10 Most Common Computer Problems and Solutions
Anyone who owns a computer will encounter technical difficulties at one point or another, often causing no little amount of frustration. While some of these technical difficulties require professional help, there are quite a few that can be easily solved, even by novice users.
Before you start troubleshooting your technical problems, restart your computer you’d be amazed at how many problems a reboot solves. After you’ve restarted the computer, make sure that your operating system is up to date. Sometimes the problem is a result of an old version of some file or another, which an update can correct in minutes. Making sure that your Windows Update feature is active help in fixing bugs and improving system performance.
If you have a peripheral that is misbehaving, try turning it off and on again. Problematic USB devices can be switched to another USB port.
Now that we’ve exhausted the basics, let’s deal with 10 Most Common Computer Problems and Solutions.
1. Slow Computer
First, you need to know that videos or websites that take a while to load are not necessarily slow because of your computer; they can also be affected by network interferences. If your computer is slow in opening programs, things stall or hang while in use, or the boot up process takes more than a couple of minutes, then you might have a slowness problem on your hands.
Now, once you’ve established that the computer is the culprit, check the main suspects – A Full Hard-Drive (HDD) and too many processes running in the background.
When the hard drive that holds your operating system (usually designated as C: ) is full, the operating system can’t write files quickly, as it needs to search and allocate space for it. The searching process takes time, which will result in a slowdown of your system’s performance. Delete any unneeded files such as movies, photos, music, or move them to another hard drive. Use a program like Visipics to remove any duplicate images. Uninstall any programs you don’t use anymore
Alternatively, having too many processes running in the background will also slow down your computer, as they require both computing power, as well as the faster, short-term memory – RAM. To clear it, click on the start button, in the search field, type: msconfig and then go to the “Startup” tab. Now, you don’t want to unmark anything that is a Microsoft process. What you should look for are names like Google Update, AdobeAAMUpdater, Steam Client Bootstrapper, Pando Media Booster, andSpotify. These can be unchecked, and you should be able to feel the difference after a startup.