Quoting starkers, reply 12I am thinking of doing complete rewrite of Windows in the next week or so to freshen things up, so perhaps a clean slate will resolve the issue.
I really don't think the problem resides with Windows...you could do a chkdsk /f /r which should reveal/repair any problems with Windows. More likely it's a browser java/app thing.
It probably doesn't reside with Windows, but the idea of a rewrite is more to do with installed programs and possible left over fragments, etc. The problem likely resides in Firefox, and even though that has been uninstalled and reinstalled a couple of times, in the hope of resolving this issue, it could well be there are hidden remnants that the uninstallers missed/couldn't see. Besides, I have a couple of other programs that aren't behaving as they should, and nothing I've done to date has rectified that, so starting with a clean slate is a good option to rid myself of any niggling bugs, etc.
Isn't it a 'new' computer with Win8?
If 8 is so good why can't it be running fine non-stop like this 7
Any OS will slow over time, and any OS will pick up fragments of uninstalled programs, etc, and Win 8 is no exception, so it doesn't hurt to freshen things up from time to time. Besides, this image I'm currently using is over a year old now - restored from an Acronis backup made shortly after the initial intallation of Win 8 - and it wouldn't hurt to create a new image, given this one was transferred from an AMD machine to an Intel one.
The thing is, Win 8 is running well and is still quicker than 7, but as I alluded to above, I have some programs that do not function as they should, and starting from scratch makes sense if I want to eliminate/remove any bugs and potential for conflict.