Windows 10 freezes: 7 sure solutions to fix this

By: Radu Tyrsina
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I am writing this tiny tip after 2 days of issues with my new Windows 8, Windows 10 on my computer. You just will not believe how many things I had to do for “him”.  First of all, I formatted my C drive to make it ready for Windows 10 and Windows 8.

After installing Windows 10 and Windows 8, I noticed that it freezed up many times and I was desperately trying to find a fix for the issue. It turned out much, much more simpler than I was expecting.

Simple solution for Windows 10 and Windows 8 freezing issue

Windows 10 freezes can be a big problem and in this article we’re going to show you how to fix the following issues:

  • Windows 10 hangs – According to users, their Windows 10 PC frequently hangs. This occurs randomly and it can drastically impact your performance.
  • Windows 10 freezes after update – In some cases, freezing can occur after installing an update. Certain updates can be buggy and cause this error to occur.
  • Windows 10 keeps freezing on startup – This is another common problem that can occur on Windows 10. According to users, the freezing starts as soon as their Windows starts.
  • Windows 10 freezes when idle, shutting down, playing video, restarting, updating, going to sleep, when connected to internet – Users reported that freezing can occur on their PC at various occasions. According to users, freezing can occur when shutting down your PC or while your PC is idle.
  • Windows 10 freezes randomly SSD – In several instances users reported this problem while using an SSD. However, you can fix the problem with your SSD by changing your power settings.
  • Windows 10 freezes then black screen, blue screen – Sometimes this problem can cause black or blue screen to occur. This is usually caused by a hardware problem or a bad driver.
  • Windows 10 stuttering – This is another variation of this problem, and many users reported that Windows starts stuttering at random intervals.

Solution 1 – Update your drivers

Since this problem appeared, the solutions to fix it have multiplied. Here are an updated list of solutions to try if the main solution from this article won’t help :

  • Try to update your drivers
  • Reset your virtual memory
  • Run a Disk Check (chkdsk)
  • Run a Memory (RAM) Check
  • Try to disable the C-States in Bios

You will also find some solutions in our article dedicated to Windows 10 random freezes.


I am not sure if this will work for you, since we know there are so many different Windows 10 and Windows 8 issues out there. The issue that I had created an Event 41 in Eventer Viewer that was described as Kernel-Power.

So, basically, the screen would just freezes and the computer wouldn’t even restart. I had to manually press the power button and wait for like 5 seconds for it to restarts. After that, the same thing happened after a few minutes.

I noticed that Windows 10 and Windows 8 froze up most of the time when I switched between the Modern User Interface and the Desktop mode. Not sure why. Next, after seeing that nothing did work to fix this issue, I basically formatted the entire Hard Drive, obviously, backing files up before.

Imagine my despair when I realized that even that didn’t work. Installing all the drivers I could possibly found also didn’t fix the issue. Here’s the simple solution that fixed the freezing for me. I hope it will solve it for you, as well.


Solution 2 – Install the missing updates

On your Windows 8, go to the Charms bar, either by moving the mouse to the right corner of your display or by searching directly typing Windows Logo + W. Type in search “Windows Update“, open it. Don’t forget that it’s under the Settings tab.

Then, check for updates. On my print screen you will not see any, but before I had 6 updates there. Choose and install them all. After that, you’ll find them by typing “View installed updates” in Search and you’ll see something like on the third picture.

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That’s about it. My guess is that Microsoft was aware of this issue and rushed to the rescue by issuing some helpful updates. I hope it will do the trick for you and your Windows 10 and Windows 8 won’t freeze anymore. To install the updates on Windows 10, you need to do the following:

  1. Enter Windows Update in Search bar and select Check for updates from the menu.
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  2. Now click on Check for updates button.
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  3. Windows will now check for available updates. If any updates are available, Windows 10 will download them automatically in the background.

After installing the missing updates, the issue should be completely resolved.


Solution 3 – Change your power settings

According to users, sometimes Windows 10 freezes due to your power settings. However, you can fix the problem simply by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter control panel. Select Control Panel from the list.
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  2. Choose Power Options from the list.
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  3. When Power Options window opens, locate your currently selected plan and click on Change plan settings.
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  4. Now click on Change advanced power settings.
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  5. Navigate to PCI Express > Link State Power Management and set all options to Off. Now click on Apply and OK to save changes.Windows 10 stuttering

Several users reported this problem while using an SSD. According to them, you just have to set Turn off hard disk to Never to fix this problem, so be sure to try that. In addition, you might want to try switching to a High-performance power plan.

Windows 10 freezes when shutting down

Some users are also recommending to turn off Fast Startup. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open Power Options and select Choose what the power button does from the left pane.
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  2. Click on Change settings that are currently unavailable.
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  3. Uncheck Turn on fast startup (recommended) and click on Save changes.
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After doing that, the problem should be resolved and your PC will start working again.


Solution 4 – Replace your SATA cable

Many users reported that their Windows 10 freezes randomly. This can be a big problem, but users found out that the cause might be your SATA cable. According to them, you can fix the issue simply by replacing the SATA cable that connects to your hard drive.

Many users reported that SATA cable was the cause of this problem, and after replacing it the issue was completely resolved.


Solution 5 – Change your BIOS configuration

If Windows 10 freezes frequently, the problem might be your BIOS configuration. Several users reported they solved the problem by changing their hard drive configuration from AHCI to Native IDE in BIOS.

To see how to access BIOS and change your hard drive configuration, we strongly advise you to check your motherboard manual for detailed instructions.


Solution 6 – Perform a Startup Repair

Many users reported that Windows 10 freezes, but you can fix this problem simply by performing a Startup Repair. To do that on Windows 10, you just need to follow these steps:

  1. Open the Start Menu, click the Power icon, press and hold the Shift key and click on Restart.
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  2. When your PC restarts, you’ll be presented with a list of options. Select Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Repair.
  3. The repair process will now start. Keep in mind that repair can take about 15 minutes or more, so don’t interrupt it.

Once the repair process is completed, the issue should be completely resolved.


Solution 7 – Change the size of Virtual memory

Virtual memory can also cause Windows 10 freezes to occur, but you can fix the problem simply by changing its settings. This is relatively simple, and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + S and enter advanced. Select View advanced system settings from the menu.
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  2. Click the Settings button in the Performance section.
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  3. Go to Advanced tab and click on Change.
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  4. Uncheck Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.
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  5. Choose your System drive, select Custom size and enter Initial size and Maximum size in MB. You can set any value for Initial size, and as for Maximum size you should set it to 1.5x larger than your amount of RAM in MB. After doing that click on Set and OK to save changes.
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Now you just need to delete all files from the Temp directory. This is rather simple and you can do it by following these steps:

  1. Press Windows Key + R and enter temp. Press Enter or click OK.
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  2. When Temp directory opens, select all files and delete them.
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After doing that, freezing should stop completely.


Freezing can be a big problem on any PC, but we hope that you solved this issue by using one of our solutions.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2012 and has been since completely revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.


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