How To Fix Computers

by Rod Dunne on June 8, 2010

in Articles, Performance, Registry Cleaners Articles, Tips and Tools

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Understanding how to fix computers requires a standard approach to PC repairs. This article steps through the three stages that are most commonly used with suggestions on possible solutions for each.

Step 1: Repair The PC Manually

To fix computer issues by yourself the key thing to do is to research the root cause of the issues before making repairs and make a desktop/laptop backup of personal data before proceeding with any repairs. After having to fix my computer numerous times I have come to realize that the key sources of information for Windows operating system and its related software are:

  • Microsoft Support (http://support.microsoft.com).
  • The support site/forum for the product that is failing. Provide screen-shots and error codes were possible.

These should be the first port of call as they invariably have documented any issues relating to their products, along with workarounds and patches which you may be able to use.

Some other suggestions would include:

  • Running an anti-virus scan. This software can fix computers with Trojan viruses or other bugs which cause numerous problems.
  • If problems arose only after installing applications then consider removing the applications and checking again for faults. Confirm if the software supported on your operating system (Win7, Vista or XP computer ) or if there were minimum specification requirements (CPU, RAM, disk space).
  • Reboot applications and/or the PC. This is an admittedly ‘catch-all’ approach but the theory behind it is that the memory cache and application settings are reset and this is common solution for how to fix a slow computer. If the issues persist with applications then they may have bugs (check online for known issues).
  • Run Windows Update. The patches they provide are intended to improve your system’s security, performance and resilience to faults. To resolve hardware issues it may be worth installing the latest device driver from Windows Update.
  • Our post on how to fix DLL errors has additional guidance for issues relating to installing/removing applications.

Step 2: Automate Repairs Using Software

If the manual steps have failed then there is an increasing trend for using online computer repair software for fixing computers by scanning and implementing repairs without the need for much intervention by the user. Most manufacturers (e.g. Dell) provide some form of diagnostic tool to evaluate your the computer’s health and/or recommend patches.

In addition to these diagnostic tools, there are a number of PC repair and slow computer solutions that can fix computers without then need for any intervention by the owner. Registry Easy is a registry repair tool that can also optimize key settings (a rudimentary slow computer fix). This can be useful if the root cause relates to a corrupted registry (e.g. following a virus or an unclean removal of an application).

Both these tools are commercial products, but while the repairs require purchasing a license, the scan and analysis report is free (so you can at least diagnose issues and make an informed decision on repairs for yourself). Alternatively, you could try free registry repair applications but be sure to backup the registry beforehand.

Step 3: Call In The Experts

If this fails then it is really time to call upon the expertise of a PC technician. First stop would be the shop from which the PC was purchased (especially if it is still on warranty). Alternatively, resorting to a local computer repair shop can often result in a quicker turnaround, especially if they are familiar with your brand/version of PC.

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