A Useful Keyboard Command To Unfreeze Your Computer

A little-known shortcut that will restart your video drivers without a Restart

Monday, January 24, 2022 by DrJBHL | Discussion: Personal Computing

Got this little gem in my email.

I can't tell you how many times my screen has frozen and I resorted to Restart (losing all the work I did up to the freeze). Had I known this trick, the air in the room would have had a far less blue tint.

So much for cliff hangers...

"To reset your graphics drivers when your computer is frozen, press the following key combination:    Win + Ctrl + Shift + B ." - MUO

What's so great about this command is that all the apps currently open remain unaffected: Only your video driver is restarted. 

"This only works on Windows 8 and newer, so Windows 7 users can't take advantage of it. However, it will work no matter what kind of video card you have. Nvidia, AMD, and even Intel integrated graphics will reset with this shortcut." - ibid

There are other reasons why computers freeze. I suggest reading the article because it has good tips on how to progress in troubleshooting the freeze. Here's a link to read about further steps to take

How to stop an app without Task Manager: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-kill-unresponsive-programs-without-the-task-manager/

How to open task manager to stop nonresponding programs: Ctrl + Shift + Esc .


Reply #1 Monday, January 24, 2022 7:44 AM

Interesting Command....I'm about to bin an old laptop because it's having a 'freeze'...tho I expect it's a capacitor on the MoBo going rogue.....

....but who knows? ...

Reply #2 Monday, January 24, 2022 2:07 PM

Thanks' for the tip, since moving to Enterprise editions of my OSs some years ago i have very few crashes these days, but we all get them at some point, cheers for the heads up, i am sure it will come in useful.

Reply #3 Wednesday, January 26, 2022 9:52 AM

Very nice, thanks!

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