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Windows 8 randomly freezes on MB and MBP

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  • ju hyung Calculating status...
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    Aug 7, 2012 8:29 PM (in response to JayMelBE)

    I can confirm that the tip to disable some feature by bcdedit fix the freezing issue.


    Past, I can't install Visual Studio because it ALWAYS crashes before completing.

    Now, it installs just fine

  • Sandy Patterson Calculating status...
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    Aug 16, 2012 11:47 AM (in response to JayMelBE)

    For what it's worth. I ran into this problem as well. I'm posting my process for reference:


    I'm using a 13" Macbook Pro mid 2010, windows 8 RTM build.


    • I originally installed RTM using Boot Camp Assistant "Version 5.0.0 (444)" and used the associated installer. (although I modified Info.plist it to install from USB)
    • I reinstalled the trackpad drivers, but I don't think this is necessary.
    • I was experiencing random crashes before and after the trackpad driver reinstall.
    • I then did bcdedit fix ( "bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes" from admin command prompt)
    • I still experienced crashes
    • I then installed the latest nvidia driver (302.80) and didn't have any more issues. (an hour or two so far which is longer than it had run yet, most freezes were ten or so minutes in)


    Hope that helps someone in the future.

  • Lindsey Shores Calculating status...
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    Aug 16, 2012 9:43 PM (in response to Sandy Patterson)

    Thank you! This is just what I was looking for.

  • anthonyfromkirkland Calculating status...
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    Aug 16, 2012 11:26 PM (in response to Lindsey Shores)

    The bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes ficed my rebooting and freezing issues.  The only issues im having is the upgrade path.  I have a backup image of windows 7 Home, I have over 400 programs so its obviose that I dont want to install all.  This is a reason why I am a Mac guy. Whats the point of making a backup and an image if it only works with that OS and edition?  To use Windows 8 anything, im going to have to rebuild my OS. I have a life so its not going to happen. Thanks for letting me down Microsoft.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    Aug 17, 2012 6:31 AM (in response to anthonyfromkirkland)

    you know a lot it seems but you don't know who to or willing to buy and spend the time on Windows backup and restore methods and programs.


    Until 8 is out though we all know that we either setup with 7 and use 8 for testing and to discard when 8 is released - either in a VM or VHD or on its own partition.


    As for having 400 programs.... and not just the small CCleaner and junk, put the 3rd party stuff on another hard drive or something and not with the OS. My OS is small and 33GB.


    Nothing to do and moving to Mountan or Lion and droppind Rosetta and having to upgrade...

  • ehssand Calculating status...
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    Aug 17, 2012 6:40 AM (in response to The hatter)

    In case you didn't notice, the Windows RTM is available for download since yesterday, all those bugs causing the OS to freeze are most likely fixed...

  • wskidm Calculating status...
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    Aug 17, 2012 7:39 AM (in response to ehssand)

    I installed the Windows RTM (courtesy of MSDN), and the freezing is very much still happening. That's why I'm here.


    I'll try installing Hyper-V, and disabling dynamic ticks, and see if that helps.

  • wskidm Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 18, 2012 8:47 AM (in response to JayMelBE)

    Disabling dynamic ticks worked for me. I was just saying that the underlying issue that was causing freezing wasn't fixed on the RTM version.


    Thanks everyone for the good discussion and suggestions.

  • Eloy Valoren Calculating status...
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    Aug 19, 2012 6:48 AM (in response to JayMelBE)

    I have the same issue.


    MacBook Air (2011) with the newly released Windows 8 Enterprise (RTM) on Bootcamp.


    I've tried several fixes (disabling dynamic ticks, installing Hyper-V, installing new Intel HD drivers) - but they did not work.


    Sometimes Windows 8 runs for a few minutes, sometimes for a few hours.


    Currently I'm testing if the WiFi connection might be the cause - so I've disabled the WiFi adapter and use the USB-Ethernet adapter.


    Very strange and annoying :-/ ...

  • anthonyfromkirkland Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 20, 2012 10:51 PM (in response to The hatter)

    Ive spent alot of time with Windows back up and restore but the only way to truely backup prgrams is with an image restore but the problem is my image is of Windows 7 Home Prem 64bit and so far there is not upgrade path to Windows 8 RTM, it only give me the option to keep files and move to old windows folder.  I ended up spending a whole weekend rebuilding WIndows 8 Pro 64 bit and then activated it and created an image so now I have to and when Windows 8 Ultimate comes out, I hope I will be able to upgrade, if not then oh well, Ill have to rebuild again which *****. 


    Disabling dynamic ticks worked like a charm, no reboots ever since.  I love Windows 8 and look forward to more apps being developed for the now not called Metro and updates.  Its faster than OS X ML and runs leaner.  I can use VMware, movie editing, and using photoshop wihout worring about maxing out my 8 gigs of ram like when im in OS X ML. OS X ML is faster than Lion but it still uses more memory than OS X SL.  I love Apple and their products, ve never had any issues ever since the G4 days when I switched and then Lion came and now my Macs run like crap.  So disappointed.  Also dont get me started about the heat.

  • jawss510 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 24, 2012 10:39 PM (in response to JayMelBE)

    i have teh same issue.. tried just the bcdedit, didn't work for me.. now installing the Nvidia driver update too...hope this fixes it. It's so annoying!

  • jawss510 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 28, 2012 2:18 AM (in response to jawss510)

    Still got the hangs when i did the bcdedit fix, but hanging stopped when i updated the NVidia drivers.


    The next prob that's been plaguing me though is the constant dying of the nvidia driver (downloaded 302.80) Anyone else experiencing the same?


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