I mentioned a while ago my Asus T200TA, running Windows 8.1, bought I think 2 1/2 years ago. It's always had a bit of a love-hate relationship with my mobile broadband dongle, which is what I have to use most of the time to get on the internet - every now and then the dongle seems to send the laptop into the dreaded Automatic Repair mode. I'd learned how to deal with that by never letting the computer Restart (as opposed to shutting down and starting again) without removing the dongle software again
However, last week I got a BSOD (didn't recognise it as that at first, because it wasn't so obviously different from everything else as in previous Windows versions), and although I tried various System Restores and Refreshes, in the end I had to give up and do a factory reset. I then spent several hours downloading and installing the couple of hundred updates that had been issued since the laptop was manufactured.
However, since that time, the machine has seemed a lot more sensitive not only to the dongle, but also to other things I might attach via the USB ports, such as my external hard drive (unless, of course, it's the software it's reacting to). I installed the backup software for my external HD (WD Acronis True Image, and also another one, the name of which escapes me at the moment, but is also a WD version of something), tried to make some new backups, and now the laptop seems to be reacting badly to that one as well, because twice since I've installed it (even without the broadband dongle) it's gone into Automatic Repair mode the next time I've started it up. This is only my "travel" work laptop, so normally it's not a huge problem, but I've been using it a lot over the past few weeks, and losing an awful lot of time having to restore/refresh it the whole time.
If anyone has any good ideas about what might be happening here, or any other suggestions to make which don't involve throwing the laptop in the bin/out the window etc., I'd be grateful.
Edited by britechguy, 31 January 2018 - 11:15 AM.
Moved to Win8/8.1 from Internal Hardware