How to fix Computer Freeze Issues in Windows

This article was modified on 2012-05-07 07:39:07


I don`t think that a Windows user could admit that after several years of using Windows he never saw or doesn`t know about the well-known ``computer freeze phenomenon``. In my opinion there are several reasons that could cause a computer running Windows to freeze. Even so, I saw other OS that can freeze more often than Windows and others that are more stable. We will talk about how we can avoid this phenomenon and what are the options in case that our computer becomes unresponsive.

 Just a few tips:

- Your computer can freeze because of the dust.
- Installation of a new hardware equipment that is not compatible with your computer configuration.
- Installation of a new software on your Windows and he keeps blocking your computer or because your Windows is too old and over time
- Installing and uninstalling programs can affect your Windows registry files or other important system files.
 
1. Dust problems: One of the biggest enemies of your computer is the dust. Dust can be a real problem and it can lead to computer freeze status by simply blocking the air needed to cool your computer. Computer seems to work better on a cold environment compared to a hot one. You can use an air duster on the inside of the tower to eliminate dust but it can be dangerous if you don`t know how to do it properly because it could damage your computer. You can ask a friend that has more experience or ask someone qualified to do it or to train you.
 
2. Hardware equipment: You have purchased a new video card, a new soundcard, any other hardware and you installed it. If you start to experience freezing issues that`s probably because of a bad driver that isn`t optimized for your Windows or it could be the result of an improper installation. Hardware equipment should be installed only by qualified people and it shouldn`t be purchased under any circumstances if it doesn’t support your operating system. You should ask before purchasing any additional hardware for your computer, it doesn`t count if it`s internal or external or it connects to your computer with a serial or a USB cable.
 
3. Software related issues: You have installed a new program and since then your computer keeps freezing, a solution would be to uninstall the program that you suspect to cause system instability and see if your computer is working well.
 
4. Other factors: Your system is quite old and you have installed and uninstalled over the time a lot of programs that now generates conflicts and blocks your computer. Almost all programs that requires an installation will modify one or more registry files. Some of them will modify the same registry files – what a mess. The best advice would be to re-install your Windows, make sure to make a copy of your important files.
 
If you`re working and your computer freeze, I would suggest you to leave it for 5-10 minutes to see if he is going to recover from the freeze state to a normal one that allows you to save your work. After 10 minutes there is not much that you can do, you could try to use the well-known CTRL+ALT+DEL key combination and a new window will appear allowing you to ``End Process`` that is blocking your computer. However, doing so is not going to work each time. You can see how a new window appear when pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL buttons (you will need to hold down Ctrl , then Alt , then Del ) like in the following picture :

Processes tab in Windows 7
There is no magic when a computer freeze, a logical explanation exists and can be found in one of the factors that we talked above. Stay away from software products that sound like ``best software to repair Windows`` or ``best program to fix your Windows``. Most of them will do more harm than good. Make sure to keep your computer away from dust preventing it to overheat, make sure to ask and inform yourself before you purchase a hardware piece if it’s going to work on your operating system. Make sure to install tested programs that clearly states that they can run on your Windows and finally make sure to re-install your Windows after several years ( although, I would recommend you to re-install it at least once a year if you are installing and uninstalling hundreds of programs ).



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