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Your Computer Will Restart Outside of Active Hours?

Q: Your Computer Will Restart Outside of Active Hours?

This has also been reported in the Windows 10 Feedback Hub as being wonky. For the last two Monthly Windows Updates:

I have my Focus Assist (Active Hours) set from 7am-11pm and the "Notify me when computer needs to restart" box checked in Windows Update settings.

What has happened these past two updates is this:

1.) I get an Action Center luminated notice that the computer needs to restart outside of Active Hours about 7PM.

2.) Active Hours end, and the next morning I find out that Windows Update still has the updates scheduled to be installed in the query.

3.) I have found out that if you do anything to the computer or change time to install updates, the restart "Tick" will be missed and could carry over into the next day.

4.) A user reported that he has had repeated Action Center notices for the past 3 DAYS about needing to restart.

5.) I myself will sometimes click OK and than several hours later the updates have left the query and a check of Update History shows that they were installed.

6.) You can't click the Power Button on the Task Bar Windows icon to just shutdown or restart when an update is in the query. without installing the update.

7.) For this last Wednesday, I did a CTL+ALT+ Delete to do a Restart without updating and than when the desktop came back, Windows Update History showed that the Updates that Action Center had been yapping about needing a restart on July 12th, 2019, where actually installed on July 1oth.

8.) Action Center I conclude is not synchronizing properly with accurate information. It seems that Windows 10 will still update when it wants, and the Active Hours or Focuss Assist is just a holding pattern to prevent restarts. But other people are reporting that Action Center is ignoring Focuss Assist rules.

Creating this thread more for a discussion of this issue than a solution to the problem. I am on build 1809 and am happy with it with the exception of the above. I have been OFFERED build 1903 through the manual download and install option, but I am holding out until a later time.


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Preferred Solution: Your Computer Will Restart Outside of Active Hours?

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Hi, with the anniversary upgrade, an active hours period of up to 12 hours is provided, after which, assuming one's PC is on, it will restart if so required for a Windows update.

I realised that programs such as 'Don't Sleep' which optionally block shutdown, hibernate, sleep, may actually be useful in overcoming this restriction.

Would this be likely to work or would an update related restart overcome that? Are there any other options?

I'll try it when I can.

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This will take some explaining:

Six months ago, July 2019, I would get two Action Center notifications (set to be notified) "Your Computer is set to restart outside Active Hours. The problem is that the Restarts are not happening. Back in July, I forced the update, ran Windows Update Troubleshooter and all was well with proper restarts for the past six months.

Flash forward last night, get the Action Center notification. See the lamination. Go to bed. Get up the next morning. Action Center is still laminating. (Computer was never automatically restarted overnight.)

Some questions:

1.) How long can I keep the updates in the query before the computer sends up a notification that something is wrong?

2.) I want to learn more about what conditions or time intervals are involved when Active Hours are over that determines WHEN Windows 10 restarts when updates are in the query.

3.) Yesterday, I got a notice about "Rate How Easy it is to Customize Windows 10" in Action Center. Submitted the rating. Today, I got the exact same survey.

4.) With the recent release of Microsoft Edge Chromium I wonder if Microsoft's server notifications are mssed up someway.

5.) Has anyone else had this issue?

6.) Did updating to 1903 improve these conditions?


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i'd like to migrate from Win XP 32bit to Win 7 64 bit. Starting USMT on the source give me this error.
Here is my scanstate.log:


2012-02-02 17:58:47, Info                  [0x000000] USMT Started at 2012/02/02:17:58:47.183
2012-02-02 17:58:47, Info                  [0x000000] Command line: scanstate Y:\SysAdmin_AG_Wurst\MigrationsSpeicher\PC50034 /c /nocompress /v:13 /i:Y:\SysAdmin_AG_Wurst\MigrationsSpeicher\USMT\skripte\USMT\USMT\idg_config.xml
/i:Y:\SysAdmin_AG_Wurst\MigrationsSpeicher\USMT\skripte\USMT\USMT\migdocs.xml /i:Y:\SysAdmin_AG_Wurst\MigrationsSpeicher\USMT\skripte\USMT\USMT\migapp.xml /l:Y:\SysAdmin_AG_Wurst\MigrationsSpeicher\PC50034\scanstate.log /progress:Y:\SysAdmin_AG_Wurst\MigrationsSpeicher\PC50034\scan_progress.log
2012-02-02 17:58:47, Status                [0x000000] Activity: 'MIGACTIVITY_COMMAND_LINE_PROCESSING'
2012-02-02 17:58:47, Info                  [0x000000] A temporary profile is currently active on the system. Restart the computer to continue the migration.[gle=0x00000002]
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A:USMT: A temporary profile is currently active on the system. Restart the computer to continue the migration

i found it by myself. In "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList" i had some folders called "sid".bak. After deleting them it seems to run fine :-)).

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I don't know if the anniversary update fixed it more, but I've heard people have had Windows 10, restart automatically and reboot after installing certain updates, like when they're in the middle of doing things. I can't say it's actually happened to me. Not that I'm aware of, anyway.
Either way, I think it's pretty stupid how you can only have a 12 hour window for your computer being active. It also says, that it let's you know when your computer needs restarting anyway. So, if that's the case, what's the point in having active hours set, so your computer doesn't restart when you don't want to?
The only thing I'm concerned about, is if I'm in the middle of gaming or something, and it happens and my pc restarts. Or is that now not possible, as it only happens if your computer is idle? I thought I heard somewhere it happened to someone whilst gaming. ****ing stupid idea if you ask me. Especially, when I can't choose to turn off automatic updates because I'm only using the 'Home' edition.
Not even sure how it works. Like if I have my 'active hours' set from 8am to 8pm, what happens after 8pm? Surely gaming too, your computer knows you aren't exactly 'idle'!

