How I fixed my Windows 7 Ultimate upgrade to Windows 10 Pro (Sleep Mode).
I upgraded to Windows 10 almost 2 weeks ago. The experience was OK except for one huge nagging problem. My system would no longer go to sleep and wake up properly without crashing and restarting or getting BSOD (DPC_Watchdog_Violation errors). Sometimes it just wouldn't go to sleep at all. The screen would go black but the hard drive light would start to go crazy along with the fan throttling up with the lid closed or when the timer ran down to put the system into Sleep mode. Several times it got so hot that I felt the system would damage itself and I had to hold the power button to do a hard shutdown. This is totally unacceptable for a system that worked perfectly on both Windows 7 Ultimate and 8.1
So last night at 3:30 am, after reading a few more responses to my forum questions I came to a point where I realized this wasn't going to be fixed. I was moments away from downgrading back to a perfectly working Windows 7…. But just before I started the process I decided to backup the data on my drive. I went to my closet to retrieve a backup drive and low and behold I found a Kingston SSD drive sitting in the box that I keep my backup drives in. I totally forgot I bought this SSD a few months ago from Newegg in an online special they had. That got me thinking…. I had already made an installation DVD using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool (I like having a hard copy of the OS) so I thought, "What the heck?"
I grabbed a screwdriver, popped the cover off the back of the laptop and removed both hard drives and installed the SSD. Re-Installed the battery, plugged it up and placed the Windows 10 DVD in the drive. Long story short, about 30 minutes and several reboots
later I have a WORKING and activated installation of Windows 10 Pro on my Dell XPS 17. Best part is SLEEP works! Its fast to power down and it wakes back up where I left off when I close the lid (manually) or when the system hits the timer limit (lid open).
Yahoo! It finally works!
My thought about this whole process?…. What a bunch of baloney!
Microsoft has had plenty of time to have this resolved since SLEEP problems first surfaced back in October of 2014. Consumers should never have to deal with these kind of problem and this should have been fixed months ago in pre-release versions for the beta testers and engineers to work out. I hope you are hearing this Microsoft, the upgrade process is BROKEN and simply doesn't work for many people across many different hardware platforms. I really tried to avoid doing a complete and clean install and spent hours and hours trying to avoid it. Microsoft should probably be promoting a clean install instead of upgrading. The only kicker here is you have to activate Windows 10 from an upgrade situation if you don't have Windows 7 or 8 media (DVD).
So what does this mean for many of us that are experiencing problems?
2) Activate Windows 10 on your machine
3) Create Windows 10 DVD or ISO file using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool
4) Downgrade and then backup your programs and data (you could also backup at step 1 before you do the upgrade)
5) Wipe the existing drive and do a full "clean" install or install a new drive and keep the old drive as a working backup of Windows 7 or 8.
6) Re-install all of your old programs, data and tweaks.
7) Finally enjoy Windows 10
I hope this helps many you to keep from pulling your hair out. Unfortunately, its not an easy solution but it does work… finally.
Good luck and let me know what you think!
My Machine Specs:
Dell XPS 17 (L702X)
Intel i7 2820QM @ 2.30Ghz (3.4Ghz turbo)
16Gb DDR3-1333 Ram
3Gb Nvidia GeForce GT 555M graphics with 3D-Vision
512Gb SSD (operating system) and 1Tb HD (internal storage)
2 x USB 3, HDMI out, Bluray drive