Solving USB Freeze Issues in Windows® 7
Is your system operating on Windows 7 freezing after connecting a USB device? Find out how to solve the problem.
Windows 7 is one of the best operating systems ever developed by Microsoft. This operating system has many advanced features and can cater to the needs of diverse types of users. Advanced GUI (Graphical User Interface), Windows Search, Windows Defender, ReadyBoost capabilities, etc. are some of the features of this operating system. USB or universal serial bus ports are provided on almost every computer. USB port makes connecting various devices simple yet effective. As most computers will have large numbers of USB ports, because of which many USB devices can be connected to the same computer and used simultaneously. There are no complicated procedures involved in connecting and using a USB device which implies that even users with very little computer knowledge will be able to connect any device and use on the system. USB ports also facilitate fast data transfers. However, there are some issues that can come up while connecting and using USB devices on your Windows 7 computer. These include system restarting when USB device is connected, USB device not recognized, system freezing when USB device is plugged in and so on. Among the above mentioned issues, system freezing when USB device is connected is a very common problem. Windows 7 operating system may be freezing when USB device is connected because of issues, such as malware infections within the device, errors within USB drivers, problems with the system files associated with USB drivers, etc.
Here are some tips that you can use to fix USB freeze issues in your Windows 7 based computer system:
- Antivirus program
- Check USB drivers
- Safely remove option
As USB devices can get infected very easily, it is important that you install a good antivirus program on Windows 7 system before connecting any USB device. The antivirus program should ideally have real time protection so that even if the USB device has some sort of infection, it will be blocked before it can infect the system. The antivirus program must be used to scan the device thoroughly before copying or accessing any files on it.
Check USB drivers
Before plugging in any USB device to your computer operating on Windows 7, you are advised to check whether the USB drivers have been installed on the system. The condition of the drivers must be also checked to ensure that they are updated and in proper working condition. The USB drivers can be checked using the Device Manager option in Control Panel. Connecting a USB device to a system without proper USB drivers can cause many issues and can even damage the device connected.
Safely remove option
You are advised to use the safely remove option while removing the USB devices in Windows 7 based computer system. Removing the USB device without stopping or making use of the safely remove option can cause corruption of the device.
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