How To Shutdown Your Frozen Windows Computer


Their will come a time while operating your computer, where the system will come to a hault or freeze. When this happens you may end up losing all of your work or won’t get the chance to even start.

5 ways to shutdown your frozen Windows computer

1) The safest method to shutting down is by going to the start menu and clicking shutdown. I recommend closing as many programs as possible before proceeding. In the background, your computer is trying to save as much data from each open program before going to sleep.

2) Another method to shutting down is by pressing the power button once on your computer. This method is also safe. Once pressed, the shutdown process will begin.

3) Using Ctrl + Alt + Delete is another way to access the shutdown button. You can also use this screen to enter task manager and close any running program that is slowing your computer down close to the freezing point.

4) If your computer completely freezes or blue screens you before getting the chance to even touch any of the shutdown buttons, then try pressing and holding the power button on your computer for 5 seconds or more. Press and hold it down until your computer completely turns off.

5) If method’s 1 through 4 doesn’t work, the final method is to unplug the power cord directly from the back of your computer.

Reasons Your Computer is Freezing

Lack of Memory (RAM)
If you are running an old computer, chances are the amount of RAM you have in your computer is small. Computer’s with 4GB of RAM or less have a higher chance of freezing or getting the blue screen of death.

Startup & Background Programs
You may remember a time when you first purchased your computer, it was running super fast. Then one day all of that changed. Computers that suffer from RAM shortage have to deal with how many program’s are running in the background. You computer may be freezing because you have more than 8 programs trying to run at the same time.

Lack of Optimization
One of the important things that is often ignored or missed is occasionally optimizing your computer. Errors, a bloated registry, and a fragmented hard-drive can contribute to your computer freezing. Couple this with a lack of computer memory and excessive start-up programs, you will always see the recurring freeze problem.

Malware & Viruses
All the listed problems above are very important to diagnose, but the most important problem of all that needs to be fixed are malware and viruses. Not only can this slow down your computer to a screeching halt, but compromise your sensitive data. If your computer is hit with viruses that need an active internet connection to operate, your web browser will be compromised and won’t allow you to browse normally. Other viruses that multiply in the background are also the cause of slow downs.


When your computer starts to bottleneck or freeze on you then it’s time to shut it down. You should attempt to turn it back on when your ready to diagnose the reasons why your computer is freezing. We listed the 4 main reason’s why your computer is locking up on you. Getting a brand new computer can be the last resort to solving the problem, but these issues my reoccur again unless proper action is taken place. We hope this guide on how to shutdown your frozen Windows computer helps you.


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