Windows systems are designed to perform numerous tasks seamlessly. Here, you can work on these amazing systems to complete your office task or listen to music or play some intense game and perform many different tasks simultaneously. Though you can rely on these machines when you buy them new but over time it also starts showing performance issues like freezing, crashes and similar issues. In this article, we have discussed ways to fix Windows 10 freezing problem effectively.
Old & outdated drivers is one of the possible reasons behind freezing issue on your system. Here, drivers come as a small piece of software that helps your OS communicate with system hardware. When you have up-to-date drivers installed on your system, it makes communication between drivers and system hardware seamless. This simple process will also help you boost your system performance effortlessly. To update drivers on Windows 10, follow below mentioned steps.
Search & select “Device Manager” from the search box on the taskbar.
Once you are on Device Manager window sift through the list to find all outdated drivers.
To update any of these drivers, select and expand category related to that item. For example, if you want to update drivers for Monitor then expand Monitors category. Simultaneously, you can expand the Display Adapters category if you want to update drivers for Graphics Card.
Once you have selected the category & device, right-click on it and select “Update Driver” option.
Here, it will display two new options in a separate window, that says:
First, “Search automatically for updated driver software” to help you update drivers automatically.
Second, “Browse my computer for driver software” to help you browse and update driver software manually.
If Windows isn’t displaying any updates and you know that update exists then you can visit the device manufacturer’s site to find the latest update. You can also try to uninstall and then reinstall the device to get the latest updates. Here, you can uninstall any device from Device Manager by right-clicking on the device and selecting Uninstall. Further, you can reinstall the device driver from the manufacturer’s site to get the latest updates.
Clean Temporary Files
This is another quick fix that helps you deal with the freezing problem on Windows 10. When a lot of temporary files accumulate on your system unnecessarily, it not only occupies valuable disk space, but it also interferes in the normal functioning of the system that may lead to more serious issues like crash and system freezing. Thus, we suggest you find and delete all such temporary files to recover disk space and fix Windows 10 freezing problem. To clean temporary files on your Windows 10 system, search Temp in the search box on the taskbar and press Enter. It will open a new Settings window. Under Storage option, you will find all the drives on your PC.
Here, simply select the drive and look for temporary files within it. To clean these temporary files simply select it within the drive and click on “Remove Files” option to immediately get rid of this unnecessary data. In addition to temporary files, you should also look for other junk files including cache files, duplicate files, system error files, obsolete system files etc. to clean up disk space. Here, you can use duplicate file finder tools especially when you have a lot of duplicate files on your system that is occupying a lot of disk space unnecessarily. For other junk files, you can use the built-in “Disk Cleanup” feature.
Adjust Virtual Memory
Expanding virtual memory is another easy solution that helps you fix the freezing issue effortlessly. Here, virtual memory comes as a combination of RAM and portion of your hard drive. When your system runs out of RAM while performing an intense task then Windows will access part of virtual memory to keep operations smooth and working. To adjust virtual memory on your system, follow these steps.
Press Windows + Pause/Break key on your system to open system setting in a new window.
Here, select Advanced System Settings from the left panel.
Click on Advanced tab and press Settings button on System Properties window.
Again, click on Advanced tab and tap Change button under Virtual Memory section on Performance Options window.
Here, make sure “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives” option is unchecked.
Now select Windows drive (where your OS is installed usually C:) and enter an Initial size (recommended value) and Maximum size (ideally 1.5 times of your physical RAM) for virtual memory.
Once you have mentioned the values, click Set and press OK.
Run Disk Check
You can follow this step to check any hard disk errors. To do this, follow these steps.
Close all the open programs and files first and go to Start > File Explorer > This PC.
Now locate the drive that you want to check, right-click on it and select Properties.
Here, go to Tools tab and tap on Check.
In case your hard disk drive is problem-free then it will display below message. Else you need to consider upgrading your disk.
Look for Malware Issue
This is another reason that may affect your system performance and cause a freezing issue. To deal with it, you should run a malware scan on your system using a reliable anti-malware program that will help you quarantine any system infection effectively.
One of the simplest ways to deal with any performance issue on your Windows system is to use built-in utilities for effective results. Here, we have discussed some of these in detail. If you know more such ways to fix Windows 10 freezing problem, then feel free to comment below