I love Windows 8. There you go…I said it. But I just divorced it, and kicked it to the curb. I have an Alienware Aurora (now discontinued for good reason I hope), that I purchased 5 years ago with the top of the line config. My entire rig including the monitors costed me approx $3000. With 2 TB HDD and 12 GB DDR3 RAM, I thought I was future proofing it. Windows 7 was a charm to work with, and when Windows 8 released, even though I did not have touch screen monitors, I went ahead and installed Windows 8 on my system. Then it all started…like my machine was possessed. Typical daily symptoms included
- All the chasis fans were roaring non-stop.
- Multiple blue screen of death.
- I will be working on some document, and suddenly the system reboots.
- Once the system goes to sleep, it won’t wake up without a reboot.
- On the rare occasions it sleeps, and wakes up, I should have waited almost 10 minutes (no kidding)
- My secondary HDD does not show up at times.
I lived with this for almost a year. I even tried to shut down my machine for a few days, just to avoid the noise. But work needed to be done…the show must go on…and I would turn it back on.
But enough was enough. One fine day, I decided to divorce Windows 8, and am trying to patch up things with Windows 7 now. Things are getting back to normal now. My fans don’t roar anymore, NO CRASHES, no random reboots, and it wakes up from sleep mode whenever I ask it to in less than a few seconds.
So, in retrospect, the questions nagging me are…
- Did Alienware discontinue this because of the hardware problems?
- Did Microsoft dump the old hardware when Steve Balmer decided to rewrite Windows 8 source code?
With Windows 9/10 on the horizon, Satya Nadella .. the ball is in your court to impress me.