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Windows 7: Seven locks up after an hour or so idle

28 Oct 2009   #31

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Build 7600

disabling the power-save option on the monitor fixes it for me. i like auto-hide the taskbar too much to turn that off. i just make sure to turn the monitor off now when im stepping away

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28 Oct 2009   #32

Dual boot Win7 Home Premium and Vista Home Premium SP2

I had the same problem on RC7100, but did a system restore and then DID NOT let (and have not on my WIN7 Released Home Premium 32bit either) Windows Update install an IE8 cumulative update KB 974455 (from memory) ... no freezes at all since.

May or may not be related to you guys...

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01 Nov 2009   #33

Windows 7
Windows 7 desktop freeze then re boot

Hi I have installed windows 7 on my PC and now I find that the display freezes when leaving the desktop idle for a period of time. The only way to get back is to force a re boot to the PC. I thought maybe the installation went in wrong so I reformatted hard drive and re installed the operating system again. Re load my normal windows programs and thought all was well until it happened again.
So I thought I would look on the forums to see if any one else has a problem? Found this forum and now I don't feel so bad. I have tried some of the ideas in the above postings but still happens after a short period of time maybe 1/2 hours.
I did how ever look into system rating the PC in properties from the computer button on start programs and ran the system check. After a while the report on screen said Can not rate system at present Window driver problem! what ever this means? Maybe thats why we are having a problem with freezing? Help I do like Win 7 and would like to keep using it so I will keep an eye on this thread to see if any one has a fix? Thanks for reading Peter
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01 Nov 2009   #34

Windows 7

I have included a zip of my MSINFO32 report to see if it helps? Sent as an attachment let me know if this helps?
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15 Nov 2009   #35


Mine freezes up after being idle as well. Found the answer after searching what seemed like forever.
The problem was the tool bar. I had it on "hide". Locked it on and haven't had a problem since.
Hopefully, they'll update a fix.
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30 Nov 2009   #36

Windows 7

My PC is also freezing up when idle. I've tried turning off taskbar auto-hide, uTorrent, sleeping, etc. Nothing seems to stop it so far. It's driving me insane, and it's making it impossible to download anything bigger than a few hundred megs.
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20 Dec 2009   #37

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Change the power management plan

My Windows7 system used to hang every now and then when left idle. I didn't have to restart but had to hit enter a few times and wait for different periods of time before the system started responding. I then tried changing the power management plan from the default and recommended 'Balanced' to the 'High performance' plan and ever since doing that, my computer has not hanged when left idle.
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21 Dec 2009   #38

Windows 7 Professional x64
Windows 7 Starts to Lock when idle

Good day,

I installed Windows 7 Professional x64, did all the upgrades, installed all my programs, and the system has been running great for the last 4-5 days. Then yesterday it started locking up when idle. Previously I had similar problems with Windows XP x32 and x64, without much success, install, about a week of great performance, then starts locking up when idle, so I tried Win 7.

I don't have auto hide taskbar enabled or what is said previously.

Any suggestions?
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22 Dec 2009   #39

windows 7

I have had my new Windows 7 computer for about 2 weeks.The first time i used it it would switch off every 10 mins if i was away fom my pc,after many frustrating hours and nearly send it back,it struck me to try the "power management" settings.Lo and behold there was the problem,both stuck on at 10 minutes.As I work away from home ,obviously I switch off my pc.When I got back today I have discovered that they have reset themselves back to 10 mins.Cmon Microsoft get your finger out and produce a fix for this.I know we should be eco friendly but this is totally stupid.
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03 Jan 2010   #40

Win 7
Win 7 Lockup

Have the same problem on a new laptop with factory installed Win 7, the Acer does not have a dual boot, just a basic unit. The installed software is Firefox and AVG. plus Word 2007 and the basic bundle with the laptop.

This unit has locked up 3 times and the only way to reset was to remove ALL power to it, including the battery. Very annoying and not pleased, older Win XP never did this. Found that setting power options NOT to go into sleep mode, and having display set to be on longer than normal usage (>2 hours) solved the lockup problem.

But having recently acquired a Samsung netbook with Win XP, this unit boots up faster with same software packages and HAS NEVER locked up yet. Not a fan of Windows 7!!! Have now 2 desktop PC with XP, two portables, one XP and other Win 7, no need for another PC for a long time but since my daughters 2 Mac books never had problems over the past 5 years, possibly, if ever, maybe my choice also?

Long time PC user, from early Vic 20, Apple Plus, then IBM, seen them all, but not too pleased with Microsoft direction now, most software on my PC with XP cannot be used on Win 7 without buying upgrades from software sources, too much $ and the software worked.
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