Computer freeze solution – How to Unfreeze Your Computer

We’ve all been there, happily working on something when the computer screen freezes. Never fear, Webmaster, Drew, has a tip to help you unfreeze your programs without losing important information.

There have been many situations where I have been working with several different programs open in the background while surfing four or five different websites and my computer suddenly says “enough is enough” and freezes. This generally results from too much memory being used and your computer not being able to process the information fast enough.

When this does happen, many different problems can occur. Your Microsoft Word document which you had not saved could freeze, although if you’ve used my Recovering Microsoft Word documents fix, it shouldn’t be an issue. Even so, the last thing you want to do is have all your programs close down.

Listed below for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 users is an alternative way to unfreeze your computer. It works a large majority of the time, but even so, you may have to end a specific program that is “Not Responding”. *Please note that if you cannot move your mouse or have the menu pop up as in the below steps, you will have to reset your computer as it has completely frozen*

Windows XP

1. Press the “CTRL” “ALT” “DELETE” keys in sequence

2. Task Manager Appears

3. Click The “Processes” Tab

4. Find any and all instances of “Explorer.exe” and close them all by right-clicking and choosing “End Process”

5. If you’ve done this successfully your taskbar will disappear – don’t worry – that’s what you want.

6. Now, while you’re still in Task Manager, click “File” “New task” and type in “explorer.exe” (without the quotes)

7. Your taskbar should now reappear and your computer that was frozen should now be ready to go

Windows Vista & Windows 7

1. Right-click an empty place on your taskbar

2. Choose “Task Manager”

3. Click The “Processes” Tab

4. Find any and all instances of “Explorer.exe” and close them all by right-clicking and choosing “End Process”

5. If you’ve done this successfully your taskbar will disappear – don’t worry – that’s what you want.

6. Now, while you’re still in Task Manager, click “File” “New task” and type in “explorer.exe” (without the quotes)

7. Your taskbar should now reappear and your computer that was frozen should now be ready to go.

This trick will work most of the time – but not always. Sometimes you can’t even use your CTRL – ALT -DELETE keys. If this happens you’ll just have to shut it down and then restart.

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