I had the problem of Windows and Mint fighting over control of the system clock until I made this change to Mint, Windows doesn't get along with UTC time so I turned it off in Mint.
I hardly use windows anymore just keep it on just in case...
I'm still not sure as to why windows doesn't rest your hardware in soft boot, while it's loading.
Windows has never been known to play well with others.
-Acer Aspire One AO532h-Atom CPU-N450-1.66ghz
RAM- 2gbs-(Maya-Xfce) LInux 220.127.116.11-generic(i686)
-ASUSTek Computer INC. AMD Sempron 3200+ Nvidia GeForce 9500 GT- SB Audigy 2
RAM 3gbs- (Mint 13 Xfce - Mint 13 Mate) Linux 3.2.0-26-generic(i686)