Microsoft Window’s newest operating system has its fair share of problems. While many issues are related to the confusing new interface, some have much deeper roots.
Here are the most common problems that you can run into, and the solutions to fix them!
Finding the Start menu:
The number one issue that new Windows 8 users complain about is the missing start menu. Fortunately, there are some third party solutions that resurrect it in Windows 8. If you install the app ‘Start menu reviver’, then set Windows 8.1 to boot directly to your desktop, you can almost forget that the problem used to exist.
Explorer.exe crashes and reloads frequently:
Some of you may face repeated appearances of “Windows Explorer has stopped working” after installing a fresh version of Windows 8. The problem usually occurs every few minutes, and makes this very hard to use! To fix the problem, you’ll need to use the “Refresh My PC” feature. Go to Settings, change PC Settings, and then Update and Recovery. After that, open Recovery, and click or tap get started under Refresh your PC without affecting your files.
Backup saves multiple copies of files that haven’t been changed:
Windows has a robust backup utility with file history functionality built in, hence the backup service can detect files that changed and backup the new version while retaining the old one. But it has been found that Windows 8 is backing up new versions of files that are not changed. This fills the backup drive to capacity with redundant files! Your best bet is to disable the default backup service and use a third-party backup program instead like Crash plan!
Blurry or fuzzy text
You may also notice that some programs display poorly on your Windows 8 PC. This typically is a problem with older software which was designed for screens that have a lower resolution! To turn this off, go to the Compatibility tab and check the box for “Disable display scaling on high DPI settings.” Then restart the program.
We intend to update this guide for you on occasion whenever new, common issues come to light!