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What to do when your computer freezes

What to do when your computer freezes
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We've all had it happen. You're doing something on your computer, whether it's an important project, some aimless browsing, or trying to beat your high score on Solitaire, and without warning, everything freezes.

You wiggle the mouse, click the buttons a few times, tap some keys on your keyboard and nothing. Your 21st-century piece of technology is as useless as a pet rock. What do you do next?

Restart

OK, this step is obvious. However, some people think they have to pull the computer's power plug or flip the switch on the power strip. Instead, simply hold the computer's power button for five to 10 seconds and it will restart with less disruption than a complete power loss.

There are a few things that can happen next when your computer comes back on. We're going to look at a few and what they tell you to do next. Don't forget that Kim's Club members can also ask for help on our exclusive Forum.

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