Let’s face facts. It’s happened to us all. Your computer becomes useless, and all your information and progress are lost.
Let’s start by understanding why computers freeze.
Too many software products run in the background
Each program on your computer uses resources. There is a good chance that multiple programs are running on your computer at the same time. Your computer may not have enough computing power or memory to handle them all.
You can stop certain programs from running. To open Task Manager, press CTRL+SHIFT+ESC. Next, select the programs you don’t use and click END TASSK
- Your other option is to use Revo Uninstaller Pro 4
Open Revo Uninstaller PRO. Navigate to Windows Tools. Double-click on Resource Monitor to see which process is using the most resources. You can right-click on a program you don’t use and choose “End Process”.
You don’t have enough RAM
Your computer may have insufficient RAM if it freezes frequently. Your computer’s performance may also be affected if your RAM is insufficient. We’ve covered the topic of how you can prevent that here
It is possible that your BIOS settings could be altered to trigger computer freezes.
Computer viruses may also cause your computer to freeze. They can cause your computer to become unusable and corrupt it.
Files from the Corrupted and Missing Systems
Windows 10, Windows 7, or any other Microsoft operating system will freeze if there is a missing or corrupted system file.
Sometimes software products can cause computer freezes. This is because they attempt to access resources that Windows doesn’t allow. A bug may also be a reason. You may also find that the program is using too many resources and your computer has trouble running them. You can fix this problem by updating all software products on your computer. Revo Uninstaller Pro Pro can be used to completely remove any programs you don’t use. We’ve covered the topic of how to completely uninstall a program that you are not using here
Driver corruption or errors
Your computer drivers are responsible for communicating between your hardware devices and the operating systems. There is a high likelihood that your computer will freeze randomly if they are corrupted or out of date.
Computer slowdowns and even computer freezing can be caused by high operating temperatures. You should check the temperature of your computer components regularly to avoid irreversible damage.
Faulty External Devices
Sometimes, a USB drive or another device can cause a computer to freeze. It is possible to troubleshoot the issue by connecting each device one at a time and identifying the culprits.
Let’s now look at the causes of computer freezes.
How to fix computer freezing
Check your Browser’s Performance
There are cases where your browser can get stuck on a specific page. Because most of the current PC users are using browsers heavily it can feel that your computer freezes, but it is a single browser page. You can open Windows task manager, but it will only tell you that your browser is not responding and you need to end the process. If you want you can dig deeper by opening the browser Task Manager.
In Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge you just need to press SHIFT + Esc to open the browser task manager. In Firefox you need to click the menu button and go to More > Task Manager. By opening the browser task manager you will know what processes are running and what can be the reason behind the page freeze.
Check your Reliability Monitor
If you can’t discover the problem behind your computer freezing, you need to do some extra troubleshooting. You can use Windows 10 Reliability Monitor. To access it open Control Panel > System and Security > Security and Maintenance > Reliability Monitor.
When you open this tool you will see a graph with your PC’s reliability over time. You can also find crash logs and other issues, updates, and newly installed applications. If you see an error on the graph that appeared at the same time when your computer froze, you will have the option to view some technical details or to check Microsoft’s database for a solution. repair malwarebytes windows hanging errors You can also Google the error codes and read more about the problem.
On the graph, you can see what event triggered the freeze. If it is connected with a new system update you can use System Restore to bring back your system to a previous state before this update was installed.
Reinstall your drivers
Although System Restore can fix a lot of issues, it can’t always help a specific situation. For example, if you’ve upgraded your CPU, GPU, or any other computer component and installed new drivers you can experience computer freezes due to faulty drivers or maybe something went wrong with their installation.
You need to uninstall the current drivers, download the newest ones released and install them again.
Test your RAM
If you experience computer freezes the issue can be in a failing RAM stick. You can run some tests to see if that is the issue.
Open the Start Menu and type Windows Memory Diagnostic to get access to the tool. Your computer will reboot and test your memory, notifying you if it finds any issues.
Check your Hard Drive performance
If your hard drive has faulty sectors and it is failing, it can cause you a lot of issues. We recommend scanning your Hard Drive for any issues. There are free tools such as CrystalDiskInfo that will give you information if you have any problems with your HDD.