A:Active Hours/Update?

I am on home and have mine set similar to you, 9am to 9pm here

From my experience it has never restarted while in the middle of something, if it wants a restart it always schedules it for around 3am or updates itself when i do a shutdown/startup

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Greetings All,

I have had really bad frustrations with the unpredictability of Focus Assist and Active Hours ever since build 1809 on Windows 10 and this has now carried over on two PC?s; a Dell Desktop and a Toshiba Laptop. Here are some observations for the Microsoft Answers Community:

I have my Active Hours set from 7am to 11 PM on both computers. I also have notices checked to receive restart notifications. I will get the typical two notifications about the restarts sometimes on Patch Tuesday or the following day.

Sometimes the restarts are fine going without a hitch within about 1-2 hours after the first update notice. Other times for the past two YEARS I keep getting ?Your Computer Will Need to Start Outside of Active Hours, sometimes for FOUR OR FINE DAYS! The restart is not kicking in after the range of Active Hours have ended. This means, that from 11:O1PM to 7:01 AM I am not getting the restarts outside of Active Hours that Action Center says are waiting. Sometimes I just restart the computer through the Windows Start logo button I can?t stand waiting anymore.

What algorithms determine when these restarts happen outside of Active Hours? Why is there a delay of up to four or five days for a restart to occur for Restarts to happen outside of Active Hours? Microsoft needs to get a more definitive time for when the computer is set to restart outside of Active Hours and we need to see this in the Action Center toaster pop-up. Right-now, we have to g... Read more

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I have to restart my PC every 12 hours or so or else it freezes. I have always done all of the updates, spyware checks, virus scans, degrags and everything checks out. I also have cleaned around it as the dust seems to accumulate fast around the outside of it. Can you tell me what the problem might be? I have an HP a1223w Windows XP. Otherwise, everything is just fine with it.

A:Have to restart every 12 hours

Welcome to TSG....

Actually even though a computer can be left on all the time it is not a good thing to do for reasons that I will not go into here but they really should be shut-down periodically so they can be re-booted even just to refresh the defaults. nuff of this.

I would like you to install and run this from bootup and the instructions are ther e for that. It is speedfan and it tells about temperatures in a computer. Pleas epost the heat ranges to this thread.

Here is a download to run SpeedFan as a service on boot up here:

SpeedFan is a freeware program that monitors voltages, fan speeds and temperatures

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Hello everyone!

The title is meant to be a question, but I ran out of characters.

Firstly, I'm running both a Windows 10 and a Linux Mint. As per the default settings, if I turn on my laptop and don't touch it, it boots up Linux, I have to interact to boot to Windows. I usually use Windows, though.

Yesterday, I left home around 4.30 PM, put my laptop to sleep (as the other option was update & shut down, and I didn't feel like doing that). I came home at about 4-5 AM and noticed my laptop was awake (albeit with the screen off), and Linux was up and running. Since nobody at home touched it, the only way this is possible if it woke up from sleep (with Windows running), reboot and automatically boot up Linux. But this still doesn't answer why would this happen.

So can an automatic reboot to install updates wake up a sleeping device, in order to reboot? If yes, is there any way I can disable it? And if it can't, does anyone have a guess as to why did this happen?

Thanks in advance!

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i have a toshiba laptop, with windows vista ultimate installed. about a month ago something happened, when i downloaded and installed something that had a virus, well i got rid of most of what was wrong, alot of spyware and bleep, now i am stuck where for the past month my computer has restarted every 2 hours and 15 seconds, and i ahve internet explorer popups under firefox.

i have run a slew of virus programs to no prevail and even followed totuorials on other websites that dont seem to help. i thing i have a problem related to a rootkit "clbdriver.sys/beep.sys" i have run GMER multiple times and every time it hangs up on a file titled clbdriver.sys that is hidden in the system32\drivers directory.

i have a log from catchme, GMER, hijackthis, and combofix if u would like me to post them. please help me as soon as u can, kuz the computer restarteing every 2 hours makes it almost impossible to do anyhting. any help onto this would be greatly appreciated

p.s. as im posting this i dont seem to be getting any popups from IE i think i fixed that last night when i followed the tutorial on majorgeek.com (http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=139681)

A:Restart Every 2 Hours And 15 Seconds

Try system restore and restore to before you installed the program with the virus......

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First of all nice site! Didn't know it. Congrats.

I have a problem with my laptop. Before 1,5 month, windows started restarted and showed blue screen error. If i remember right it started after some windows updates but i'm not sure. Pc restarts exactly every 6 hours, at 11:01, 17:01, 23:01 and 05:01. (My local time is +2 GMT hours)

I attach the sf diagnostic zip. Any help would be nice!

