Any operating system will have the OS freeze. You would have come across several instances when your Windows 10 freezes for a couple of minutes, and all you can do is to wait until the OS becomes normal again.Windows 10 has been having the same error, and the occurrences have been more frequent than ever. The reason behind the freeze is not yet known since it may happen anytime during its run period. Since we do not know what really causes Windows 10 to freeze, let me still help you with some troubleshooting steps that will help you resolve the OS freezing problem.

Step 1: Free up disk space

  • When you find out there is no space left in any of the installed drives in your Windows 10 computer, you might encounter the OS freeze.
  • It is best to delete any unwanted data from each of the drives present.
  • If you have any documents with bigger file size, connect an external hard drive and move the files to the drive.

Step 2: Disconnect USB devices

  • If you find your Windows 10 freezes, you do not have to panic. All you can do is disconnect all external devices connected to the computer—for example, wireless keyboard, mouse, external hard drives, printers, and scanners, etc.
  • Press and hold the power button on your computer for up to 20 seconds to force shut down and press the power button to turn it on.
  • The Windows 10 won’t freeze anymore.

Step 3: Run a disk check

  • You can check to see if your hard disk is at fault.
  • Close all the running applications from the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc).
  • Click the Start button and select This PC.
  • Right-click on the Local Disk (C:) drive and select the Properties option.
  • Click the Tools tab from the error-checking section and then click the Check button.
  • You will see the message, Your drive was successfully scanned.
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Step 4: Update device drivers

  • The Windows 10 freezes can also be a hardware problem, in order to resolve any problem related to the hardware you have to update the device drivers in your Windows 10 system.
  • Click the Windows icon and select Settings from the menu.
  • The Settings page will open, click the Update & security option.
  • Click the Windows update option from the left side of the Settings window.
  • Click Check for Updates button from the Windows update section.
  • The Windows 10 will now scan for updates, download, and install them automatically.

Step 5: Clear computer temp files

  • If your Windows computer does not have enough space to store the temp files, it can result in slowing down or freezing of the Windows OS.
  • You can clear the temp files by following these steps:
  • Open the Run command (press the keys Windows + R).
  • Enter temp in the Run command and click the OK button.
  • The folder containing all the temp files will open, select all the data (ctrl + A) and press the Delete button.

Step 6: Run a system file check

  • The SFC scan is a System File Check utility that is inbuilt for the Windows operating system that will help to solve the Windows 10 freezes issue.
  • The sfc scan helps in finding the corrupted files on the system and replaces them with verified ones.
  • Open the Run command (Press the keys Windows + R).
  • In the Run command window, type cmd and press the Enter button.
  • The command prompt window will open.
  • Enter the command, sfc/scannow, and press the Enter button.
  • The command prompt will run the command, wait for the command to complete and then close the command prompt.

Step 7: Do a clean installation of Windows 10

You can fix the problem by restoring the previous version of the Windows OS, you can perform a clean install of your Windows 10 OS.

A clean installation will erase all the data present on your computer. Before performing a clean installation of Windows 10, you have to take a backup of all the data present on your system. You can download a third-party backup application like Easeus from the internet to back up your data.

  • Open the browser, enter the Easeus official URL in the address bar, and press the Enter button.
  • Click the Download button Windows version, and the Easeus application will be downloaded.
  • Launch the Easeus backup application, click the file Backup button, and select System backup.
  • You will now see the dark partition in the Easeus application window.
  • Choose the drive you want to back up and select the destination folder to save the backup file before fix the problem Windows 10 freezes.
  • Click Proceed to start the backup process and close the Windows once the backup is complete.
  • Now, restore the previous version of the OS. You can get help from our technical experts to perform this step.

You can use the Windows 10 installation CD to install a new copy of windows.

  • Insert the installation CD in the drive, and the Windows setup page will open.
  • Select the preferred language from the drop-down list, click Next.
  • Click the Install Now button.
  • In the Activate Windows page, click I don’t have a product key and click the Next button.
  • Select the Operating System you want to install, click the Next button.
  • Click Accept checkbox for license terms, click the Next button.
  • In the type of installation window, select Custom.
  • Choose the disk partition to save the installed window files and click the Next button.
  • The installation process will now start.
  • Once the installation process is complete, your computer will have a fresh Windows 10 Operating system installed and running and also the issue Windows 10 freezes is solved.