I'm guessing it's mostly your graphics, but the laptop overall. When you run SolidWorks on a non-CAD system ,you're run the risk of issues. The fact that it has integrated graphics is only going to cause you problems, as you're already seeing. The fact that you had no issues on a "lesser" laptop was probably more dumb luck than anything. I realize this isn't much in the way of help, but I don't know that there's much you can do. You might see if you can find different drivers for your graphic card...
I appreciate the reply. I just found it strange that I could do this on a weaker video, memory, and processor. But what you say makes sense as I realize it's heavily dependant on video drivers. I've gone through intel.com to get the latest and greatest for this system (which fixed a few unrelated issues within windows 8.1).
I was hoping there was a quick setting like AutoCAD's "3dconfig".
The other weird thing is that Creo 2.0 works fine, I'm just more profecient with SolidWorks for cranking out parts and assemblies so was hoping I could fix this.
Turn off some of dynamic highlighting options under system options.
Not in front of SW to tell you where they are at.
A stroll through the system options is a good exercise to see what is there.
Thanks for your effort. I'm requesting any possible additional information. My system in similar to yours. I use Solidworks every day and after I updated to windows 8.1 (from 8 yesterday) I immediately notice the problem you describe.
Dell XPS-18 (basically a laptop)
Intel i7 cpu
Intel Graphic 4000
I understand that the only way to revert back to windows 8 is via a restore point which I noticed was created. However I've have associated general OS stability risks using restore points and would like to use only as a last resort.
Wish us luck!