What are the most effective solutions if Windows 10 locks up?

How many times have you faced an issue that Windows 10 locks up and the computer keeps freezing every now and then? There are several complaints regarding Windows 10 locking up randomly after login or performing an update and also problems like boot disk failure are quite common. Users fail to understand why that happens with their system and what triggers computer freezing.

Windows 10 locks up

Simple solutions to incorporate when Windows 10 computer locks up:

  1. Check for damaged hardware.
  2. Unplug all external USB devices.
  3. Get rid of newly installed, incompatible programs. After uninstalling the new apps, check if Windows 10 still freezes.

Advanced methods that you must know if Windows 10 computer locks up

Clean up the disk space

Low disk space can slow down computer performance. You need to free up temporary files and make space in the ‘C’ drive.

  • Clear all the junk files:

  1. In the Windows 10 ‘Start’ menu, click ‘Run,’ then enter ‘temp’ and click ‘OK.’
  2. Select all the Temp files in the folder and delete them.
  • Disk Clean-up

  1. Open the ‘Disk Cleanup.’
  2. A small pop-up window will appear, where you can select the disk C to clean up and click ‘OK.’
  3. In the next interface, check the file types you want to clean up and click ‘OK’ to confirm.

Check Hard Drive for any issues

  1. Close all the open files and programs.
  2. Click ‘Start’ and locate ‘This PC’ in the ‘File Explorer.’
  3. Right-click the drive you would like to check.
  4. Choose ‘Properties’ from the dropdown menu.
  5. Select the ‘Tools’ tab and click ‘Check.’
  6. If your hard drive is error-free, you’ll see the prompt message: ‘Windows successfully scanned the drive. No errors were found.’
  7. If your hard drive is faulty, you will see this message – ‘We have found errors on this drive. To prevent data loss, repair this drive.’
  8. To scan the hard drive with errors, click ‘Repair this device.’
  9. Once finished, reboot your computer system.

Update all your device drivers

  1. Open the ‘Device Manager.’
  2. Right-click the name of your device and select ‘Update Driver Software.’
  3. Choose ‘Search automatically for updated driver software.’
  4. Repeat the above steps to update the remaining drivers.

Run the built-in System File Checker

  1. Press ‘Windows key,’ and type ‘cmd’ in the search bar.
  2. Right-click ‘Command Prompt’ and choose ‘Run as administrator.’
  3. To allow this app to make changes to the PC, click ‘Yes.’
  4. In the ‘Command Prompt’ window, input ‘sfc /scannow’ and press ‘Enter.’

After this procedure, Windows will scan the computer for corrupted files and fix them.

Opt for Memory Check

  1. On the keyboard, press ‘Windows key + R.’
  2. Type ‘exe’ in the run box and hit ‘OK.’
  3. If you wish to check for errors immediately, click ‘Restart now and check for problems (recommended).
  4. If you want to check later, select ‘Check for problems the next time I start my computer.’

After this, the Windows will restart, and you will see the progress of the memory check.

Adjust the Virtual Memory

Virtual Memory refers to the combination of RAM and a section of the hard drive.

  1. Go to Windows 10 ‘Start’ menu and right-click ‘This PC’ in the ‘File Explorer.’
  2. Choose ‘Properties.’
  3. On the left panel, click ‘Advanced system settings.
  4. Select the ‘Advanced’ tab and click ‘’
  5. Go back to the ‘Advanced’ tab.
  6. Click ‘Change’ in the Virtual memory section.
  7. Uncheck the box that says ‘Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.’
  8. Select the drive (usually C) and enter the initial size and maximum size for the virtual memory.

Reset the Winsock Catalog

  1. In the Windows 10 ‘Start’ menu, run ‘Command Prompt’ as administrator.
  2. Click ‘Yes’ to allow the administrator to make changes to the PC.
  3. Type ‘Netsh Winsock reset’ and press ‘Enter.’
  4. Reboot your system and check if the Windows 10 computer locks up or not.

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