My first windows 8 confuzzling
October 30, 2012 5:08 PM   Subscribe

I just installed Windows 8. While most of the computer is preforming acceptably, there are a couple significant issues. The most prominent is that of connection speeds. Regular desktop programs are fine, but Windows 8 apps are really really slow!

I got an SSD drive and installed windows 8 64-bit today. Windows 8 has two types of programs. The typical ones you know from previous versions, and now there are apps from the appstore.

My regular programs work at typical connection speeds. Windows 8 apps from the appstore have a connection, but it is extremely slow. Possibly a magnitude slower. What's the difference?

I'm puzzled, and I hope some of you have some ideas. My Google search terms are not turning up any interesting results.

Any ideas?
posted by Folk to Computers & Internet (5 answers total)
This is a really wild guess, but check your internet proxy settings in IE.
posted by SNACKeR at 6:08 PM on October 30, 2012

Response by poster: Nope, nothing there. Good idea though.

Theoretically that should be in the clear anyways, as IE is running the best I have ever seen it. It almost seems to work well on win8!
posted by Folk at 6:21 PM on October 30, 2012

Do you mean that any internet access through the windows-8-native apps is bad, or the apps themselves are slower?
posted by RustyBrooks at 6:54 PM on October 30, 2012

Response by poster: The apps seem speedy, but not their data.

I noticed this originally when I tried to get Netflix working. Netflix is great in Chrome, but bugs out in the native app. According to the Netflix engineers, this is because the connection to the native app is really really slow. I have since noticed slow connections in other native apps.

EDIT: The native apps seems to be at regular speeds now. I'm not sure what to think, and I'm still curious. It was a clean install and it had the Netflix engineers puzzled.
posted by Folk at 6:59 PM on October 30, 2012

There is a Windows 8 app that's called something like Speed Test.... Try that. If the problem is specific to win 8 metro apps, and this will show it.
posted by haykinson at 8:37 PM on October 30, 2012

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