Computer Freezes When Playing Games in Windows 10

Brithny updated on Apr 19, 2024 | Home >Computer Instruction

This page focuses on finding out why does my computer freeze when playing games and how to fix PC freezes while playing games on Windows 10/8/7.

If your computer randomly freezes when playing games in Windows 10, 8, or 7, don't worry. Follow this page, you'll find reliable solutions to improve computer performance and have an enjoyable gaming time:

Computer Randomly Freezes When Playing Games on Windows 10 

"I have recently upgraded Windows 10 from 32 bit to 64 bit and now my games are randomly locking up on me. The game freezes, with the sound looped (very short sample, so it just sounds like buzzing), and sometimes resumes after a second or two, other times stays locked up.

The same happens with several different games, and not in particularly performance-heavy spots. Why do my games keep freezing and how do I fix it? Can anyone help me? Thank you very much!!"

According to many game players, it's despairing when their computer keeps crashing when playing games. So how to resolve this issue and make your computer run fast and smoothly when playing games?

Let's find out what is making your computer stuck and how to get rid of this issue now.

Why Does PC Keep Freezing When Playing Games

As a matter of fact, there are a lot of factors that may cause your computer slow or even stuck. Here is a list of main reasons that may cause your games to freeze in Windows 10/8/7:

  • High CPU or RAM Memory usage
  • Graphics card low performance
  • Low Internet speed, unstable network connection
  • Computer hard drive slow or full
  • Low memory storage
  • Incompatible Graphics card driver or outdated Graphics card driver
  • Insufficient disk space
  • Computer or system compatible issue
  • Windows 10 automatic update stuck games...

As the factors that cause your games to freeze on the computer are various, the fixes may also different. It doesn't matter if you are not quite sure which factor is freezing your computer.

Just follow the tips below one by one, and you'll make your computer run fast again while playing games.

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Quick Tips to Fix "Computer Freezes When Playing Games" in Windows 10/8/7

In this part, we'll list some quick tips to help you avoid and fix computer freeze issues while playing games on Windows 10/8/7.

#1. Use Gaming Computer/Notebooks

Don't use a normal computer or a business notebook to play games, especially huge online games.

You should know that if you play games on a normal notebook rather than a professional gaming notebook, you will certainly get stuck while playing games. Professional gaming notebooks get higher equipped with CPU, Graphics card, hard disk, etc., devices, with better compatibility for installing and running games.

#2. Close Programs that Are Taking High CPU, RAM, Memory Usage 

It's an efficient way to end the task of running programs that are taking high CPU, and RAM memory usage when your computer gets stuck.

This method also works when your PC freezing when playing games. Here are the steps: 

Step 1. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del keys to bring up Task Manager.

Step 2. Click "Task Manager" and go to the process tab.

Step 3. Find the running programs that are taking high CPU or memory, select them and click" End Task".

End task of running programs that are taking high CPU

Note that if you don't mind losing your game, you can also choose to close the running game. After this, you can restart the PC and play games on your computer again.

#3. Improve Internet Speed, Update Network Bandwidth

Note that, if the network connection is unstable or the network bandwidth is very low, you'll certainly get stuck while playing games. So, here are what you can do:

Step 1. Make sure the internet connection cables are good.

If not, change with a new internet connection wire and reconnect it to your computer tightly.

Step 2. If you are using WiFi, make sure the Router works in a good condition.

You can also release the limit of network bandwidth on your gaming PC. If the Router gets old, change it with a new one.

Step 3. Check the bandwidth of your network, if it's low, update it to a higher one.

Part 1. Update Computer Hardware to Get Rid Of 'PC Freezes While Gaming' Error

Applies to: Fix "PC freezes while gaming" or "game freezing Windows 10" error due to low hardware performance issues.

Note that sometimes, when the computer hardware devices are not compatible with your games, it's easy to get freeze while playing games on your PC.

Therefore, it's important to update all hardware devices on your PC. Check out and see what you can do here.

