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By Raymond Garcia
Shut Down a Frozen or crashed Windows Computer: Web Tech Support Page. Windows computers sometimes will freeze-up (Blue Screen of Death),
crash or it just stop working. If this happens to you, you can shut down a crash Windows computer and restart
it so you can continue your computing. All of these instructions
are for Windows computer.
Remember saving your work frequently, this will
minimize data losses that's caused by your computer freezing up or crashing.
And whenever possible try to, close down all applications
and try to shut down from the Start menu. The other procedures
are best used only when the Start menu function won't
work. Remember to come back to WebTechGeek.com for more
1. First eliminate the obvious problems.
If you just installed a new piece of computer hardware or a
new software or driver, uninstall it, remove it.
You can reinstall the new hardware/software again later. If you just plugged a USB device into your PC just before your computer crashing,
2. Try accessing Start menu and use Shut
Down. If you can do this, click on Restart or Turn Off. The computer
will shut down and restart automatically. Save your work
when prompted to save your work. Try switching to other
programs. If you can, try exiting just the one frozen
3. Try to access the Start menu, if you
cannot access the Start menu, Try using the keyboard command
of "Control + Alt + Delete" (you should hold down all three keys at the same time). If you get the Windows Task Manager pop-up,
click on the Shut Down tab, then on the menu pick Restart or Turn Off. If you don't get the Windows Task Manager pop-up, Try using
the "Control + Alt + Delete" key command twice in succession.
This should shut down your computer and restart it again. When you turn off your computer, wait a minute or two,
and then turn it back on.
4. The Restart Button: If your computer has a Restart
button on the front of the computer, then try pushing the Restart button instead of using
the keyboard commands. Now when the computer restarts,
it may perform diagnostic functions since the computer
was not shut down correctly.
5. Now if the above methods fail, shut off
the computer from its main on off switch. Wait a few minutes
and restart it manually. It may perform some diagnostic
functions when starting. Remember to saving your work
frequently that will minimize data losses caused by your
computer freezing or crashing. When you turn off your computer, wait a minute or two,
and then turn it back on.
6. If all of the above steps don't reboot your frozen computer. Then try looking in the back of your desktop computer for the power box on off switch, it should be by the power cable. If your computer doesn't have a power on off switch try remove the power supply cable or if you have a laptop remove the battery for a minute or two. That should reboot your frozen or crashed computer and let you start Windows. Do run Windows Error checking tool. Remember to come back to WebTechGeek.com
for more How to.
Note: Cool your computer system down to help stop computer crashing. Heat really does a number on all sorts of computer components.
If nothing else, get a room fan and train it
directly on the PC. Move your computer away from other heat sources or just turn of your computer ( environmentally green principles ) if your not going to use it for a while. If your a computer geek, open up your computer and use compressed air to blow out all the dust.
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