Windows 10 freezes randomly

Did you notice the computer freezes randomly after the Windows 10 update? There are no errors but the System is just frozen, most of the time move the mouse but not click on anything. You are not alone, several users report Windows 10 freezes randomly, and for about a minute or two can’t do anything on Windows 10 PC.

After Windows 10 upgrade laptop started freezing at any unpredicted moment of time and with every such freeze it requires a restart (mouse and keyboard stop working).

The issues Windows 10 not responding and freezes are mostly encountered because of the incompatibility of hardware and drivers. The installed Device driver is not compatible with the current Windows 10 version (Especially the installed Graphics driver). Again sometimes incorrect virtual memory setup, virus malware infection, and System file corruption also cause random hangs & freezes on Windows 10. If you are struggling with this problem, here 5 effective solutions help optimize system performance, Speedup up Windows 10.

Fix Windows 10 freezes not responding

  1. Make sure to disconnect all USB extensions or connected devices to your PC
  2. Press Windows Key + R Type Temp and press Enter. Press Control + A, right-click, then delete all the files in the folder.
  3. Sometimes Antivirus running backend causes system freezes, Temporarily Disable or uninstall Antivirus software.
  4. Perform Windows 10 clean boot, and check if the system running normally then any third-party service confliction cause the system freezes, not respond.

Disable programs in the background

  • Open Windows settings ( windows + I )
  • Click on Privacy, then select Background Apps.
  • Here toggle off the button “Let apps run in background” As shown image below.

Disable Background Apps

Install .NET Framework 3.5 and C++ Redistributable Package

After upgrading to Windows 10, if your computer keeps freezing and not responding, These issues can be fixed by installing various C++ Redistributable Packages and .NET Framework 3.5. Windows 10 and many third-party applications rely on these components, therefore be sure to download them from the links below.

Scan And Repair Corrupted System update files

If you notice Windows 10 started freezing and not responding after installing the Update, there is a chance that system files get corrupted, or missing while upgrading the process. Run system file checker utility that scans and restores missing system files from %WinDir%\System32\dllcache.

  • Type cmd on the start menu search,
  • Right-click on the command prompt, and select run as administrator.
  • Now type the command sfc /scannow and press the enter key.
  • This will start scanning windows for missing corrupted files,
  • If found the SFC utility automatically restores them from a compressed folder located %WinDir%\System32\dllcache.
  • Wait until 100% complete the scanning process, and restart windows to take effect the changes.

system file checker utility Windows 10

Note: if the SFC scan results, “Windows resource protection found corrupt files but was unable to fix some of them” Run the DISM command (Dism /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth) that repair the system image and allows SFC to do its job.

Update Display driver

As discussed before the incompatible device driver, especially the graphics driver mostly causes this problem. We recommend check and update or reinstall outdated device drivers.

  • Press Windows + R, type devmgmt.msc, and ok to open the device manager.
  • This will display all installed device driver list.
  • Look for if any driver is listed with a yellow triangle mark.
  • Right-click on it and select Update driver.
  • Expand the Display driver, right-click the graphics driver and select the Update driver.
  • Select “Search automatically for updated driver software” and let it finish the process.
  • Or visit the device manufacturer’s website, Download the latest drivers for your PC and install them.
  • Restart your PC and check there is no problem, System running smoothly.

Adjust Virtual memory

Hold down your Windows Key and press Pause (Break) to open the System Properties window,

  • Select Advanced System Settings.
  • Choose the Advanced tab, and Click Settings underneath Performance.
  • Under, performance options move to Advanced and then Change.
  • Uncheck the Automatically manage paging file size for all drives box.
  • Select (C:). Click Custom Size.
  • In Initial Size, use the number that is labeled as Recommended in the box below.
  • In Maximum Size, type (a number that cannot be determined without your RAM/Memory. Please provide that).

Don’t set this value too high. It should be about 1.5 times the size of your physical RAM. e.g. A PC with 4 GB (4096 MB) of RAM should have no more than about 6,144 MB virtual memory (4096 MB x 1.5).

Adjust your virtual memory settings

  • Press Set, then OK. Restart windows to take effect the changes.

Run Windows Memory Diagnostic

  • Type memory in the Windows search bar and select Windows Memory Diagnostic.
  • In the set of options displayed, select Restart now and check for problems.
  • After which Windows will restart to check for possible RAM errors and will hopefully display the possible reasons as to why Windows 10 Freezes Randomly.
  • Reboot your PC to save changes.

Memory Diagnostic Tool 

Turn Off Link State Power Management

  • Press Windows Key + R, then type “powercfg.cpl” and hit enter to open Power Options.
  • Click Change Plan settings next to your chosen Power plan.
  • Now click Change advanced power settings.
  • Expand PCI Express, then expand Link State Power Management.
  • From the drop-down, select OFF for both On battery and plugged in power settings.
  • Reboot your PC to save changes and see if you’re able to Fix Windows 10 Freezes Randomly

Disable AppXsvc using Registry Editor

 According to some users, Disabling AppXsvc in Registry Editor fixes both freezing and crashing issues. To disable AppXsvc,

  • Press Windows + R, type regedit and ok to open the Windows registry editor.
  • Backup registry database then navigates to the following key.
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Services\AppXSvc
  • Locate Start DWORD in the right pane and double-click it.
  • Set Value data to 4 and click OK.
  • Close Registry Editor and restart your PC.

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Steve Ballmer
With over 7 years of experience in the IT industry, I have experience in IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. Certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.