Windows 8 RP "freezing bug" reportedly fixed

When the Windows 8 Release Preview was first launched in late May, a number of users experienced a "freezing" issue with the operating system. Even Neowin readers have experienced this problem and opened a thread on our message boards to talk about it.

Recently, a Microsoft employee, identified on Twitter as "tripparks", the "Senior Software Development Lead in Test at Microsoft", responded to a Twitter question about the freezing problem and that we should "stay tuned". Now Techie-buzz.com reports that the freezing build has now been corrected in internal builds of Windows 8, little surprise here as we would expect Microsoft to fix this bug before launching.

As we have reported before, Microsoft is currently working on the final "Release to Manufacture" (RTM) build of Windows 8. A new rumor claims that the RTM version will have the build number of 8500 and it will be completed sometime in mid-July; Windows 8 is still expected to go on sale to the general public sometime in October.

Source: Techie-buzz.com

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How do we know this has been fixed if the fix itself has not been rolled out and tested among beta testers and preview program participants?
I don't like this whole style of development and testing that Microsoft has been doing since Vista where very few builds go out for testing and the builds selected for testing are specifically compiled and tailored for beta testing, while inside the labs its a completely different thing. It really shows that Microsoft is doing their own thing and not really listening to testers anymore.

netsendjoe said,
How do we know this has been fixed if the fix itself has not been rolled out and tested among beta testers and preview program participants?
I don't like this whole style of development and testing that Microsoft has been doing since Vista where very few builds go out for testing and the builds selected for testing are specifically compiled and tailored for beta testing, while inside the labs its a completely different thing. It really shows that Microsoft is doing their own thing and not really listening to testers anymore.

That's exactly what they're doing. I'm not convinced this issue is totally fixed either. I experienced it on both the CP and now the RP. It happens much more often on the RP though, and somehow installing Hyper-V fixed it which makes no sense at all but meh, it works.

I never had this bug until it happened a few times a couple of days ago, I rebooted inbetween freezes so I really didn't know what was going on.

I attributed my freezing to Google Chrome, hasn't happened since I used IE10 to test... I initially blamed my Creative Soundcard but upon removing that the 'freezing' continued. It doesn't lock up, but explorer kinda half dies and it's unusable.

It is somewhat possible that the latest Nvidia beta drivers were the fix for me, but I haven't dared to try Chrome again on Win 8 RP.

DarkyDan said,
I attributed my freezing to Google Chrome

As was discussed in the thread, it seems Chrome is not the cause, but causes the issue to occur more frequently.

The temporary fix that worked for most people in my thread was enabling Hyper-V in Programs and Features. Unusual fix, I know, but it works.

Great! I was wondering how they let something like this slip by! I hope it's released as an update through Windows update. I have two sandy bridge PCs running the RP and suffering from this bug.

jimmyfal said,
My freezing bug disappeared with the new Nvidia drivers.

For me, it sorta got worst. This freezing issue always happened on chrome before the NV drivers in fact it was one of the reasons I switched to IE. Now, it even occurs when using IE.

I have this bug and it's very annoying. It freezes as the most inopportune times that I no longer boot into Windows 8. It's nice that there's a fix for the internal builds, but how about sending that puppy down the pipes?

It happens only on Sandy-Bridge and Ivy-Bridge, that's why some got it, some didn't. By the way is this coming as an update to the RP ?!

SubZenit said,
It happens only on Sandy-Bridge and Ivy-Bridge, that's why some got it, some didn't. By the way is this coming as an update to the RP ?!

I have an Sandy Bride and can report that this happens.

calimike said,

Windows 8 RP is beta. Risk at your own!


No. As already pointed out, the Consumer Preview was the Public Beta. The Release Preview
is officially a Release Candidate. Yes, it's a Preview, it isn't finalised yet, but it is NOT a beta.

As for the freezing bug, I had similar symptoms on my install of Windows 8 Release Preview
until I installed the latest offical AMD Catalyst drivers to replace the default, bog standard,
basic drivers bundled with the OS by Microsoft. Until then, it was pretty much unusable.

Thats interesting. I never encountered that issue. I only had problems finding a working audio driver for my laptop speakers (which I never found yet)

theyarecomingforyou said,
Same. I've been using the RP as my primary operating system since release and it's been just as stable as Win7. The only issues I've had have been with games.

I really like it but the fact that I cannot hear anything from the speakers is gamebreaking for me
I tried various drivers from Realtek website and running in Vista/7 mode etc but nothing seems to work. Meantime now I formatted back to Windows 7 (not my primary machine but I use it as a 'social' machine around the house) I had the issue in the CP as well and I was hoping with the RP the issue would be fixed. This is a slightly older laptop (Dell Vostro 1400, Core 2 Duo 4gb ram) so I think I'll just leave it on Windows 7 for the foreseeable future, I wont bother messing with it again. At least I dont think the issue will be fixed by the time the "retail version" is out.

hotosega said,
I hope they release that update as soon as possible. It's a very annoying bug

Enable Hyper-V and you have fixed the problem by your own.

hotosega said,
I hope they release that update as soon as possible. It's a very annoying bug

my question is do you have iTunes installed? because for me it turns out that it's after I installed iTunes about a couple hours after that I experienced a freezing "issue".
intel i7 HP laptop.

hotosega said,
I hope they release that update as soon as possible. It's a very annoying bug

my question is do you have iTunes installed? because for me it turns out that it's after I installed iTunes about a couple hours after that I experienced a freezing "issue".
intel i7 HP laptop.

FoxieFoxie said,
It's the same bug that got Sinofsky during Surface demo

The bug probably went instantly to high priority after that happened, haha.

FoxieFoxie said,
It's the same bug that got Sinofsky during Surface demo

On the video you can see the OS is responding but touch acts like crazy

FoxieFoxie said,
It's the same bug that got Sinofsky during Surface demo

How do you figure? Sinofsky was using the RT tablet...which is based on ARM. This is a problem seen only in Core i3/i5/i7.

FoxieFoxie said,

Haha, true, Paul also did a great job

Again, how do you figure? Paul got the build a week early and he only got around to talking about this *extremely obvious* problem almost a month later? He has multiple modern Intel machines, too, and I assume he uses things like Chrome. He should have been talking about it on Day 1, because he would have seen it on about Day -7.

chAos972 said,
But that's one less thing for people to complain about!

They can complain that they can't complain about it.

Ninja Grinch said,

Technically beta would've been the consumer preview, its more of a release candidate right now. Still the same difference in terms of bugs, Windows 7 RTM wasn't bug free after all.

How is the Release Preview even a release candidate? It wasn't feature complete and it was never ever even considered a candidate for release. It was like a release candidate, and I think it even mentioned RC in the license agreement, but it seems like they just treated it like another beta.

rfirth said,

How is the Release Preview even a release candidate? It wasn't feature complete and it was never ever even considered a candidate for release. It was like a release candidate, and I think it even mentioned RC in the license agreement, but it seems like they just treated it like another beta.

RP is not a release candidate. It is a preview, which meant it was feature complete, and very close to what you will see.

Supporting documents in pre-release software are always filled with a lot of wrong information. Consider they are being updated, too.