Just wanted to jot down my experiences, hoping it would help someone else.
I've been using PRE8 now since shortly after it's release, and have had many stability issues. My issues included the following...
Anyway, you get the picture.
The journey was rather long - I ended up replacing the RAM, since that seemed to be the issue, only to have the problems surface a day or two later. I updated all the drivers, had long lists of changes to make to my PC from Adobe support, and still no help.
I decided to give PCTools Registry Mechanic a try, since I still have a valid subscription (although I had planned on letting it go when it ran out). So, I installed the software, and it found 440 errors, when CCleaner could find none. I repaired the errors, and now have NO MORE ISSUES!!!
Hunt - this is for you, in case it's something you might want to do - it seems to me that you could add it to your "Clean, Lean & Mean Editing Machine - One Workflow" article.
Now I come to the reason for writing "Cleaning the Registry is an important step to take if/when you are experiencing problems." $39.95 per year is money well spent, especially if it saves you from having to replace hardware components.
Happy editing all,
Mike deMichel's SaveMyButt.com is the best resource I know of for great, free registry tools. He often recommends a weekly maintenance regimen that I've been using for years, and it keeps my old PC running like new.
Here's his download page.
Free Registry Repair is a terrific registry tune-up tool and Advanced Windows Care, also free, is a great system cleaner that works with just a single click of a button!