Original Title: "Maintenance In Progress" - Windows 8 Unresponsive
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NOTE: The description below is perhaps verbose. For a full understanding of the issue you may want to read it, but I am providing a workable partial solution that should be much more succinct. You may want to scroll down and start with that instead.
Installed Windows 8 Pro. Began having problems with System becoming frozen/non-responsive almost immediately. The problem would occur with video or if the computer was left unused (or not given any input) for 10 minutes or so. Basically any program that is open will begin to register as "Not Responding". The mouse cursor will go to the "loading" spinning circle and slowly over about a minute nothing will respond anymore until I power off/on. This cycle often causes a disk check to be necessary (which tells us something substantial is happening when I shut down).
After days of fiddling with the issues I determined there were likely several things causing my system to be unstable. The new Win8 video drivers supplied by Nvidia appear to be problematic and there is a problem with "automatic system maintenance" causing this issue.
I removed my Window 8 partition, re-installed Windows 8 Pro, allowed no updates of any kind, and installed no programs. Within minutes I had my first system freeze just as described above. The common denominator each time is that the Action Center icon in the taskbar shows "Maintenance in progress".
I cannot see what the maintenance is because the system wont respond. I attempted to turn off "Automatic System Maintenance" but that is not possible (nice).
If I run the Automatic System Maintenance manually my system will crash and stop responding as described previously. The System Maintenance troubleshooter says there are no problems detected (in admin mode).
I can find no decent documentation about this feature and what exactly it is doing. There is no discernable way to figure out what is wrong. No KB articles I can find, no articles here that show any solutions, nothing. I have checked my Event Viewer and haven't found anything of use excepting critical reports where I have manually shut down.
I have Windows 8 dual booted with Windows 7 on seperate partitions of the same HD. I have considered cleaning it all off and installing only Windows 8 but its annoying to have to tweak around with several guesses and re-installations in order to bug test this situation.
I'm at my wits end. I have serious reservations about this OS and I am trying to learn how it works but I don't have time to be a beta tester for MS on this product. I have come within a hairs breath of abandoning Windows 8 on a couple of occasions. The only thing that is making me give this one more try is I want to look at developing for Windows 8 apps and I need it to work. It takes enough time to setup a new build and start becoming productive with a new OS without having to troubleshoot what seem to be clear mfg defects before I can begin.
Does anyone know how to proceed to correct this problem or how to properly document and report it to a MS channel that may be able to come up with a resolution? I have no more time to waste on an OS that I cannot be productive with. This is why I usually refuse to be an early adopter. I'm guessing this OS will be so much better after the 1st SP release.
Running Windows 8 in safe mode does not crash. Of course the System Maintenance does not run in Safe Mode, nor can it manually be started.