Thank you in advance

A:BSOD Problem, Restart Every 6 Hours

C: drive only has about 4% free space. Windows likes 15% free space in order to perform stuff "behind the scenes" without adversely affecting the system's performance. Please free up 15% on ALL hard drives (you can get away with 10% on larger drives and won't notice a large performance penalty)

Drivers for these devices aren't installed:

Not Available USB\VID_138A&PID_003C\00B0B8A6AF88 The drivers for this device are not installed.
Base System Device PCI\VEN_197B&DEV_2392&SUBSYS_1631103C&REV_30\4&39D23F95&0&01E2 The drivers for this device are not installed.

The first one is most likely a Validity Sensor, the second is most likely a JMicron PCIe SD/MMC Host Controller (Media Card Reader). Please install these drivers immediately.

Dumps blamed exfat2k.sys - some sort of file system driver. If you don't know what it is, post back and I'll research it some (I'm late for work now).

Please update these older drivers. Links are included to assist in looking up the source of the drivers. If unable to find an update, please remove (un-install) the program responsible for that driver. DO NOT manually delete/rename the driver as it may make the system unbootable! :

agrsm64.sys Mon Nov 10 10:01:35 2008 (49184CCF)
Agere Systems Soft Modem

HECIx64.sys Tue Oct 19 19:33:43 2010 (4CBE2AD7)
Intel Management Eng... Read more

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I have a computer which runs all the time i.e 24x7. Is there any way I can schedule computer to shutdown automatically on Sunday evenings for 3 hours and then restart on it's own?

If there is a way to do it, please let me know. I want whole shutdown, rest for 3 hours and restart to be automatic.


A:Automatic shutdown and restart after 3 hours

I know some bios have an option to power up a PC at a set time , it's under power options , usually named 'resume by alarm' or some such thing.

You can schedule an auto-shutdown using the task scheduler , someone produced a youtube vid showing how it was done here , probably easier than me explaining it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2RwocqWpcE , turn the sound off..the backing music is quite loud...

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I have a weird problem on a laptop as following: When starting the PC everything runs correctly. But after about a four hours of use everything goes the wrong way... Something is going wrong with the network connection.
When trying to browse on the web I’m unable to get through to any website. And chrome is displaying a DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NO_INTERNETT error.
Email is still working great. Even TeamViewer works [Actually I haven't tried to connect while the problem is on, but if I was in middle of a session it continued working]. When trying to ping to a URL I can't ping successfully but any IP address [for example or] it works just fine.
What I’ve tried:
First I ran a full anti-virus scan with Avast, and there were no infections found. Then I scanned with Malwarebytes, and it found a few infected files and I went ahead and deleted them [Some of them were from an infection called ChrimeWatch].
I checked the DNS [through nslookup command, and in the Control Panel Network Connection Details] and it was not changed when problem occurred.
I changed the DNS to Googles public DNS server
Using other browsers.
Flush the DNS with ipconfig /flushdns command.
It's a Windows 7 laptop.
Can anyone please help me?!

A:DNS stops after few hours of use, till i restart the PC

Reset Chrome...Click on "Customize and control Google Chrome":  Click "Settings" then "Show advanced settings" at the bottom of the screen. Click "Reset browser settings" button. Restart Chrome.If the above didn't help....Reinstall Chrome...If you want to save your bookmarks...How to Backup Bookmarks in Google ChromeIf you want to save your passwords as well see here: http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-backup-saved-passwords-in-google-chrome-browser/ Close all Chrome windows and tabs.Go to the Start menu > Control Panel. (Windows 8 users: Learn how to access the Control Panel)Click Programs and Features.Double-click Google Chrome.Click Uninstall from the confirmation dialog. Delete your user profile information, like your browser preferences, bookmarks, and history, by selecting the "Also delete your browsing data" checkbox.Install fresh copy.

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I'm running a emachines WinXP Pro, 687 MG RAM with AMD Athlon 2.4. As programs I have Spyware Doctor, AVG Anit-virus, Sygate firewall, and Registry Mechanic.

A few days ago the comp shut down without warning. At first I thought it was the power supply. I opened the case and blew out all the dust from the bits and the power supply. Later it started fine. The next day it shut down again, and again without warning. It again shut down last night. This time I checked the heat sink to see if it was overheating - it was not. Today I was on there and this time the video gave out, and the keyboard wouldn't work either (I tried to shut it down using the keys), and in fact it wouldn't even shut down using the power on / off button and I finally had to unplug it from the wall. One more thing: twice it restarted after removing the power plug from the motherboard and pluggin it back in.

Is this a mechanical problem? A virus?

I need help on this, it seems like the time it's working is getting shorter and shorter, meaning I can't get files burned to a DVD to save them.


(this is also posted in the security and hardware forums)

A:Comp is shutting down, won't restart for hours

Welcome to TSG....

How did you check the heatsink for overheating?

Did you remove the heatsink from the top of the processor?

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This has been going on for a few months now on my new HP dv5-1000us notebook running Vista Home Premium 64-bit. The computer starts up with wireless networking and wireless connection working fine. At some seemingly random time (usually a few hours) my connection status will go from "local and internet" to "limited connectivity" with the little yellow warning icon. I try disconnecting and reconnecting, it can't connect. I turn off and on the adapter using the on-keyboard button, it says it is going "off" then "on" but connection is not restored. "Repair" attempts fail immediately, with no explanation given, it just says it can't connect. I can't ping any IP address or websites, I get "host unreachable" messages. The only solution is to restart, at which point everything is fine. Note that in this time when the wireless is not functioning, I can plug in an ethernet cable and be connected to the internet just fine.

