Fix Error Messages – Manual And Automated Options

by Rod Dunne on July 7, 2010

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

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The two main ways to fix error messages on computers are to use repair software (the automated approach) and by troubleshooting the computer error for yourself (the manual approach). Here, we’ll look at both of these to establish the best tools and practices to use.

Automated Approach: PC Repair Software

Using software to scan your computer for PC errors is an increasingly popular way to fix Windows. These tools broadly fall under two main categories: registry cleaners and PC maintenance software.

  • Registry Cleaners: The Windows registry is the main system configuration file for users, applications and the Windows operating system (OS). It can become corrupted due to viruses, application changes (installs/updates/removals) and many other issues. Tools like Error Fix fix errors in the registry keys by finding redundant/faulty/missing keys and resetting them correctly (see also our Error Fix review).
  • PC Maintenance Software: These tools scan a broader number of files on the computer, including the operating system, device drivers, application files as well as the registry file. The scan can take longer to complete (30 minutes usually) but can fix errors related to many parts of the computer.

The tools listed above provide a FREE scan. So at the very least, the scan can help you progress your own investigations and you don’t need to purchase a license unless you wish to let the tools run the repairs for you.

Manual Approach: Researching The Problem For Yourself

Many users like to know how to fix errors for themselves and with some effective research it is still possible to remedy the majority of PC errors:

  • OS Errors: Use the Microsoft Support site as your main source of quality information, articles, workarounds and product updates to help fix Windows.
  • Application Errors: Search the software producer’s own website for ways to fix error codes you are seeing. Also check the FAQ sections, known issues listing in product releases and customer tickets to see if the error you are experiencing is widespread.
    Independent user forums can also be used for research but the danger with these is that the information may be untested or work only on specific computer configurations.

Prior to making any kind of changes to your computer it would be good advice to backup your data (the computer backup options open to you are to copy files to the web using online services such as the iDrive, or backup files to an external drive, CD or tape backup using synchronization software such as Final Sync). If the PC errors are part of a larger fault then you want to salvage your data while it is still easy to do so!

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