Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.

Windows 7: Freezing then turning off

16 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 Home 64bit
Freezing then turning off

So to provide some backstory (in case it might be relevant), a few weeks ago my hard drive crashed. I had a friend get it fixed, recover the data, etc. I also upgraded to Windows 7. It had been working fine for about a week, up until yesterday. I had World of Warcraft open and I alt tabbed to Google Chrome (like I often do) and after a minute or two, my whole system froze for a few seconds before turning off (I couldn't ctrl+alt+del or anything). I rebooted it, and it crashed at the Windows log-in screen after I entered my password. I rebooted it in safe mode, turned off some extraneous start-up programs, and restarted it normally. It worked fine, I had WoW open, then I opened Google Chrome and sure enough, it froze then crashed again. Restarted it, and it crashed on the Windows log-in screen before I could even input my password. Any ideas?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2009   #2

7600.20510 x86

Hi. Clean install.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2009   #3

6@Win XP 1@Vista (1@Win 7 (Mine))
Your friend fixed your hard drive?

You said that your hd crashed and your friend recovered your data and fixed the drive?

Did he low level format? Sometimes when a hard drive fails and the error spots are "repaired" they can come back to haunt you in future use.

I'd try a low level format set to run continuosly at least overnight.

Then as torrentg said, do a clean install. If you get the same problem within a month or so, save yourself headache and potential heartache and buy a new drive.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

16 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Home 64bit

I don't know exactly what he did but he took my drive, sent it to Seagate and apparently they recovered the data that was on it. What does low level format mean? Sorry, I'm not so savvy.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
16 Nov 2009   #5

6@Win XP 1@Vista (1@Win 7 (Mine))
Low Level Format

Low level format is a process by which a software utility writes your entire drive with 1's and 0's.

How much did this cost. To send the drive to the manufacturer for data retrival would cost, minimumally a few hundred dollars!

If this did happen and Seagate reconditioned the drive you should be ok to just do a clean install.

If the install wasn't a fresh install already and you had been using it for months without any problems I'd probably try looking repairing the underlying software issue causing this. Being such a new install your likely better off doing the fresh install and insuring that you have all the latest drivers for your hardware, including your BIOS.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

 Freezing then turning off

Thread Tools

Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
PC freezing and turning itself off
I'm having a few issues with my PC, I have some suspicions that it's an overheating issue but I'm not too sure. It started like a week ago when I was playing Dragon Age: Inquisition. The whole system locked up(not responding to keyboard shortcuts etc.) I figured it was due to the weather(it was a...
Hardware & Devices
When turning off computer & turning it back on again screen is blank
Here is the issue, when my computer goes to sleep after it's on for a while when I move the mouse to get the screen back up it shows the backround no icons or anything to click. Same if I turn it off and turn it back on. I have to turn it off and on many times then go to safe mode and shut down...
General Discussion
Laptop turning itself on.
I'm very confused by this. Twice now at my uni house where my computer stays out on the desk it has turned itself on. This hasn't happened to me while I was at home over christmas where it lives in a bag (thank god lol fire hazard). I told it to hibernate last night, turned off the plug and...
General Discussion
Newly built computer random freezing and freezing on starting windows
I recently built my first PC three days ago... Specs: i7 bloomfield 960 processor 4x4 vengeance ram crosair hx850 PSU evga x58 ftw3 mobo hd 6870 radeon graphics xfx When I first installed windows it started to work just fine but I soon noticed that it would randomly freeze every 15-30...
General Discussion
Display keeps turning off
Hi, I'm having a problem with windows 7. Recently my home built HTPC running win 7 home premium x86 began having display problems (it was connected to my plasma via HDMI). The display would flicker, turn off, turn back on, turn back off etc. This got worse untill it mostly just stayed off. I...
Graphic Cards

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 23:14.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App