Google Earth isn't official supported on Windows 8 !!!!!
For some it works OK with Windows 8 but not all
Some suggest you revert back to v6.2
Note you will need to completely uninstall the newer version of Google Earth in order to install an earlier version onto your laptop
You can find version 6.2 on the Google Earth site
Google do know about the problem so if all else fails you may have to wait for them to sort it out