#1. Update CPU Chip

Update CPU

If the CPU chip is old or not compatible with your current computer motherboard, the computer performance will be degraded. So here's what you can do:

Step 1. Check and purchase a new CPU processor that is compatible with your computer.

Step 2. Back up your computer data and OS. (Optional)

If you are worried about losing data and system crashes after upgrading your CPU, you can turn to reliable Windows backup software like EaseUS Todo Backup for help.

Step 3. When you get the new CPU home, remove the old one with tools, and secure the new process on your PC.

#2. Update Graphics Card

Upgrade graphics card

Mostly, the Graphics card is the second important hardware that decides whether your computer can run games smoothly. If the Graphics card is not compatible or too old, it will affect the gaming performance of your PC.

Here are the steps:

Step 1. Purchase a new graphics card or a gaming graphics card (with higher performance).

Step 2. Uninstall the current graphics card:

Go to Device Manager > Display adapters > Right-click your current graphics card and select "Uninstall device". 

Uninstall old graphics card

Step 3. Install the new card.

Step 4. Download and install new graphics card drivers.

You may download the drivers from the graphics card manufacturers' website and install them your PC.

#3. Upgrade Disk to SSD, Migrate OS and Games to SSD

Images of SSD

If the computer hard drive is getting old or running out of space, the computer will slow down while running programs, especially when you are playing games.

So the best way out is to upgrade the old hard drive, migrating your OS with installed games to a new SSD. Here is how to do it:

1. Purchase and Prepare a New SSD

Step 1. Purchase a new SSD with a gger storage capacity than your old hard drive.

Step 2. Install SSD to your computer and initialize it to the same partition style of your OS disk.

Open Disk Management > Right-click unallocated SSD volume and select "Initialize Disk" > Select "MBR" or "GPT".

2. Migrate OS with Games to New SSD

To do so, you'll need the help of a professional Windows migration tool for help. Here, we'd like to recommend you try EaseUS Todo Backup.

3. Set Up PC and Games Running from SSD

Step 1. Install SSD to PC, restart PC, and press F2/F8/Del to enter BIOS.

Step 2. Go to the Boot menu, set the SSD as the boot drive in the Boot Priority section.

Step 3. Save all the changes and run from the new SSD.

Set cloned SSD bootable

#4. Leave Sufficient Memory, Add New Memory Cards 

Memory stick

Note that when the memory is with low space on your computer, the gaming speed will be affected. So the best way out is to extend the memory storage by adding new memory cards.

Step 1. Purchase a new memory stick, it must share the same capacity as your current memory stick. 

Step 2. Install the memory stick to your computer. 

Install memory card

#5. Avoid Overheat

When the computer reaches a high temperature, the computer performance will go down. Due to the computer's self-protection mechanism, the CPU and graphics card will also slow down if the device is overheated.

So how to avoid overheating issues on your computer? Here are two things that you can do:

1. Clear computer dust

When the computer or laptop has been used for a long period, the dust will go inside the computer, covering all types of hardware devices in your PC.

With too much dust, the computer will get overheat easily.

2. Check if the Fan Is Running

If the fan doesn't work, the computer will also get a high temperature. So it is to the CPU, graphics, motherboard, and other devices.

So you need to check if the fan is running properly. If not, check its power cable. Or, you can change a new fan to keep the computer cool.

The above 5 tips mainly focus on helping you upgrade hardware devices to resolve the freezing issue on Windows PC. But you need to know that software issues may also cause your PC to freeze while gaming.

Follow the next part with tutorials to thoroughly make your computer work fast while running games and programs on it.

Part 2. Improve Software Condition to Address "Computer Freezes When Playing Games in Windows 10"

Applies to: Get rid of the computer freezes when playing games in Windows 10" issue by upgrading software conditions in your PC.

Here we collected 4 tips to help you resolve software issues on your PC, providing a perfect condition for you to play games:

#1. Clean Up Junk Files in C Drive

When the system C drive is full of useless junk files, the computer performance will be affected. To clean up the junk files, you'll need to turn to professional tools for help.

