If your Windows 10 is freezing more often, either it could be a problem with the new operating system, any installed software or common system issues. So, this troubleshooting guide explains different ways to stop the Windows 10 computer from freezing.
Step 1: Defragment Your Windows Hard Disk
Routine usage of computer scatters data present on the hard disk which then makes OS take a longer time for fetching your files. Defragmenting process reorganizes the files on hard drive and make data accessibility easier for your Windows 10 operating system. This also prevents freezing of computer, since windows OS can find what it’s looking for in less time.
To defragment your Windows 10 hard drive:
Go to Start menu and type defragment in the Search box.
Select Defragment and Optimize Drives option.
Select your drive/partition to defrag and click Optimize button.
Wait till the process gets completed.
You can even schedule the auto-defragment task on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
Note: If your computer does not meet the minimum requirements for Windows 10 OS, upgrade your system configuration.
Step 2: Update Your Applications
Make sure that all installed software (including the Windows 10 OS) on your system is up-to-date. If not, check and install the latest updates by,
- Navigating to Windows Update
- Select Check for Updates and install Updates
Also, change the default location of apps to system drive by following below steps.
Hit Windows and I keys together to open Settings.
Type-in and open Storage.
Under Change where new content is saved, click the New apps will save to dropdown and select the system drive (where Windows 10 is installed).
Click Apply and restart the computer.
Uninstall unwanted programs: Search and open Add or remove programs app from Windows 10 Cortana. Click on the program you want to uninstall, and hit Uninstall button.
Note: Press CTRL, ALT and Del keys at a time to open Task Manager. Check programs which load at Windows 10 startup and disable unwanted ones.
Step 3: Get Rid of Junk (Unwanted Files)
Like rest of the Windows versions, even Windows 10 comes with a built-in Disk Cleanup app which finds unnecessary files for deletion in order to keep your hard disk organized hence improve performance (eliminate freezing).
So, here is how to access Disk Cleanup in Windows 10 operating system.
Type disk cleanup at the Start menu.
Open Disk Cleanup App. Select the drive to clean and hit OK.
The app shows a list of files to delete. View Files and delete unwanted data.
- Empty your Recycle Bin regularly
- Restart your Windows 10 computer on a regular basis as it clears memory and closes all software running in the background.
- Regularly run a virus scan to fix freezing or slow performance issues of your Windows 10 system. Use Windows 10 Defender or third-party antivirus software available online.
- Close all unwanted applications running in the background using Task Manager.
- Physically open up your Windows 10 desktop once in a while and clean it. Pay extra care in cleaning up the heat sink and ventilation fans of the CPU.
Step 4: Reinstall Windows 10
Just like we uninstall and reinstall programs on Windows 10 system to make them run faster, even reinstalling Windows works in the same way. But, be careful as formatting your hard disk erases all the files on your primary hard disk when preparing to reinstall Windows 10 operating system.
Caution: Back up your entire data before reinstalling the Windows operating system.
Here is how to reinstall Windows 10 OS without any DVDs and deleting your existing data.
Open the Reset this PC app by typing refresh at Cortana.
Click Get started.
Choose either Keep my files or Remove everything.
Hit the Reset button.
This will take a while and your PC will restart.
In case of data loss after reinstalling Windows 10, here is how to get back:
In case, if you have forgotten to back your files before reinstalling Windows 10, or any errors while taking backup of files, then no doubt you will face huge amount of data loss. If this is the case, you need not worry much, as Remo Data Recovery software is available for free download, that can recover lost files after reinstalling Windows 10, 8 & 8.1, 7, Vista, and earlier versions for free. It not only recovers lost files after Windows reinstallation, but also recovers files after accidental deletion, formatting, corruption of the hard drive, emptying Recycle Bin, and other data loss scenarios.