Thanks to all that responded. I have a positive outcome to report.
Later this afternoon, I received a response from support. I happen to have multiple input devices (all USB) attached to my PC. The developers suggested that I remove all input devices except for a generic mouse and keyboard. After restarting with just those 2 devices, Plot3D/Graphics3D worked as expected... no frontend lockups.
Following that test, I began to shut down and reconnect my input devices one by one, testing Plot3D/Graphics3D after connecting each device. Plot3D/Graphics3D worked as expected after each step. So, now I have all my original devices connected and version 10.0 frontend is running Plot3D/Graphics3D flawlessly.
I'm not sure what the underlying problem was, but I suspect that it has to do with how version 10.0 interfaces with some USB input devices and how some devices maintain/present their state (even through a restart). Something certainly must have changed from version 9 to version 10. I'm guessing that removing/reconnecting the devices was adequate to put the devices into a state that version 10.0 expected to handle. Unfortunately, I don't have any way of knowing which devices may have caused version 10.0 to have an issue since there was no longer an issue as I reconnect my devices. Unless a specific device can be isolated as being troublesome, the recommendation would be to remove all input devices and then reconnect.
I don't understand why reinstalling Win 8.1 didn't correct the issue. I don't recall if I shut down the PC during this process.
I can provide a list of the input devices on my PC:
- Steelseries MERC Programmable keyboard
- Razer Hex Naga Programmable mouse
- Wacom Intuos 3 Pen Tablet
- 3DConnexion Spacenavigator
- Logitech Extreme 3D Pro Joystick
Thanks to WRI support for responding and suggesting this procedure. It did occur to me to consider disconnecting devices. I had disconnected the Pen Tablet and Spacenavigator prior to hearing from support. However, that had no effect so I didn't even think of disconnecting my mouse/keyboard/joystick.
Hopefully, this information will be helpful in resolving the problem for future releases and/or for other users.