Computers are quite complicated and errors can happen quite easily. Fortunately, many errors are quite easy to fix and the basic solution is often to restart a program or your computer. However, if restarting your computer doesn’t fix the problem, it doesn’t mean that you can’t fix it. Here are some of the common user-repairable errors:
- Computer doesn’t power up: Try to plug the computer into a different outlet. Perhaps, the outlet has been damaged due to frequent usage. If the computer still refuses to power up, then there could be problem with power supply or motherboard.
- Pop-ups appear constantly: A pop-up may appear frequently and tell you that there’s a virus in your computer. It’s a scam that tricks you into downloading a software. Use Malwarebytes or Spybot to remove potential malware in your computer. They often work quite well.
- A program freezes up: When a program freezes up and it won’t close, then hold down Ctrl-Alt-Del keys in that order. The Windows task manager will be displayed. Go to the ‘Processes’ tab and find the name of the frozen up program. Right click on the program name and choose to close it. Reopen the program.
- A new software fails to load: If a newly-installed program won’t load, then you may have a compatibility problem. The developed may stop updating the program. The program may be designed for Windows XP and Windows 7, so it may fail to open on Windows 10. To solve this, right click on the program’s icon and select properties. Go to the Compatibility tab and enable the “run the program in compatibility mode” option. Choose an older Windows OS version in the dropdown menu and click OK.
- BSOD: BSOD or Blue Screen of Death is also known as Stop Error. It’s probably the most infamous of all Windows-related errors, shown as a blue screen with cryptic white letters. BSOD may freak out people with its sinister appearance and it doesn’t seem allow users to do anything. Write down the error message and restart the computer. If the computer still works, search the error message on the Internet. Chances are, a few people have experienced the same thing. Follow the procedure, if it’s proven to solve the problem. As an example, BSOD could be caused by faulty RAM module. Corrupt Windows files could also cause the problem.
- Computer freezes up often: There are many causes of freeze ups, such as corrupt files, spyware, viruses and various hardware problems. The easiest thing to do is to update your antivirus and anti malware software. Choose thorough scan options to make sure that each of your files are scrutinized. If this takes hours to complete, you may scan the computer overnight and check the result the following day. You can call computer technician if it is confirmed that the problem is caused by hardware issues.
Regular maintenance is needed to ensure that potential problems won’t arise. Avoid installing software that you don’t need and keep your Windows environment simple.