After the unexpected electricity failures; crashing of Windows is the worst thing that can happen to you. And if that happens, you are bound to lose all your unsaved hard work, whether it was 99 percent done or you were in the middle of saving it.

Previously we looked at the most common reasons that causes Unresponsive Windows. Now we look at the reasons that causes Windows crashing down.

Bad Memory or Motherboard

Many crashes, specially those that result in a Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD), occur because of a memory or motherboard issue. This can result in a Fatal Exception Error, which basically means data that should be stored in memory could not be retrieved.

Corrupt Registry

The Windows Registry doesn’t run into problems like it used to, but issues are still possible. A corrupt registry can cause a computer to crash. Users should never mess with Windows Registry.

Corrupt Drivers

Corrupt or incompatible can cause issues for Windows. Drivers the most integral part of a computer and without those you can’t use hardware. An incompatible; outdated or corrupt driver can cause Windows’ crash; which are usually associated with an error message.

Sometimes the error message clearly names the offending hardware. If it does not, try running the message through Google to see if that helps you find the culprit.

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Hard Drive Problems

Hard Drive is a leading cause of such crashes or boot issues. If the hard drive is corrupt, Windows won’t start properly. If your computer mysteriously loses its ability to find the boot drive, but BIOS is properly configured, a hard drive issue is the culprit.

Hard drive issues are also often behind crashes that occur only when opening a specific file.


Most software errors won’t cause Windows to crash. Both the operating system and the software that runs on it have become more reliable over the years.

Still, software issues can cause random lock-ups. The culprit is often obvious because the problem only occurs when that software is used.

Virus or Trojan

Viruse often cause serious harm to a PC. It might corrupt or remove drivers, delete important system files or change administrative settings. All of these can cause unexpected crashes, freezes or leave you locked out of programs.

To counter viruses and Trojans, always use updated anti-malwares. Even if you have to pay. Because even viruses don’t cause Windows’ crash, they can still harm the PC in several other ways.