Hey all, I don't see much talk about this, so I'll start off with my thoughts, and see who bites...
I made the jump to Windows 8 rather early, and had a pretty pleasant experience. Most everything worked, and I was more or less problem free for quite some time. Outside of Mac HFS+ drivers for Windows and needing to upgrade to a newer version of Paragon partitioning software, I got off easy. Everything just worked, officially supported or otherwise. Avid EuCon devices, my audio hardware, all the software, and it was going well.
Then Windows 8.1 rolled out. My computer went from working, to trouble in a single update. Literally everything is going wrong (I don't mean everything, but everything super important to a functioning computer). So, my computer will no longer shut down properly. I get a blue screen every single time. It's quite non-descript too. For someone who works at a computer shop, you'd think I could narrow this down faster, but of course not. The big complicated problems always happen to the techs.
Here's a quick brief of everything I can piece together of what happens. In the event logs and using Blue Screen View, I get ntoskrnl.exe as the cause. The Action Center tells me that it's my graphics drivers. I've reverted, completely uninstalled, and regardless of what I do, I get the blue screen when I click log shutdown or restart. Without fail. I swapped graphics cards to an ATI FirePro instead of my GTX660 to see if it was maybe the nVidia drivers. Well, it blue screened before I even got a chance to install the ATI drivers, so clearly it isn't that. I've run windows update, etc and so forth to see if anything will roll around, and no, of course not.
Lucky me, I didn't run a full image before I upgraded, so of course I can't fall back on that (lesson learned there). I have updated software and drivers for nearly every device I have installed, and I can't source a cause for this outside of 8.1. That's a swift kick in the shins.
My software seems to all work. Adobe Master Collection, Avid Pro Tools 11, M-Audio drivers, Reaper, EuCon software, everything is fine. I can work and not have problems. It's when I go to shutdown that I have a problem. It must be something starting with the computer, because I can quickly go to the shutdown menu right after starting the machine and it will restart/shutdown fine. So it's software that is starting with the computer, but it's a delayed start. I don't know what it is because I never get a specific driver listed. The two errors are specifically "Driver_Left_Locked_Pages_In_Process" or the older error "Process_Has_Locked_Pages." I've don't plenty of Google-fu that has left me empty handed over what could be causing the issue.
I have an old backup I could image to if need be, however it would take a long time to get the whole setup back to where it is in terms of software installations and updates, so I'm struggling with it, hoping something turns for the better.
A good friend/client at my shop brought his computer in the same day, he made the same mistake of going to 8.1, and he lost all Bluetooth connectivity, and that will be quite the struggle to get back running correctly.
Has anyone else made the jump? What are your experiences with it?
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