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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. – SS-3 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

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