Ok, I've given up trying to get help on this, instead I would like to find out HOW I can go about finding out how it's happening. Every time I try to locate a wav file in a folder, or even just open the folder, I get that dreaded green bar. That tells me right off it's going to crash. I've disabled thumbnails, cleaned the drive, reset Windows 8, disabled the network, eliminated every program down to Windows 8, shut down Win search, rebuilt indexes, I even scanned the drive with spotfile. It keeps on crashing. Once the process starts I can't stop it, even if I catch it before the green ribbon gets 1/2 way through. Where ever the CPU level is, even if and when I'm able to back out of the open folder, it stays in that range +/- 5%. Otherwise it goes to 100% utilization. I've even restored Win 8 to new, thinking that I may have adjusted or tweaked a setting that I shouldn't have along the way. But the problem is back.
The machine is fully updated and virus free (Norton is installed) The computer is used heavily in music production.
And yes, my bios is completely up to date, and I prioritized folders for music.
Thanks for your thoughts in advance.