Ok, so quick run through of what's happened the past few days. I have a Sony VAIO EB series; great computer. It came pre-installed with an OEM version of 64-bit Windows 7. It ran great, and I had to be an idiot and create a new partition on my hard drive and dual-boot Windows 8. Eventually, it got to a point where the system would only let me boot into Windows 8, and I ended up losing 7 completely (I did use a data recovery program to recover files from the 7 partition, however). So I reformatted, and put 32-bit Windows 7 back on it, and since then, it's been a nightmare.
I'll start with the drivers issues. On Sony's website, for my system, the only drivers available to download were incompatible 32-bit ones. So I eventually had to pay $200 for a 12-month tech support program where they would install all my drivers, and place a HELP icon on my desktop so I could connect to them anytime I needed to. They actually seem very competent, but, this isn't working. All the drivers are correct, but my system is incredibly slow, hangs a lot, etc., especially to be a recently formatted system. If the computer goes to sleep, it refuses to respond at all when it wakes, forcing me to restart it. Boot up time is insanely slow. When I open a web browser, the first page it loads feels like it takes a month to actually load, but then after that, as long as I stay in the same tab, it works as normal. I have had my computer off for awhile, because it's gotten to where it's not worth it; but when I come home today, it was only, and the fans were going crazy; it was incredibly loud. Yeah, not sure how that happened.
Is this normal behavior when running 32-bit on a 64-bit system? I've recently did the HELP thing and explained to them this stuff, and they ran a bunch of tests and installed something that fixed the sleep program once, but then it came back. I'm not sure what to do. At this point, I'm thinking of getting a refund on the 12-month tech subscription, and using Windows 8 Release Preview as my main OS until it officially releases this fall.
What do you guys think?