Are you here because you are having computer/laptop freezing problem? Or you are just concerned and wanted to know how to fix such an issue in case you or your family experiences it in the future. Whatever the reason is you are welcome.
Computer freezing is when your computer suddenly stops responding to your instructions. It is a computer misbehaviour whereby one or more programs that are opened on your system are unable to interact with or close by you. You become stuck in the middle of a work and don’t know what to do to make your system start working fine again. This experience is one of the most annoying problems one can encounter while working on a computer, whether it is a desktop or a laptop. It doesn’t only bring panic but pains too. When it happens you start racking your brains for solutions to fix it to no or little avail. The first thing most people do in this case is considering rebooting, which will cost all unsaved data. And at the end they will still experience the same thing ones they try to work with the laptop again.
When your system freezes, fixing it is no rocket-science, although it requires technical know-how. Relax, and let us discuss both the causes, solutions and how to prevent a laptop system from freezing in the future. My name is Harti and I am a technology freak. I study a lot about things like this.
WHAT CAN CAUSE A LAPTOP/COMPUTER TO FREEZE?
There are many things that can cause a laptop to freeze or misbehave while in use, which ranges from hardware to software causes. But we may just make the best picks of them for easy understanding.
Do you usually consider where you place your laptop while it is in use? Many people hardly or do not consider this at all. It could be that your laptop is freezing because you have kept it on a place it doesn’t find comfort. For example, as always advised, laptop systems are not to be placed on a soft surface like bed or pillow when in use. Because such material can easily cover the vent (opening under the laptop) and cause the laptop to overheat and as well freeze. The reason why manufacturers of laptops put little fans inside them is for cooling purposes, so when the air vest are covered by the surface below the laptop, it can cause problem to its performance. Laptops, unlike phones require enough cooling in order to perform well.
The kind of software you have installed can also be the reason behind the freezing behaviour of your system. It is good to always look your software over before you install it on your machine, that is, always check how good that particular software is first. Some of the software you install on your laptop may be carrying malware or virus, and unwanted elements can also cause your system to experience freezing. Virus on your system is like cancer to the body, it can cause lots of problem. So you should always stay clear of viruses on your system.
Software that does not have viruses can also cause your laptop to freeze when it experiences software errors. And this also is a paramount cause of such problems. Sometimes third-party software that is installed on your system may be trying to make or encourage a process or perform a task that is strange to your computer. If your operating system does not seem to articulate a particular task and it is being encouraged to do what it says, it can experience hanging or freezing.
A driver is a piece of software that makes it possible for hardware to communicate and interact with other software/hardware and the operating system of a computer. The problem it causes when it has fault is similar to that of overheating. Your computer driver can experience corruption when it is not properly installed or not up-to-date. Or when it is not compatible with your operating system. Never try to install a software that is meant for a 32bit operating system and vice versa. Drivers can also experience errors when they have been infected by a virus. However, a corrupt driver can cause your system to freeze.
Make sure that your drivers are properly installed, up-to-date, clear from viruses and compatible with your kind of operating system.
TOO MANY APPLICATIONS INSTALLED ON YOUR COMPUTER
If you are a software freak like I used to be you will find out that you always want to install every nice looking application you come across. That’s what I used to do and in the process I would install applications that were not even compatible with my system, and at the same time making my laptop to be filled with all sorts of apps, even the ones I was not going to use. It was for the fun of it. I would want to install Photoshop on a 1 gig RAM computer just because I liked the software. But later I discovered that my behavior was causing lots of issues to my system because it was occasionally freezing, hanging and very slow in processing commands.
USING YOUR LAPTOP FOR A VERY LONG TIME
Hardly anybody will include this when talking about what causes a computer to freeze. But I have discovered that, just like humans, our machines need rest at times after it has performed very tasking actions for a very long time. Some people do leave their system for so many hours without putting it to sleep or hibernation. This is wrong. I would say you should use an average system for maximum of 5 hours and allow it to rest even if you the operator doesn’t want to rest yet. By average system I mean computer systems with low RAMs and little resources available. Computer with high RAM and resources will hardly develop a fault because it is being used for many hours (nevertheless, you should allow your machine experience some rest before you use it again)
When my system freezes, at times, I do give it a cold switching-off and allow it cool for sometime before I try to put it on again – and it does help (becomes the solution). Though the effect of this solution may not last long if the system already has an inner fault that is causing it to freeze, it is going to help you look for the causing problem.
