How to Fix Frozen Computer Screens

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How to Fix Frozen Computer Screens
Although annoying, a frozen computer screen is a relatively simple fix. (A series of pictures about the person and a computer image by Hunta from Fotolia.com)

When using a computer, a common annoyance is when the screen freezes. This means the mouse cursor and any buttons on the desktop are essentially stuck. A screen could freeze for several reasons, including a problem with a connection, a program crash or a bogged-down hard drive. In any instance, one of the sure-fire ways to fix this issue is to restart the computer. However, because the mouse cursor is not in use, use the keyboard to command a restart.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Press "Ctrl" + "Alt" + "Delete" at the same time. Then, press the key sequence once more to command a soft reboot. If the computer is unresponsive, press and hold the power button on the computer until the computer shuts down.

  2. 2

    Wait about 15 seconds, then press the power button to turn the computer back on.

  3. 3

    Press "F8" before the computer boots up. This will open the "Advanced Boot Options" menu. Select "Safe Mode."

  4. 4

    Let the computer load the desktop in Safe Mode. Then, go to "Start," "Shut Down."

  5. 5

    Press the power button on the computer to turn the computer back on. Let the desktop boot up normally.

Tips and warnings

  • Check the connections on the computer, including the monitor, network cables and mouse. Sometimes, cords that are not connected properly cause the system to malfunction.

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