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Savvy
07-20-2014, 11:23 PM
I have upgraded from windows 8 to 8.1 yesterday. The whole process went smooth except it took about 2.5 hrs. after first restart to proceed further. But when it went into desktop after all the set up processes, i was shocked to see hundreds of folders created on desktop along with the shortcuts, folders & other staffs i had in windows 8. I have found that there are total 201 folders containing 1340 files taking 2.39 GB of space. I don't know what kind of folders they are serving what kind of purposes. When i sorted them alphabetically, i found these two are first and last respectively :
First Folder name - aswndisflt.inf_amd64_d00351d079a23f96
Files in it - aswNdisFlt.sys in a sub-folder(x64)
aswNdisFlt.cat
aswndisflt.inf
aswndisflt.PNF
Size - 461 KB
Last Folder name -wudfvhidmini.inf_amd64_4f86ecaa9af0d5de
Files in it - LenovoVhid.cat
LenovoVhid.dll
WudfUpdate_01011.dll
wudfvhidmini.inf
wudfvhidmini.PNF
Size - 1.52 MB
I have tried to search about it but in vain. For your information i have Lenovo Z500 59-380480 which came with windows 8 single language preinstalled.
P.S. : My laptop also became very slow (intolerable) after the upgrade. I have tried sfc command prompt, signing in to a local account, updating drivers etc. but in vain.
Waiting for your guide about what to do now.

TechnoMage
07-21-2014, 06:10 AM
As far back as the early Beta Test days, we've been encouraging everyone to always do a clean install instead of an Upgrade. You have just experienced the results of an upgrade gone sour.

But you join a long list of other forum members that have also had bad results from an upgrade.

I think my own fix would be to just MOVE everything you don't want on your Desktop, into ONE SINGLE folder.

Let us know what you do and how it works. That may help someone else.

Good Luck

TM :cool:

Savvy
07-21-2014, 09:25 AM
Thank you for your reply. I am also feeling bad for not doing a clean install. I have already moved all the folders into a single folder. Now the whole thing is not visually unpleasant. I have also managed to gain some speed by some tweakings like turning off visual effects, stopping some services etc. But what is the permanent solution ??? I mean should i have to keep it like this way ? Why are they created in desktop ? Can i delete them safely ?
Also i am thinking if it is possible to revert back to windows 8 using recovery (i have an image backup of windows 8 in external HDD) and do a clean install of windows 8.1 .

Savvy
07-22-2014, 03:53 AM
Any inputs ???

TechnoMage
07-22-2014, 05:48 AM
If you have a backup of 8, in the can, so to speak, you can experiment all you want and if you don't like what you get, just do a restore back to 8 and start over.

I did something similar, with a little OLD laptop that was given to me. It came to me with XP which I backed up to an external drive. Then I experimented with W-7, W-8 and finally W-8.1 which it's running today. But I still have that backup of XP just in case 8.1 goes south on me.

But what I like to do, if I'm changing OS's on a PC, , , I first backup the working OS and verify it, then I wipe the HD clean, so there is no way that old data can mix with new data, then I do a clean install of the new OS.

I've found that with most new OS's, during the early part of the install process, there is a place where you can choose "Options" and in the option menu is "Format". I always pick that option. They I know that the new format is the correct one for that OS.

I actually run XP on a FAT-32 format, and many self proclaimed EXPERTS, will tell you 'That can't be done', but it can and XP actually runs better. So much for the Experts! Eh?

Do let us know how you make out.

TM :cool:

badrobot
07-22-2014, 04:31 PM
Any inputs ???

If you don't have system image backup, I guess you will have to go through a painful process of doing a system recovery (starting from scratch). Then before you upgrade to 8.1, do an image backup just in case you need to go back again.

Savvy
07-24-2014, 01:20 AM
If you don't have system image backup, I guess you will have to go through a painful process of doing a system recovery (starting from scratch). Then before you upgrade to 8.1, do an image backup just in case you need to go back again.
I do have a system image backup of windows 8. But what i have learnt from google search (particularly this forum) is that i can't use system image backup of windows 8 in windows 8.1 . To use image backup of windows 8, i must be in windows 8. Correct me if i am wrong.

Can you elaborate a bit more about what do you mean by system recovery ? What will happen if i use 'refresh or reset your PC' from PC settings ? Microsoft support says that "If you upgraded your PC from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 and your PC has a Windows 8 recovery partition, refreshing/resetting your PC will restore Windows 8." How do i know if i have a recovery partition ? I am sorry if this questions are too noob.

badrobot
07-24-2014, 06:50 AM
It seems to me that you are having system slow down issues with all the crap that your computer got after the update. I don't know how to answer your question about getting rid of those mysterious folders that was created after the update. But there is no guarantee that your system will gain anything from getting rid of those folders. So, what I was trying to suggest is to start over by going back to Win 8 and then doing the update again to 8.1. Recovery is the same as reset. Yes, doing a recovery/reset or image backup will bring your OS back to Win 8. But after successfully updating to 8.1 again without any problems, you should create an image backup right away so that you don't have to go back to Win 8 later when you run into another problem. You can just do image recovery using Win 8.1 image backup.

No pain. No gain. :)

...

Savvy
07-24-2014, 01:42 PM
Today i deleted those folders, but as you guessed, it did not improve my laptop's performance.
I also tried to use the windows 8 system image backup. But it showed the following message : 3047
I read in one thread in this forum that we can't use windows 8 system image backup in windows 8.1 i.e. we have to be in the same OS to use image backup. It seems to be true.

So, what are my other options now ?

Drew
07-26-2014, 10:06 PM
Today i deleted those folders, but as you guessed, it did not improve my laptop's performance.
I also tried to use the windows 8 system image backup. But it showed the following message : 3047
I read in one thread in this forum that we can't use windows 8 system image backup in windows 8.1 i.e. we have to be in the same OS to use image backup. It seems to be true.

So, what are my other options now ?

Put it back to 8.0 & then fetch 8.1 from the Store.

Cheers,
Drew
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Savvy
07-31-2014, 12:31 AM
Thank you guys for your help.
I have restored my laptop to factory settings.

Drew
08-01-2014, 01:03 AM
Thank you guys for your help.
I have restored my laptop to factory settings.


Cool. Install Malwarebytes, CCleaner and all the Windows Updates, then > the Store, grab & install 8.1 and you're done, go to go :)

It happens. I just had to rebuild a client's laptop. It had been fine, was fine in use 1 day... he went to use it the next day and it did not want to play. Simply did a Recovery from w/in itself (recovery partition). Less than a day & he was back up & running, again.

Cheers,
Drew
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