I did IPCONFIG/ALL in the connected state, and the 'after' disconnected state.

In the connected state:
Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : dhe.duke.edu
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 4321AG 802.11a/b/g/draft-n Wi-Fi
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-21-00-35-51-FE
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::ad1e:6705:f705:d3f5%11(Pref... Read more

A:Lose wireless after a few hours, requires restart, need help!

I'm no expert on this, but it sounds to me as though the problem may lie with your firewall.

Some firewalls, if they sense a threat (real or imagined) will close all ports and thus stop traffic to and from your machine. Rebooting will return things to their base settings.

I'm sure the experts will be along soon and tell me I'm talking rubbish. But, until they do, just check.

Oops. Sorry, didn't notice the ethernet cable bit

Memo to self: Don't try to answer questions. Sorry again

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Does anyone know any tips on writing batch file or 3rd party freeware for auto shcedule to shutdown at night and restart at morning?

Because the office building is very often having main power maintenance and all PCs and servers are required to shutdown at odd hours in the night.

What I have done so far was @ECHO OFF shutdown.exe -r -t and it was only shutdown and restart straight away. What I wanted was shutdown at 23:00PM and

restart at 07:30AM next morning. Is it possible?


A:Auto schedule shutdown and restart after 8 hours

You can use the Task Scheduler in Windows (or cron in Linux and Mac OS) to have a command executed at a certain time each day.Simply set the Run: parameter to something like this:shutdown /s /t 15 /c "Shutting Down!" /fThere isn't, to my knowledge, any way to cause the computer to start itself unless such functionality is supported in the BIOS setup. Some computers' BIOS have options to turn the computer on at a certain time, though this option is relatively rare. Another, more common, BIOS option is "Wake on LAN." Wak on LAN allows the computer to be started up by sending it a special signal over it's ethernet connection, though this requires another computer on the LAN to already be up and running from which to send this signal.

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This has been going on for a few months now on my new HP dv5-1000us notebook running Vista Home Premium 64-bit. This problem has happened at numerous locations with different routers / networks, always the same symptoms though.

The computer starts up with wireless networking and wireless connection working fine. At some seemingly random time (usually a few hours) my connection status will go from "local and internet" to "limited connectivity" with the little yellow warning icon. I try disconnecting and reconnecting, it can't connect. I turn off and on the adapter using the on-keyboard button, it says it is going "off" then "on" but connection is not restored. "Repair" attempts fail immediately, with no explanation given, it just says it can't connect. I can't ping any IP address or websites, I get "host unreachable" messages. The only solution is to restart, at which point everything is fine again (for a few hours). Note that in this time when the wireless is not functioning, I can plug in an ethernet cable and be connected to the internet just fine.

I did IPCONFIG/ALL in the connected state, and the 'after' disconnected state.

In the connected state:
Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : dhe.duke.edu
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Broadcom 4321AG 802.11a/b/g/draft-n Wi-Fi
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-21-00-35-51-FE
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A:Always lose wireless after a few hours, requires restart, need help!

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hi my pc wont reboot or start after a shutdown unless i have it switched off for at least 3-4 hours then it starts normally. ive checked all the devices in device manager it says this device is working ok. ive updated the bios successfully and updated all the drivers. ive checked in windows health settings and it says no problems with drivers, storage capacity or software and apps. ive built the pc about 4 years ago and its been running ok but last few months this problem started occurring slowly getting worse. it used to start if the pc was switched off for half an hour but now its at least 3 hours. i installed some 3rd party anti-virus software in march maybe cud that have sumthing to do with it? any help wud be greatly appreciated thx

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-4130 CPU @ 3.40GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 60 Stepping 3
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 32651 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4400, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 237 GB (172 GB Free); E: 0 GB (0 GB Free);
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., B85M-D3H
Antivirus: Avast Antivirus, Enabled and Updated

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This is my first topic, so forgive me if i'm not exactly following the rules.
I have the exact same problem as discribed in this topic: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic461937.html

After a trojan (which is removed using Tdsskiller, gmer, Malwarebytes, Combofix & Kaspersky Internet Security 2012) i still have some problems:
- My desktop icons are rearranged after every restart.
- My computer loses the connection with the internet after several hours.

Can someone please help me?

A:Desktop icons rearranged after restart & internet connection stops after several hours

Hello,Please follow the instructions in ==>This Guide<== starting at step 6.Once the proper logs are created, then post them in a reply to this topic by using the Add Reply button. Since you have run ComboFix, please include the ComboFix log in the reply.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the post and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the reply and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, include the information that you were unable to produce the other logs, include the ComboFix log, and describe what happens when you try to create the other logs.Please note that I am not a member of the Malware Removal Team and will not be assisting you in removing the infection. I'm simply helping you to post the information they need in order to assist you.If HelpBot replies to your topic, PLEASE follow Step One so it will report your topic to the team members.Orange Blossom

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That is my problem as stated above.


A:Can't change am/pm in settings, update,change active hours.

Hello Henry,

You should be able to click/tap on the arrows above/below AM/PM, or click on AM or PM to select one like below.

Windows Update Active Hours - Change in Windows 10

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Hello everyone,

Insert any USB device to this computer, Computer keeps restarting and it wont stop doing that until I remove the usb device. I tried with all the usb ports on this computer and problem is the same. Even by hooking up a usb keyboard or mouse, computer wont get to the login screen. it keeps on restarting. It wont even go into 'safe mode'.
Anyone have any clue whats going on and the solution to fix it?

