Computers are versatile machines that are utilized to the maximum of their abilities. It is because of this, we often need professional help to get them fixed. Here, we’ve compiled the most common Windows computer problems which you can try fixing yourself sans any professionals with simple and convenient solutions.
- Your Computer Is Running Very Slow
This is the most common problem faced by all PC and laptop users. A computer is considered slow if its programs load slowly and processes take really long time. To fix system slowness, try to reduce the burden on it by using the following methods:
If it’s a one off case, try rebooting your PC.
A full hard drive especially C Drive: C Drive leads to reduced PC speed because it needs space to write cache files. To solve this concern; delete any duplicate or unnecessary files and applications to free up space.
Another reason for reduced PC functioning is a large number of startup processes running in the background. These background processes take up computing power as well as RAM. You can solve this issue by going to the start button, typing msconfig in the search tab and unchecking names including Steam Client, Bootstrapper, AdobeAAMUpdater, Google Update, Spotify, Pando Media Booster and all other programs you think are not necessary to run all the time. Be sure to not uncheck the antivirus and all other essential programs.
Check RAM usage and increase the RAM if you need more of it. For this right click on the bottom toolbar strip, click task manager, go to performance and check the total and available physical memory. If the available physical memory is less, you need to increase your RAM.
Run an antivirus scan using a good and updated antivirus. Also run a malware scan. If your computer is still running slow, you can try formatting the C: drive and then reinstalling the operating system. To make your computer run super fast, please read how to make your computer run as fast as a ferrari.
Tip: Most computer savvy people are using SSD (Solid State Drive) instead of the traditional hard drive. This speeds up your PC to a large extent.
If your computer is still not giving you a good performance, you need to buy a new upgraded computer with higher motherboard and CPU configuration.
- Bringing Files Back From The Beyond
Several times we end up deleting files we realize are important. To bring them back from the abyss; you can go to the Recycle Bin and restore them.
Even if you’ve pressed the conclusive Shift+Del, fret not, there are special undelete softwares that can recover most permanently deleted files. Sometimes the user to be on the safe side shreds the file in delete option, such shredded files are hard to recover. While in complex cases, you will have to give your hard drive to professional data recovery proefessionals to retrive your data.
- You Are Constantly Seeing Blue Screens
If your PC begins to show a blue screen with white text, try to reboot it. If the problem is still there, try removing the RAM and clean its golden coloured contact pins using an eraser.
If this doesn’t fix the problem you should consult a professional because constantly appearing blue screens indicate a failing RAM or hard drive. If you want to try yourself, you can try by replacing you RAM.
This screen in computer parlance is called as “blue screen of death” (also known as a blue screen and BSoD). It is an error screen displayed in Windows computers when the operating system crashes and is in no condition to operate safely.
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- Backing up your data
One of the biggest life saving tasks is to back up your important files and information and set your system to automatically back up data at regular intervals. This can easily be done by following the path below:
Start > Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Backup and Restore
- Your Internet Is Crawling
A slow internet connection can be attributed to both your internet service provider as well as your PC. To ensure that your PC isn’t at fault; ensure that your browser and network adapter drivers are up to date.
You can check your internet speed at speedtest.net
- Computer Restarts More Than It Functions!
If your PC keeps restarting; clean your PC motherboard to remove any accumulated dust. If this doesn’t resolve the issue run a virus and malware scan.
If you are still not able to shoot the problem, you will need professional computer repair service.
- Pop Ups While Not Using Internet
Pop ups that appear even when you aren’t browsing the internet, indicate the presence of adware which must be removed in order for the PC to function smoothly.
Go To Control Panel > Programs and Features and select to uninstall all suspicious programs one by one.
Also check for unnecessary plugins installed in your browsers settings.
- Feeling Insecure With Too Many Security Warnings
Constant security warnings that appear on your browser can be rectified by correctly adjusting your date and time on the PC’s clock.
- Printer Refuses To Print!
To ensure that printers run efficiently, keep a check on their cartridge and paper supply and regularly update the drivers. If glitches still come up try switching the printer off and then turn it on and click on the printer option on the main menu to ascertain that the ‘Use Printer Online’ option is unchecked.
- Program And PC Dissonance
At times our operating system is either too outdated or too advanced for certain programs. Here, it is important to keep your PC updated and choose programs that are compatible with your operating system.
Use these tips to conveniently solve your most common Windows PC issues. We have provided you all the tips on the basis of experience. However we advise you to perform the above procedure only if you are well-versed with them. And one more thing, use the above tips at your own risk!
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