System crash is a situation where the operating system does not respond, freeze and even displays an error. In such case, the system fails to receive or process the input given by the user. However, there is a difference between system crash and system hang. The system continues to respond after a certain period of time in a system freezing situation; where as in a system crash all operations are halted.
1. Check the Hard Disk for Errors
2. Repair the System Registry
3. Incompatible DLLs Installed
4. Restore the System to an Earlier State
Check the Hard Disk for Errors
Your system might be crashing due to logical file system errors in the hard disk drive. A bad sector in your hard disk may crash the system or open programs.
Fix these errors use an inbuilt tool called Check Disk. This tool will, first of all, scan your hard disk for logical file system errors. Secondly, it will attempt the steps to fix these errors.
Do these steps:
1. Open My Computer.
2. Right click a drive. For instance, drive C.
3. Select Properties option.
4. Click Tools | Check Now.
5. Click Start button to start the process.
6. Follow the on screen instructions.
7. Do the above Steps 2 to 6 for all the remaining drives on your computer.
Repair the System Registry
The system registry is the database containing all the information about your computer, installed operating system, software, hardware, user profile and user settings. It's the place of sensitive data stored by your operating system and installed programs for performing the tasks in a well manner.
When the data in the system registry is filled improperly, usually happens by installation of third party software & games, the system or the corresponding programs crashes.
Incompatible DLLs Installed
Installation of incompatible DLL files by software programs may cause the corresponding application and the entire operating system to crash.
Suppose, if you installed software which is not compatible with the operating system platform you are currently using, then the system might crash. In such a case, uninstall such software, or otherwise, restore your computer to an earlier state.
Uninstall Software which Installed Incompatible DLLs
The uninstall procedure may vary from what I have mentioned below.
1. Click Start | Control Panel.
2. For Windows XP, double click Add or Remove Programs. For Windows Vista or Windows 7, click Programs | Uninstall a Program.
3. Select the malfunctioning software.
4. Click Remove or Uninstall button and follow the wizard that appears.
5. Reboot the system after completion.
Restore the System to an Earlier State
An inbuilt utility called System Restore enables you restoring your system to a specific point. When you fail to solve the problem, you can use this procedure to restore the system to a specific restore point on which it was working fine. It will solve the system crashing problem.
Here are the steps:
1. Click Start | All Programs | Accessories | System Tools | System Restore.
2. Windows XP users, choose to restore your computer, and then click Next button. Windows Vista or Windows 7 users, click Next button, if any systems restore point is available.
3. Select a restore point to restore your system at that situation. Be sure to note down the date and time on which you are restoring.
4. Follow the wizard, and restore the system for continuing the task.
The above guidelines allow you to take measures to speed up computer and keep your Windows properly maintained. Prevention is the best cure and you can easily fix your crashing system.
If you need a complete registry cleaning solution and do not have time to follow all the tips you can try this globally recognized software utility available at Intel Directory here: Fix System Crashes.