When attempting to start my computer, it boots to the login screen as expected. However, if I try to login, it will GSOD immediately upon hitting <enter>. If I wait, it will GSOD after about 20 seconds.
I enabled tech previews several months ago, but recently had some issues with applications not working so I did a rollback and disabled the tech previews. Somehow though, they got reenabled automatically and when I ran Windows Update it put the latest tech release back on my system. I hadn't gotten around to removing it again before this happen.
That said, it's been working fine since the tech release was reinstalled. This morning, I was watching a TV show on my computer while eating breakfast (not touching the system) when all of a sudden the video froze and upon inspection the system was lagging to the point of it taking upwards of 30-60 seconds to register a hover event or mouse click. I ended up having to hold the power button in to reboot the system. When the system came back on, it looked like it was working fine until I typed my password and hit enter... that's when I got the first GSOD as described in the problem above.
What I've Tried:
- Safe Mode, GSOD continues to happen at login or after about 20 seconds on the login screen.
- Windows Automatic Startup Repair, was unable to repair anything.
- sfc /scannow was unable to find any issues.
- Unplugged all accessories except my Logitech Unifying Device for my wireless mouse/keyboard.
- Removed my GPUs, switched to the on-board graphics.
- Reset motherboard UEFI to factory default settings.
- Using the Advanced Startup Repair options, I tried to do a rollback... it failed.
- Using the Advanced Startup Repair options, I tried to do a system restore... no restore points exist.
- To verify that it's a software issue, I installed a new HDD, installed Windows, and it did boot and I was able to log in successfully.
My working theory:
The system may have been trying to install an update in the background which caused the GPU drivers to crash which may have lead to the lag/unresponsive behavior. I then forcefully shutdown the system, which if it was doing an update in the background, may have corrupt service-related files.
· System Manufacturer: Custom build
· Exact model number (if laptop, check the label on bottom): N/A
· OS - Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, or Vista? Windows 10 Pro, 64-bit. Unsure of the build number, but it was the latest insider build as of about a week ago.
· x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit): 64-bit
· What was original installed OS on system: Windows 10 Pro
· Is the OS an OEM version (came pre-installed on system) or full retail version (YOU purchased it from retailer): I bought it on ebay under the impression that it was retail, but I've sense been lead to believe it may be an OEM version. Uncertain at this point.
· Age of the computer (hardware): Varies, it's been upgraded a few times.
· Age of OS installation - and whether you have re-installed the OS: Last fresh install was probably a year ago, though uncertain.
· Laptop or Desktop computer: Desktop
· CPU: i7 6700k
· Video Card: Two 1080Ti FTWs
If Desktop please also include:
· MotherBoard: ASUS Z270-WS
· Power Supply: EVGA 850W
Upon contacting Microsoft, their only suggestion was to do a custom install... thus deleting all of my apps and system settings, but being able to copy my files from Windows.old post-install.
This isn't ideal as I do a lot of web development and it'd take forever to get my environment set back up and working properly. So I'm really hoping to find a way to isolate the issue and use a live environment/USB or something to fix whatever may be causing this. I was able to retrieve a few minidumps, so hopefully they can be used to help isolate the issue...
Edited by Phaaze, 19 January 2018 - 09:53 PM.