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Help! Computer Freezing On Windows 8

andrewandy

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HI,

I have a problem with Windows 8 in that it shall Freeze up without warning. I can get a freeze 1 a day sometimes 1 every 2-3 days but i never know to when or why. I have a Acer 5750g aspire laptop 15 core 8gb ram which came with Windows 7 pre-installed. Have had no problems with Windows 7 but ever since i upgraded to Windows cp and now Windows Pro have had this freezing problem. It is so annoying that it always seems to happen when your in the middle of some work or downloading and you lose your work because i am forced to turn of my computer and reboot again!
:cry:
Do any other Windows 8 users have this problem? :huh:

I have tried many things to try and stop this, My drivers are up to date but yet i can still get a freeze.
I also have Tune Up Utilities 2013 Mcafee installed so i should not really get any problems.

One thing i have been told to do is goto the msconfig and disable my services under services (by also ticking hide all Microsoft Services) except for Mcafee, This i think has helped and is a lot better but i have had a freeze since but maybe this was because i installed a new program and it showed up under services and i had to untick this.

I shall be greatfull for any help or suggestions
Thank You
Andrew :)
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    windows 8 Release Preview

amoled

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My 2 cents would be to run any live OS and see if it freezes, if it does then its hardware based, if it doesn't, then it is software related and I would do a FRESH install from a RELIABLE source .
With your hardware you should be flying through without compromising anything !!!

Personally I see there is really no need for tuneup utilities or any additional security suite besides using Windows Defender on W8.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    W8 Pro 9200
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Y460
    CPU
    Intel core i3 M350 2.27Ghz
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD graphics
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

XweAponX

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Yes, don't use Mcafee or Norton, they are both huge programs that replace already-adequate protection systems within Windows 8, like the Firewall and Defender. I used to use Eset NOD32, but Defender finds the same things lately. nI had a helluva time telling Defender to run after removing NOd32.

The best tool you can use is Hiren's Boot disk, there is a Mini XP on it - I guarantee you, if it does not boot, then you have hardware issues. There is also a Linux on the disk as well. While you are using it, you can run external CHKDSK and see if your drive has developed problems, 8 out of 10 problems like yours I have found to be read element failure. Because windows 8, when everything is running smooth simply does not freeze. If it does, the first thing to check is your hard drive, then if that is OK move on to your hardware. Hiren's has several System Burn-In testers that can put stress on all of your hardware and from there you can find out which one is failing.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

XweAponX

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Yes, don't use Mcafee or Norton, they are both huge programs that replace already-adequate protection systems within Windows 8, like the Firewall and Defender. I used to use Eset NOD32, but Defender finds the same things lately. nI had a helluva time telling Defender to run after removing NOd32.

The best tool you can use is Hiren's Boot disk, there is a Mini XP on it - I guarantee you, if it does not boot, then you have hardware issues. There is also a Linux on the disk as well. While you are using it, you can run external CHKDSK and see if your drive has developed problems, 8 out of 10 problems like yours I have found to be read element failure. Because windows 8, when everything is running smooth simply does not freeze. If it does, the first thing to check is your hard drive, then if that is OK move on to your hardware. Hiren's has several System Burn-In testers that can put stress on all of your hardware and from there you can find out which one is failing.

Here is a link to Download Hiren's Boot CD, the latest - It's an archive. Just unzip it and burn the disk which is inside.

Download Hiren
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

andrewandy

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Ty Apon i am going to try your suggestion and make a boot cd and test it. i think i am fine with Mcafee though because i had the freezing issue before i installed Mcafee. I have also tried Zorin and Ubuntu Linux distributions and both run fine without any freezing and i installed those onto my hard disc as a dual boot to windows. Windows 7 has been fine it's just this upgrade i downloaded from Microsoft Win 8 Pro that i get the freezing from i also got this on both preview editions too.
 
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    windows 8 Release Preview

andrewandy

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i was also told to put my Power Options onto High Performance instead of Balanced power which is the recommended one to use. Am trying this now and was told Balanced and Power saver have bugs in them? Is this true?
 
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    windows 8 Release Preview

XweAponX

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I dont see hwo that would be of any use! Who said this, an MS "Tech?" - If it works, then maybe it will help, but it is not a fix.

I just had my system lock up solid, but I was running about 50 programs. How many pogroms you have running before you get a lockup? It may be the processor can't handle so many data streams.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

andrewandy

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No i had a freeze on High Performance too grrrr it, It is so annoying!
I only have a few programs running internet, etc just a few at a time
I was wondering can your sound drivers make you get a freeze up?
I have Real Realtek 6.0 and Dolby Advance Audio
 

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  • OS
    windows 8 Release Preview

XweAponX

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Well, if you have old drivers, not made for 8 - Some Windows 7 drivers work, sometimes they do not. Beta drivers can cause Problems, like with nVidia's new 3.22 driver.

Are your Sound Drivers sending to HDMI? Because I noticed this: My Board has Realtek audio, but my sound is transferred through HDMI and uses the nVidia HDMI driver for that. I'd check to see, which Audio device is actually active.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

torre

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Did you do a clean install when you upgraded or upgrade over the Win7 ? Are you running a dual boot with Win7 ?

Many users have chose to backup files and do a clean install to prevent issues.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8.1 64bit
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Toshiba
    CPU
    Intel i3, 2348
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD3000

XweAponX

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Andy, what I mean is, most new Video cards have an HDMI Output - There is a sound driver installed on the card, which supersedes any native sound hardware on the motherboard. So if you have other sound outputs, they will not work - The Hardware will not even show up in Device Manager. This becomes a problem when you want to install a Mike for Speech, which is my main problem, my Mike input is on the Motherboard, and those drivers are not installed, because the sound is actually going through the HDMI output of the Video Card. So you have to find the actual software for the native audio and install the Windows 8 Version of that - The Windows 7 drivers usually work, but sometimes they do not and will cause all kinds of problems when you boot up after installing it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus § DualCore AMD Athlon 64 X2, 2300 MHz (11.5 x 200) 4400+ § Corsair Value Select
    CPU
    AMD 4400+/4200+
    Motherboard
    Asus M2N-MX SE Plus/Asus A8M2N-LA (NodusM)
    Memory
    2 GB/3GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce 8400 GS/GeForce 210
    Sound Card
    nVIDIA GT218 - High Definition Audio Controller
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Hitachi 40" LCD HDTV
    Screen Resolution
    "1842 x 1036"
    Hard Drives
    WDC WD50 00AAKS-007AA SCSI Disk Device
    ST1000DL 002-9TT153 SCSI Disk Device
    WDC WD3200AAJB-00J3A0 ATA Device
    WDC WD32 WD-WCAPZ2942630 USB Device
    WD My Book 1140 USB Device
    PSU
    Works 550w
    Case
    MSI "M-Box"
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Dell Keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Intellimouse
    Internet Speed
    Cable Medium Speed
    Browser
    Chrome/IE 10
    Antivirus
    Eset NOD32 6.x/Win Defend
    Other Info
    Recently lost my Windows 8 on my main PC, had to go back to Windows 7.

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