Ryzen Windows 10 Random BSOD Fix – Mouse Becomes Unresponsive, System Slows to a Crawl, and Then Crashes

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

Ryzen Windows 10 Random BSOD Fix

For the longest time, I could not figure out why I couldn't get Windows 10 to consistently install or run in a stable fashion for longer than a few minutes on my Ryzen 1700X or my Ryzen 3900X AMD CPU. 

After trying everything I could think of and pulling my hair out, I found a simple solution that appears to have worked!  Simply disable Link State Power Management in your Power Setting's active power plan.

Go to the "Control Panel" -> "Power Options" -> Click on the "Change plan settings" link for your selected power plan -> click on the "Change advanced power settings" link -> navigate to the "PCI Express" category -> find the "Link State Power Management" option -> set it to "Off" (for both on battery and plugged in).

In general, there are several reasons why a computer can suffer a catastrophic Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) issue, but in my case, it turns out I just needed to adjust some power settings to compensate for a storage controller bug found in some solid state hard drives.  Thanks Reddit users for helping me find the fix!

https://www.reddit.com/r/Amd/comments/cx3rpb/new_system_with_ryzen_and_windows_10_freezes/#t1_eykk63l

Destroy Windows 10 Spying – Fix for Skype

Friday, December 20th, 2019

Destroy Windows Spying

Destroy Windows Spying is a great little utility that stops Microsoft from collecting some telemetry without your permission on Windows 7 and Windows 10.  It is an open source project hosted on GitHub.

Download and use Destroy Windows Spying for both Windows 7 and Windows 10. 

After you run Destroy Windows Spying, Skype may not work due to an overly aggressive hosts file entry.   To fix it, remove the following entry from the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts file:

client-s.gateway.messenger.live.com