How to fix PC crashes and recognize common Windows problems

How to fix PC crashes and recognize common Windows problems

It can be quite excruciating when the PC suddenly freezes or freezes for no particular reason. The moment becomes more frightening when followed by the dreaded Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD). This is not a bad thing, a PC crashes when it finds a critical problem that could damage the software or components of the PC, so your PC is saving itself while begging you to repair it. However, this does not mean that you should leave your PC this way and continue your work after the restart. Your PC may be able to recover after the crash, but a crash indicates that there is a critical problem to diagnose as soon as possible. Unfortunately, there is not a single response to a PC crash. There are dozens of hardware and software problems that cause a PC to freeze or freeze, so it can be a little difficult to pinpoint the problem. To help you diagnose your crashed PC, we explain how to solve PC crashes together with the most common hardware and software problems and their solutions:

Note: the PC crashes can lead to data loss, especially if they are related to the hard drive. Make sure you always back up your important files, so you don't lose them in the event of an unexpected accident.

PC crashed due to software problems

Here are some of the most common software problems that could cause a PC to crash:

Note: there are situations where Windows may not start at all. In such situations, log on to Windows in safe mode and then follow the instructions below.

1. Driver damaged

The drivers control all the hardware components of the PC. Even if the hardware components are perfectly in place, a corrupt driver can affect their functioning and may even cause a crash. You can check for bad drivers from Windows Device Manager. To access Device Manager, type "Device Manager" in the search bar or press Windows + R and type " devmgmt.msc "in the" Run "dialog.

When you open Device Manager, all the names of the important hardware components will be displayed. Double clicking on each name will open all the underlying drivers. A defective driver will have a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark (!) At the beginning of the name.

If you don't find faulty drivers in this list, you can also open hidden drivers by clicking on " View "at the top and selecting" Show hidden devices "from the list of options. It will open almost all the drivers, so you can thoroughly check all the drivers and make sure there are no defective drivers.

If you find a defective driver, right click on it and select " Update software driver "from the context menu. Now, follow the instructions to update the driver online or manually.

If updating the driver doesn't help, you can also use a third-party driver update program or repair software to fix driver problems. There are many driver repair software available, but I will advise you to try IObit's Booster driver for its huge database and ease of use. Third-party driver software should also be able to resolve hardware conflicts.

2. Third party software damaged

If your PC crashed after installing third-party software, the software may be corrupt or your PC may not be compatible with it. Try to uninstall recently installed programs and see if it solves the problem. Reinstalling programs sometimes fixes the problem, so if the program matters to you, you can reinstall it and see if the problem persists. If reinstalling the program causes the PC to crash again, unfortunately you will have to permanently get rid of the program.

3. Malware or viruses

Malware can easily corrupt your system and force it to crash. If you haven't already installed an antivirus program (God forgive you for this), install one immediately even if there is no malware on your system. If a malware crash occurs, even free antivirus software should be able to detect and get rid of it. Just install one and use the most robust scan offered by antivirus software to get rid of the malware.

If the malware corrupts the system to the point where it can't even start, then start Windows in safe mode and then run the virus scan. Avast works well in safe mode and I'm sure other popular antivirus programs will also work in safe mode. If your antivirus is not working in safe mode, then create the Avast recovery disk on another PC and try it out.

4. Defragment the disk

If you are unfamiliar with the concept of defragmentation and have never defragmented your hard drive, it could be a problem. The data on your hard drive is stored randomly, so it becomes difficult for Windows to find the right file. If left unattended for a very long time, it could lead to system slowdowns and even crashes. The defragmentation process puts all the data in a sequence and makes it easier for Windows to find it. Windows has a built-in defragmentation tool. To access it, type "Defragmentation" in the search bar and select the tool.

Now click "Optimize" for all your units and check if the problem still stops.

