Windows not responding or freezing? Here are some simple fixes

From failing hardware to app becoming unresponsive, there are several reasons why your Windows powered desktop or laptop might not be working normally.

Wait for some time

If you are doing something that requires a lot of processing power your PC might freeze or become unresponsive for a while.

End the unresponsive app

Sometimes, an app might become unresponsive and freeze your entire PC. If you find yourself in such a situation, press ‘Ctrl+Shift+Esc’ to bring up the Windows Task Manager.

Under the ‘Processes’ tab, you can check which apps are not responding and terminate them. To end an unresponsive app, right-click on it and click on ‘End Task’.

Close unresponsive browser tabs

If you are using Microsoft Edge, Chrome or Firefox and a certain web page makes the entire browser unresponsive, use the ‘Shift+Esc’ shortcut to bring up the browser’s Task Manager.

The browser’s Task Manager lets you quickly close pages that are stuck and are making the app unresponsive by consuming a lot of CPU or RAM. When you find the tab you are looking for, press ‘End process’ and the browser will recover after a while.

Test RAM for defects

Apart from failing storage devices PC becomes unresponsive or freezes entirely might be because of bad RAM.

To check if your RAM is faulty, open the Start Menu and search for ‘Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool’.

The app will restart your computer and start testing your RAM for any problems right away.

If it finds something, you will get a notification right away. In case your PC has faulty RAM, it’s time to buy a new stick.

Check for failing storage

open ‘This PC’ from Windows Explorer and right-click on the drive where Windows is installed. Now, click on ‘Properties’ and head over to the ‘Tools’ tab.

Here, you will find a ‘Check’ button under the ‘Error checking’ section and you will see an option called ‘Scan Drive’, clicking on which will start checking the drive for errors.

Perform a malware scan

To scan your computer for any viruses, open the ‘Start Menu’, search for ‘Windows Security’ and head over to the ‘Virus and threat protection’ tab.

Reboot your PC

To do so, simply press the power button on your laptop or desktop until it turns off, then press it again to turn it on.

What to do if nothing works?

As a last resort, you can try reinstalling Windows and if that does not help, try contacting PC experts.