So you’re doing a lot of tasks and at the middle of the day when your computer freezes. It can be really annoying especially if you have deadlines that need to be met. There are a lot of reasons why your computer may freeze. Either there’s a problem with software, memory is all used up, the problem is driver related or the it’s the operating system itself.
Here are some tips on what to do when your Windows freezes.
- Check if your keyboard is responding by pressing the “Num Lock button” if it turns on or off. If it does try to press [Ctrl] [Shift] [Esc] this lets you end a task of the program that froze. If it doesn’t work try to some other options below
- Check if the program that froze is up to date. Most of the time a program freezes or crashes. If the system is not updated and the version is not compatible.
- You might have a lot of programs open that eat up your RAM, making it slow which results in freezing or crashing. Make sure you run one program at a time and to know which programs eat a lot of memory press [Ctrl] [Shift] [Esc] which will open “Task Manager”
- Try to check if your CPU is hot or the fan is noisy. Check the fan if it’s moving or you can go to CMOS setup and make sure the BIOS does not report any errors.
- Some of your drivers might be corrupted or outdated – this may cause your program to crash or freeze. To check, go to device manager and check if there is a yellow exclamation mark (!) or red X next to them.
If all else fails and you’ve done all the basic troubleshooting, your PC might need a checkup. You can bring it to your trusted technician to have it physically checked and tested.