Despite the criticisms it has attracted, Windows Vista is beyond doubt, one of the most sought after computing platforms of the times. In a way, it could be said that Vista showed us for the first time what an impressive GUI ought to be. The ‘desktop icons’ and ‘exploding icons’ were innovations in every sense of the word, and have been followed suit in Windows 7 as well. However, as the Windows Vista help crew points out, just like any other computing platform, Vista too has its inherent drawbacks, making matters frustrating at times. In this post, we give you a comprehensive account on how to recover your Vista computer from a frozen/locked-up state.
The Frozen State In Windows
Even though quite rarely, all of us must have come across situations where our Windows PC turns lethargic and eventually freezes. In most of such cases, it would be wrong to hold the OS as the culprit as opposed to any perpetually erring programs or lethal viral intrusions. Failing to respond even to keyboard and mouse commands, relying on the Windows task Manager would be the only way out in such situations. To be more all the more frank, unless you comprehensively repair your PC, the only measure to tackle a frozen system would be trying out the various options in the Task Manager. And that is exactly what we have detailed for you below.
Resuming Your Hung Vista PC
- Although it rarely works, you may start off by pressing the Esc key on your keyboard twice to get past the issue at hand. By the all-probable misfortune, if you cannot circumvent the problem, patiently press the combination key Ctrl+Alt+Delete to launch the Task Manager.
- As you would have had ample experiences, quite probably, an erring program would be causing you the current issue too. As such, try to select the faulty program from the list of currently running apps, and click on the End Task button to terminate it. Most likely, you would have your Vista PC up and running by now; else, proceed to the next step.
- Restarting the system is the next best option. Press the combination key Ctrl+Alt+Delete twice to bring up the shutdown and restart options. Click on Restart to boot up the system again, and resume your work.
Quite frankly, the Windows Vista help crew says that the above tips are just meant to temporarily circumvent your Vista problems. For a sustainable resolution of the issue, you would have to resort to some advanced measures such as scanning for viruses, and even formatting your system altogether.