My appreciations in advance!.

A:Insert a USB device to this computer, It is going to restart and restart and restart

scroll down to 400, might help.


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Hello there.I've been a fan of this site for quite some time and have gotten some problems resolved just by searching the forums.
However my computer has recently developed a serious problem that I haven't been able to find a fix for.
It goes a little something like this:
Issue #1-
On our shared desktop a family member will try to log into his/her account and after a few seconds of loading settings the screen will go black and only the white cursor is visible.Task manager can't be launched and no keyboard shortcuts will respond.It will remain this way until manually turned off.Sometimes it will allow someone to log on and access the internet after being booted up again but most often the screen will go black again after 5-10 minutes.
Issue #2-
If it happens to be a good day and issue #1 hasn't occurred yet someone might be able to watch a few videos or play a game for a short time then suddenly everything will go black and the tower makes the sound it does when it restarts.
But instead of restarting once again there is only a black screen this time without a moveable cursor and the fans can still be heard running.

We've had this computer for about 5 years with numerous common,and usually easy to solve,problems but this is leaving me clueless.Automatic restart has been disabled,full virus scan found nothing,no new hardware or software has been installed recently and no other intentional changes have been made.

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A:Black screen with active cursor on XP/sudden partial restart

can you start the computer in safe mode and use it normally without it crashing?

what is the make, model, and age of the system? you could be looking at a bad power supply...

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It's all in the title really.. The internet works fine as soon as I startup but after about 1 to 2 hours I get the message "Err-Timed-Out" on every page I visit.. except, worth noting maybe, if I'm watching a YouTube video it'll still play and load up but trying to visit other sites I get the error. Anyway, after I restart the pc, the internet works fine again... for another 1 or 2 hours.

I tried a number of fixes after searching online..
* editing host file to delete any sites.
* doing the ipconfig /flushdns /renew (etc..) through the command prompt.
* disabling Anti-Virus
* disabling AdBlock (on chrome)
* running Spybot
* cleaning registry using CCleaner.
* cleaned using Malwarebytes

Pretty certain it's not a router/network issue because my tablet still connects to the internet fine.

Any help would be really appreciated, it's been happening everyday for weeks now so I'm almost getting used to having to restart every hour or 2 but another concern is if the problem could get worse and the internet might stop altogether?

A:Internet Works A Few Hours Then "Err-Timed-Out".. Only A Restart Fixes It

This is usually a server issue. Are you on a stand alone computer?

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It's all in the title really.. The internet works fine as soon as I startup but after about 1 to 2 hours I get the message "Err-Timed-Out" on every page I visit.. except, worth noting maybe, if I'm watching a YouTube video it'll still play and load up but trying to visit other sites I get the error. Anyway, after I restart the pc, the internet works fine again... for another 1 or 2 hours.

I tried a number of fixes after searching online..
* editing host file to delete any sites.
* doing the ipconfig /flushdns /renew (etc..) through the command prompt.
* disabling Anti-Virus
* disabling AdBlock (on chrome)
* running Spybot
* cleaning registry using CCleaner.
* cleaned using Malwarebytes

Pretty certain it's not a router/network issue because my tablet still connects to the internet fine.

Any help would be really appreciated, it's been happening everyday for weeks now so I'm almost getting used to having to restart every hour or 2 but another concern is if the problem could get worse and the internet might stop altogether?

A:Internet Works A Few Hours Then "Err-Timed-Out".. Only A Restart Fixes It

This is usually a server issue. Are you on a stand alone computer?

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I have to update my Vaio Update software (version 3) to version 4. The instructions on the Sony website say:

1. Download the file to a temporary or download directory (Please note this directory for reference later).
2. Uninstall the existing VAIO Update and restart the unit.
3. After the unit has restarted, please go to the directory where the file was downloaded and double-click EP0000162589.exe.
4. Follow the instructions displayed in the installation wizard.
5. After installation is completed, please restart the computer.

All is clear to me, except that I don't know whether "unit" is another word for "computer", or something different altogether...? If they mean the same thing, then the same word should be used. Anyway, I don't know whether I have to reboot my computer after removing Vaio Update 3 or whether I can install version 4 directly after removing version 3. Sorry if this sounds silly.

A:Solved: Restart the unit=restart the computer? Didn't understand Vaio Update instruct

ok download the file to for example my docs next uninstall version3 and restart your comp next get the file from my docs double click the exe follow the wizard instructions when finished restart again hope this helps

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Hello, My Windows 7 Lenovo computer got a FBI virus  Friday which blocked my computer and asked for $200.00 payment through MoneyPak to unlock computer within 48 hours.  FYI I was able to discover this was a scam and am in process of getting MoneyPak $ returned to me by MoneyPak per support. However I continue to have the computer virus (ransom malware?) which has frozen my computer.  Would anyone be able to help me please remove virus.....some background information:1,) I have tried to start the computer in safe mode.....I get to my password entry screen and with password start-up the computer automatically cuts off.2.) I cannot ESC to exit and need to manually press on/off button to shut down. Thanks for your consideration and help.*Moderator Edit:Moved topic from Windows 7 to the appropriate forum for malware removal. ~ Queen-Evie*

A:Computer Virus FBI warning pay with MoneyPak to unlock computer within 48 hours:

Welcome aboard
I'll report this topic to appropriate helpers.
Hold on there...

