If your laptop has slowed down or your laptop keeps freezing when you are in the middle of something important, it does not necessarily mean that it’s time to upgrade to a new laptop. But it definitely means that it needs some attention.
Be it an HP laptop, Samsung laptop or or even a Dell laptop, one of the most common questions asked by laptop users is, “Why does my laptop keep freezing?” This is a common issue with most laptops, be it Windows 10, Windows 8 or Windows 7.
Here are some reasons why your laptop keeps freezing and how to fix this issue…
Press The Ctrl + Alt + Delete Keys
This is the first thing to try the next time your laptop hangs. We’re sure, most of us are already aware of it but how many of us remember to do this when the laptop hangs? Once you click the ctrl + alt + delete keys, you will see a pop up of the windows task manager.
All you need to do is, click on programs that are not very important and end the task. The programs will begin to close one by one on your task bar. This should solve the problem.
If it doesn’t help, you may have to forcefully shut down your device by holding the ‘Power’ button for a few seconds. Do not forget to save the document you are working on.
Install The Latest Updates
If you do not install the updates on time your laptop may fail to function smoothly. It is advisable to always run a legal copy of Microsoft Windows to be able to download updates. If you are using Windows 10, the update option is automatically turned on.
In most cases, automatic updates and the latest drivers are available online. To update your software through Windows, follow the steps below:
Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1
-> Open Control Panel
-> Click the System and Security option. Next, click on the Windows Update option.
-> Windows Update will check for any available updates for your laptop. If there are any new updates found, you will be able to see the available updates. (We recommend installing only all the important updates first).
-> Open Settings
-> Click on Update & Security
-> Click on Windows Update
-> Click the Check for updates button
-> Click the Restart Now button after the update has been downloaded on your device.
Use a Cooling Pad To Prevent Overheating
If you notice that the temperature of your system processor is higher than usual, the chances are that the laptop may freeze. When a laptop is overheated, you will hear an unusual sound generated by the fan. This is a sure sign that your device is overheating.
You may also experience that the laptop has begun to slow down because when it is overheated, the CPU (central processing unit) slows down to escape heat pressure. If you’re wondering what actually causes overheating of the device? The answer to that is insufficient cooling.
Some of the most common reasons for overheating include – dust blocking the exhaust ports, a clogged up fan or a degenerated thermal compound between the heat sink and the CPU or GPU (graphics processing unit). The best way to avoid this issue is to use a cooling pad.
Laptop coolers are meant to provide additional cooling. Also, always keep the laptop on a hard or flat surface. Uneven surfaces like a blanket, pillow or your lap, obstruct the laptop’s airflow.
If your laptop has been constantly freezing, insufficient RAM could also be a reason for it. It is necessary to have considerable RAM to keep the system running smoothly.
If you have too many heavy work files saved on your system or games installed on your laptop, this is enough to cause your laptop to hang more often.
You may either have to upgrade to a laptop with a higher configuration or save all heavy files on an external hard drive. When a device has insufficient RAM, it affects the motherboard. In such cases, upgrading the RAM or reinstalling Windows may help resolve this issue.
One of the easiest ways to find out if the laptop has a RAM issue is – when you first turn on your device and it runs perfectly fine but in a few hours the laptop begins to slow down, files take too long to open and websites fail to load. This is clearly because of a RAM issue.
Apart from this, if you notice that your laptop constantly keeps restarting, this is also a clear indication of a faulty RAM.
Faulty Hard Drive
Every time you switch on your laptop and you notice an unusual clicking sound from your device, this is an indication that something is wrong with the hard drive. Do not take this lightly!
In case there is a serious issue with the hard drive and it crashes, you will lose all your data due to a hard drive malfunction.
Which is why we recommend saving all your important documents and files on an external hard drive too. It’s good to keep a backup before its too late.
Just to be sure if the hard drive has really malfunctioned, you can go to File explorer and follow these steps…
-> Click the Windows button on the bottom left and search for File explorer
-> Right click on the drive you want to check
-> Go to ‘Properties’.
-> In windows, go to ‘Tools’ and click on ‘Check’. If the hard drive is causing the problem, you will find it here.
You can also run SpeedFan to check for possible issues with the hard drive. If the hard drive has malfunctioned, you will need help from the brands service center for replacement.
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