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Windows 8 Release Preview Freezing

Posted by Alan McBurney on June 15, 2012

After having a very positive experience with the consumer preview of Windows 8 I decided to reinstall and give the release preview a test when it was released.

Almost immediately after getting my system up and running I experienced intermittent freezing and a gradual locking up of the system. If audio was playing its would go into a skipping state, repeating the same words over and over again.

At no point did the PC every crash to the “Your PC ran into a problem that it couldn’t handle” screen

After some Googling it turns out that a large number of users are experiencing similar issues.

See here and here for forum posts on the issue.

Various user report that the issue is related to Intel hardware. Numerous solutions have been posed regarding updating the chipset drivers, creating customer power plans, disabling  C1, C3, C6 sleep states in the BIOS, updating graphics drivers.

None of the proposed solution’s worked for me although I do have a stable system now for a few days with no lockups

To resolve my issues I ran the Intel Driver Update Utility which reported Graphics Driver and Wired Networking as having unknown\unsupported drivers installed.


My graphics card is an aging ATI Radeon x1950 and the drivers for this have already been updated\replaced etc. without system stability occurring.

I found an update for the Intel(R) 82579V Gigabit Network Connection and ever since updating the drivers here I have been freeze free and my system at last appears to be stable.

Don’t know if this solution will work for others but its worth a try.


The system is still freezing despite the NIC drivers being updated. It was around 3 days before it froze on me and it in general its a lot more stable with the updated drivers.

Another blog post has suggested that installing the Hyper-V role leads to a stable system.

I have installed the Hyper-V role and have not experienced a lockup yet, time will tell.

**Update 2**

Its now been a week since the Hyper-V workaround was implemented and the system has been rock solid.

It appears that this is a valid workaround until Intel\MS get to the bottom of  the real issue


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Shutting Down Windows 8

Posted by Alan McBurney on March 13, 2012

Now that the Start Orb has been consigned to history is Windows 8 many people are finding it difficult to shutdown their PC.

There are various methods to achieve this

  1. Ctrl – Alt- Del the the power button in the lower right hand corner
  2. From the desktop Alt – F4 (If you not already at the desktop then Win+D will get you there)
  3. Win+I then up arrow followed by enter

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Windows 8 Display File Deletion Confirmation

Posted by Alan McBurney on March 13, 2012

Many of you may have been trying out the latest offering from Redmond in the form of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

One of the many things that have changed in this version of Windows is that you no longer get the confirmation prompt when deleting files & folders.

Luckily however this is an easy option to re-enable.

To re-enable the prompt right click on the recycle bin on the desktop and choose properties


Here you will see the option to “Display delete confirmation dialog”


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