Google Chrome Users Complain Of Random Freezing With Windows 10 April 2018 Update

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Microsoft issued the Windows 10 April 2018 on Monday after holding off on the launch due to a last-minute bug. Although the release brought some new productivity-minded features for users, it has also introduced some incompatibilities with popular apps that users are now reporting. Such is the case with a bug that is causing random freezes in Google Chrome.

A reddit discussion thread is currently filled with multiple Windows 10 users that have experienced freezes in Chrome after installing the April 2018 Update. For one particular user (the thread's OP), his computer completely froze -- not just Chrome. The venerable CTRL ALT DEL key combination was of no use, and the only way to regain control was to put his machine into sleep mode, and then reawaken it.

"It's completely random, sometimes on opening new tab, new window or just on starting chrome. I had also couple of freezes with VS Code but there was always Chrome in the background," wrote redditor croarsenal. "And I don't need to go to sleep or restart to fix it, just unplugging it from the power does the job and as screen comes back on Chrome minimizes so it's got to be Chrome related issue."

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"Having the same problems here as well, it only seems to be when I was using Chrome, but then I dip in and out Chrome often, although no freezes since I switched to Edge," wrote PhillL_1. "This happened after the April update."

At this time, it appears that there is no rhyme or reason to the freezes, and different solutions have been posted with varying effectiveness for affected Windows 10 users. In the meantime, it appears that users will just have to sit back and deal with intermittent freezes or use another browser, like Microsoft Edge.

bug report has been filed, so hopefully Google will be able to quickly track down what the root cause of the freezes are, because Chrome is by far the most used internet browser on the planet meaning that many rely on it for both personal and business purposes. 

As for the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, while the initial rollout occurred earlier this week, wide availability through Windows Update isn't expected until May 8th (Patch Tuesday). If you want to download the April 2018 Update right away, you can grab it by downloading the Update Assistant from Microsoft's website.