It was often much longer.
I suspected a faulty HDD.
My friend suggested that I swap the SATA port connections around.
When I did that, the problem appeared on one of my other HDDs.
As a result, I don't think that it was a HDD spin-up problem.
Since I reallocated my HDD SATA ports, the problem has never recurred.
Your problem disappears (temporarily) when you re-power your machine.
It's possible that some device has dodgy onboard memory.
There are the Windows problems (SW) that are solved by restarts (memory corruption?).
Do you have access to a Linux Live CD (Ubuntu, Mint, etc.)?
If so, run Linux on your machine and see if the problem occurs.
If it does, I'd be tempted to say it's a HW problem.
If it doesn't, I'd be tempted to say it's a SW problem.
It would be interesting to try and import every single driver from Windows 7 to Windows 8 and see what happens. Unfortunately, due to issues relating to driver signing, it won't work with all drivers (not even with driver signature verification turned off).
You can sign your own drivers:
Install unsigned drivers in Windows 7 - Operating Systems
andThere is an option "Disable Vista Driver signing". This works for Windows Vista as well as for Windows 7, the entry in the BCD is actually loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS you can also use the builtin BCDEDIT and type bcdedit -set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS in a CMD prompt.
How to install unsigned drivers - Matthew van Eerde's web log - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
The boot options editor works fine in Windows 7 and W8CP too.1In Windows 8 Developer Preview, the F8 experience has been reworked. Hit Shift-F8 instead.2
2Some BIOSes have an issue where Shift is not sent to Windows this early. If you have Windows 8 Developer Preview installed one of these machines there's another way - hit F10 during boot to get to the "Edit Boot Options" screen. Add /DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS to the boot flags.*
Introduction to Test-Signing
Calling it a driver problem and having the user fix it himself is only a temporary solution. I maintain that this is an OS problem at its heart because when I install a windows operating system on a computer like this (which never complained under 7) I expect the bloody thing to not crash every few hours. If that is your starting position from a fresh install, something has gone terribly wrong with the OS. An OS should provide any machine that it was meant to be installed on with stable drivers. What does it say about Microsoft if this issue isn't resolved around the time the RTM is released? This computer is not even 3 years old. I'd expect Apple to drop support for their devices after that amount of time (as they pretty much did with my first gen touch) but not Microsoft.
My machine's gremlins still seems to be related to hard drive activity. I have a program that will pretty much consistently crash the system (AIDA64 Extreme) when writing to drive. I did turn off write caching on my drives and things SEEM to be stable now (famous last words).
Cannot blame MS for bad drivers (esp on a FREE operating system- heh). Vista had tons of troubles with 3rd party vendors having written terrible drivers- I am looking at you, NVidia. that is one of the reasons why VISTA had such a bad rap.
freelancer, almost time to pull the plug on Win8, eh? I was about ready to go back to Win7 until my hang-ups went away (for now). Did NOT have a problem at all with Win8 DP.
Throughout the thread, you keep saying you hope to prove you have a hardware issue for a return or something along those lines. And now this post instead, blaming MS? Yes it is frustrating when things don't work and I know that too, but it isn't right to pick and choose your blame as you wish.
It is not Microsoft's position, legally, morally or otherwise, to ensure drivers for what you purchased - especially for a beta OS. They're giving you a platform for free. What you do with it is entirely up to you.
Might be stable for you but has been buggy as hell for me so far.
Quite the statement, the os is perfectly stable... hardly bud. Glad it's working for you but you don't decide what is stable for me I am afraid.
I guess if it's perfectly stable they should let it go to production now don't ya think?