I am hoping someone can offer some input on where to start troubleshooting an issue where I select "Shut Down" in Windows * and it progresses fine and then hangs? When that happens the displays (2) power switches are flashing like they do normally after shutting a successful power down but the drive light is solid and I can hear the fan running. I then have to hold the on/off power button in to force the system to stop. When I boot up everything is fine with no Windows warning messages and it goes right into it with no problems or delays. It boots up in about 37 seconds. Also, if I select restart, it seems to take a about a minute to cycle whereas before it took about 10 seconds to get to the restart point. Any suggestions on where I should start looking? I am at BIOS 0061 which I moved to after a Windows Update caused some problems and it corrected it. Thanks in advance for any help.
Intel Core i7-3770K Quad-Core Processor 3.5 GHz 8 MB Cache LGA 1155
Intel Desktop Motherboard LGA1155 DDR3 1600 ATX - DZ77RE-75K
Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10
Themaltake Smart M850W Power Supply
Intel Solid State Drive 180GB 520 Series
Barracuda 2 TB 7200 Internal Hard Drive
EVGA GeForce GT 640 2048MB GDDR3 Dual DVI, mHDMI Graphics Cards 02G-P4-2643-KR
Antec Sonata IV - ATX Mid Tower Case
LG GH24 Internal CD Super Multi DVD Rewriter
I have a very similar system and I can get W8 to totally shutdown in 5-7 seconds using a hard drive from the metro shutdown. The W8 x64 image that I am using is very vanilla with just W8 updates. I am running the default 039 bios on this replacement DZ77RE-75K motherboard in legacy mode.
Most of my boot up time is spent on the W8 boot loader screen. Trying to measure the total boot up time for me is delayed by having to make an image selection since I have four images loaded to the same HD. I am not using quick/fast boot, hybrid or hiberation.
I found 061 bios to be too unstable; bios changes between classic and visual don't get coordinated, hot swap is not working correctly, memory at 1600 or 1866 is unstable.