Windows locking up can be caused by a rogue program that is crashing. There are a lot of reasons why a program can keep locking up. It’s not unusual for programs to crash, but if they lock-up on a routine basis, there is definitely a hardware or software issue. If a program has always run fine in the past but then starts acting up, you could have developed a physical problem on the hard drive where that program resides. There are several steps you can take to help prevent programs from locking up randomly.
What To Do When Windows Freezes
The last thing you want to do when your Windows locking up is unplug it. Just because the computer appears to be non-responsive, it might be writing to the drive. Turning off a computer while it’s in the process of doing something could cause hard drive errors that make your system unusable. To quit a program that locks up, first try hitting CTRL+ALT+Delete together. Hopefully, the task manager will pop up and allow you to quit the crashed program. If it is still unresponsive see if you can click the Start button and shut the PC down normally. If it is still unresponsive, hold in on the power button for five seconds and it should shut the computer off.
Other Suggestions For Windows Freezing
Boot up again and make sure you are logging in as Admin. Do not attempt to launch the offending application yet.
Instead, go to Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools and perform a Disk Cleanup.
When that finishes, run the Disk Defragmenter utility to help organize the data on the drive. Next, go to My Computer and right-click the C: drive. Click properties, then under the Tools tab and under the Error -Checking section click the Check Now button. Under the options, click to Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt to recover bad sectors. If there is a bad area of the hard drive, Windows will attempt to correct the problem. This may correct the issue with the application crashing.
You can also try to uninstall and reinstalling programs you feel can be causing this. If the program has a file that has been corrupted reinstalling might correct the problem. For more Windows troubleshooting read our Windows tutorials.