Solving Why Your Computer Freezes On Startup

by Rod Dunne on October 26, 2010

in Data Recovery, Hardware, Performance

Computer Freezes On Startup - Resolving Hardware And Software Issues That Cause PC Hangs
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By using some simple troubleshooting techniques and a selection of PC repair program utilities, it should be possible to resolve why your computer freezes on startup and salvage your data. In this article, we look at the hardware and software problems that may explain why your computer keeps freezing, and the ways to resolve these issues.

Computer freezes on startup due to hardware issues

It is important to begin troubleshooting computer freezing problems by first checking for hardware issues. It is critical since ignoring these faults (e.g. loose components and the hard drive) could lead to further computer damage and potential data loss.

- Hard Drive Noises: Listen for strange sounds coming from the hard drive which may indicate damage to the internal components. A scratching noise would indicate the spindle/bearings are seizing up and would result in a frequent computer freeze issue. A clicking noise would indicate the hard drive motor itself is beginning to fail. These issues should be checked out by a PC technician.

- Overheating: If the internal components of your PC (e.g. CPU/RAM) become too warm then they will gradually degrade in performance and ultimately start failing. You might find your laptop keeps freezing up if left near a radiator or in direct sunlight. Check the BIOS menu items relating to diagnostics to check that the CPU temperature and fan speeds are correct according to manufacturer guidelines. If they are not, a PC technician will be able to replace the heat sink/fans for you. You should also check that there is no dust in the air inlets that could be leading to the overheating.

Computer freezes up due to software faults

If you are satisfied that hardware issues are not to blame for why your computer keeps freezing then you can start to work out how to start the computer correctly, bypassing the freezes and rectify the faults. There are three alternate ways to start the computer which you can consider using:

  1. Start the computer in safe mode (hit the F8 key as Windows is starting to activate this). This mode uses a reduced number of applications and services in Windows, one of which may be to blame for why your computer keeps freezing.
  2. Start the computer using the last known good configuration. You can access this option from the boot menu as Windows is starting. This will rollback the Windows operating system programs and registry file to a recent saved version (saved by Windows as part of the System Restore functionality). This will work if the computer freezing problems are due to operating system file corruption.
  3. Start the computer from a boot disk. Windows provides a emergency boot disk which can be used to start the PC. Some PC repair programs (e.g. XP Repair Pro) can also provide boot disks which can start the operating system and troubleshoot the issue for you.

Once the computer is started there are some essential checks you need to do:

  • Run an anti-virus scan.
  • Run a registry cleaner or PC repair tool to rectify faults/corruption to the Windows system file.
  • Backup your personal data.
  • Use Windows disk checking utility to make sure there are no bad sectors on the hard drive partitions.

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- System Security virus removal approaches.
- Why does my computer freezes repeatedly?

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