As Windows computer users, computer errors will plague the best of us at one time or another. From non-responsive programs to constant error messages and the like, computer errors are an unfortunate part of owning a PC computer. However, that does not mean that we are destined to hand over our computers to a computer repair guy or gal (and a lot of cash!) each and every time our PCs aren’t running smoothly.
Here are three ways that you, regardless of your computer “know-how”, can attempt to fix your computer’s errors.
Reboot your PC
Amazingly, the easiest fix for some computer errors is a simple reboot. Whether your computer problems are a result of not-enough memory, an error with your registry or application – rebooting your computer sometimes causes your problems to disappear spontaneously.
Here are a couple of instances where a reboot restored functionality to our PCs:
- “out of memory” error messages
- Stuck keyboard keys
- Intermittent mouse problems
- Constant error messages when opening specific applications
Quite honestly, we cannot explain the intricacies of why these problems were fixed when we rebooted our PCs, but suffice it to say that refreshing the system every once in a while can work wonders for certain problems.
Your Windows registry is in-demand nearly every minute that your PC is up and running. Not only is it in constant use, it’s relied upon to manage information on all of your programs, Windows processes, user profiles and drivers – if your registry becomes filled up with empty entries or outdated information, it can cause visible problems with your computer.
Problems such as applications lagging when loading (or not loading at all), frequent error messages and sporadic system “refreshing” are indicative of registry-related errors.
As a last resort – run Chkdsk
Chkdsk, or the Check Disk program, is built-in to your Windows PC and helps to find and repair system-related errors as well as hard drive problems. Now, this should be used as a last resort on your part because it is an intensive program. While it is easy to run, it can take a lot of time to run its course and if your PCs problems are severe – it can actually make matters worse. If you are going to use Chkdsk, we highly recommend that you have a recent backup of your important files. While it’s not at all common that running Chkdsk will ruin your computer – there have been instances where the program has made data recovery a nightmare on PCs that were experiencing severe problems.
While these tips may not fix every computer error that a PC user will run into, they will work to correct problems in the majority of cases. If you are concerned about your computer, try the first two tips and skip over Chkdsk for now. If you are still experiencing problems with your PC, you should consider contacting a computer repair technician to help you with your PCs repair.