Sudden increase in instability

By Jskid
Oct 24, 2016
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  1. My computer has been working great with very little problems. Suddenly it seems to be a lot less stable. It seem to start when I tried putting it in sleep mode. I got the blue screen of death wit the error "driver power state error". Then it randomly froze twice the next day. Any advice or maintenance?
  2. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus TS Evangelist Posts: 1,657   +309

    Probably a driver issue. Check Event Viewer in Admin Tools for recent errors involving drivers. Check Device Manager for any devices with issues.

    Any recent updated drivers which might have gone in wrong?

    Always a good time to: 1 - clean out dust, 2 - make backup, 3 - run anti-malware in SAFE mode, 4 - check SMART status of HDD & SSD, 5 - make a recovery disk (IMPORTANT if UEFI !!).

    If you think you have cured the issue and everything is now running right, consider defragging HDD, running manufacturer's maintenance utility on SDD and making a better backup.

    A good backup is a better backup if it has 2 copies.
  3. Jskid

    Jskid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 343

    Computer is still randomly freezing and another blue screen of death happened. I noticed the temporary folder in %appdata% is 4GB. Can I delete these files?
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,330   +622

    NO. Run this twice:
    • \windows\system32\cleanmgr.exe
    first time under your LOGIN
    second; click the button for System Files

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