Windows 10 Not Responding? Here’s the Fix!

By Lillian Lai  Others  Windows 10   0 Comment

Windows 10 is not responding? Don’t worry. Many people have the same problem as you do. The good news is, you can resolve the Windows 10 not responding issue.

Why is Windows 10 not responding?

The symptoms for Windows 10 not responding includes programs unresponsive, or you can’t click anything in your computer.

The reasons can be various. Your computer may be freezing or unresponsive when there are not enough system resources, since too many applications and services running can slow down and even freeze your computer. And conflicts in your computer can result in the issue, as long as the malware infections.

But don’t worry. We’ll help you fix the problem and get your computer back on track.

How to Fix Windows 10 not responding

Here are some solutions you can try. You don’t need to try them all; just work your way down until your problem has been resolved.

  1. Restart your computer
  2. Troubleshoot your computer
  3. Run System File Checker
  4. Update available drivers
  5. Run a virus scan
  6. Perform a clean boot
  7. Install Windows update

Fix 1: Restart your computer

Since many technical problems can be resolved by restarting, it never hurts to restart your computer. Often this will be enough to fix the issue if Windows 10 is not responding.

After restarting, test and see if it fixes your problem.


Fix 2: Troubleshoot your computer

If your computer isn’t responding suddenly, you can troubleshoot and see what causes the problem. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Control Panel in your computer, and view by small icons or large icons.
  2. Click Troubleshooting.

  3. Click System and Security.

  4. Click System Maintenance.

  5. Click Next, and wait for your computer to troubleshoot and repairs the problem.

After troubleshooting, reboot your computer and see if it responds.

If your problem still persists, don’t worry. There’s something else to try.


Fix 3: Run System File Checker

If system files become missing or corrupted, Windows 10 is possibly not responding. So you can run System File Checker (SFC) to scan your computer, and fix any detected issues.

To do so:

  1. Type cmd in the search box, right click Command Prompt and select Run as administrator.

  2. In Command Prompt, type the following command, then press Enter.
    sfc /scannow

  3. Then wait for Verification 100% complete. This can take a while.
  4. Once complete, Type exit in Command Prompt and press Enter to close the window.

Restart and see if Windows 10 not responding issue is resolved.


Fix 4: Update available drivers

A missing or outdated driver can cause Windows 10 not responding, because of the hardware issue. So you should keep the drivers in your computer up to date.

There are two ways to update your drivers: manually and automatically.

Manually update drivers – You can go to the manufacturer’s website, download the latest version of driver and install it. Be sure to install the one that is compatible with your computer operating system.

Automatically update drivers – If you don’t have time or patience, you can automatically update drivers 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 risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, 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 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.

  3. Click the Update button next to all flagged devices to automatically download the correct version of their driver (you can do this with the FREE version). Then install it in your computer.

    Or 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 (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).

  4. Restart your computer to take effect.

Your problem of Windows 10 not responding should be fixed.


Fix 5: Run a virus scan

Windows 10 may stop responding if there is virus or malware. So run a virus scan across your entire Windows system. Yes, it will take some time to complete, but it’s worth it. Unfortunately, Windows Defender may not detect it, so it’s worth trying another antivirus application such as Avira and Panda.

If any malware has been detected, follow the instructions provided by the antivirus program to fix it.

Then restart your computer and try to launch your program again to see if it works.


Fix 6: Perform a clean boot

A clean boot allows you to start Windows without running non-Microsoft services. It would help you troubleshoot and determine what application or program is causing the problem.

To know how to perform a clean boot, check this post for more details: How to Perform a Clean Boot in Windows 10

After rebooting, enable the disabled devices one at a time to find out which is the service that cause Windows 10 not responding.

Note: Your computer may temporarily lose some functionality while in a clean boot environment, however that functionality will return when you reset the computer to start normally.

Fix 7: Install Windows update

Windows update keeps releasing patches which can fix buggy issues and improve Windows performance. So you can update Windows 10 to fix your problem.

  1. Type Windows Update in the search box on your desktop, and click Check for updates from the result list.

  2. The Windows Update pane will pop up and load any available updates. Click Download.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish updating.
  4. Restart your computer.

Check if your Windows 10 not responding issue has been fixed.


So that’s it. Hope this post comes in handy and resolve Windows 10 not responding issue. If you have any question, feel free to leave a comment below.

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