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I have experienced the "soft freeze" issue about once a day since first installing Windows 10. I have not even installed the Anniversary update yet. Desktop freezes for 10-30 seconds, mouse works, any clicks happen all at once when Windows comes out of the freeze. Hard drive (and I think CPU) spike to 100% during the freeze.
I have long suspected drivers for the Intel chipset and SATA controller. PC is just barely old enough that Windows 10 drivers are not available. I have tried to install the Windows 7 drivers (hoping they would work better), but Windows 10 says it knows better and the Microsoft drivers are the best drivers. Clearly there is a bug somewhere.
I don't believe most of the steps provided are of any use. I have no reason to believe my Windows install is corrupt or my user profile is corrupt. 99% of the time, my PC works flawlessly. About once a day, I get the stupid freeze. To me this is a bug in Windows (OS or included drivers).
Windows 7 or Windows 8 drivers should work (and be allowed to be installed), no?. My PC is fast and I see no reason to throw it out just to get Windows 10 drivers.