PC freezes overnight and won't wake up


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I know it's been cold here in the UK for a bit but my PC has also taken freezing! I usually leave my PC running when I've done with it for the day. I'm not sure if this a good idea or not. However, it's generally worked for me. Of late when I come to wake it up the following day, which I did with a wiggle of the mouse, it has frozen and I maybe get a click or two of the mouse but basically, it's dead. I can only restart it by powering it off and on again.

Recent history: I have had a resources issue recently so I have freed up some space on my HDD by deleting some apps. I have also recently updated my graphics card driver. However, the problem of overnight freezing was happening before this. I'm thinking of getting an SSD as a boot drive so leaving my HDD for storage.

Can anyone help to crack this issue, please?

I'm running Windows 10 Home 64bt. 16Gb RAM and an Intel Core i5-2310 CPU @ 2.9GHz.


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Personally if I were the OP I'd do the SSD upgrade in conjunction with a fresh install of Windows. I'd suggest it's quite likely to resolve the waking issues and at the very least makes booting up quick enough to not particularly matter anyway.


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Thanks for your replies.

The usual thing I see is the screen that I left when I used the PC last on which I can click but not see a response other than maybe a red 'close' X turning grey and occasionally an all-black screen which is unresponsive.

Thanks for the post SSD advice. Is a fresh install possible without losing data? Don't think that I have done one before.


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Hibernation is quite sensitive to disk space shortages, so I'm inclined to think this may be the cause of your problem. Still, you could try this first. Open a command prompt as administrator

type powercfg.exe -h off

reboot your machine

open a command prompt as administrator

type powercfg.exe -h on

Let us know if this helps.


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I would also run the power troubleshooter
start>settings>update and security>troubleshoot.. additional troubleshooters>power
That might be able to find/correct the problem


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Thanks for the post SSD advice. Is a fresh install possible without losing data? Don't think that I have done one before.
You can do a windows 10 refresh and keep your data - photos, documents etc. on your original drive and then clone that to the SSD
Start>settings>update and security>recovery>refresh>keep files. You may still have to reinstall any additional programs antivirus software etc though. You would then use a cloning app to migrate everything onto the SSD

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