Windows 10 Crashing at idle

…..sigh. I’ve had Windows 10 for a while now, and I’ve started noticing some weird behaviour. If I leave the system idle at the desktop for a while (or even lock the PC), I’ll come back to it and it would be running Linux. Strange!

I decided to video the screen to capture what was going on, and I got this:


…what? KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED(NTFS.SYS)? The only data I could really find about this was from back when Windows 10 was in beta! So far, I haven’t found the cause. It doesn’t seem to be hardware, since Linux runs just fine all day every day without even a hiccup. Strange.

I’ve noticed that the system bluescreens after exactly 10 minutes of being idle, and comes up with different bluescreens! I also get IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL quite frequently. It’s time to start troubleshooting.

I’ve ran memtest86+ overnight and not had a single error, so its not RAM or CPU. I’ve installed the latest network, sound, chipset, video drivers from manufacturers websites. I’ve reinstalled Windows! I’ve disconnected all but the SSD, all USB devices, the WiFi card, disabled networking and audio in the BIOS. I’m really at a loss now.

I have a suspicion its a Windows 10 bug, or an incompatible device driver somewhere. I’m going to have to investigate further into the crash files and see if there’s any clues into what the heck is going on. It’s not hardware related, because the system runs Linux happily all day every day without even a hiccup, and no hardware errors get logged. Very strange.

I’ll keep you posted about this, after a lot of Googling online this is a problem that affects some other people, so I’ll definitely be posting my fix soon if I find one.

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{2 Responses to “Windows 10 Crashing at idle”}

  1. I wonder if it might be ACPI related. Maybe try disabling all power saving features in BIOS (or UEFI or whatever it’s called nowadays). Also, does this happen if Windows is brought up and left running in safe mode?

    • I’ve tried messing about with all the power saving stuff and it didn’t seem to do anything. Very good idea about trying safe mode though, I did not think of that! Just trying it now. Thanks! 🙂

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