Here, we'd like to suggest you try EaseUS CleanGenius, a tiny but powerful tool for Windows.

Step 1. DOWNLOAD and install EaseUS Partition Master for free and launch it on your Windows PC.

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On the suite, hover your mouse on "PC Cleaner", click the Download icon to install and launch EaseUS CleanGenius.

Launch EaseUS Clean Genius

Step 2. On EaseUS CleanGenius, select "Cleanup" on the main screen, and click "Scan" to start scanning.

large file cleanup - 1

Step 3. When the scanning process completes, select useless large files and click "Clean" to clean large files.

large file cleanup - 2

Step 4. When EaseUS CleanGenius completes cleaning the files you choose, click "Done" to finish the process.

large file cleanup - 3

#2. Extend System and Game Drive

If the system or game drive is out of space, you will also experience slow performance while playing games. To resolve this issue, you have two options to go:

Option 1. Move and Save Large Files to External Hard Drive

It's a way to free up disk space in the target drive. To do so, you'll need to prepare an external hard drive with enough space.

Step 1. Connect the external hard drive to your PC.

Step 2. Open File Explorer, and find the large files on your PC.

Step 3. Copy & cut those large files and save them to your external hard drive.

Option 2. Extend System C (Game Drive) 

The other way that you can try is to add more free space to your current system C drive or game drive. By doing so, your computer games will have sufficient space to load images and save game caches. As a result, you'll enjoy a smooth gaming time. 

Professional partition manager software - EaseUS Partition Master with its Resize/Move feature can extend your system drive within only a few simple clicks.

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#3. Disable Windows 10 Automatic Update

Note that if you use Windows 10 on your computer, you may get stuck while playing games when the Windows 10 update assistant receives and installs a new update.

To avoid this, we suggest you disable Windows 10 automatic updates. Here are the steps:

Step 1. Press Windows + R keys at the same time to invoke the Run box.

Step 2. Type services.msc and press Enter.

invoke run box and type services.msc

Step 3. Locate and double-click "Windows Update".

find windows update and double-click it

Step 4. In Startup type, select "Disabled". Then click "Apply" and "OK" to save the settings.

disable the windows update service

#4. Install Compatible Games on Your OS

Sometimes, when your computer OS doesn't reach the hardware requirement of the games, you may not be able to play it smoothly.

Here, we have two tips for you:

1. Install OS-compatible games on your computer.

2. Upgrade your computer OS, and CPU to meet the game request if necessary.

For example, if the game requires Windows 10 but your OS is Windows 8 or so, you can try to upgrade the Windows OS to Windows 10 so as to make it work.

Here is how to get the latest update on your PC:

Step 1. Click the "Start" menu and click the "Settings" tab.

Step 2. Click "Update & security".

Step 3. Select "Windows Update" in the left pane and click "Check for updates".

Step 4. If there is a new update available, click "Install Now". 

Make sure you have an active Internet connection and follow the onscreen instruction to complete the process.

The Bottom Line

On this page, we mainly focused on finding the reasons that make your computer freeze while playing games and how to get rid of this issue from your PC.

For a quick fix, if your computer freezes in playing games, you can first disable and end the task of running programs that are taking high CPU usage.

To thoroughly get rid of this issue, making your computer fast in playing games, you need to follow the suggestions as shown above to upgrade both hardware devices and software settings on your PC.

Note that, to avoid unnecessary file loss or OS crash issues, or if you want to save some precious game shots, we suggest you back up them all to an external storage device with a reliable backup tool like EaseUS Todo Backup for help.

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Updated by Sherly

Sherly joined EaseUS in 2022 and she has always loved writing articles and enjoys the fun they bring. She receives professional training here, focusing on product performance and other relative knowledge. She has written over 200 articles to help people overcome computing issues.

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Written by Brithny

Brithny is a technology enthusiast, aiming to make readers' tech lives easy and enjoyable. She loves exploring new technologies and writing technical how-to tips. In her spare time, she loves sharing things about her game experience on Facebook or Twitter.

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