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is Happening During a Freeze?
In computers, freeze is a term used to describe an event
in which the computer stops responding to input. The mouse may or may
not be able to move around but all clicks and keystrokes are ignored
by the system. To answer the question presented by this topic,
nothing is happening during a freeze. Something running in Windows is
throwing curves so hard that Windows can't even respond with an
error, although there are some instances where an error is
immediately followed by a system freeze.
A freeze is almost always recoverable, and generally means that the computer isn't permanently damaged. It simply
means that Windows encountered a load situation it cannot handle. I understand how
frustrating a system freeze can be - they are an absolute nuisance.
I'm fairly certain they are always triggered by important, unsaved
work for a project due in 30 minutes - kidding. On a more serious note, Windows
freezes can occur due to a number of different circumstances. There
are many problem areas that will need troubleshooting, but for now,
let's explore some of the common causes of system freezes so that the
origin of the problem can be isolated.
Causes of Windows Freezes
A system freeze can be just a one time deal. They
mostly happen on occasion, when some software or a driver isn't
playing nicely with Windows. Software applications are constantly
accessing Windows services in order to obtain the resources they need
for operation. If the method the software uses to obtain those
resources isn't available at the time the resources are requested, Windows will freeze.
Alternatively, on a much deeper level, there may be corrupt or
out-dated device drivers that are performing actions that Windows
simply does not tolerate. Furthermore, there may be hardware failure.
Although, hopefully this is not the case.
Here is a list common causes of Windows freezing...
error – 3rd
party software is the most common cause of a system freeze. The
functions of some applications may attempt to perform actions or
access resources that Windows cannot understand. If the operating
system doesn't understand something, it can get hung up and freeze.
The best way to troubleshoot this possible cause is to update all
party software that is installed on your computer.
corruption/error – Drivers are small pieces of software that
allow hardware devices to communicate with other hardware devices
and the operating system. Drivers are extremely important and are in
constant use while the system is powered on. Therefore, drivers have
a high rate of opportunity for failure. The best way to troubleshoot
this possible cause is to update all drivers to the most current,
available version. Downloading
and installing DriverUpdate is recommended to find and install updates to your device drivers.
DriverUpdate can automatically find the most
current device drivers available for your hardware.
– Similar to hardware failure, overheating can also cause
system freezes. The CPU is the chief concern as it is extremely
senstive and integral to the operability of the computer. To
troubleshoot an overheating issue, read our Proper Hardware Care Part 2: Environmental Threats article. Many
users experience what is described as a “hissing” noise
whenever a fan goes out. This hissing noise is the sound of the ball
bearing going out. This is a common issue and must be addressed
immediately. The CPU can not withstand temperatures over it's
threshold for too long.
We have assembled a Troubleshooting Windows Freezes guide so that you can attempt to manually fix the issues that cause
system freezes. However, since the causes of freezing are so diverse, it is recommended that you use an automated tool.
to Easily FIX Windows Freezes
Since the causes of Windows freezes are so varied, it is best to perform a diagnosis of your computer to determine what may be causing the problem. Unfortunately, it's hard to do this manually, since there are just so many places to check. Much like a mechanic uses diagnostic tests on your car, the solution is to use an automated tool to diagnose and repair the problems for you.
FixCleaner, a tool by SlimWare Utilities, is the tool WindowsAnswers.net recommends. SlimWare has been featured in many publications, such as USA Today, and has been featured on such TV programs as Lifetime Network's "The Balancing Act". FixCleaner is designed to scan for a vast array of issues with your computer. This means that not only will it scan for issues causing Windows freezes, it will also scan and diagnose other issues you might not even know you have!
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