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Computer freezes, computer stuck

There could be a number of causes for a computer freezing up, or not responding all together.

-If your computer frequently freezes up, lags, or is slow, this could be because of poor performance. At some point in the future after a computer is purchased, the hardware will be to old for it to handle newer programs. In a lot of cases you will need to purchase a new computer or upgrade the processor, memory, hard drive and motherboard. This usually is not needed for a number of years. There are a number of programs you can use to monitor your computer performance. I would recommend starting off with task manager which is built into Microsoft Windows.

To use task manager, press Ctrl + alt + delete on your keyboard. Task manager should open up. In task manager go to the performance tab. In this tab, you can see various computer statistics. I recommend you have this open around the time you experience poor computer performance or hang ups.

-Another possible cause is the computer is overheating. Overheating can be caused by having a computer in a poor ventilated space. It can also be caused by internal computer fans that have stopped working. Some computers will have a auto shut down when temperatures get to high.

Make sure your computer is a ventilated room with good air flow.

If computer fans are no longer working, make sure the fan cables are plugged firmly into the motherboard. You will have to turn the computer off, open up the computer to do this. Make sure you have no static on yourself or you could damage the computer. Touch something metal before doing this or use a anti-static mat/wrist strap.

You can use a program called SpeedFan to monitor computer temperatures.

-Sometimes after you install software, new updates or new device drivers this can cause software bugs that will crash the computer, cause it to freeze up or not properly boot. If this is the case, you will want to uninstall the software you installed before the problem started. If you are unable to do this, you can boot your computer into safe mode and use System Restore which will restore the computer to a earlier working state.

To check updates and uninstall them in Windows, you can go to Add and Remove programs through Control Panel.
You can uninstall device drivers by going to Device Manager through Control Panel.

To perform a System Restore, go to Start > programs > Accessories or System tools > System Restore. Choose a restore point before the problem started.

If you are unable to boot into windows all the way, then you can boot into safe mode to work on the problem. Safe Mode will basically only load the necessary files needed for Windows to operate. While the computer is booting, keep pressing F8(make sure to do this before the windows screen shows) and you should get a menu. Choose Safe Mode. Once your computer boots into windows you can perform the steps above.

-G33k

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