Okay, so this is kinda strange to me.
Last October, our desktop PC (HP Pavilion p7-1074) had one nasty mother of a virus or something on it and nothing was fixing it. So, for the first time in my life I performed what I think is called a "clean install" of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. (forgive me for my naivety, I've never had to do any "major" repairs to a PC before).
Alright, so, immediately after the clean installation (hadn't installed any drivers or programs yet) the computer ran perfectly. However, after installing all of the updates and putting the necessary drivers on it, the computer would do this intermittent freezing every 5 minutes or so and the freeze would last for about 5 minutes. After the freeze, the PC would work for about 60 seconds and do another 5-minute freeze again. Basically, the PC was rendered useless as I couldn't even navigate the explorer or anything without it stalling.
I just assumed it was hardware related at this point. Something was fried, I thought.
So, after several attempts of getting it to work, I said "Screw this, let's try this Linux Ubuntu everyone's always talking about. Maybe it isn't hardware related."
Wiped Windows 7 off the harddrive and have never been so happy to do so. Ubuntu 12.10 is running like Falcor on a spring day. Which makes me think that nothing is fried hardware-wise if this is running just fine.
Why is a completely updated Linux OS working just fine, but Windows 7 is being such an excruciating fix? (for the record, I'm not running them alongside one another. I replaced Windows 7 with Ubuntu)
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm happy that I found a damn-near hassle free installation of another operating system.
However, I would like to know what was going wrong with my Windows 7 installation just in case I ever need to switch back or something. (only considering that option due to the fact that Steam ran much more smoothly on it).
Here are some specs to that Pavilion. If you need more than this, lemme know!
HP Pavilion p7-1074:
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 (2.9ghz)
RAM: 8gb DDR3-1333
Graphics: Integrated graphics using ATI Radeon 4200
HDD: 1.5tb / 5400rpm (some Western Digital, I think)
Motherboard: N-Alvorix-RS880-uATX (Alvorix)
Thank you very much for your help, whomever decides to answer. Haha!