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Windows 7: PC freezes when not running a program

29 Apr 2014   #1
Dustfree

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit
 
 
PC freezes when not running a program

Hello,

I have had my PC for two years now, and have never had any issues with it until now, an issue that seems to have only gotten worse over time.


When I turn on my PC, it starts up normally, however when I normally hit the login screen, I instead find myself looking at a black screen for several minutes, until at long last the login screen appears and I am able to long in. Now, here is the really odd part. If I simply leave my PC on my desktop, web browser or anything similar, my PC will freeze. It won't shut down, I'll simply get a grinding noise from my speakers and won't be able to move my mouse, I am left with no other choice than to hold down the power button to restart the PC. The only work around I have found to this issue is leaving a video game running at all times. If I do this, It will never freeze (at least not yet).


I have attempted every repair I can think of, as well as doing a complete system recovery (resetting the PC to factory default) several times, the last time the PC barely got through the recovery, freezing several times when restoring. I am an author, and need my PC to work in order to write my novels! And I am simply too afraid to write anything because I am just waiting for my PC to give one last sigh and give out.

Can anyone help me fix this strange issue?


Note that if you need my dxdiag or anything similar simply ask.


Thank you!


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29 Apr 2014   #2
JBmorris

Windows Vista Business 32bit
 
 

My computer was freezing too, but not like how yours did. I solved my freezing problem by defragmenting my hard drive, then a restart. But it took a long time.
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29 Apr 2014   #3
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

Welcome to the forum.

Check for heating issues using Speccy or HWmonitor

Upload a screen shot: Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums
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30 Apr 2014   #4
Dustfree

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit
 
 

Thank you for the quick responses,

What I am curious about is whither this is a software issue, or a hardware issue; a failing hard drive for instance. Also I am unable to post a screenshot seeing as my PC freezes.
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30 Apr 2014   #5
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dustfree View Post
Thank you for the quick responses,

What I am curious about is whither this is a software issue, or a hardware issue; a failing hard drive for instance. Also I am unable to post a screenshot seeing as my PC freezes.
Could be either.

Are you having the same problems in Safe Mode?
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30 Apr 2014   #6
Dustfree

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit
 
 

No, the issuses do not occur in safemode.
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30 Apr 2014   #7
koolkat77

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10 Home 64Bit
 
 

Are you able to post the screenshot from Safe mode then?
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30 Apr 2014   #8
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

If the problems aren't occurring in Safe Mode it may be worth performing a clean boot to rule out any background services or conflicting programs.

Perform a clean boot.
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