Troubleshooting Computer Problems In 5 Easy Steps

Troubleshooting Computer Problems In 5 Easy Steps
by JD Chang

Troubleshooting common computer problems is a huge pain in the butt. I know exactly how you feel.

In this post, I’ll discuss 5 straightforward steps to troubleshoot most PC laptop and desktop problems, from hardware to software, from Windows OS to Mac Safari.

Step 1. Determine if it’s a software, OS, or hardware error

Usually it’s a silly performance issue – either a very slow laptop, or your monitor flashes, or the internet isn’t working.

Computer performance issues are 85% of the time caused by software – and 85% of the time it’s a Windows OS computer because they just fuck up a lot.

Macs are built simpler and cleaner – with less viruses and malware. You have fewer worries and fewer hackers trying to beat the shit out of it.

Step 2. If it’s a software concern, uninstall the bad application

How do you find the bad program? Whatever application loads and causes your computer to fail, or is running when your PC is extremely slow is probably the culprit.

You can also run an Antivirus prograHome Improvement Helpm or Resource management program to determine which software applications are hogging the most resources or behaving erratically.

Then, remove the offending software program. Install the latest version, making sure you download patches for any driver updates.

Reboot the PC computer – this should resolve it.

Step 3. If it’s a hardware issue, isolate the equipment and get a replacement

Let’s say it’s your compact disc drive. Your CD drive isn’t burning CDs, doesn’t read a simple movie DVD, or simply keeps making clicking noises for no reason.

There are only two choices – replace the bad drive, or find a local PC computer repair company (unless you’re still under warranty, have patience, and want to test manufacturer PC computer support).

Step 4. Clean your computer thoroughly

This means both the software and hardware. Use a pressured wind spigot can to clear dust from your keyboard, monitor, mouse, wire ports, and speakers. Keeping small particles out of your hardware parts clean while prolong their useful life.

Then, do a software cleaning. Defragment your hard drive. Install any new updates to your OS and key support pieces like AVG Anti-virus.

In addition, remove programs that you only “use rarely”. Delete files and mp4s and docs that you don’t want to keep. Use something like CCleaner to repair the registry and key drivers and remove DLL files.

Step 5. Turn your computer off and let it cool down

Don’t reboot your PC – that’s critical. Turn it off, unplug the power outlet, and let it rest for 24 hours. Often hardware is simply exhausted and needs to cool down for a short period to let key parts run smoothly once again.

That finishes our rundown of computer troubleshooting help!

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