There is nothing more frustrating to deal with than when your computer freezes frequently. This common problem can be very frustrating to the end user and can also be quite hard for a computer professional to fix. The reason why is because there are so many things that could cause a computer to freeze. The key is being able to narrow down the things it could be by doing some smart troubleshooting.
You can basically group computer freezes into the two categories of software related and hardware related. Letís take a look at each and some ways you can quickly identify which you are experiencing and how to fix it.
Software Related Computer Freezes:
In most cases, if your computer blue screens or your screen freezes and it is non-responsive then you can make a pretty good bet that your issue is software/driver related. A screen freeze can be caused by anything from playing a movie online to using too many programs at the same time.
If your PC freezes and then blue screens, I would almost bet that it is a driver issue or an OS issue. This can be caused by installing a invalid driver or could even be caused by a windows update. An operating system file could become corrupt by having a virus, spyware or installing a program that overwrote that file and put an invalid file in its place.
Utilize System Restore. Use it, it works.
Run a Windows Repair Ė fixes most corrupt OS file issues
Use a Driver Checker software
Clean your Computer Registry
Hardware Related Computer Freezes
A hardware related computer freeze is usually detected when your computer freezes and then reboots or shuts down immediately after freezing. In most cases this is points to a problem with hardware. Then comes the hard part of know which piece of hardware could be faulty or causing the PC to freeze. Letís go through some quick hitters that will allow you to quickly identify why your computer freezes frequently.
First and foremost, make sure all fans are working properly and that your computer case is free of dust and dirt. This is one of the top causes of computer freezes.
Unplug all necessary hardware such as CD-ROM, Floppy, network cards, audio cards. Only leave the video card and hard drive plugged in. If the computer boots successfully, then add one component back at a time.
Re-seat the processor and the RAM.
These tips and troubleshooting steps will help you stop the problem when your computer freezes frequently.