I have a problem where Windows 8-related network access will cease to function, but other networking will continue working just fine. It's been very difficult for me to pinpoint this to a particular cause, but here are the clues I've gathered so far:
- When it happens, all metro-style apps that access the network hang on startup. When this happens the event log contains an entry such as "Package Microsoft.BingNews_220.127.116.113_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe was terminated because it took too long to suspend."
- Most desktop applications (i.e. Internet Explorer) continue to work just fine.
- Even though it's a desktop app, Office 2013 also stops working.
- It only seems to happen after long periods of inactivity, i.e. when the machine sits idle overnight. I've also seen it happen when the machine comes out of sleep.
- Rebooting fixes the problem for a while.
- When it happens, I can't restart the Network Connected Devices Auto-Setup service. It just hangs.
- It happens on two completely different PCs, one being four years old and one that's brand new. They have completely different network adapters by different manufacturers so I suspect it's not a hardware- or driver-related issue.
- Disabling and re-enabling the network adapter doesn't fix the problem.
- The event log contains an entry "A timeout (30000 milliseconds) was reached while waiting for a transaction response from the NlaSvc service."
- There's nothing else unusual in the event log.
Is there anything else I should be looking at? I realize that this isn't much to go on -- I'll post further clues here as I gather them.