5. Clean and repair the registry

The Windows registry contains almost all the data related to the software and hardware of the PC and all changes are recorded there. When you mess with your system and install and remove programs, everything is recorded and sometimes results in the creation of voices that are no longer needed. These entries inflate the registry and can even create errors, thus causing a slower PC and even crashes. extremely difficult to clean the registry manually, so I will suggest you to use a third party registry cleaner.

To do this, I personally use Wise Registry Cleaner and recommend it. This tool allows you to clean, repair and even defragment the registry to keep it in order.

6. Keep Windows updated

It is important to keep your Windows PC up to date or it may be vulnerable to problems and even crashes. In Windows 10, go to " Settings-> Update and Security.

Here, click on " Check for updates "and make sure your PC is up to date. Windows will automatically download and install updates if it has not been updated. You can also search for" Windows Update "in the Windows search bar to find the Windows update option.

7. Give up Insider Program for Windows 10

If you joined the Windows 10 Insider program to test preview builds and comment on the latest features, it could be the problem. Preview builds are unstable builds aimed at developers and people who like to tinker, so it could create a problem on your particular system and cause it to hang. You can disable the Insider program by going to Settings-> Update and security and on the Windows Update page, go to " Advanced options ". Here, click" Stop Insider Builds "If disabling solves the problem, report the problem to Microsoft.

8. Restore or update your PC

Windows comes with the built-in option to completely reinstall Windows or at least update it, to remove all third-party software and changes. A full reset solves almost all problems 99% of the time, since it restores the system to its factory state without third-party data. If all the above steps don't work, update your PC or restore it completely. You can check out our article on how to update and restore Windows 10 to do it.

Shutdown of the PC due to hardware problems

There can be many hardware problems that could force a PC to shutdown. In fact, in most cases it is a hardware problem, but a bit difficult to solve hardware problems yourself, so it is advisable to try to diagnose software problems first. However, here are some hardware problems that could cause your PC to hang or freeze.

1. Bad RAM

Sometimes bad RAM can cause accidents and the Blue Screen Of Death. You can use a memory test program such as Memtest86 (download) to check for RAM errors. If there is a problem, you will need to swap the RAM for a new one. You should take your PC to a service center if you don't know how to install RAM.

2. Hard drive problems

Hard drives have a limited time frame and fail over time. If your hard drive almost fails (even taking all the data with it), it may start to freeze your PC. There are many tools to check the status of the hard drive and confirm its status. Yes you may also hear an awkward sound from your hard drive, which is a sign of your aging hard drive. If you are confident enough that your PC's hard drive won't work soon, you should immediately back up all your important data and take your PC to a service center and replace the hard drive.

3. PC heating

If the PC starts to warm up, it will start to crash, for the heat could be damaged under the hood components . Heating problems occur mainly due to obstructed fan and system. If you have a desktop PC, you can clean it yourself using a compressed air can. Although possible to have your PC repaired from a computer store (recommended for laptops). If you are cleaning yourself, be sure not to physically touch the system as it may cause static electricity and damage the system. Give the fan and system a few strokes and clean it. If there are stains, do not try to remove them with a wet suit because stains should not be a problem.

4. Fewer system resources

This is quite obvious, if you have low system resources, such as low RAM or CPU power, running a heavy program or an intensive game will certainly lead to a crash. Update your PC to run heavy programs or stop using that program.

5. Hardware component just installed

If you recently installed a new hardware component such as an updated RAM or graphics card, then it may be the problem. Use the first tip in the software section of this article to check if the drivers of the newly installed component are working properly or not. If the drivers are correct and updated, remove the component (if possible) and check if the PC is working properly. If this is the problem, you will need to go to a service center to find out what is causing the problem or have the component replaced.

Try these fixes if your PC crashes

PC crashes can be really scary and could be very dangerous for the system. Even if your PC hangs only once, be sure to run at least the basic processes to see what the problem is, as a crash always indicates something critical (temporary or permanent). For software problems, if nothing works, reset the PC (it always works for me). For hardware problems, you may need to contact an experienced computer technician.