Win 10: Freezes, crashes, very unstable

beginner99

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So I finally upgraded my desktop from Win 7 to Win 10. Of course I did create a backup. After the upgrade the whole system is unstable. For example I can leave it untouched for say 30 minutes, come back and it is frozen. It's also not completely frozen. Mouse cursor still works I can even launch a browser and window will open but it will never load completely (Not Responding).
Sometimes even task manager works but no change to kill any process. In same cases I can still shutdown the machine and it will start shutting down but then gets stuck at the shut down screen and requires hard power off. In other cases shut down doesn't work at all and hard reset is required.

Then also a couple of times it just crashed while playing BFBC2. Sometimes after 5 minutes other times after an hour. Eg. unpredictable. Here it would just freeze. Nothing would work and only hard reset is possible.

To try to solve error I updated GPU drivers, changed some power setting about PCIe (was posted as a solution on some forum) but nothing helped.

Anyone had this issue as well? What was the solution? Just asking before I bite the bullet and restore from backup.
 

Mushkins

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Did you update your motherboard drivers after upgrading to Win 10? Also check Event Viewer for errors that may indicate the problem.
 

pcgeek11

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Since you have done an upgrade. Now do a clean installation. It will work much much better.

I had issues as an upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. I then did a clean install and everything is perfect.
 

frogspawn

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Since you have done an upgrade. Now do a clean installation. It will work much much better.

I had issues as an upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. I then did a clean install and everything is perfect.


+1 on this, same thing here going from Win 8.1>10, now everything runs fine
 

Puffnstuff

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Mar 9, 2005
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Do a clean install and reboot each time a driver asks you to do so to avoid conflict rather than just keep adding drivers and programs and then reboot. I made that mistake the first time I clean installed 10 and didn't repeat it the second time.
 

Ketchup

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If you want to investigate what you have now, +1 on event viewer. Start with red, then go to yellow if you need more error messages. If you have any questions about the messages, just ask.

If you are comfortable with a clean install (since you already have a backup in place), that will most likely help a good bit.
 

SparkyJJO

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Some in-place upgrades go smoothly, others not so much. I was surprised how little was wrong with my system when I did the upgrade. There were a few things that needed ironed out but it overall hasn't been bad. I did uninstall every single driver before doing the upgrade however so perhaps that helped.

If you haven't done that, try removing all drivers, and install the most up to date Windows 10 drivers. You may just be having a case of driver conflict woes.