Guitarking wrote:checked the event viewer: some things I see:
critical: ID41 kernel power
error: ID2 kernel eventracing
warning: ID10016 distributedCOM system
Frankly the event viewer is hard for me to read as I dont understand it but maybe someone can tune in?
It's really not that hard - you just look (or filter) the non-information errors and what's left is what is (or has been) wrong with your system.
For each of the errors there may be more details if you click on the error.
"kernel power" means that the computer has been shut down without warning
"kernel eventracing" - something went wrong at a very low level. The details would tell you what
"VSS" - mh, if you have Volume Shadow Copy enabled, that may explain some of the crackle. Google's your friend for how to turn it off.
"warning: ID10016 distributedCOM system" - there's a good chance this is the culprit. It's a permission error (typically on the registry) for which some DCOM calls (internal calls between applications and windows components) fail, and retry. This retry is the problem: the system work, but it's overloaded with hundreds of pointless retry attempt, which are doomed to fail as the problem is not temporary, but static (wrong permissions).
This is often due to some application installer messing up things (including, in one notorious case a couple years ago, a windows update package itself).
You find online how to fix it (https://forums.tomshardware.com/faq/win ... 6.2752271/ ) but before doing so, make a system restore (or be prepared to reinstall the whole shebang).
To diagnose what causes it, you've got to start with a clean install (and a recent copy of Windows), look at the Event viewer (confirming is clean), and add software a little at a time until it isn't.
In any case: the Event Viewer should be clean, no errors at all. If you have errors, you have to investigate them one at a time and solve, because they mean there's something wrong with your system (hardware or software).