I have a PC here with a very strange but reproducible issue:
- I wipe the SSD and do a fresh Windows 10 install from an USB stick.
- As long as the PC isn't connected to the internet during/after the install it will run fine for hours
- As soon as the PC is connected to the internet it is a matter of 30 - 90 seconds before it crashes (freeze or BSOD).
- Once this (the crash) happened the PC can't be booted into Windows anymore, it will always freeze or BSOD during boot
So my assumption is that Windows will download some kind of faulty driver from the internet and by doing so permanently break itself.
I can reinstall Windows from the stick again and I will always see exactly the same. Machine runs 100% stable as long as you never connect it to the net. As soon as it's connected, Windows "self destructs".
What I tried:
I already disabled "Automatic Download of manufacturer's Apps..." which doesn't help.
I also disabled automatic driver install via Windows Update in the registry (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\DriverSearching) which indeed seems to prevent Windows from destructing itself after 30 - 90 seconds.
However as soon as you manually search for Windows updates, it will still download drivers & self destruct. So that's not really a solution.
Now how to further troubleshoot & solve such a ridiculous issue?
I'd like to find out which driver/device causes the problem but of course as soon as it starts downloading drivers from Windows Update it's like 10 drivers that get downloaded & installed at the same time so I can't really say which causes the problem. (Also after the initial crash it can't even boot into safe mode anymore.)