What To Do If Your Windows 10 Computer Stops Responding

What To Do If Your Windows 10 Computer Stops Responding

If your computer has been upgraded to Windows 10 or if you are on Windows 10 and is now showing a ‘not responding’ error, there are a few things you can do.

The first step is to identify the problem. You may need to uninstall some programs, restart your computer, or run a system restore. If that doesn’t work, you may need to contact one of our technicians for support.

Let’s dig in.

Why do you get the Windows 10 ‘not responding’ error?

The “not responding” error is a common problem with Windows 10. There are a few reasons why this error occurs. One reason is that the operating system is trying to run too many programs at the same time. When this happens, some of the programs may start to slow down or become unresponsive. Another reason for the “not responding” error is that a program is not compatible with Windows 10. This can happen if you try to run an older program on a new operating system. Incompatible programs can cause the whole system to become unstable and produce error messages. Finally, malware or a virus can also cause the “not responding” error. If your computer is infected with malware, it may cause programs to crash or freeze. To fix the “not responding” error, you should first try to close any programs that are running in the background.

Force Restart Your Computer

If your computer is frozen or ‘not responding’ to any input, you may need to force restart it. To do this, simply press and hold the power button for about ten seconds. This will cut off power to the computer and restart it. If you’re using a laptop, you may need to remove the battery before proceeding. Once the computer has restarted, you can check to see if the issue has been resolved. If not, you may need to take additional steps, such as performing a factory reset or reinstalling your operating system. In most cases, however, a simple force restart will do the trick.

Check for any new applications installed recently

The reasons for this error can be many like any new applications installed recently, incompatible drivers, system file corruption, etc. The first thing you should do is check for any new applications installed recently. If there are any, try uninstalling them and see if that solves the problem.  If it doesn’t, you should move on to the next step.

Run Windows Update

The ‘not responding’ error can also be caused by a missing or outdated driver. To check for any missing updates, go to Start > Settings > Update and Security > Check for Updates. This will run an automatic scan of your system to look for any new updates or patches that need to be installed. If there are any, install them and then restart your computer to see if it solves the issue.

Perform a System Restore

If nothing else is working, you may need to perform a system restore. This will restore your computer to an earlier point in time when it was working properly. To do this, go to Start > Settings > Update and Security > Recovery. From there, you can select System Restore and follow the on-screen instructions to restore your computer. After the system is restored, be sure to check for any new updates or patches that may have been released since the restore point was created.

Run System File Checker

There’s a good chance that something is wrong with your system files. One way to fix this is to run the System File Checker (SFC) tool. This will scan your system for any corrupt or missing files and replace them as needed.

To run the SFC tool, open a command prompt window and type the following: sfc /scannow. Once the scan is complete, restart your computer and see if the issue has been resolved. If not, you may need to try another troubleshooting step.

Scan for malware

If you’re encountering the “Windows 10 not responding” error, the first thing you should do is scan your system for malware. Malware can cause all sorts of problems, including performance issues and instability. Fortunately, there are several excellent malware removal tools available, both free and paid. We recommend running a full scan with a tool like Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. Once you’ve removed any malware that may be present, restart your system and see if the issue has been resolved.

Insufficient Storage or RAM

If you’re getting the “Windows 10 not responding” error, it’s likely because your computer doesn’t have enough storage space to run smoothly. This can be caused by several things, including too many programs running at the same time, too much data being stored in the system cache or a lack of available disk space. To fix the issue, you’ll need to free up some space on your hard drive. One way to do this is to uninstall any unnecessary programs. You can also try clearing your system cache or temporarily disabling certain features, such as Windows Defender. If you’re still having trouble, you may need to upgrade your hard drive or add more RAM to your system. 

Reset your Windows 10 machine

The next thing you should try is uninstalling and reinstalling Windows 10. This will usually fix the problem. To do this, go to the Start menu and click on “Settings.” Then click on “Update & Security” and select “Recovery.” Under “Reset this PC,” click “Get Started” and then select “Keep my files.” This will reinstall Windows 10 without deleting any of your files. If this doesn’t fix the problem, you may need to perform a clean install of Windows 10. This will delete all of your data, so be sure to back up your files before proceeding. To do a clean install, go to the Start menu and click on “Settings.” Then click on “Update & Security” and select “Recovery.” Under “Reset this PC,” click “Get Started” and then select “Remove everything.” This will erase all of your data and reinstall Windows 10 from scratch.

Lastly..Contact a Technician

If all of the above steps fail to fix the ‘not responding’ error, then you may need to contact an experienced PC technician for help. We should be able to identify and resolve any issues with your computer quickly and easily. In addition, we’ll also be able to provide advice on how to maintain your computer and prevent similar issues in the future.

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I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...