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First it was with Windows 8.0 and now again with Windows 8.1 and I just can't seem to get to the bottom of it.

It starts when I play a game. The sound drags (almost lags) when playing and exponentially seems to get worse.

Like there is something huge taking up my memory but when I check with the task manager I find that I have a substantial amount of RAM free.

I have given this some thought. Either My audio drivers are incompatible with Windows 8, but I doubt that's the case since it did work 100% in the beginning. It just got worse as time progressed.

Or my local hard disk has a problem. How can one tell if it is the hard drive? Is there a program out there to check this?

Lastly it could be my RAM but I have done a memory check and everything seems fine.

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