How to Stop Windows XP From Freezing

By braniac

If you own a IBM compatible PC, then you probably have run into a bug or two. Even though Windows XP is much more stable then past operating systems, it still is not perfect. If you are having consistent computer lock-ups then I hope this guide will help you.

Things You'll Need

  • Patience

Step 1

The first thing you need to understand is that a computer freezing can be either caused from a incompatible or malfunctioning piece of hardware, or from a software conflict. We will need to figure out which one.

Step 2

Click 'Start' hit 'Run' and in the Run dialog box type 'eventvwr' then hit enter. This will open windows event viewer. Now click "application". A long list of events will pop up in the window. Scroll through this list looking for anything marked with a red stop sign. Once you find these right click on them and select properties. This will give you a general idea of what programs are running into trouble. Write these programs down.

Step 3

You need to update the programs that are giving you trouble. Check online with the software's maker to see if a new version or patch is available.

Step 4

After you are done updating your software reboot your PC into safe mode. To do this just tap the f8 key several times while your computer is booting up until a menu appears. Select Safe Mode from the option using your keyboard.

Step 5

Once in safe mode run your antivirus program. This will hopefully eliminate any virus that might not otherwise be able to be removed in normal mode.

Step 6

Leave your computer on for an extended period in safe mode. If your computer freezes in safe mode then the problem is most likely hardware and you will need to see a trained technician. If not then you have determined that the problem is software related.

Step 7

If your PC has not frozen in safe mode then reboot into normal mode. Disable your screensaver and any power saver modes you may have running. Once again let your computer run for an extended period to see if you have fixed the problem.

Step 8

If the problem persists then you should start by removing your antivirus program. Many times this can be the root of your problem. If this does clear up the problem then install a new antivirus program. Also consider removing any programs that you may have recently installed.

Step 9

Run your windows update to make sure everything is current. At this stage if you are still having problems then it may be time to bring your PC in to have the hard drive formatted and windows reinstalled.