*UPDATE* This now stands for Windows 10 as well. You’re probably landing here by searching that as well anyway, so read on. Hopefully these can help.
If, like me, you’ve used Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 then you’ll know that once you get used to it, it’s quite good. Yes, there are some bad parts, some annoying parts and some parts that seem pointless. But then, doesn’t every operating system? Anyway, to the point.
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 for some people, has a very annoying and disruptive problem that Microsoft don’t seem willing to fix, and no matter how many forums you look on, nothing is conclusive. I’d like to be able to issue a sweeping fix that resolves it on your computer, but I can’t. Instead, here’s a few “fixes” or, “workarounds” if you like, that have solved it on some machines I’ve come across.
None of these are ideal, and in my own machine, I re-installed Windows 8.1 and fingers crossed it’s behaved since.
Disable Superfetch and Windows Search Services
Disable BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service)
Change Pagefile Settings
Turn Off System Restore
Again, not an ideal workaround, but this has worked.
Uninstall Google Chrome
Not one of my favourite workarounds, as Google Chrome is my browser of choice, but uninstalling it on one machine after doing all the others listed here did fix it, so it’s worth a go.
Obviously not a fix, or a workaround really, but it’s worth noting that if you are having issues, and don’t have too much installed that requires detailed configurations, an operating system reinstall may be your best bet.
So those are the methods that have so far worked for me in some combination or another. I have to say, turning off System Restore, and disabling Superfetch and Windows Search are the most effective fixes so far. I’ll be updating this list with more fixes as and when I find them. But who knows, Microsoft may release a fix for it soon …