Preventing Windows® Explorer From Freezing in Windows® 7
How can you prevent Windows Explorer from freezing in Windows 7?
Windows 7 is the latest OS from Microsoft. This OS comes with many advanced features such as Windows Defender, Windows Aero, Windows Gadgets, Windows Search etc and is very simple to use. Windows based-operating systems (including Windows 7) have a default file browsing utility known as Windows Explorer. Windows Explorer helps users to locate and view the files on the hard disk. Windows Explorer also allows users to change the attributes of a particular file and remove it from the system if the need arises. Some Windows 7 users might face the issue of Windows Explorer freezing. This problem would make accessing the information in the system very difficult. The issue of Windows Explorer freezing in Windows 7 might arise because of several reasons. These include problems with some of the system files in the OS, errors within the system registry, malware infections within the system, bad sectors in the hard disk of the system etc.
Following details give users more information regarding tips to fix the issue of Windows Explorer freezing in Windows 7:
- Scan and remove threats
- Verify system files
- Clear registry errors
Scan and remove threats
Malware infections within Windows 7 computers can cause Windows Explorer to freeze. Malware infections cause such problems by infecting the system files on the OS and then locking them so that users are not able to locate and remove malware from the system. Such problems caused by malware can be fixed by removing the infections within the system using a good antivirus program or a malware removal tool.
Verify system files
Damage to some of the system files in the Windows 7 OS can also cause Windows Explorer to freeze. As important system files essential for the functioning of the Windows Explorer are damaged, the utility would encounter errors and freeze. Windows 7 users facing the issue of Windows Explorer freezing are suggested to check the integrity of the system files in the OS using the 'Sfc/scannow' command in the CMD and if the system files are found to be damaged, repairing the OS with a default OS repair tool would help resolve the issue.
All Windows computers including Windows 7 have a database of information known as system registry. Registry contains information regarding the working of the system and entries are created automatically because of which they tend to increase to great numbers and encounter errors. Such errors would cause Windows Explorer to freeze in Windows 7. These problems can be fixed by cleaning the registry of the system and getting rid of the registry errors. This can be done with the help of a registry cleaning software that is compatible with Windows 7.
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