At times you may find that your computer freeze or has become unresponsive. This article provides recommendations to help identify the potential causes for this behavior, and to help resolve this problem. If the methods in this article do not resolve the issue, perform a search to get more help from Microsoft Support or the Microsoft Community using a more specific description of your problem.
1. START WITH CHECKING YOU MOUSE!
We all have those days when we are so busy that the simplest things may not cross your mind. Sometimes it is not the PC: don’t forget to rule out issues with your mouse – perhaps the cable(if you still use it got unplugged from the source. Or if you use a wireless mouse, try changing the batteries. Sometimes it is that simple.
When people refer to computer freezing, they typically mean that computer system is unresponsive to any user action, such as typing or using mouse on the desktop. In a nutshell, freezing means that nothing happens. Generally it does not mean that computer is broken, but rather that processor encountered an overload that cannot be handled. It can be a very frustrating experience, especially if you were working on something you did not have a chance to save yet.
There are several common causes of computer freezing. In this article, we will look at the typical Windows system and reasons for it getting a chill!
This is purely an environmental issue. Overheating can cause system freezes. The CPU is the great concern as it is extremely sensitive and integral to the functionality of the computer. Many computer users describe certain noise when the fan’s ball bearing goes out – similar to a hissing snake. The CPU can not withstand temperatures over it’s threshold for too long – that is why it is important to read manufacturer’s instructions for storage and operating conditions – and temperature (as well as humidity) are important for proper care. Always make sure that your computer’s vents are not blocked. There are also programs available to monitor the temperatures in Windows at idle and load, that would help you identify the overheating when it presents itself. If your working conditions are native to above average heat and humidity (as some industries require), there are options available for computer casing for harsh environments
3. DRIVER CORRUPTION OR ERRORS
Similar to overheating, hardware failure can cause a system freeze. Drivers are pieces of software that allow hardware devices to communicate with other hardware devices and the operating system. Drivers are being constantly used by the computer system, being at a high risk for failure. The best thing you can do for your drivers is to update them to the most current version – as soon as new version becomes available. Downloading and installing a driver update is recommended to find and install updates to your device drivers. If your computer freezes up randomly, it is also useful to check your registry for any faults.
4. SOFTWARE ERRORS
Third-party software is the most common cause of a system freeze. The functions of some applications may attempt to perform actions or access resources that Windows cannot understand. If the operating system doesn’t understand something, it can get hung up and freeze. The best way to troubleshoot this possible cause is to update all third-party software that is installed on your computer. Testing the RAM is recommended, and make sure that you have a minimum of 10% of your disk space left free – it is a minimum level for Windows to use as virtual memory.
5. COMPUTER VIRUSES
Sometimes computer freezing is a sign of your system being infected with the virus. Check our Top 10 Computer Virus Symptoms Checklist to see if any of the symptoms for poor computer performance look familiar:
Inaccessible Disk Drives
Unusual Error Messages
Increasing number Popups
Make sure your antivirus software is up-to-date. Computer software, including antivirus programs, comes in such various shapes and forms, and are created to fit different needs in terms of size and budget; you can find some free anti-virus, or the one priced to fit our budget.