The Windows 8 Release Preview freezing bug and it’s workaround

Have you installed Windows 8 Release Preview and are tired of it’s freezing every now and then? Then you are at the right place.

A few days ago, Winsupersite reported the Windows 8 Release Preview freezing bug and a lot of users responded to it that they were also facing the same problem.

In Windows 8, the system suddenly freezes and every thing stops working. Even Ctrl+Alt+Del does not work. The only way to get back to the work is holding the power button to manually reboot the system.

This bug has made the Windows 8 Release Preview almost unusable because if you are doing important work and the system suddenly freezes, your only option is to restart it potentially losing valuable work.

Believe me when that happens, I think of breaking my laptop.

That is irritating. It certainly is.

But the same website Winsupersite found a workaround for it. The writer (Paul Thurrott) said that installing Hyper-V in the Release Preview gets rid of this bug.

After installing Hyper-v, I have not encountered the problem any more.

Here is a tutorial that will guide you: How to install Hyper-V in Windows 8

This bug was not present in the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and I hope similar bugs won’t be present in the RTM and the final release.

Did this workaround work for you?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5WJGC7242GFDP2QXANKF5WTMEA Rex

    I saw the headline and was like, hmm, I have never seen that bug.  Then I realized I had hyper-v installed already for a different reason. 

  • Lason1864

    Reminds me of the MS-DOS days.  The entire computer froze, and they only fix was to reboot the system.  I guess that this bug is a carry-over from those days!

  • Gborn

    As documented here (
    http://www.borncity.com/blog/2012/07/04/keine-freezes-in-windows-8-mehr/), it’s a bug, that is restricted on Intel systems with sandy brigdge CPUs. As noted in the article above, MS will fix it in RTM. 

    In Release Preview it may be fixed with the following additional BCD entry:

    bcdedit /set disabledynamictick yes 

    see http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-performance/google-chrome-causes-my-computer-to-hang-up-and/a0903d3e-b2e3-4286-95e6-8d6f16631c1d

    HTH

    Günter Born

    http://blog.borncity.com