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Computer Freezing Issues – Resolving Hardware And Software Faults

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Getting to the root of computer freezing issues is rarely easy without any exception code to guide you. This article looks at troubleshooting steps you can take to evaluate hardware/software issues that may cause the problem.

Start your PC repair checks by listening for hardware/component damage. For example, hard drive problems are usually indicated by strange noises (e.g. a clicking sound which may mean the motor has become damaged or screeching noise which will indicate the heads or spindle are seizing up). Tour best bet is to get a computer technician to look at these types of fault rather than attempt the repairs yourself (as any modifications could worsen the damage to the disk).

If software issues are suspected then your starting point for the PC repair work is run an anti-virus scan using the latest virus definitions. Following that, use a registry cleaner to scan for badly set keys, missing key settings or virus damage to the Windows registry, all of which can lead to erratic computer behavior for applications and the operating system.

If you find your computer freezing up when using one single program then you should try updating it with the latest patch to see if that helps. Alternatively check online for customer support tickets to see if there are any reported known performance issues and check user forums to see if other users are reporting the same fault. As a last resort, try reinstalling the application which will reset registry settings relating to this product that may have been overwritten by another application.

More general computer freezes can be due to disk issues relating to a lack of space or fragmentation. Remove old unused applications you no longer need and run the Disk Cleanup utility to free up at least 10% free space on the disk. Run the Disk Defragmenter utility every three or four weeks to reorder file fragments (and optimize file access times).

If the above computer freezing checks fail to resolve your issue then consider contacting a PC repair technician to have a look at the hardware and software on your PC.