If your computer starts to develop a fault, the following are some simple tips that you can try on your own before shelling out a lot of money to have your computer professionally repaired.
None of the following suggestions from Hove Laptop Repairs will put your computer at risk of being damaged further as long as you carefully follow the steps. Our repair tips are focused on Windows PCs instead of Mac since Windows PCs have a tendency to develop more glitches. However, some of our tips will work for Macs as well.
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1. Restart your computer
It may sound like a cliche but it can actually solve many laptop and desktop problems. It is easy and quick so it’s definitely worth trying out first. If the computer screen is frozen, normally a shut down can be forced by holding the power button down until it turns off the computer and then starting it up again. If it won’t turn off using this method, then a complete shutdown can be forced. On a desktop PC, you can do that by turning the power off at the mains. On a laptop, you remove and replace the battery.
This tip from Hove Laptop Repairs is probably the easiest of them all.
2. Back your files up
Even minor issues, like your computer running slow, may be symptomatic of a larger problem. In order to avoid losing important photos and files if the problem worsens, make sure to back up all of your files to either online cloud storage or an external hard drive.
3. Run security checks on your computer
If things are not running smoothly the way they are supposed to or you’re experiencing problems frequently, run a security scan on your computer. There are some very malicious viruses or malware that can prevent your computer from starting. However, it’s more common for them to make the system sluggish. If you run a security scan, it can put your mind at ease and allow you to rule out malicious attacks early on. If there is no security software installed on your computer or you’re not happy with the security you have currently, you can install better security software to protect your computer against attacks.
4. Remove any programs you have recently installed
If your computer started having problems right after installing a software program or device, whether you downloaded it online or installed it using a disk, uninstall the most recent piece of software that was installed onto your system. To do this fully and safely, from the Start Menu, navigate to the Windows Control Panel and choose ‘Add or remove programs.’ After you have successfully uninstalled the program, go back and check to see if there is any improvement. You can try to reinstall if everything is working fine once again.
5. Check for any duplicate programs
If there are two different versions of the same program running on your computer (for example, you reinstalled a software program to use the most recent version instead of using the update option on the program), it can cause problems. You can check to see if there are multiple versions of a program running on your computer by looking at the Windows Control Panel. It lists all of the programs that are downloaded on your computer. If you see any duplicates, both versions need to be uninstalled. Then try to reinstall the most recent version.
6. Don’t use multiple antivirus programs
It’s essential to use the right security software to keep your computer protected. However, running two different antivirus programs at the same time on your computer, for example running the free Microsoft Defender program that comes with Windows 10 or 8, and installing another antivirus program like one from Norton or McAfee, can result in your computer having conflicts. It can cause your computer to be sluggish and can also cause computer crashes. If your computer does have two antiviruses installed on it, make sure that just one of them is running.
7. Check for Windows updates and install them
This is a very straightforward way to ensure your computer is up to date and also should help your computer’s reliability and performance. You can get your computer set up to automatically check for Windows updates and install them. If you have not been running updates on a regular basis, it might take a while to get all of the updates downloaded but it is well worth it.
8. Perform a system restore
This is an effective and powerful method and can repair numerous PC problems. It reverts the computer system back to the final state it was in when the computer was working well. Either type system restore into the Windows search box and then choose Enter, or navigate to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System tools > System restore. After you get to the main window, if there is a restore point that is available, the date will be in bold. Click on the date and then follow the directions of the step-by-step wizard. It will guide you through the entire process and restart your computer. If it is successfully restored, you will receive a confirmation.
9. Perform a system repair
In order to this, you will need to have the original operating systems disc for Windows. Place the disc into the drive and then restart your computer. After the computer has turned on, there will be an on-screen menu displayed with several different options. Choose Repair. Warning – do not choose the option for installing Windows – that will start a complete Windows installation and will wipe your entire drive and Windows will be re-installed from scratch. All of your data will be lost. Your data will not be affected if you use the repair option. However, to be safe, back up all of your files before you try this method. Even if your computer doesn’t start or doesn’t start properly, you might still be able to repair the problem on your own.
10. Check the connection
A desktop computer might have computer issues due to having a loose cable inside the machine, especially if you recently moved your computer. Use a small screwdriver to open up the casing on the desktop (not the monitor). Make sure all of the cables are pushed firmly into their right sockets. There are less likely to be loose connections on a laptop, but if you installed new memory recently, make sure it is firmly connected.
11. Check the battery on your laptop
Try plugging the laptop into the mains power. If the laptop works well off the mains, then you probably need a new battery.
12. Start your computer up while in Safe Mode
As soon as your computer is turned on, press the F8 key repeatedly. An on-screen menu will be displayed. Choose Safe Mode. You should then be able to start your desktop up and let you do some further investigation, including performing a security scan.