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Hi folks,

We need to run a Data Collector Set, to continuously monitor performance of some machines. We created the DCS from a Basic template, configured and started ok.?
However, few hours later the DCS stops, and we get "Access Denied" error when we try to re-start it.?
Deleting the DCS and re-creating it resolves the issue for few hours, but then again the DCS stops few hours later with "Access Denied" error.?
We can not figure out what is causing it. ?
The issue happens to all our Windows boxes, old and new, running different OS, from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2016.?
Any ideas?

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 the duration of my laptop  HP Pavilion 15-ab269sa has reduced to 2 hours 40 inested of 7 hours 

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Hello Tech Support!
I have been experiencing an unstable desktop pc for about eight weeks now. I need help!! This pc is eighteen months old, purchased from ibuypower. It is running the original OS, OEM win7 64 bit which I freshly reinstalled last week. BSOD crashes, hardlock crashes, distorted image followed by a loud buzzing. Replaced the video card with another XFX AMD Radeon HD 6870, still crashing. Updated video driver, updated BIOS, ran disk check, ran sfc /scannow no integrity violations, ran mem86 for ten passes no errors, removed two memory stixs still crashing, put stixs in other two slots, still crashing. Tried two other stixs still crashing. Temps look good.
Have not tried driver verifier yet. A complete noob here. Would you please help me?

A:BSOD + loud buzzing Hours and Hours tied up

Asus M4A87TD EVO AMD 870 AMD Phenom ll X6 1090T Black Edition Six-Core CPU 8 GB DDR3-1600 XFX AMD Radeon HD 6870 1GB 850W PSU Cooler MAster HAF 922

oops. Here are the specs. Thought they would show up with my name. Sorry about that.

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I don't know if this is in the right topic but still.
Okay so let's get to the point, I am using Win 8 Pro. And i can't have my computer on for a long period of time and it annoys me because i live on the countryside so i don't get that good connection every one else has. Basically i come up to a maximum of 300kb/s when i download something like a movie or what not so it has to stay on the rest of the night to download it. But the thing is (this never happened before i rebooted my computer and got Win 8 Pro) the computer restarts and then i get this loud noise from the back of the computer it sound like a Hairdryer and i need help fixing it!

Sincerely, Filip.

A:Can't have my computer on for more than 2-3 hours.

Welcome to Eight Forums, Filip. It's good to have you aboard.

The hair dryer sound is the case fan, CPU fan, or both. Sounds like a dust problem to me. How old is it? When was the last time the case was opened and blown out?

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Computer Crashes every 5-24 hours, dumpchk's included

I've done a dumpchk analysis and dont know what in the world any of this means so I hope someone could clue me in as to what I should replace or if its a software issue(hopefully). I've included two seperate dumps.

C:\Program Files\Support Tools>dumpchk -e c:\windows\minidump\mini030206-02.dmp
Loading dump file c:\windows\minidump\mini030206-02.dmp
----- 32 bit Kernel Mini Dump Analysis

MajorVersion 0000000f
MinorVersion 00000a28
DirectoryTableBase 06dc03e0
PfnDataBase 80ea6000
PsLoadedModuleList 8055c700
PsActiveProcessHead 805627b8
MachineImageType 0000014c
NumberProcessors 00000002
BugCheckCode 1000008e
BugCheckParameter1 c0000005
BugCheckParameter2 f737b504
BugCheckParameter3 a7fd0670
BugCheckParameter4 00000000
PaeEnabled 00000001
KdDebuggerDataBlock 8054c2e0
MiniDumpFields 00000dff

ServicePackBuild 00000200
SizeOfDump 00010000
ValidOffset 0000fffc
ContextOffset 00000320
ExceptionOffset 000007d0
MmOffset 00001068
UnloadedDriversOffset 000010a0
PrcbOffset 00001878
ProcessOffset 000024c8
ThreadOffset 00002728
CallStackOffset 00002980
SizeOfCallStack 00000980
DriverListOffset 00003590
DriverCount 00000073
StringPoolOffset 000057b8
StringPoolSize 00000fd0
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I have intel core 2 duo E6400 2.13ghz......and i bought it 5 years ago so i wanted to know can i use it for 12 hours consecutively or will it harm my computer.....or should i use it for 10 hour and give it a 2 hour rest and the use it for next 6 hours?

A:Is it safe to use computer for more than 12 hours?

Some folks never shut their computers off! In general the answer is yes.

The only issue you need to be concerned about (as far as running it for a long period of time) is overheating. But if your temps remain in the normal range then you do not need to be concerned about harming anything.

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Why not try this handy little tool which changes the colour intensity of your screen according to where you are and the time of day.

During the day, computer screens look good?they're designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn't be looking at the sun.

f.lux makes your computer screen look like the room you're in, all the time. When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.

Download: F.lux: software to make your life better

A:Work at the computer all hours?

man, i really appreciate this..... I've been getting headaches at work right when I sit down at my workstation, which has three monitors. This thing works great. It relaxed my eyes a bit and i don't seam to get any more headaches. Great find!

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my dad decided that he wanted to put parental hours on my computer so that it automatically turns off at 12:30am....How would I turn this off?? Because He pretty much set it up for my brother because he sneaks on at night but I don't find it fair that he's doing it for mine too...How would I find out if its really on? and how would I get it turned off?

