10 Windows Troubleshooting Tips
There are a lot of things that can go wrong with a computer and the top 10 Windows troubleshooting tips below should get you on your way to fix it. It depends a lot upon what is wrong with your computer, but these are basic tips that you need to start with.
- A lot of people complain that their computer is slower than it used to be. If this is you, spyware is probably the culprit. Spyware secretly installs itself on your computer and steals your information. It monitors your web surfing and the sites you visit. Software is often installed without your knowledge and your computer settings are changed. All of this results in a slow computer that may cause you to get errors. The only way you can detect these little bugs is through spyware software. There is a wide range of this software. Most of the time, the free software will get the job done. Go to Google and do a search on the best free spyware software and you will get results such as Adaware, Spybot Search and Destroy, or Malwarebytes, which is probably the best out there. Spyware Blaster should also be installed because it stops spyware from getting into your computer into the first place. You should run a spyware scan weekly and always keep it up-to-date.
- Cleaning out files can also help with computer problems. You are able to do this through disk cleanup in Windows, but there is a great free software that you can download called Ccleaner that is much faster and better.
- Always make sure you have a Firewall running. There are many free Firewalls out there such as ZoneAlarm, Comodo, etc. You can also do a Google search on the best firewalls and you will get a list with reviews for each.
- Make sure you have virus software installed and running. This should always be up-to-date. If you are having problems right now, it would be a good idea to update your virus software and run a full scan.
- Removing programs that you do not use on Windows startup will help. Programs that launch automatically on Windows start up that you don’t need will dramatically slow down the system booting time.
- The registry can be cleaned of errors. You can get free software to do this or if you downloaded Ccleaner above you can use that software to run a free registry scan and it will give you the option to fix any problems it finds.
- You need to be sure Windows is up-to-date. If you are behind on your Windows updates, you need to download them from the Microsoft website.
- You need to run a scan disk on your PC. This will check for problems with your hard drive and checks any physical problems you may have.
- Verify that you have plenty of room on your hard drive. You can do this by going to My Computer, right clicking on the C: drive, and going to "properties."
- You can update the drivers to be sure this isn't causing any problems. If the drivers are not up-to-date, it can cause a lot of issues you may be having.
These are some tips you can start with. As stated above it largely depends upon what is wrong with your PC. Starting with these ten tips will help you diagnose what is wrong with Windows.