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windows 8 or 8.1 constant hard freeze

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    Windows 8.1

    windows 8 or 8.1 constant hard freeze


    I have never been able to operation windows 8 on my desktop computer, always thought it was a hard drive issue 2 days ago I get a brand new HDD and SSD for main OS, and low and behold it is the same issue, every time I try to install windows 8 or 8.1 it either during or after the installation, it completely locks up, freezes, if I'm playing music it's stuck, can't move mouse, heck with my old hard drive, I literally pulled out my hard drive was looking at my hard drive in my hand and windows 8 on the screen, frozen, this seems too iffy to not be a coincidence, but I got windows 8 to work (magically) no idea how, and when I open device manager it says my PCI lan controller driver is missing, I went online and found it on gigabyte with my motherboard z68-d3-b3 and found the driver, tried installing it, FROZE, hard reset, tried installing again, FROZE, for as I went looking for a solution I came across an article that said do not update z68-d3-b3 bios to eufi, and of course I did about the time windows 8 came out, many people have had problems with the eufi update, but could this cause my computer to crash at completely random times? it's not my hard drives I know that for a fact, I took out my laptop HDD with windows 8.1 on it and I connected it to my desktop and it still froze, used 2 other HDD and 1 SSD with windows 8 and windows 8.1, I tried both pirated and legit copies, I have a key for win8 and win8.1 (just no CD) I am completely lost with this MOBO, windows 7 works perfectly fine zero problems, let me know if I can give any more information so we can try to fix this problem, I've looked all over the web, no one seems to have the same problem I saw posts that told be to turn off HPET, I did, no result. Saw a post to turn on Hyper-V in windows, I did just before it froze, no result. If there's anything you guys know please help, I'm in no way a noob with computers, I have been around and using them for 15 years now, software issues are no problem, but this has me stumped to no end.

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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit


    It could be your memory, have you ran any tests on that?
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by StriickeN View Post
    It could be your memory, have you ran any tests on that?
    As in my RAM? I'm not sure if it is the memory because wouldn't it have any problems with other OS's too? I have 8gb which is more than the requirements for windows 8.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit


    This exact same thing happened to me last June, in fact that is the reason I joined this forum, to ask for help. I did hours of troubleshooting and got down to the memory/ram, did some tests and bam - a stick of my memory was failing. I replaced the memory and hey, no more freezes. There is a lot of software that can be used to test memory (Memtest is what I used).
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by StriickeN View Post
    This exact same thing happened to me last June, in fact that is the reason I joined this forum, to ask for help. I did hours of troubleshooting and got down to the memory/ram, did some tests and bam - a stick of my memory was failing. I replaced the memory and hey, no more freezes.
    arg now the complete horrible mission of finding which RAM stick is bad, I have 1 stick of 4gb from kingston hyperX and 2 stick of 2gb from corsair, but I am still iffy about this, considering windows 7 works perfectly
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Dragosmp View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by StriickeN View Post
    This exact same thing happened to me last June, in fact that is the reason I joined this forum, to ask for help. I did hours of troubleshooting and got down to the memory/ram, did some tests and bam - a stick of my memory was failing. I replaced the memory and hey, no more freezes.
    arg now the complete horrible mission of finding which RAM stick is bad, I have 1 stick of 4gb from kingston hyperX and 2 stick of 2gb from corsair
    I edited my post with a program (Memtest). And that also might be the problem if you have different brands of memory or if they are running at different speeds. If they are the same speed that most likely isn't the case though. So you can continue on testing the memory.
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    arg now the complete horrible mission of finding which RAM stick is bad, I have 1 stick of 4gb from kingston hyperX and 2 stick of 2gb from corsair, but I am still iffy about this, considering windows 7 works perfectly
    It's not necessarily that the RAM stick is bad. It is a NO NO to mix your RAM from different manufacturers because they are different in term of timings even they are rated at the same speed. When you buy RAM, even with the same manufacturer, same model and still they are not guaranteed they will work together and that's why they always sell the RAM in pairs which they already tested with.

    What I suggest is to take out the Kingston stick and only use the pair from Corsair to see how it goes first.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    arg now the complete horrible mission of finding which RAM stick is bad, I have 1 stick of 4gb from kingston hyperX and 2 stick of 2gb from corsair, but I am still iffy about this, considering windows 7 works perfectly
    It's not necessarily that the RAM stick is bad. It is a NO NO to mix your RAM from different manufacturers because they are different in term of timings even they are rated at the same speed. When you buy RAM, even with the same manufacturer, same model and still they are not guaranteed they will work together and that's why they always sell the RAM in pairs which they already tested with.

    What I suggest is to take out the Kingston stick and only use the pair from Corsair to see how it goes first.
    I have a feeling it is my ram... 30 more errors popped up just as I was uploading the pic

    EDIT: Didn't fix anything =/ My RAM is probably faulty but unfortunately it is not the cause of the problem, I am just so confused how windows 7 works perfectly, but windows 8 or 8.1 is a loose end where I've tried hundreds of things but none of them are any solutions...
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by StriickeN View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dragosmp View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by StriickeN View Post
    This exact same thing happened to me last June, in fact that is the reason I joined this forum, to ask for help. I did hours of troubleshooting and got down to the memory/ram, did some tests and bam - a stick of my memory was failing. I replaced the memory and hey, no more freezes.
    arg now the complete horrible mission of finding which RAM stick is bad, I have 1 stick of 4gb from kingston hyperX and 2 stick of 2gb from corsair
    I edited my post with a program (Memtest). And that also might be the problem if you have different brands of memory or if they are running at different speeds. If they are the same speed that most likely isn't the case though. So you can continue on testing the memory.
    So I found out my one of my 2gb corsair ram sticks was faulty, so I took both of them out, I redid the test using only the kingston 4gb stick and after 3 hours 0 errors, sot that's fixed =/ I tried installing windows 8 again, same problem it keeps on freezing just near the end of installation usually, and sometimes after, but no matter what I've tried it keeps on freezing.
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    Here's a few things you might want to check:
    1. Make sure the Memory you are using is on the Memory Support List for your MB
    2. When installing a single stick of memory, you might have to install on certain slot for it to work properly, check with your manual
    3. Make sure you update the SSD firmware
    4. Increase your Memory Voltage from 1.5V to 1.55V
    5. Try installing Windows with only the SSD. Disconnect the other HD's from PC.
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