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Here Are Easy Simple Answers To: How Do I Fix My PC?
As much as we depend on our computers today we all need to know a little about how to help slow pc performance issues.
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Welcome to our very simple approach to the “Fix My PC” problems. There is a good chance that you can speed up your computer – yourself – and without spending very much or any money. Find below the easiest things to try and in the order you should address them.
Now we realize that there are a lot of computer repair websites that can tell you how to fix slow pc performance problems that have much greater knowledge of computers and technical information than we do. But the fact is a person that is really knowledgeable about something is very seldom a great teacher in that area. Just like a math whiz understands math and can’t really understand why I don’t (they lost me when they started using letters in with the numbers.. ). It’s better to learn from someone that, like us, has had to figure it out the hard way.
I believe you will find these steps will go a long way toward teaching you how to repair a computer without any pc repair knowledge or experience. To some of you it may seem a little too elementary. But it is better to explain it a little too “simply” than to leave anyone out. After all, if you already know these procedures you are not going to stay here and read them anyway.
So here then are simple steps to a cheap computer repair. You don’t have to read each one, if you already know this is not your problem, move on to the next.
(1) First, is your problem in your computer itself or in your internet connectivity?
You may know that your pc is slow when doing off line functions such as opening your pictures that are stored in your computer or maybe printing an Excel worksheet. Then you know it is the computer, not a slow internet, so go on to # 2.
But if you do most of your work online and are not sure then test your Internet connection speed. Go to Speakeasy Free Speed Test. Choose the city closest to you and it will start the test automatically. The test only takes a few seconds and will show you the download and upload speed.
The average download speed is about 6mb/s but that varies depending on your service contract with your ISP, whether you are on DSL or Cable (cable is usually a good bit faster), and your home or office’s proximity to the IP strength. Generally speaking, if you are below 4mb/s you have an Internet connection problem.
You should contact your service provider by phone and they can do their own test of your speed and help you from there. One consideration before you make that call (that could take a while) is your own wireless system. If you only have your problem when there are several computers using the Internet, then it is possible your wireless router is overloaded or causing the issue.
(2) So the problem is in your pc, not the Internet or wireless connection in your home or office. Then ask this question: Is your computer current with Windows Updates?
Go to Control Panel then Windows Update and see. Do you find uninstalled updates? If so your computer must not be set to do automatic updates. This should be changed so that Windows can update you without you having to remember to do it. These updates solve almost daily problems that are occurring on the Internet and that can affect your pc. There are things like security breaches, script or language incompatibilities, etc. that are just a normal part of maintaining a computer on the World Wide Web. Updating your operating system is crucial to controlling pc errors.
If you find updates that are listed as critical but cannot be installed for some reason, you have deeper problems with your pc. There are errors within your operating configuration that will not allow Windows to complete these updates. This may or may not be something you can handle yourself and these and other registry errors will be discussed later.
Fix PC Errors
(3) Are your pc’s hardware and components OK?
Your computer system is made up of hardware and software. This basically means the stuff you can touch (the hardware) and the stuff you can’t (software). I know this is simple but what did I say at the onset? If your problem is associated with any hardware component such as a monitor, printer, keyboard, etc. you should be getting an error message telling you of the problem.
There are times that this can be confusing. Say your computer keeps giving you pop up messages that say an update is needed or setting should be changed but does not make it clear cut that it is causing any computer slow down issues. Just cut off the printer (or swap monitors, etc. with another pc), unplug it from the pc and re-boot your computer. If that helps you will need to address it by going to the components website troubleshooting or updating / reinstalling the driver or software.
(4) Next, is your pc overloaded? Does it have adequate data storage space and adequate computing capacity? Bottom line here is that the typical “home” computer is not designed to run online games (or other higher capacity functions).
First, let’s look at the Processor or engine of the computer. PC processors are almost never the culprit when a computer runs slow unless you have one of these situations: the computer has been too slow since it was brand new which indicates it was assembled with the wrong processor from the start; or the pc became slow after you started doing gaming or you added a “heavy” new software such as an engineering cad program. With either of these you are simply using the computer for the wrong job or bought too cheap of a pc.
How I Was Able To Fix My PC Problems With OS Reload
This may seem a little drastic but completely stripping your computer and starting over from scratch is not a bad idea sometimes. And it is not as hard as you might think. There are times that this is the only solution and times when it is the best way to fix a PC.
Try Doing A Restore First To Fix My PC
But before doing a complete computer reload try the Restore feature that is provided with you PC. Go to Programs and then to Accessories and click on System Tools. There you will find “System Restore”. You will simply follow the instructions and let you computer be put-back to a previous time or restore point. Many times this will eliminate the PC’s problem. You will not lose any of your data but you may have to re-update some of your application.
Doing A Complete PC Reloading
You can completely remove everything from your computer, reload the operating system and have a new start with an older PC.
1. Since this procedure will delete everything from your computer be sure to save to an external storage such as a flash drive everything you want to reinstall later. Also make sure you have all the installation discs of any programs you want to reinstall.
2. Next locate you computer’s Restore Disk that came with it when you bought it. Some computers don’t have a restore disk and you will have to use the Operating System Install CD that was included with the computer when new. (some manufacturers ask you to burn your own restore disc – and most people don’t)
3. Insert the restore disk or the operating system disc into your CD drive. You should follow the instructions. If the CD does not start you may have to restart the computer with the CD in the CD drive.
4. After the operating system is loaded and ready reload any programs you want on the computer first. An example would be to install Microsoft Office before attempting to load any of your Word documents… Adobe before loading any .pdf files.
You have virtually rebuilt your computer and even though it has taken some time you should have a faster better operating PC.
We will look at storage space requirements and what you might do to increase it – yourself – on the next page.
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