Windows 10 workstations locks up after booting

It is a Windows 10 Professional workstation. It does boot and log in. It will run and I can do things for about 60 seconds while it is coming up but then it locks up tighter then a drum. Does the same thing in Safe Mode. None of the advanced options do me any good. It is either a driver issue or a startup program. Is there any place in the registry where I can delete the drivers it loads that are hardware specific? Any other ideas on how to keep this puppy from locking up?

BTW I did a full backup then did a reset (keep files) and it runs great. So it isn't the computer. I restored the backup and it is back to locking up after about 60 seconds.....
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LockDown32OwnerAsked:
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Andrew LeniartFreelance JournalistCommented:
Hi Lockdown,

I'd first check startup programs. To do this, just open Task Manager and set everything to disabled, reboot and try again.

To see if it's a driver related problem, try this.

Open an elevated command prompt and type in the following commands, though if you only have 60 seconds of usability, you'll need to be quick;

bcdedit.exe -set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING ON

This will set the system to boot only with signed Microsoft drivers. See if the system performs ok with that setting. You'll get a "Test Mode" on the desktop until you reverse the commands.

I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Go to System Properties, Advanced Tab, Startup Settings and uncheck Automatically Restart. This will leave any messages on screen when it crashes.

Open Control Panel, Security and Maintenance, Pull down Maintenance and then view Reliability History. What errors are there.  You should see errors there because you said it was not a hardware problem.

Is there any place in the registry where I can delete the drivers it loads that are hardware specific?

Yes. Get Autoruns (Microsoft SysInternals) and run it. It shows everything that starts up.
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LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
I don't have time to go in to task manager or System Properties but I am getting closer. I can boot in to safe mode with command prompt. I then ran your bcdedit commands Andrew, ran msconfig and disabled all non-microsoft services and startup programs in Task Manager. It now boots.

   So it is time to start working backwards. How do I reverse you bcdedit commands Andrew?
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Andrew LeniartFreelance JournalistCommented:
So it is time to start working backwards.
Yep, you got it :)

How do I reverse you bcdedit commands Andrew?

That's just as easy...

bcdedit.exe -set loadoptions ENABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING OFF


I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
@Andrew

bcdedit.exe -set loadoptions DDISABLE_INTEGRITY_CHECKS
bcdedit.exe -set TESTSIGNING ON

This will set the system to boot only with signed Microsoft drivers. See if the system performs ok with that setting. You'll get a "Test Mode" on the desktop until you reverse the commands.WRONG OH Mighty One, this allows unsigned drivers the default is signed drivers only
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Andrew LeniartFreelance JournalistCommented:
@David Johnson

Whoops! I should have looked it up and gave that advice from memory instead.

My thanks for the correction and apologies to the author.

Can you confirm that my instructions to reverse the command were correct, please?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
The commands you gave were correct both to implement and to reverse.. Just what the command does was wrong
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Andrew LeniartFreelance JournalistCommented:
Thanks David... I guess we're all allowed one mistake in our lifetime right?

I guess this one was mine <g>  :-)

At least there was no harm done and it did get him some useful info. :)
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