Resolve computer problems on your own. You don’t need anyone’s help for fixing simple computer problems. Don’t be afraid of technology. Things aren’t as complicated as they used to be. It’s becoming more difficult to break things or get a virus because tech companies want to protect you… Mainly because they want to protect themselves but hey, at least they’re doing something.
Before reading, I just want you to know if the below steps don’t help you out in your scenario, reach out to me and I’ll be happy to offer any assistance that I can.
Have a Slow Computer? Doesn’t run like it used to? Not willing to bring your computer to a local technician? Don’t trust the local technician?
Try self-service. Attempt to utilize these PC tools to self-resolve common computer problems before worrying about taking your machine to someone that charges too much and probably doesn’t wash their hands after spending time in the restroom.
1. Turn it Off… and Back On
Why would turning your computer off and on again resolve any problems? It’s still the same hunk of metal it was before right? Well not so much. When you turn off your PC imagine this, you’re at Chuck E. Cheese and the power goes out. All of the children go running back to their parents. So imagine when your PC turns off, all of the data scrambles back to where it’s supposed to go, instead of wherever it scattered itself to prior. All of the 0’s and 1’s (Binary) go home. When you light that bad boy up again, poof! The data does what it’s supposed to do when your PC starts. Unless something has been tampered with, all actions are typical. It’s a nice little reset for your system. Literally.
When should you do this?
Some examples of when you should reboot are if your PC is slow, having trouble connecting to a network, applications won’t launch or load, and more! The options are endless. It’s a great place to start when you aren’t sure what to do. Plus, literally 85% of my work day is telling people to reboot their computer but shhhhhhh, don’t tell our executives.
2. Get Rid of Unimportant or Temporary Files
When you mow down all of grandma’s pumpkin pie after eating Thanksgiving dinner, you’re stuffed right? Well your Hard Drive probably isn’t too happy when it has a bunch of senseless shit laying around in it. You aren’t going to break anything by doing this but stick with me for a second.
In Windows 10, use the magnifier glass located in the bottom left corner of your screen to search for “Disk Cleanup”. Click on it, let it load, and select any of the junk you want to clear out. All of the check boxes are fair game. Click ‘OK’ and you’ve done it!
3. Defragment and Optimize Drives
Type this into your search bar as well. This is more convoluted because it deals with memory so I won’t go into the details via Blog. When the application launches, make sure that the ‘Last Run’ field is a relevant time frame. It should run weekly by default. Worst case scenario, Analyze and Optimize your drives (you’ll see this on your screen if you’re following along). This is another harmless thing you can do and play around with to make things run smoother, just don’t change your settings unless you know what you’re doing. Additionally, Analyzing your drives helps determine if they need Optimized. So definitely do that first if you’re unsure.
4. Google It
Everyone uses Google. Even the IT guy. Even I do. Not one person can be the encyclopedia for all things break/fix. It’s fine to look for resources online. Everyone has their specializations. I do recommend finding a notable source with decent reviews and know when to tap out. You may find it’s just too difficult to fix yourself. If the language is unreadable because their’s too much ‘tech talk’ then don’t be afraid to bail. I’d hate to see you destroy your computer and watch you lose all 500 pictures of your cat that you have stored in your ‘Pictures’ folder.
Still not Comfortable? Contact a Professional to tackle those computer problems.
Again, reach out to me if you don’t know what else to do. I can point you in the right direction. But again, there’s a ton of good resources for computer repair because most technical people like to share information and ideas. I’d be happy to help you for free, I just might have to follow my Twitch channel (It’s Free) in exchange for the PC advice.
Thanks for reading! If you want to know anything specific, please leave a comment below or reach out to me here.