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So, the past couple weeks I've found Saturday evening to be a great time to play The Witcher 2.

I've been encountering anomalies shortly after quitting with my GPUs, where they spike repeatedly for about 30 seconds, screen goes black for a moment, I lose my Aero desktop and it reverts to Basic, and my GPU fans are gone wild.

Then, everything reverts back to normal like nothing happened. I've been thinking that my GPUs were beginning to die and was quite worried, until I did some hard digging and discovered what causes this.

It's the bloody Windows Experience Index running its scheduled system evaluations.

It's utterly useless, causes games running at the time to sometimes crash/stall or randomly quit without error, and a general pain in the behind.

Everyone should disable this stupid application by doing the following:

Go to Task Scheduler, open folder: Microsoft\\Windows\\Maintenance and then disable the task named "WinSAT".

The issues vanished and I can rest assured my games won't crash every Saturday night... Well, until my GPUs really do start to get tired of running at 1.125v, at least.

Just throwing it out there to help others take steps to avoid getting in a panic thinking something's gone wrong with their hardware when it's just Windows being Windows (read: stupid).
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Interesting stuff. Can anyone confirm this?
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Originally Posted by razaice View Post
Interesting stuff. Can anyone confirm this?
I'd like to see if this fixed things for anyone else encountering random, errorless quits/freezing etc. during gaming, too.

Like I said, I had to Google for like two hours before I could connect the two together but when I look back through the Event Viewer, the Witcher 2 application errors all happen EXACTLY at the same time as the WEI does its scheduled assessments.
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Nice, I'll have to test this sometime.
 
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post #5 of 49
Mine was set to run at 1:00 AM every Sunday of every week. I usually don't play anything on 1AM on Sunday but thanks for the heads up
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I totally just disabled it, definitely doesn't need to be running on my SSD.
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Just disabled it, will post back and let people know how it works out.

Thanks for the info OP!
 
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lol this just crashed my bf3 game and i just turned off the scheduled checks lol good timing
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Quote:
Originally Posted by razaice View Post
Interesting stuff. Can anyone confirm this?
Confirmed. Just happened to me.

OP, thanks for the heads up. I was wondering what was causing my game to glitch.
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Mine just went off a bit ago, thought my nvidia driver crashed because aero was suddenly disabled, and my cpu fan started cranking up(figured it was trying to find out what was wrong!) and saw the winsat in the taskmanager, and googled immediately, and did what was mentioned in op!
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