Computer Keeps Hanging or Freezing after windows 11 update (Solved)

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Windows 11 the latest OS release from Microsoft comes with a number of new features, security enhancements, and improvements to existing features. The company regularly drops Windows 11 updates to patch security vulnerabilities and address software bugs and glitches that users may encounter. But still bugs present there, you may encounter Computer Keeps Hanging or Freezing after the Windows 11 update. Users report the display keeps getting stuck and won’t refresh, Windows 11 freezes or not responding but the mouse still moves. There are multiple reasons cause Computer keep hanging or Freezing, malfunctioning storage devices or corrupt system files are common. This article explores the exact reason behind this and solutions to fix the Windows 11 Freezing Randomly issue.

Windows 11 Freezing Randomly

There are several factors that can contribute to Windows 11 freezing or not responding. It may you are Running too many programs simultaneously that eat up your computer’s resources, causing it to slow down or freeze. Conflicting or outdated software, outdated version of Windows 11 or corrupt system files can lead to system instability result Windows 11 Freezes or Crashes Randomly.

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Update the device with the latest version of Windows 11, and repair corrupt system files with SFC and DISM commands very helpful Stop Windows 11 from freezing all the time. For a few users, Reduce screen resolution or Adjust virtual memory allocation help them to fix regular Windows 11 freezes.

Restart your computer/Laptop

If after open certain app or programs cause Windows 11 not responding, press Ctrl + Alt + Del on your keyboard to open Task Manager. Locate the frozen app, right-click on it select End task.

If your computer freezes or not respond at startup, waiting patiently for a few minutes is often the best initial step. It allows the system to reallocate resources and resolve the issue without overloading it. Avoid clicking or pressing keys, as this can make the problem worse. Give your computer a chance to recover on its own.

Still, your computer hanging or not responding, Press the power button on your Desktop PC or laptop for a few seconds and it’ll power off the device. Please keep in mind that it’ll forcefully power off the device and you’ll lose all unsaved work. Now you can switch on the machine again and everything will be back to normal. That’s the best solution if your computer hangs/freezes and nothing works.

Update windows 11

Microsoft regularly releases Windows updates that include bug fixes, performance improvements, and security enhancements, all of which can contribute to a more stable operating system. Installing the latest Windows 11 update is an effective way to address freezing and unresponsiveness problems, as it includes fixes for known issues and enhances system stability.

  • Press the Windows key + I To open the settings app
  • Go to Windows Update then hit Check for updates,
  • If new updates are available or pending there, allow them to download and install,
  • Once done, you need to reboot your PC to apply the changes.

windows 11 update Download

update drivers

Again Outdated or incompatible drivers can cause system freezes. Updating drivers ensures compatibility and improved stability.

Updating drivers ensures that your hardware components work seamlessly with Windows 11.

  • Again open Windows Update and click on advanced options.

Windows update advanced options

  • Now click on Optional updates

Optional updates

  • Look if any optional updates are available, and allow them to download and install.

Optional update drivers

Also, you can Go to the manufacturer’s website for your computer or individual hardware components (e.g., graphics card). Download and install the latest drivers. Or use third-party driver update software to make the process automatic.

Adjust the virtual memory

Adjusting virtual memory (also known as the paging file) can indeed help address freezing issues caused by a lack of memory resources on your system.

  • Press the Windows key + S, type performance, then select Adjust the appearance and performance of Windows in the list of results.
  • Switch to the Advanced tab, locate and click on the “Change” button in the Virtual Memory section.

In the Virtual Memory menu that appears, ensure that the option “Automatically manage paging file size for all drives” is unchecked.

  • Select the drive where Windows is installed (usually C:).
  • Choose either “Custom size” or “System managed size” based on your preference.

If you choose “Custom size,” you can set the Initial size and Maximum size of the paging file manually. It’s often recommended to set the Initial size to the same value as the Recommended size and the Maximum size to a higher value (e.g., twice the size of your RAM).

Adjust virtual memory

By adjusting the virtual memory settings appropriately, you ensure that your system has sufficient memory resources to handle tasks, reducing the chances of freezing issues caused by memory shortages.

Delete temporary files

Accumulated temporary files and unnecessary data can slow down your system. Use Storage Sense or Disk Cleanup to remove clutter and frees up disk space.

  • Type “Disk Cleanup” in the Windows search bar and select it.
  • Choose the drive you want to clean (usually C:).
  • Select the types of files to delete and click “OK.”

Disk cleanup windows 11

Go to “Settings” > “System” > “Storage.” Toggle on “Storage Sense” to have Windows automatically free up space by deleting temporary files.

Deleting temporary files, not only free up disk space but also improves your computer’s performance, which may help fix Windows 11 freezing or unresponsiveness issues.

Repair corrupted files

Again Corrupted system files can disrupt normal system operations and lead to freezes. Running system file checker utility scans and repairs corrupted system files, restoring the integrity of your Windows 11 installation and preventing freezing caused by file issues.

  • Press the Windows key + S, type cmd. Click ‘Run as administrator, then ‘Yes’ to confirm
  • Type the command ‘SFC /scannow’ and hit enter
  • This will start scanning corrupt or missing files on your computer, if found any the utility automatically replaces them with the correct one.
  • Let the scanning complete 100%, once done reboot your computer to apply the changes.

SFC scan windows 11

Note: If sfc scan results Windows Resource Protection found corrupt files and is unable to repair them run the DISM command DISM /Online /Cleanup-Image /RestoreHealth

Run a Full Malware Scan

Sometimes Malware or viruses infection can wreak havoc on your system, causing it to slow down or freeze. Scanning and removing malware is crucial, you can perform full system scan with built-in Windows security (Defender) to check and ensure this isn’t the case.

  • Press Windows key + S, type Windows security, and select it
  • Select Virus & Threat Protection, then Scan options,
  • Select Full Scan and click on Scan Now.

Windows security scan

Also, you can use a reliable third-party antivirus program to perform a full system scan.

Antivirus scan

Scanning and removing malware ensures not only your system’s security but also its overall stability by eliminating resource-hogging malicious programs.

Check for Disk Errors

Again Disk errors can cause data corruption and system instability. Running a disk check identifies and fixes disk errors, preventing them from causing system freezes and maintaining overall disk health.

  • First Open the command prompt as administrator,
  • Type ‘chkdsk F:/f/r’ and hit enter, If you get a message saying the volume is in use, type ‘Y’ and hit enter again.

Check Disk Errors

Restart your computer to check the disk drive for errors and attempt to fix them. The process may take some time depending on the volume size and files stored on your device.

Inappropriate power settings, such as overly aggressive power-saving modes, can hinder system performance. Optimizing power settings to balanced or high performance prevents system instability by ensuring consistent power to your components.

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Steve Ballmer
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.

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