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In regard to your question, on the following link you will be able to see additional information about that driver update:
The fact that the PC works fine on safe mode or with Linux indicates in fact that is a driver problem, as an option, to try a BIOS update to the latest version will be a good thing to do.
Normally in order to undo the changes done by the driver we recommend to un-install the driver, in this case as you can see the chipset driver has different entries, so the best option for this scenario will be to install the chipset driver provided by the manufacturer of the board on top of the driver that is currently installed to avoid any more problems with the PC.
Depending on the Windows version you are using, you will also find an option to do a “system restore” or “reset the PC” which is basically to restore the PC to the last known good configuration, you can try that and then disable the Windows automatic updates to stop the driver from installing, please do a back up of the important information you have before trying these steps.
To get further information about the driver, please get in contact with Microsoft, they should be able to provide further details about it:
Microsoft’s phone number: 1 800-642-7676
Microsoft’s support site: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us
Any further questions, please let me know.
Hi Alberto, thanks for the reply.
Unfortunately, I have the latest version of my BIOS, released in 2014. There have been no BIOS updates since then (and worked w/o issue for years.)
Also unfortunately, I have no Restore Points that go back that far (the problem arose in January.) My C: drive is a 120gb ssd, so it keeps only about 1 Restore Point at a time.
Rolling back the driver appears to only fix the problem for one boot only. Upon reboot, I must un-rollback the driver, which allows me to shutdown/reboot just once one more time yet again. I can repeat the process all day. There is clearly something else at work here.
I'm thinking there is an actual MS update behind this problem because that's the only thing I haven't been able to identify/undo.
You are welcome.
Thank you very much for letting us know that information.
This is normally the last step that we recommend to do, but since the problem still persists, did you try to re-install Windows from scratch?
What is the model of the board?
What is the model of the processor?
If this is a laptop, what is the model of it?
Also, if this is a desktop PC, for testing purposes, even though the problem does not seem to be related to hardware, do you have the option to test the PC with a different hard drive?
Did you test it outside the chassis?
Do you have the option to use a different power supply?
If you use the PC just with one memory stick, and no hard drive, is the problem still the same?
Please let me know the results of trying the steps above.
Any questions, please let me know.
Hey Alberto, thanks for the reply.
Attempting to get the Intel Driver Installer to work only made things worse (It was failing b/c it was saying the "Windows Installer Service" was not running. Enabling it got the utility to go a bit further, only to then fail because the critical "Base Filtering Engine" service" was now disabled. Attempting to re-enable it resulted in being told "Access Denied" despite being Admin, and none of the suggested fixes on Google worked.)
And with that, I gave up and just restored an 8 month old backup (taking screenshots of my desktop and all menus first.) When I created it 8 months ago, everything worked perfectly, but things have since changed and... while it still works... the restored backup has a few small issues of its own, but nothing major (I think.)
It looks like this mystery will have to remain a mystery.
You are welcome.
Thank you very much for letting us know that information, we really appreciate you took the time to do that.
We are really sorry to hear that the problem was not resolved even when using the Intel® Driver Installer.
It is good to hear though, that you were able to restore the back up from 8 months ago and now the computer is running with no major issues.
Any other inquiry, do not hesitate in contact us again.