And no, it’s not CTLR + ALT + DELETE . Windows has many keyboard shortcuts , most of the best known are focused on productivity, that is, to do things faster and simplify repetitive tasks.
But, one that perhaps not many people know is the Windows keyboard shortcut to restart your video drivers . If it happens that your computer crashes, it is a good idea to try this shortcut before giving everything for lost and restarting in a forced way.
Just press Windows Key + CTRL + Shift + B . The screen will turn black for a moment and you should hear a beep . If you succeed, everything will appear as it was and you will not have to restart the computer losing your job because you have not saved.
It is especially effective if the crash occurs when you play a video game or were working with a video editor or other program that uses resources from your GPU. The shortcut is an integral part of Windows 10, and it works to restart both the video drivers of Intel, NVIDIA, and AMD .
If the shortcut does not do anything in your case, it is most likely that the hang is not related to your graphics card. There you can resort to the old and known CTRL + ALT + DELETE and see if the system reacts and lets you open the Task Manager to kill the processes that do not respond. If that does not succeed, you only have to press that reset button or forcefully shut down the laptop.