8 Ways to Fix Windows 10 Often Hangs or Lags

By | January 1, 2022

Windows 10 should run smoothly for most people, but there are times when Windows 10 can hang or lock your system. Sitting there while your computer hangs is frustrating and you don’t have to deal with it.

Whether your computer hangs after installing Windows 10 or one of its updates, or if it just suddenly started locking up, we are going to provide various steps to stop Windows 10 hang or lag.

Free Up Storage Space

Your computer may slow down if your drive is nearly at full capacity. This is because Windows 10 does not have enough space to manage itself effectively.

To check your situation, navigate to This PC in File Explorer to view your drive volume. If it’s red, it’s time to delete unnecessary data. Check out our guide to delete Windows files and folders.

You may also want to invest in a new storage drive if you are constantly struggling with the amount of space you have. External hard drives are cheap, if you’re not confident about installing something inside the computer case itself.

Clean the Inside of Your Computer

Dust will build up inside your computer over time. This is likely to happen more quickly if your computer is close to the floor or has pets. Not only is it annoying if your computer is full of dust, it also slows down your system.

Your computer generates heat, which is why your case has a fan to try to regulate airflow and keep the temperature steady. However, if your computer is full of dust then it will be difficult for the fans to be effective. If your computer gets too hot, then performance throttles to prevent components from burning out and failing.

Shut down your computer, unplug all cables, open the cover, and use low-pressure air to remove the dust.

Check Your Component Health

If you have a computer for a while, the components in it may fail. Faulty RAM is often the source of Windows 10 hangs. A failing hard drive can also be the culprit, especially if you notice hangs when trying to access files.

Update or Rollback Your Driver

In general, you should only update drivers when something goes wrong with your computer. Now, maybe the drivers are updated and that is what is causing Windows 10 to hang. Or, you may need to update the drivers to resolve the issue.

Uninstall Antivirus and Cleaner Tools

You don’t have to knock down your computer with some useless antivirus program or cleaning tool. If you run a lot of these programs, they will most likely clash and hog your system resources. For most people, the built-in Windows 10 Security plan is more than enough.

Press the button Windows + I to open Settings and click Apps. Then, select each unnecessary program on the list, and click Uninstall.

Next, it’s time to do a virus scan to make sure your system isn’t infected. Viruses can drain your system resources and cause it to hang. Perform a system search for Windows Security and open the app.

open Virus & threat protection > Scan options > Full scan > Scan now. This tool will automatically clean any viruses or malware.

Score Event Viewer

A good way to check what problems occur on your system is with the Event Viewer. Perform a system search for Event Viewer and open.

In the left pane, double click Windows Logs. It is broken down into several parts. What is relevant is Application and System. Look in these two logs and check for entries with a date and time that coincides with the Windows 10 hang. Alternatively, look for those with an Error or Critical level, as it details the worst problems.

Once you find something, copy and paste the event information into Google. There are too many possibilities to cover here, so hopefully someone else will ask about the error online.

Create New User Account

Creating a new local account can stop Windows 10 from hanging. To do this, press the . key Windows + I to open Settings. Then navigate to Accounts > Family & other users. Under Other users, click Add someone else to this PC.

In the new window, click I don’t have this person’s sign-in information. Then click Add a user without a Microsoft account. Fill in the fields and click Next. Then log out of your account and log into the new one.

Back to Previous Version of Windows 10

If Windows 10 started to hang after an update, it makes sense to reverse that update. If it is less than 10 days since you updated then you can easily revert to the previous version.

To do this, press the button Windows + I to open Settings. Navigate to Update & Security > Recovery. Under Go back to the previous version of Windows 10, click Get started and follow the instructions.

If this option is not available then you can download the ISO for the previous version of Windows 10 and install it. However, Microsoft doesn’t provide this, so you have to get it from an unofficial source or use the one you created earlier.

Keyboard Shortcuts to Fix a Hanging Computer

Even though system crashes are not as common, they still occur and since there are many reasons why they could occur, it can be difficult to pinpoint the problem. Hopefully, one of the troubleshooting steps here has resolved your hanging Windows 10 computer.

Windows offers a standard shortcut that will restart your video driver. You can use it at any time by pressing a key combination Win + Ctrl + Shift + B.

But if this doesn’t work, you should try pressing Alt + Tab to switch to another program. Still stuck? Try Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open Task Manager so you can kill all unresponsive programs.

If neither of these work, press Ctrl + Alt + Del. If Windows does not respond to this after some time, you will need to shut down the computer by holding down the key Power for a few seconds. This is similar to pulling the plug, and is the only way to avoid a system hang.