Note: I am sorry, but we are unable to assist you with this problem. Please speak to your father about your situation.

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First off hello everyone - I'm brand new here

The issue is: My computer has been freezing the past few months (mostly while gaming though it has happened while just sitting on desktop). I would be playing a game and then everything would freeze. No mouse movement/No mouse loading/ task manager does nothing. The only way to fix it would be to hold down the power button and restart the computer.

At first I thought it was the graphics card(froze every 20 minutes no matter what I was doing. though safe mode seemed ok) as I sent it back under warranty and used a temporary crappier one. Which ran fine for a bit but then started having the same issue (at a much lower rate: every 1-4 hours). The supplier has said they couldn't find an issue with the graphics card I sent back so now I'm fairly lost as to what it could be

I took it into a PC repair shop and they could find the cause of the issue either (they tested RAM and Graphics card and reinstalled software.). No luck with any of that. I'm now at my wits end as gaming is becoming harder with constant crashes.

Past 3 days upon restarting after a crash my USB mouse would not work (no cursor movement/not lighting up) and has to be re-plugged in.

A:Computer freezing every 1-4 hours.

Current specs are: https://www.pccasegear.com/index.php...ion=wish_lists

With G.Skill Ripjaws Z F3-14900CL10Q-32GBZL 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3 And NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770

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I was trying to save an ISO file from an old CD using ImgBurn so I would have a backup copy of it. The CD got through 585,234 KB of 595,225 KB and stopped running. I tried to exit the application, tried to end the process, end the task, etc. and it would not end. I finally decided to just shut down the computer in hopes that it would kill the task. Now my system has been shutting down for three hours. I do not like doing a hard shut down because it can damage hard disks and cause hard disk corruption. Any suggestions?

I am also curious: what is the longest other people have waited for their system to shut down before it accomplished the task? Anyone as patient as I am when it comes to avoiding hard shut downs?

A:Computer still shutting down three hours later...

Wow...never heard of anything like that!
Maybe your computer ran the updates OR was trying to close a process/ program.

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Does anyone know why after my computer is on and idle for 2-3 hours it runs really, really slow? I mean I can click on a icon and it takes 8-15 seconds to respond. I have an HP 1 Ghz. 512 MB (maxed). 60 GB mem.
Yes, I have cleaned the files and done a defragmentation. This computer is usually very fast. It only happens when it has sat for a while, idle.
Thanks in advance.

A:Computer Slow After 2-3 Hours Of Being On???

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MotherBoard: Gigabyte: GA-MA785GM-US2H

Cpu: AMD Phenom II x4 920 Processor

Memory: 2 X COrsair CM2x2048-6400C5

Netowrk adapter: Realtek pcie gbe family controller

Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 1024 MB

Sound: Reaktek High Definition Audio

HardDrive: Seagate ST3250410AS

and it cost 6.78 cents for kw/h


A:How much does it cost to run my computer for 24 hours?


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I recently purchased new computer now my computer shut downs every after 12 to 14 hours why is that ?

How do i know if its a problem from motherboard or ram ?

Is there a particular software where i can record shutdown logs and reason why it shutdown ?

A:computer shutdown every after 12 - 14 hours why ?

Is it set to go into sleep mode at a given time? Is it scheduled to download data from Microsoft, etc., at a certain time of day or night?

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Hey everyone, recently my computer's clock has been having trouble staying at the time it really is. It is currently set at 4:36 PM (6:36 PM right now). Regardless of if I reset the clock to the actual time it goes back 2 hours. Anyone else dealing with this issue? Any suggestions of fixing the problem. (I know that MS just put out a new update but this issue was happening a couple of days BEFORE the update was released.)

If anyone has any suggestions let me know!


A:Computer Stays 2 Hours Behind

LOL, what a weird problem. I will tell you to restore your system and it might fix your problem IMO. Have you changed something by accident and i mean something about the registry or something? Have you searched on google or youtube for a fix or same problems? Have you scanned with second opinions scanners?

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My Computer Freezes when I just leave it alone for 1-2 hours what can be the problem the only thing I have downloaded was rocket dock?

A:Computer Freezes after about 1-2 Hours of non use

It hasn't happened today so I don't know if I need to upload the dump file or not?

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win xp media center 2002 sp3   3gb
my last xp machine, and it's not a candidate for upgrading for a while.
ran like a champ for years, but sometime in the last few months, been bogging down.
Sometimes it's firefox (just now updated to ver 48, so we'll see if it improves). Terminating processes with taskmgr doesn't free it up. usually a cold boot is necessary.
avast free, teamviewer run 27/7 along with firefox.
Installed in the past months... hard to track, but printer software, other stuff I really don't recall.

A:computer bogs down every few hours

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy,  taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.
   Go to Piriform's website, and download the free version on the left.  Click Download from Piriform.com (the FileHippo link requires an extra click). Or if you want to use a portable version of Speccy (which doesn't require installation), click the builds page link and download the portable version. You will now be asked where you want to save the file. The best place to put it is the Desktop, as it will be easy to find later.
    After the file finishes downloading, you are ready to run Speccy. If you downloaded the installer, simply double-click on it and follow the prompts until installation is complete. If you downloaded the portable version, you will need to unzip it before use. Right-click the ZIP file and click Extract all. Click Next. Open up the extracted folder and double-click on Speccy.
     Once inside Speccy, it will look similar to this (with your computer's specifications, of course):
     Now, at the top, click File > Publish Snapshot. You will see the following prompt:
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I'm fairly familiar with computers, but this problem has me stumped. I have a 2 year old pc tower with a 2.7GHz Celeron, 500MB memory, and removable drives. I use Windows ME with no screensavers, have AVG antivirus, and run SPybot and Ad-Aware. I use a dial-up modem, but surf infrequently, using mostly word processing and art programs.

