What Is PC Screen Freeze?
Everybody who has ever used Windows driven PC will know that moment when the screen, and seemingly everything else, ‘freezes’.
All of a sudden you can’t move your mouse cursor, close programs or windows, or basically do anything at all, other than sit and look at a totally immobile display panel!
Everything on the screen is frozen in its current condition, so what do you do now?
Well, the first thing to do is to try being patient, waiting a few seconds to see what actually happens. Often, such a freeze is a temporary thing and everything will start functioning again in a perfectly normal manner in a few short moments.
If that doesn’t work, then you need to move to ‘plan B’ but, before we consider what that might be, lets look at what actually causes your PC screen to freeze up so dramatically in the first place.
What Causes PC Screen Freeze?
The most common and least dangerous cause of your PC screen freezing is the fact that your machine is using all of it’s RAM memory at that particular moment.
There is simply no memory free to run anything.
So, your machine cannot do anything at all until the program that is ‘RAM hogging’ stops doing whatever it is doing, and frees up some RAM to get things moving again.
Always remember that for every program that you have running in the foreground, the stuff that you have actually started yourself, there are many, many other programs running deep inside your PC as well.
So it is actually quite easy for your PC to have the RAM memory running at 100% capacity, without too much effort on your part!
Another possible screen freeze cause might be the sheer number of programs that you have running at the same time.
Each one is using up some RAM and eventually, if you have enough running at the same time, you will hit 100% RAM capacity usage, at which point you will see the inevitable screen freeze until the system gets a little less busy.
If the freeze up seems a little less temporary than this, then there are two possible causes.
The first possibility is that there is an error or fault in the Windows registry itself, and it is this system fault that is causing the frozen screen. This is the most likely cause.
The final and most serious possibility is that it is a virus in your machine that is causing the error. If this is the case, then the chances are that you wouldn’t be reading this right now, as a screen freeze caused by a virus could very well turn out to be a terminal problem.
How To Fix “Computer Screen Freeze”
The first question is whether the problem is purely a short term temporary one, or something a little more serious.
Working out the answer to this one is dead simple. When it freezes, give it a few seconds to see if it unfreezes itself. Chances are that at least 90% of the time, that will do the trick.
If not, it may still be a temporary problem, only it is a little more stubborn!
Press the ‘Alt’, ‘Ctrl’ and ‘Del’ buttons all at the same time, and you should bring up the Windows Task Manager frame. See if any program is shown in the ‘Applications’ window as not being responsive.
If anything shows, highlight it and click the ‘End Task’ toggle.
Give it a few seconds, and the non-responsive programs or application should shut down. The chances are pretty good that this will sort it out.
If neither of these work, and the error appears a bit less temporary, then you have to bring on the ‘big guns’, by applying the correct software programs to the problem/
It is highly likely that you already have some kind of anti-virus software on your PC – if so, run a full virus scan now. If you don’t have anti-virus software already, you can download the program from Kaspersky.
Run your anti-virus scan in full just in case, but the chances are good (and you should hope) that it is not a virus infection.
If not, then you have problems somewhere within the Windows registry.
Again it makes good sense to use the correct software to trace and then fix the problems.
Run a free scan using the excellent SpeedyPC software, which should locate and isolate all of the potential problems within the registry of your PC (that is, not ONLY the problems causing the screen freeze).
Then, simply download the software, and use it to get rid of whatever bugs, defects and errors there are in your Window system, some of which are more than likely behind the frozen screen problems.