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How To Fix a Frozen Computer Or Won’t Turn Off

There are many ways of which you can recover your frozen computer, depending on what the problem is. All you have to do is wait for a few seconds; your PC might get hung up while doing some work and then unfreeze by itself in a few seconds.

How to fix a Frozen computer

When a full-screen application, like a game, Have freezes and it prevents you from leaving it, you will have to press the Alt+F4 key. This automatically closes the application when the game is just experiencing a graphical problem, but you have to know that it won’t work if the application has frozen completely.


In other to see if your computer is still responding, all you have to do is press Ctrl+Alt+Delete. From this screen, you can click to open the Task Manager (and then close any running applications), or you can log out of or restart the PC. If the screen doesn’t appear, you might not be able to recover the PC without rebooting it.

If you can get to the process of opening the Task Manager, and you might be able to recover it from the freezing. (And you can also press the Ctrl+Shift+Esc in other to open the Task Manager.)

Please select the “Processes” tab—if you can find it, click on “More Details.” to locate any processes which are making use of a lot of CPU—you can click on the CPU column in other to be sort by the CPU usage and also to see the most demanding processes at the top of the list.

Tap process in other to select it, and then tap “End Task” to forcibly end the program. You are going to lose any unsaved work in the program, but if it’s crashed and it is making use of a lot of CPU, there might be no way to recover your unsaved data, anyway.

Most times, your Windows-desktop i.e. the taskbar and Start menu might freeze. You can most times restart Windows Explorer in other to fix these problems. Locate “Windows Explorer” in the list of Processes, and click to select it, then click the “Restart” button.

If there is no unsaved work, you have to click the power button which is at the bottom-right corner of the Ctrl+Alt+Delete the screen then select “Restart.” And hopefully, your computer will then work normally after it has rebooted, as this fixes many system problems.

Also, you can try pressing Windows+L in other to lock your screen and go back to the sign-in screen. And you can restart your Personal computer from there, too. And, if the Ctrl+Alt+Delete didn’t work, this method probably won’t either.

If all the previous steps didn’t work, please press Windows+Ctrl+Shift+B which is on your keyboard. And this is a hidden hotkey combination that restarts your PC’s graphics drivers. If that is where the problem is from, this might defiantly unfreeze your system.

If none of the above methods work and your computer is not responding to anything, there’s only one simple way to recover from this;—a hard shut down.

You have to locate your computer’s power button, click and hold it down for 10 seconds and your computer will then forcibly shut down. Wait for a few seconds, then boot it back up by pressing the power button normally.

How to fix a Frozen computer

This isn’t the safest way to shut down your PC. You should use on-screen shutdown process. If this process isn’t responding then, there’s no other way to fix it.

If your PC has blue-screen, below is the only way to fix it.

By default; the Windows PCs will automatically reboot when they blue-screen, but if seeing a blue screen of death {BSOD}, and your PC isn’t rebooting, you might have probably turned off automatic reboots. You can Jot down the error message, and then perform a hard shutdown or reboot by pressing and holding the power button, for some minutes.

What to do when your computer freezes and won’t turn off 

At this point, you will have no option than to remove the battery from the PC. Before you do that, unplug the charger and any USB cable that is connected to the computer and after that, you can now remove the battery. When you remove the battery, press and hold the power button for 15 seconds. After that, put the battery back and on the PC. This will unfreeze the window PC and it should start working fine again.


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James T.

James, a distinguished alumnus of MIT, where he specialized in Computer Science and Communications Technology, has an impressive academic foundation that underpins his expertise. With over a decade in the industry, he deciphers complex technology into easy how-tos. Known for his keen insights, James is dedicated to helping readers navigate the rapidly evolving digital landscape.

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