How To Fix PC Errors

by Rod Dunne on August 5, 2010

in Articles, Registry Cleaners Articles, Tips and Tools

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The best way to fix PC errors is to start with the error code/message that the application or operating system (OS) has presented you with.

Here, we’ll look at the automated way to repair PC errors (using software utilities) as well as how to fix PC errors for free by doing some proper troubleshooting of the issue for yourself.

Fix PC Errors Using Third Party Software

It has become popular in recent years to use online web services or applications that can scan your computer for faults and then download the healthy files and apply optimum registry/system configuration settings for you.

If your research of the fault suggests this being due to registry errors then it is best practice not to manually modify the Windows registry yourself as this may cause more damage if keys are shared between applications. Instead, the recommended approach is to automate the repairs using third party software. Here are some suggestions:

For more information on these types of utilities, check out our registry cleaner comparison post.

How To Fix PC Errors For Free

While automated tools work well, it is worth noting that even a small amount of research online will bring up ways to fix PC errors for free – just so long as you look in the right place.

If you are seeing an application pop-up error then it is natural to suspect the application code is at fault. Begin your research at the software developer’s website and check for:

  • Known Issues: That detail the PC error you are seeing.
  • Compatibility Issues: Look for OS, CPU, RAM and disk space requirements that could mean the application is not tested/supported on your configuration.
  • Patch Updates: Over time, each application releases patch updates with performance and bug fixes. Check also for the latest application installation (if you installed the application from a disk then it may have been an old, out-of-date version).

Your research can do a broader sweep for forum posts, independent articles and third-party software. Just be careful to double-check any suggested solutions to make sure that they have been tested and confirmed by other users.

It can be more difficult to know how to fix PC errors relating to the Windows registry file as they may be due to application installations/removals, virus damage, hardware changes or many other events. Start by researching any observed registry errors/codes on larger sites like the Microsoft Support site to try and get to the root of the issue (these may suggest Windows Update patches that resolve the problem).

Scan all your drives using anti-virus software for bugs, malware, adware and spyware. Any of these issues can harm the registry and other application/system files that could cause problems.

Many blue screen exceptions are caused by registry errors. One catch-all approach to fix PC errors for free, when the registry has been corrupted, is to use the ‘last known good configuration’ option as Windows is booting up. Windows will revert back to using earlier versions of system files (including the registry) and leave your personal documents (i.e. the My Documents folder) untouched.

Use this approach carefully however, as any system file changes since the last good configuration checkpoint (for example, application installations) may now fail to work for you. In comparison, using a registry cleaner to make the changes will only repair those faulty registry keys and not harm healthy configuration settings.

Related Posts:
- How to make a bad sector repair.

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