Computer hardware, same old problems

A lot has happened recently and mostly on the computer side of my photography.

Windows 8.1

First my PC informed me that I could upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1. Actually Microsoft kind of forces you to do so, with the insisting messages that lock your screen and so on.

Read about it, fine. I get performance and I get the start button back (would I be able to stop using Classic Shell?). Installation is simple, but long. DONE. You’d think problems were over, actually not, they had just begun.

Opened Lightroom (4) and noticed a huge drop in performance. Huge! Googled it a bit and found people complaining about it (well, there’s people complaining about everything nowadays).

OK, let’s try to rollback the installation. Turns out this is not possible. Tried several recipes and nothing. Last resort than, reinstall! Really? Really!

Backup, notes, remember some drivers that needed to be tweaked and let’s go! Formatted, reinstalled the urgent stuff back and found out that part of the problem was indeed the upgrade, but part was the actual processing I was trying to do. Anyway …

A couple of weeks later I decided to join Adobe’s offer for photographers. For the sake of performance I decided to format the disk once more and have it all fresh. This was there was nothing lingering from previous software versions. At the end of the day it was not such a big deal since the machines was running for weeks with the urgent stuff.

You won’t see Adobe saying you should do that. It’s highly unlikely that any forum will specifically point that out, but who’s in the IT business knows that fresh installs bring a lot of benefit in terms of performance. Looking at the bright side, I took the time and made the effort to reinstall everything I needed and drop everything I didn’t need.

Did not particularly see the performance issues Ion Lightroom 5 that I wrote earlier, but didn’t have the time to really test the matter. Let’s see.

In summary, after days of reinstallation the machine is ready again.

Taking the opportunity to wish everybody a merry Xmas!!


About Cris Da Rocha

Astrophysicist, DB manager, cyclist, musician and, why not, "photographer to be". Back to enjoy photography after many years ... it's cool. Might share something nice and get something new.
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2 Responses to Computer hardware, same old problems

  1. Dude, your problem is called Microsoft Windows… maybe you could replace it with some shell scripts!!! 🙂

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