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Windows 7: Random freezes, no BSOD: Need 3rd party app advice (compatibility etc)

04 Nov 2011   #11

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Aptenodytes View Post
Driver Verifier went 48h with no issue at all, so I stopped it this morning.

I installed VLC, 7-Zip, uTorrent and Foxit this morning. According to the driver list in Driver Verifier, none of them contain 'drivers', so I guess there's no purpose in running DV again at this stage. I'll install nothing else for the next two weeks and see what happens under normal use. I guess I won't need help again as it's come down to trial and error now, with each 'trial' taking a week or so (unless there's a freeze).

I'll post back with a conclusion if/when I have one.

Thanks for your help, Ken. :)
I wasnt much help but you are welcome. Let me know how it turns out.

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23 Dec 2011   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 - SP1

Problem solved.

That's nearly two months now since my last clean install, I've had everything I want installed for about 7 weeks, and no freezes at all. The ONLY difference between this installation of W7 and the previous two installations is the absence of Zone Alarm (I have all my other applications and hardware installed). Naturally I won't be touching ZA with a bargepole...

I guess I could clone my HDD and put Zone Alarm on it and see if it freezes (for a more robust diagnosis), but I'm too lazy; the experiment would likely take a few days (although I could potentially shorten it with DV). I'll stick with Windows Firewall.
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