Windows 10 has seen a significant update. It is called as a Creator’s update, which brings a whole lot of new features like game mode, a new picture in picture feature, night light which happens to be a Microsoft version of F.lux filter. That is all very nice, but there seems to be a random freezing problem across many systems after this update.
Windows 10 starts to freeze randomly between usage, after this Creator’s update and has managed to frustrate many Microsoft customers, naturally. If you were searching around for steps to get rid of this annoyance, you have come to the right place.
Here are four ways by which you can solve the random freeze issues on your Windows 10 system, after installing the Creator’s update. Try them out one by one, and see what works for you. Let’s get started.
How to Fix Windows 10 Freezes Randomly
Increase Virtual Memory
Virtual memory is an alternate space, which the RAM can use to copy data when there is no extra space. Increasing the virtual memory is a pretty straightforward way of ensuring improved performance. Here is how you can do it:
- Open your computer’s primary information tab from the control panel>>System and Security>>system. Alternatively, you can directly press Win+Pause Break keys to enter the same page.
- Press advanced system settings option on the top left side.
- In that, go to advanced tab>>settings.
- Once again, navigate to Advanced->change.
- There, you can see a checkbox that says, ‘Automatically manage paging file size for all drives.’ Leave it unchecked, if it is checked.
- Click on the ‘custom size’ radio button below. Set the initial size to 1000. Let the maximum size be 8192.
- Save changes and reboot your system.
- This should fix the issue on most systems with the minimal amount of free RAM available. If that were the problem, more virtual memory would be the solution.
If this did not work, check out more ways to get your system fixed, down below. Keep scrolling!
Update Display/Network Adapter Drivers
In case your computer’s display drivers are outdated, or maybe you are still rocking some old network adapter drivers, your system could be freezing unpredictably. To fix this, follow these steps.
Download a driver update software to make things easier. Driver Talent is one of the highly recommended software out there.
Just install it and run it. There is a big button that says ‘scan.’ Click on it to detect any broken or misbehaving driver software related to your display or maybe the GPU.
It will list all the drivers that are not in their latest operating versions. Click update or Repair option next to each entry to install the latest version or Repair the existing version.
You can pick between the stable driver or latest driver to download. I suggest you go with the latter, as companies don’t usually screw up necessary software in their most recent version, especially the display or GPU drivers.
Once the software has been downloaded and installed, reboot the system. See if your computer operates normally now. If yes, great! If not, on wards to the next method then.
Turn Off Link State Power Management
This is quite possibly a bug that the PC does not work well with the link state power management enabled, but it seems to work for now. Try these steps and see if you get any improvements.
Go to the Run box by pressing Win+R and type in powercfg.cpl. Hit OK. See which power management plan you are on, commonly balanced, and power saver are the default options. Whichever one is selected, click on that mode’s ‘Change plan settings’ option.
Then select Change advanced power settings in the next window. Search for the PCI Express option and select Link state power management. Set that option as ‘off.’
Click Apply and then hit OK. As usual, reboot your system and see if it made any difference.
Update the SSD Firmware
Now let it be said, this method is a bit on the riskier side. Your HDD or SSD is a very delicate piece of hardware and unfortunately, the most important one as well. If it dies on you, all your data, not to mention your OS goes down the drain. So only attempt this if all other steps above have failed, and you are experiencing pretty awful lags and freezes in your Windows 10 system.
Go to the OSToto website and select the appropriate configurations of your system. Upon running, it will list all the outdated drivers on your system, including that of the SSD/HDD.
You can download latest drivers for them, make backups. I suggest getting this software even if you are on a healthy system and make a backup of your existing drivers. This way, you can restore from that later, should you find a need to do so.
So these were some troubleshooting guides on fixing your windows 10 system. One of these steps will surely work out in fixing the random lags and freezing issues that you might currently be facing.
You are welcome to try out other SSD driver installers if you choose to, but please just be careful while doing that. It would be a bummer to lose all your data by trying to fix a silly little lag.