I had to go back to Windows 7 on my desktop PC.

Not because I don’t like Windows 8, but because I was having a freezing issue where I to do a hard reset to be able to get Windows 8 up and running again. The issue is intermittent so its hard to reproduce it.

My PC is about 4 years old which I built myself. With my basic specs being:

  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-M750SLI-DS4
  • Processor: AMD Phenom 9950 Quad-Core Processor 2.60 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB Patriot 800 MHz
  • Video: EVGA Nvidia Gforce GTX 460
  • Hard Drives: 1TB Western Digital and a Seagate 300GB

I did testing of my RAM, hard drives and DVD drive and they all work well. Everything seems to work well except that Windows 8 freezes.

I’ve written Microsoft (I’m not going to pay for support) and they gave some suggestions but none worked.

I’ve contacted Nvidia and they said it may be a chipset issue because they don’t have chipset drivers for Windows 8 for my motherboard.

I still have Windows 8 installed on my other hard drive in case I do actually find out whats wrong with it, but until then I had to downgrade.

I do find myself missing Windows 8, the fast booting, some of the live tiled apps, and the volume indicator.

I don’t think I can blame Microsoft for changing the driver structure (if that’s the issue), If they didn’t Windows 8 might not boot up as fast as it does on older hardware.

Nvidia and/or Gigabyte probably won’t make drivers or a new Bios to fix the issue.

Its on older hardware, I’m probably one of the few that attempted to put Windows 8 on this configuration. I’m just a victim of circumstance and will probably have to stick with Windows 7 until I get a new PC.

If I find out anything on how to fix my issue I’ll let you know.

Has anyone had any similar issues with Windows 8 on older hardware? If so use the comments down below.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jpdeveau Jason Deveau

    “My PC is about 4 years old which I built myself.” There’s your problem. This is probably main board driver issues.

  • Jack Blake

    My PC specs :
    Intel Quad Core Q6600

    Gigabyte G41M Combo
    Crucial Ballistix 4GB RAM 800MHz
    Nvidia 8800GT
    Hitachi 1TB Sata

    Windows 8 Enterprise

    Windows 8 Enterprise has been rock solid stable from day 1. no issue at all!! I prefer it over Windows 7 anytime!

  • Brad

    Is it worth trying an in place upgrade to 8?

  • Salvador Jesรบs Romero Castella

    I had go go back from W8 to W7 on an Alienware m15x from 2009. There were no bluetooth drivers for W8, and then, there was the Nvidia driver issue. I have to use drivers from 2011. All updates from Nvidia (w7) result in poor colors while using an external monitor (which I use at home). Of course that also true with W8 version of the drivers, so I had to use the same 2011 W7 drivers with W8. But using the W7 drivers, in game performance is poorer. A pitty ๐Ÿ™

  • Dan Dar33

    Try installing the Windows 7 chipset drivers if you still have them around. I’ve upgraded my dad’s 7 years P4, 1 GB RAM desktop and had to prepare a floppy (F6) for the HDD controller (luckily he still had a floppy around ๐Ÿ™‚ with the XP drivers to be able to install it – was surprised to see it work. No issues so far, it seems to be faster than XP.

    • Robert Kegel

      Tried that, didn’t work. The drivers weren’t compatible, they were from 2010 and kept rebooting my system.

  • DCJason

    You’ve convinced me that I shouldn’t consider installing Win 8 on my 5 year-old laptop. I’ll wait to buy new hardware that takes advantage of the touch screen technology.

    • NazmusLabs

      Windows 8 runs fine and faster than Vista on my five year old Dell Inspiron PC. It has only one gig of ram, but Windows 8 still flies. I think you would most likely be fine. I recommend you use the trial version of Windows 8 on your PC to see if it works before buying it for $40.

    • Robert Kegel

      The thing I would do is make a duel boot with Windows 7 and 8. I have an older laptop as well and it works fine on it. It’s just my older Nvidia motherboard (I think). I know many people that have upgraded and have had no issues, I’m just one of the few that has had issues.

  • boyfriend

    I have Dell Inspiron n5110 (Windows 8 supported, without dedicated graphic card). It has unknown reason for inconsistent freezing (sometimes quick, sometimes late, sometimes no freezing).. HDD and RAM are fine. When bluetooth/wifi is enabled, it freezes within 20 minutes. I have to install OEM audio and wifi/bluetooth drivers but this solution is not perfect. On another laptop with dedicated Nvidia GT525M, no such issue exists.