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I have a Dell Inspiron 5110N which was shipped with Windows 7 HB. Per the new offer from MSFT, i had upgraded to Windows 8 Pro performing a clean install by formatting the C partition and then installing Windows 8 Pro. Then i had installed the drivers per recommendation from Dell.

Issue: Windows Freezes randomly with no errors, nothing responds. Force shut-down is required to turn off system.

No hardware failure, issue was detected in diagnostic tests and while i was using Windows 7HB system never froze.

The motherboard was replaced (Dell tech advised bios update, system froze and bios was bricked) and current mobo has BIOS ver A11 which was released for Windows 8.

However, the problem still persists.

In order to find the cause of issue, i checked the Windows Error logs and found 3 Entries there which coincided with the timing of system freeze, they are as below:

Wininit Custom dynamic link libraries are being loaded for every application. The system administrator should review the list of libraries to ensure they are related to trusted applications. Please visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/197571 for more information.

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Process **\mcshield.exe pid (1984) contains signed but untrusted code, but was allowed to perform a priviliged operation with a McAfee Driver.

and

RTL8168 realtek pcie fe family controller is disconnected from network

Screen-shots to error: https://www.cubby.com/p/_ac056f03fbfa4e8881e355c7a4030f91/Logs#Logs

When i uninstalled McAfee, the issue persisted. However, when McAfee was uninstalled only Wininit and RTL8168 were shown in Event log.

Sytem config: Inspiron n5110 Processor: i3 2350M RAM: 4 GB OS: Windows 8 Pro 64 bit Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GT525M

Thanks for reading and thanks for any resolutions.

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