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I have downloaded Half-Life using Steam. But, I am unable to play it due to heavy performance issue. When I click Play Game, Steam asks for Training, Easy, Medium, Hard options. After choosing one, Steam starts local server & launch the gameplay. But, I am unable to play due to heavy lag and low framerate.

Here are requirements for the game:

Minimum: 500 mhz processor, 96mb ram, 16mb video card, Windows XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

Recommended: 800 mhz processor, 128mb ram, 32mb+ video card, Windows XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

And, I don't think any of today's PCs don't satisfy the requirement of this decade old game.

Anyway, here's my Laptop specs:
CPU: 1.9GHz Intel Core i7 with 8 cores (4 hyperthreaed) - Turbo Boost upto 3.2GHz
GPU: 1GB ATI Raedon
OS: Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
Mouse: Yes
Keyboard: Yes
Internet Connection: Yes

How to fix this performance issue?

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Do you have anything running in the background? Check your Task Manager to see what is using your system resources. – Batophobia Jul 14 '13 at 7:45
@DavidStarkey Nothing is using my system resources.. I am able to launch/use high-end apps flawlessly at the same time using Alt+Tab. – Evil Angel Jul 14 '13 at 8:01
3 – user49998 Jul 14 '13 at 8:55
I know some games have an issue with Windows 8. I'd try looking into that. – Zorpix Jul 14 '13 at 15:12
I don't know if this applies to ATI cards as well, but for NVidia cards, some games need to be manually set to run on the NVidia chip instead of Intel Integrated Graphics. So saying that, even on the Intel chip, you shouldn't have that many issues – lasagne- Jun 1 at 12:38

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