GENERAL SOLUTION FOR A FREEZING COMPUTER (AS EXPLAINED WITH A WINDOWS 7 Operating SYSTEM)
I would have put the solution(s) under the causing agent as explained above but the problem is that most of the times we are not able to identify what is causing our system to freeze to be able to provide a related solution. So I am going to explore every necessary and immediate solutions you should apply whenever your computer system freezes on you. I will provide pictures where it is necessary for easy understanding.
Close a Frozen Program: this is a program or application that has refused you the ability to close it or the one that does not allow you to open other programs on your computer.
Steps to close it are:
1. Right-click on the lowest part of your computer Screen (Task-bar) and click on Start Task Manager
2. When the interface has opened, navigate to Application (in most cases that is where you will land first)
3. Locate the stubborn program and right-click to get a drop-down menu. Click on End Task and that’s all.
No matter how stubborn the software is it is going to close through this process.
Close unnecessary Processes and Services: when there are too many processes going through on your system more than it resources can carry it will cause freezing. Follow these bellow steps to close all those things that you don’t necessarily need running before you can work with your system (to increase your available RAM, stop freezing and make your system operate faster) The image below shows that most the services on my system have been stopped by me.
Still open your Task Manager to do this.
Click on Processes at the top of the interface. When it opens, look through all the things that are running and know the ones that are not important. Right click on anyone you want to end and follow the prompt command to end it.
NOTE: Although system processes (processes necessary for your computer to be on) may not allow you to end them if you make an attempt to do so, try to understand what process you want to end and always avoid the ones specified as system processes (e.g. are ‘csrss.exe’ and ‘winlogon.exe’) Also, do not click to end ‘explorer.exe’ (it will make your home screen blank)
All changes you make through Task Manager are going to be temporary, so if you mistakenly end a process that you are supposed to allow running, you can have it back when you reboot your system. If you want to make changes that are going to stay every time you put your computer system on, read on.
Delete ‘Temp’ Files
Temp or temporary files are files that programs, especially windows programs create to hold information temporary while a file is being created or opened. They are used in data recovery if the computer or program is halted or stopped abnormally while in use. However every created temp file is supposed to be deleted after the program that created it has been closed, but they stay there and make some impact on our RAM since they are not automatically deleted when their programs are closed.
How to Delete Temp Files:
1. Click on Start, All Programs, Accessories and finally Run to open the Run interface. Alternatively you can just press and hold the windows button on your key board, while pressing ‘R’ key continuously to open Run.
2. Select ‘temp’ and press enter.
3. When the interface opens, press ‘Ctrl’ ‘A’ to highlight everything you find they and delete.
Also do the same with ‘prefetch’.
You can also delete temporary files and other unnecessary files through disk clean up.
Empty Recycle Bin
The fact that you have deleted some things and they are now in your Recycle Bin does not mean that they do not have impact on your system again. That folder is only there to help you recover files that you deleted by mistake. Open Recycle Bin to remove them permanently from your system when you are sure you don’t need the said files again or restore if you have deleted them by mistake.
Stop Start-up Programs and make Permanent Changes
Starts up programs are programs that start running immediately you boot your system. Most of them work and starts in the background without your knowledge. Some software you install on your computer system will always initiate a start up service immediately it is installed and your system is on. Examples of such programs are your computer browsers. Here we are going to discuss how to disable them using ‘msconfig’ , So that they will only start when you decide them to.
How to stop Start-up Services/programs
1. On your Start Menu, type msconfig and hit enter.
2. When the System Configuration menu opens, click on Startup and tick on any service/program you want to stop from starting up automatically every time you put your machine on. Click Ok and apply changes. Also click on Services and scroll through to stop any service you want to stop from running on your system. Although try to avoid system (Microsoft) services.
Check List to Prevent and Stop Your Computer From Freezing
Follow these tips to ensure that your computer stops freezing occasionally
1. Always place your laptop on a hard surface when in use to avoid overheating
2. Only install few and compatible applications on your computer
3. Keep your system clear from viruses
4. Always clean up Temp files
5. Allow your system to rest after a long work
6. Always update your drivers and software
7. Refresh your windows occasionally
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Disclaimer: this information is only for education purposes and personal use. It may not be the best information you need for fixing your computer or laptop freezing issues. You can always browse other tutorials on the web that talk about your problem. Visit a vendor whenever it seems that the actions you have taken, after going through an online tutorial to fix your laptop issues have proven abortive.