Computer Keeps Freezing in Windows 10/8/7 [SOLVED]
If your computer screen goes all unresponsive despite frantic clicks and taps lately, you’re not alone.
While it’s quite frustrating, it’s often not hard to fix…
Try these methods
Here are a few methods that have helped other users resolve their computer keeps freezing in Windows 10/8/7 problem. You may not have to try all of them; just work your way down until you find the one that works for you.
- Check your mouse and keyboard
- End processes using task manager
- Delete the temp files
- Move your computer to a cooler place
- Update your graphics driver
- Run a memory check
- Run SFC
- Do a system restore
Make sure your mouse and keyboard are properly connected. You might have to change the batteries, adjust your mouse or keyboard cable etc. Sometimes the most obvious tends to slip your mind most easily.
Check if your computer still freezes randomly. If yes, move on to Method 2.
Launching too many programs at the same time can cause your computer to work slowly, hence this computer-locked-up problem. If that’s the case, we might need to kill some program processes for it to work properly:
- On your keyboard, press Ctrl, Shift and Esc at the same time to open Task Manager.
- Right-click on the programs that are listed with (not responding) and click End task.
- Hopefully everything’s back to normal again on your computer.
Too many temp files on your local disk might also eat up your computer storage and cause your computer to hang. So we might have to delete the temporary files to free up more space.
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time. Then type temp and click OK.
- Press Ctrl and A at the same time and click Del to delete all the temporary files.
- Hope this solves your computer-keeps-freezing issue. But if the problem still lingers on, try Method 4.
Another possible culprit of this computer keeps freezing problem is overheating. Make sure you have moved your computer to a cooler place where the cooling vents aren’t blocked off and see if the problem has been solved. If not, move on to Method 5.
This problem may occur if you are using the wrong/out-of-date graphics driver. So you should update your graphics driver to see if it fixes your problem. If you don’t have the time, patience or skills to update the driver manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy.
Driver Easy will automatically recognize your system and find the correct drivers for it. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to be troubled by the wrong driver you would be downloading, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.
You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 steps (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):
- Download and install Driver Easy.
- Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.
- You can upgrade to the Pro version and click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of ALL the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.
- Restart your computer and hopefully this computer-keeps-freezing problem has gone.
Another common reason for your computer freezing problem is a faulty memory card. So we might need to run a memory check on our computer to identify and hopefully solve the problem:
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and R at the same time. Then type mdsched.exe and click OK.
- Make sure you’ve saved your work on computer and click Restart now and check for problems(recommended).
- Wait for a while for the diagnostic test to finish.
Then your computer will restart again and show you the test results. If no problem has been detected, then your memory card isn’t at fault. You might need to go with Method 7 to further troubleshoot.
Corrupted or missed system files is another reason responsible for a frozen computer. Luckily Microsoft has this System File Checker (SFC) tool to help scan your system files and repair missing or corrupted system files. To run SFC:
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key and type cmd. Then right click on Command Prompt and click Run as administrator.
- Click Yes when prompted to confirm.
- In the command prompt window, type sfc /scannow and press Enter.
It’ll take some time for the SFC to replace the corrupted system files with new ones if it detects any, so please be patient. ?
- Restart your computer and see if your computer works properly without any freezes.
System Restore can restore your computer back to an earlier state in time when the lockups were not happening.
- On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key, copy & paste restore into the box and click Create a restore point.
- Click System Restore….
- Click Next.
- Click to select the most recent time you remember this computer was working properly and click Next.
- Make sure you’ve saved your computer data and click Finish and then click Yes.
- Wait for the restoration to complete. Then when your computer restarts, check if your computer-keeps-freezing problem has been resolved.
That’s it – top 8 fixes for your computer-keeps-freezing problem. Hope everything goes off without a hitch on your computer now. Feel free to comment below if you have any further questions or ideas. 🙂