Computer Is Freezing? Here’s How To Fix It!
If you’ve been dealing with a lot of computer freezing issue lately, don’t worry. It’s often quite easy to fix…
Fixes for computer freezing
Here’re 6 fixes that have helped other users tackled the computer freezingproblem. Just work your way down the list until the problem is solved.
- Update your drivers
- Adjust power plan settings for your hard disk
- Delete the temp files
- Adjust your virtual memory
- Run Windows Memory Diagnostic
- Perform a system restore
Updating drivers should always be your go-to option when something goes wrong with your computer or system. Whether you choose to update the device drivers manually, using Windows Update, or you use a trusted third party product, it’s essential that you have the latest correct device drivers for your operating system at all times.
If you’re not comfortable playing with device drivers, we recommend using Driver Easy. It’s a tool that detects, downloads and (if you go Pro) installs any driver updates your computer needs.
To update your drivers with Driver Easy, just click the Scan Now button, then when it lists the drivers you need to update, click Update. The correct drivers will be downloaded, and you can install them – either manually through Windows or all automatically with Driver Easy Pro.
Check to see if your computer freezing problem has been solved. If the problem lingers on, then your device drivers are not to blame. Move on to Fix 2, below to do further troubleshooting.
If you have an HDD, then it’s recommended to turn it on always according to user feedback. Here’s how:
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time, then type powercfg.cpl into the box and press Enter.
- In your preferred (chosen) power plan, click Change plan settings.
- Click Change advanced power settings.
- Double-click on Hard disk > Turn off hard disk after. Then set the value of Setting (Minutes) to Never (by clicking the down-arrow) and click OK.
- Hopefully your computer freezes no more. But if this fix doesn’t work, move on to Fix 3, below.
Temp files, just like any other file, take up storage space in hard drives. Over time these piled up files can defragment the data in the drives and cause computer slowdown problem or even grind your computer to a halt (hence computer freezing). So we can delete the temp files as long as they’re not locked for use.
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time. Then type temp and press Enter.
- Press Ctrl and A at the same time and click Del to delete all the temporary files.
- Hope this solves your computer freezing randomly issue. If it doesn’t work, then move on to Fix 4, below.
Virtual memory is basically an extension of your computer’s physical memory. It is a combination of RAM and a portion of your hard drive. If your computer runs out of RAM when performing an intensive task, Windows will dip into virtual memory for temporary file storage.
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and Pause at the same time.
- In the Advanced tab, click Settings….
- Click the Advanced tab and click Change….
- Make sure the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives checkbox is un-ticked.
- Select your windows drive (the hard drive or partition that has Windows installed on it – usually C:), then click Custom size and enter an Initial size and Maximum size for your virtual memory:
- Initial size – This value varies, depending on your computer. If you’re not sure what value to use, just enter whatever the number is in the Recommended category.
- Maximum size – Don’t set this value too high. It should be about 1.5 times the size of your physical RAM. e.g. A PC with 16 GB (16384 MB) of RAM should have no more than about 16384 MB virtual memory (16384 MB x 1.5).
Once you’ve entered your virtual memory values, click Set, then click OK to continue.
- Check to see if your computer freezing problem has been fixed. If not, then move on to Fix 5, below.
This problem may occur when you have a failing or faulty RAM sticks. Luckily there’s a built-in tool called Windows Memory Diagnostic to help you run memory tests to check if you have bad RAM. To do so:
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R. Then type mdsched.exe and press Enter.
- Make sure you’ve saved and closed all the work on your computer and click Restart now and check for problems (recommended) if you want Windows to do a diagnostic test NOW.
- By default, Windows will boot into the Standard test mode *. Wait the whole process to finish while Windows runs the diagnostic test.
*: There’re three test modes in Windows Memory Diagnostic: Basic, Standard and extended. You can press F1 to check exactly what tests each test module includes, press the arrow keys to navigate among the test modes and press F10 to start the memory test you select.
- Once Windows reboots, check if you get an error report in the notification area:
- If you get a No memory errors were detected from Windows Memory Diagnostic message, then you can exclude bad memory as the root of the problem. Move on to Fix 6 for further troubleshooting.
- If you get a report of memory errors, then you might have to narrow down until you find the exact faulty memory stick and have it repaired to see if it fixes the computer freezing issue.
If all else fails, then you might have to resort to a system restore to revert your computer to a previous point where your computer was working fine.
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key, type restore and click Create a restore point.
- Under the System Protection tab, click System Restore….
- Select between Recommended restore and Choose a different restore point depending on whether the date in recommended restore point would make your computer run smoothly without any lagging or freezing.
- Follow the on-screen instruction to run the system restore.
- Once your computer restarts, check if your computer freezing problem has been solved.
How have the fixes above helped you with the troubleshooting? Do you have any ideas or tips to share with us? Drop a comment below and let us know your thoughts, thank you. 🙂