When I start the computer, everything works normally. After about 2 hours of operation, even if the computer sits idle for 2 hours after startup (showing desktop), it starts to slow down, and continues to slow until it becomes useless. Left idle for 5 hours, it's a total crash. The cursor gets "sticky" freezing for 2 - 15 seconds or so while the computer "thinks" then executes a move. The cursor looks like a slideshow, snapping from place to place as I move the mouse, making it hard to select menu items.

It's not the mouse, as I've changed mice, both USB and direct with no improvement.

I don't think the problem is mechanical, as it is cured immediately with a hot reboot (reset). The problem comes back in a couple hours, though. CPU temperature is 96 degrees.

I don't think it is the removable drives as the problem persists with a clone drive substituted.

I don't think it's spyware or a virus, as I have scanned for both. The problem occurs when I am not on the internet, so I doubt someone is hijacking computer cycles.

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A:Computer slows down after 2 hours

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I am a new user on this forum. I have had BSOD on this new computer I bought a couple of times now. I have attached the zip file which the instruction thread told me to. I have tried rebooting computer, I have done windows updates, I have restored my computer but this still won't stop.

Here is my computer information:

Here is more information about my problem.

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: BlueScreen
OS Version: 6.1.7600.
Locale ID: 2057

Additional information about the problem:
BCCode: d1
BCP1: 595E2256
BCP2: 00000002
BCP3: 00000001
BCP4: 93A330B8
OS Version: 6_1_7600
Service Pack: 0_0
Product: 768_1

Files that help describe the problem:

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A:BSOD every few hours while using the computer

Hello and welcome .
Unfortunately the bugchecks are caused by a very old wireless adapter that doesn't
have any driver updates past Windows Vista .
I honestly think that you should check if the rest of the hardware is compatible with Windows 7.
Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - Download - Microsoft Windows

BugCheck D1, {5d5ec047, 2, 0, 89967860}

Unable to load image \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\athrusb.sys, Win32 error 0n2
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for athrusb.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for athrusb.sys
Probably caused by : nwifi.sys ( nwifi!Dot11GetSenderAddr+e )

The system attempted to access pageable memory using a kernel process IRQL that was too high. The most typical cause is a bad device driver (one that uses improper addresses). It can also be caused by caused by faulty or mismatched RAM, or a damaged pagefile.

829768cc 89967860 badb0d00 00000001 85b37a38 nt!KiTrap0E+0x2cf
82976940 8996b02e 85f99fa0 00000000 85bb1008 nwifi!Dot11GetSenderAddr+0xe
829769c8 8996b3ec 85bb1008 00000030 85f0a518 nwifi!Pt6RepackRecvNBL+0xb0
829769f4 88876a2e 8611e010 85f0a518 00000000 nwifi!Pt6Receive+0x128
82976a1c 88821c1e 85e2d0e0 85f0a518 00000000 ndis!ndisMIndicateReceiveNetBufferListsInternal+0x62
82976a44 898270a4 85e2d0e0 85f0a518 00000000 ndis!NdisMIndicateReceiveNetBufferLists+0x52
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I have a Dell that is running on Windows XP sp3. When I try to open an application it thinks, the circle keps spinning, for hours sometimes the app loads in 30 minutes and then it starts to think again for hours. I have done spyware and malware checks and all are clean. It works fine in safe mode.
Thank you.

A:My computer keeps thinking for hours!


What do you have running in the background do you multitask? also how much ram do you have?

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Hi guys,
I am new here. For a 2 month, i was trying to stop BSOD. It happen after using computer for more than 2 or 3 hour. When i check with Bluescreenview, i got that- dxgkrnl.sys driver making the problem. so i need help from you guys.
Importent:- It happen after using computer in normal for more than 2 hour and it happen in 1 hour when i try to play games

here is the dumb file:-

Dump File : 050414-17109-01.dmp
Crash Time : 5/4/2014 1:39:29 PM
Bug Check String :
Bug Check Code : 0x00000116
Parameter 1 : ffffe000`038af4d0
Parameter 2 : fffff800`02442dfc
Parameter 3 : ffffffff`c000000d
Parameter 4 : 00000000`00000003
Caused By Driver : dxgkrnl.sys
Caused By Address : dxgkrnl.sys+fef58
File Description :
Product Name :
Company :
File Version :
Processor : x64
Crash Address : ntoskrnl.exe+14dca0
Stack Address 1 :
Stack Address 2 :
Stack Address 3 :
Computer Name :
Full Path : C:\Windows\Minidump\050414-17109-01.dmp
Processors Count : 2
Major Version : 15
Minor Version : 9600
Dump File Size : 587,720
Dump File Time : 5/4/2014 1:50:30 PM

Dump File : 050414-14640-01.dmp
Crash Time : 5/4/2014 1:25:01 PM
Bug Check String :
Bug Check Code : 0x00000116
Parameter 1 : ... Read more

A:BSOD After using computer for hours

Post it following the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions.

Upload the files in your reply post, no need for creating a new thread.

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