If your Windows 10 PC freeze randomly, then here are some of the fixes that you could try out. After updating your PC to the latest Windows 10, you might have felt a few issues popping up. To begin with, apps designed for Windows 7/8 might either not run in the first place or launch with lags and makes it inoperable. Likewise, there could be some issues related to drivers, video, and graphics card drivers in particular. All this contributes heavily towards the Windows 10 freezing randomly.
So in this guide, we will list out all the possible troubleshooting steps that will help you in identifying the root cause of this lag. Then we would try and fix all the associated Windows 10 freeze and running slow issues. Across the Windows forum, this seems to be among the most asked questions and a lot of users seem to be facing this issue as of late, hence it needs to be addressed at the earliest. So without further ado, let’s begin.
Table of Contents
- 1 Troubleshooting Windows 10 Freezes Randomly – Fix
- 1.1 Fix 1: Repair Corrupt Files
- 1.2 Fix 2: Update Graphics Card
- 1.3 Fix 3: Reset Winsock
- 1.4 Fix 4: Increase the Virtual Memory
- 1.5 Fix 5: Uninstall Incompatible Programs
- 1.6 Fix 6: Turn off Link State Power Management (LSPM)
- 1.7 Fix 7: Turn off Fast Startup
- 1.8 Fix 8: Remove Temporary Files
- 1.9 Fix 9: Restore PC
- 2 Conclusion
Troubleshooting Windows 10 Freezes Randomly – Fix
First of all, we will start by repairing corrupt files, then will update the graphics driver card, then we will be resetting the Winsock. If these don’t work out, increasing the virtual memory, uninstalling incompatible program, turning off Link start power management, turning off the fast startup, disabling temp files or the restoring of PC should do the job. Let’s check out each of them in detail.
Fix 1: Repair Corrupt Files
- Head over to the Start Menu and search for Command Prompt. Make sure to open it as an Administrator.
- When it launches, type in the below command and hit Enter:
- CMD will then scan your entire PC for errors. If it founds any, it will list out the possible errors and what needs to be done to fix it.
- Try the mentioned fixes and see if the Windows 10 freeze issues get rectified. If not, try the next method.
Fix 2: Update Graphics Card
An outdated or old graphics or video card might also be the culprit. So it is recommended to update them to the latest version. Here is how it could be done:
- Launch the Start menu and search for Device Manager.
- Within that, head over to the Graphics Driver and click on it to further expand it.
- Then right-click on the dedicated graphics card and select Update Graphics Driver from the menu that appears.
- In the next popup that appears, select Search automatically for updated graphics driver.
- Windows will then search for the latest available drivers online and will then apply it as well.
As soon as it is done, restart your PC once. See if the Windows 10 freeze error persists or has been fixed. If the former is the case, then refer to the next method below.
Fix 3: Reset Winsock
- Launch the Windows Command Prompt from the Start menu as an Administrator
- Type in the below command and hit Enter:
netsh winsock reset
- Finally, reboot the PC and see if the Windows 10 freeze issue has been fixed or not.
Fix 4: Increase the Virtual Memory
If your RAM runs out of Power, then the VRAM might prove to be a great compensatory tool. It combines the RAM with TEMP Storage and gives your PC extra capabilities to run graphics-intensive games. Increasing the VRAM to 8GB has found to do wonders for a lot of users. If you wish to try it out, then here is what needs to be done.
- Use the Windows+R key to launch the Run dialog box.
- Type in sysdm.cpl and hit Enter.
- Then head over to Advanced -> Settings -> Advanced -> Changed
- Untick the Automatically Manage paging file size for all drives option. Select the Custom Size option.
- Now set the Initial Size to 1000 and Maximum Size to 8192. Click OK and reboot your PC.
Many users have reported that this has fixed the Windows 10 freeze issues. If it does so in your case, well and good. Otherwise, follow the next method.
Fix 5: Uninstall Incompatible Programs
While it may sound a little bit, but uninstalling these incompatible programs managed to speed up the PC for plenty of users. The apps in consideration are Speccy, Acronis True Image (2015), and Kaspersky. For some of you, uninstalling even a single app might do the job. So go ahead and try uninstalling one app, check whether the issue has been rectified. If not, do the same for the next two. You could do the same from Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs. If you don’t have any of these three apps installed, then head over to the next fix.
Fix 6: Turn off Link State Power Management (LSPM)
The Link State Power Management or LSPM is a power-saving tool that consists of two features- Moderate Power Savings and Maximum Power Savings. The former saves less power but makes the PC boots faster from sleep. On the other hand, the latter preserves a considerable amount of battery but makes the PC boots yup slowly from the sleep. Some users have reported success while turning off the Link State Power Management feature. Here is how it could be done:
- Use the Windows+R shortcut key combinations to launch the Run dialog box.
- Type in powercfg.cpl and hit enter.
- Head over to the Active Plan settings and click on Change Plan Settings.
- Go to PCI Express > Link State Power Management and click Off next to Settings.
That’s it. Hit OK and restart your PC. The Windows 10 freeze issue might be fixed. If not here is what else you could try.
Fix 7: Turn off Fast Startup
The said option is present under the Power option.
- To do so, right-click on the Start Menu and select the same. The Windows+X shortcut key does the same as well.
- Next, select the Choose what the power buttons do.
- Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.
- Finally uncheck the Turn on Fast Startup (recommended) thereby disabling it. Hit Save Changes and restart your PC.
Fix 8: Remove Temporary Files
If a lot of unnecessary files get accrued on your PC, it is bound to make your system slow. Therefore it is always recommended to clean up your PC from time to time. Here is what needs to be done in this regard:
- Launch the Run dialog box using the Windows+R shortcut key combination.
- Type Temp and hit Enter.
- This will list out all the temporary files present on your PC.
- Use the Ctrl+A shortcut to select all the files and hit the Shift+Del keys to remove them permanently from your PC.
You should now witness some increase in the speed of your system. Furthermore, the Windows 10 freeze issue could also be fixed.
Fix 9: Restore PC
If none of the above methods managed to rectify the issue, then you should try restoring your system to an earlier date. However, for that, you need to have created a restore point. If you haven’t done so, you shouldn’t create one right now. As your PC is already affected by lag issues, hence the system restore will also have one. On the other hand, if you have created one before, then here is how you could restore it:
- Launch the Windows search bar using the Windows+S shortcut key combinations.
- Type in restore and hit Enter. In the System Properties dialog box that appears, head over to the System Protection tab. Then click on System Restore.
- In the System Restore dialog box that appears, click Next and choose a restore point from the list. Hit Next when done.
- Finally, click Yes in the confirmation dialog box and wait for the process to finish. When that is done, the issue should be fixed.
So this was all from this guide on how to fix the Windows 10 freeze issues. We have listed around nine different types of fixes, one of them should rectify this issue. Do let us know which one managed to rectify the same. Rounding off here are some iPhone Tips and Tricks, PC tips and tricks, and Android Tips and Trick that you should check out as well.