Disclaimer: I know Windows 10 is a preview edition and I wasn't expecting a fully operational OS (though it seems to be one). I just was hoping installing it might solve some problems I've been experiencing since Win 8.1.
I've been experiencing random hangs during browsing, watching a movie, or just trying to login to Windows after a startup since Windows 8.1 was released. By random hangs I mean the mouse cursor is active but none of the windows or icons react, though after 30-60 seconds everything's back and even the previously issued commands/clicks are performed. There were occasional crashes during gaming as well, but no BSOD, just blank screen, echoing sound, and then the PC remains powered (fans on, leds on), but there's no reboot. The gaming related crashes occur almost every time since I've installed Windows 10. Games usually run for 8-10 mins without a problem then the PC crashes. The non-gaming related hangs are related to ataport.sys or ndis.sys according to LatencyMon, but I'm not able to update these drivers, though the version for ataport.sys is dated 2006, I doubt there were no updates since then.
I appreciate any help you can give to find out if this is hardware related, which I assume it is. The reason is I've tried clean Windows 8 installations before but it didn't work. Unfortunately I'm not experienced enough to identify which hardware is at fault.