How to Fix a Windows 7 System That Randomly Freezes

Martin Wilson

Aug 01, 2022

One of Microsoft's top operating systems since the debut of Windows XP, Windows 7 is Microsoft's best operating system to date. After Vista's poor reception, Microsoft designed an operating system that included the best features of the newer and more efficient versions. One of the most prevalent complaints about Windows 7 is that the shutdown screen will get stuck.

The most likely explanation is that when the shutdown routine begins, some background programs do not simply depart, causing your computer to wait until they reply before continuing to shut down. Holding down the power button and turning the computer off by hand is a common option, but this amounts to doing nothing about the underlying problem. You can use the following methods to see if the problem has been solved or not.

Method#1: Malware And Anti-Virus Software Should Be Checked

A lot of RAM can be used by antivirus software like Norton and McAfee, making it difficult to shut down your computer properly. Instead of using this software, switch to something more lightweight and efficient like Kaspersky, NOD32, or Avast!

Most people's computers are protected well enough by the built-in Windows firewall, so there's no need to use any additional programs.

Method#2: Get Rid Of Viruses

Check your computer for malware and viruses, and then shut it off. Malware apps could be consuming RAM in the background without your knowledge.

Method#3: Focus On A Specific Issue

The shutdown screen doesn't tell you what's wrong or why the shutdown process is getting stuck. To see what's keeping your system from shutting down, you should make the following registry adjustments. The service or software can then be disabled or repaired/uninstalled after determining the root problem.

Using the Windows key and "R," open the registry editor and type "Regedit."

Here's how to get there:

  • Right-click "VerboseStatus" and select Edit from the context menu that appears. Put a 1 there instead of 0.
  • Click anywhere in the window's white space with your right mouse button if the entry does not appear.
  • A DWORD (32-bit) Value is created by selecting "New" and then that value.
  • Add a new entry called "VerboseStatus" and set its value to 1.
  • Messages will now appear on your shutdown screen to indicate which programs are being shut down at what time.
  • Keep an eye out for any programs that are taking too long to load.

Method#4: Drivers Need To Be Updated

Outdated drivers can occasionally prevent the shutdown from taking place.

  • Enter "hdwwiz. cpl" by pressing the "Windows key" than "R" and typing in the command, and then pressing enter.
  • "Properties" can be accessed by selecting "DVD-DR" from the context menu of the right-clicked item.
  • If you need to update a driver, go to the Driver tab and select Update Driver.

The vast majority of your computer's hardware should be reset this way. Even if Windows updates the software drivers automatically, you should double-check that they aren't the source of any issues.

Method#5: Check Your Computer's Hardware

The shutdown freeze problem can be brought on by hardware problems as well as slowdowns in Windows.

  • "E" is the command to open a new window on your computer.
  • When you right-click on the C: drive, select Properties.
  • Use the error check function on the "Tools" page to determine the health of your hard disc. You'll be able to schedule a restart scan after clicking Check Now. Wait for chkdsk to finish scanning, and then reboot your computer. Use Hard Disk Sentinel to check your hard drive for errors after you've fixed the problems you were having.
  • Fixing faults and cleaning up your hard drive of unused files and programs will also help your computer run more quickly.

Method#6: Stop Overclocking

If you're not overclocking your CPU, GPU, or RAM, you're probably not bothered by this so you can skip it. If you're still having problems, you can reset your hardware to its factory default operating frequencies and see if that helps. Windows 7 should shut down immediately if this were the issue.

Method#7: Close The Sticky Notes

Even if you don't realize it, leaving a sticky note open on your desktop may cause Windows to hang. Close all open notes on your desktop and see if that helps you quickly shut off your computer.

Method#8: Check If You’ve Made Any Significant Changes

There is a major impact on your device when activities like installing new software or attaching a new hardware component are done. Uninstall or remove any software or hardware that may be the source of the problem and see if that makes a difference. If this happens, the device or software can be held responsible rather than your operating system.

It's possible that you won't even notice this if you aren't in a hurry, but this isn't how your operating system is supposed to work. Many options are available, and they're all discussed above, so give them a go and see which one works best for you.

However, you may need to replace your computer's hardware if the issue remains despite your efforts to resolve it.

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