Well I did not do a BIOS update, I did check the bios and the virtualization features were all turned on. Retried to no avail. Very frustrating but seems to be par for the course with this system.
I run a 4k display and sometimes the windows system dialogs are in what I call CARTOON mode, all scaled to 2x where the rest of the system is at 1x. (I have to reduce the resolution and apply it, then increase it again and apply it get them back to norm).
I have a CISCO VPN that I sometimes have to connect to. If I do for some work related thing, and then disconnect from the vpn, later when I go to shutdown the system will literally take 10 minutes to shutdown, and even then it wont actually shutdown it will reboot instead. This happens if I disconnect from the VPN or just shutdown still connected to the VPN.
I have 2 Samsung 840 ssd's in this unit. If It warm boots it will never boot to the C drive and thus to windows 8.1. Rather the second drive always seems to preempt it and it tries to boot off it and gives me a partition error. You have to actually power cycle it to get the primary drive to come up first. This of course plays havoc with the issue above also, and it matters NOT if BIOS is told to ignore the second drive in its boot priority or not. I have tried it in every way....
IE will often be in some arbitrary zoom factor like 300% or more when I first open it during the day. These zoom settings will also reset themselves to 300% or more if I play with the resolution of the desktop. (Which I often do when sharing my display with others on say Goto Meeting or Webex).
There are a number of OPTIONAL updates on windows update that I have right clicked and told it to hide. Yet when I re-open Windows update, there they are again. (Like BING BAR for example).
At least once a day the AMD video drive Craps out and restarts right smack in the middle of anything I may be doing.
My company has a number of these DELLS and when they work they are nice but every damn one of them has weird crap like this happening with them, overall I will NOT be looking at DELLs again with our future purchases even though some of this pile of issues has to be software related, certainly the drive boot order issue is not a windows/drive issue.. and I am wondering if the problem I have with this stupid WP emulator is also a BIOS issue....