 doesn't "feel" quite as stable and robust as Windows 8.0.
    • On at least one occasion, I have had to uninstall a program which was incompatible with Windows 8.1. I never found any such problem with Windows 8.0.
    • Recently things have slowed way down on my computer. In spite of my best efforts (and I'm pretty good at this sort of thing), I can't find any reason for the slowdown.

    I'm going to save off the data that I want to keep, and then I'll do a clean install.

    Any thoughts about this? Can anyone give me a good reason why I shouldn't go back to 8.0?
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    Go for it! A month or so ago I upgraded my Vaio ultrabook to 8.1 and was never happy with it. Last Wednesday I accidentally hosed the ultrabook and had to run the full restore that reset it to factory conditions, and back to 8.0; I plan on sticking with 8.0 and not upgrading to 8.1.

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    I've done similar, several times. Right now I'm on 8.1, it seems to be working well on my setup.
    Going back to 8 was much easier when there is an image to recover.
    DRIVE IMAGING
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

    Windows 8.1, 64 bit
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    GPU: Nvidia GTX 580*Memory: Corsair 12 GB, 4x3@1600*PSU: Corsair HX1000*Hard drives: REVO X2 160GB*OCZ VERT X3 120GB*5 mechanical storage drives (12 TB) total.

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    Jim, hello.
    We are in the same boat, keep paddling. I tried 8.1 too and got back to the bare 8. My excuse was that 8.1 did not accept my Office 2k, it would not run as desired, I have used O2K for over a decade, more like 13 years. I am in no position to know why but 8.0 ran it fine. As I have a Toshiba laptop too that runs W-8 very well, I had also tried to upgrade to 8.1 but it was not accepted, running old hardware at times has limits and that is what I have to face. This might be your situation too, old hardware does not reflect my opinion of the old interface between the chair and the keyboard.
    I should mention that I had a clone of W-8 and the back migration was so easy, effortless, 15 minutes of no inputs required. Have a great day. Jean.
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    When I upgraded from 8.0 to 8.1, I installed a new hard drive. So it was very easy to get back to 8.0 -- I simply swapped hard drives.

    I then used my Seagate software to clone from the old hard drive to the new, and then I once again removed my old hard drive.

    I then got up to date on my antivirus definitions, Java updates, and Microsoft updates.

    Things are once again stable and fast. All problems have disappeared.

    My gut feeling is that my computer isn't up to the task for running Windows 8.1. It was originally a Vista machine; it maxes out at 2GB of RAM. When purchased, it was a low-end computer (eMachines) which I picked up cheap for the kids at Wal Mart. When I bought a new computer for each kid, I acquired this one for myself.

    I don't anticipate any further issues, so I consider this thread to be closed.

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