If you’re one of the millions experiencing PC errors, you need to follow this article to diagnose your PC before wasting money on sending it to a PC technician for repair. By fixing it yourself, you can save yourself time and more importantly money. I’m not saying to disregard the technician if the problem is too big to handle, but do what you can first before spending any money. By working with your PC, you will become better and better at diagnosing and fixing PC problems, and lessen the chance of having to send it off for repair in the future.
OK, so what is the first step you need to take to fix your PC errors? The guts of your PC is the hard disk. This is where all your data resides. By cleaning it up you can remove unwanted files and folders, unused programs, and data that is just wasting space. By reducing the load on the hard drive, your PC will have an immediate boost in performance. Junk files slow down your PC and make it harder to use.
First thing is to uninstall old programs that aren’t used anymore. Access the control panel (usually, Start – Settings – Control Panel, but it could vary based on your system) and go to Add/Remove Programs to see what is installed. The programs used “rarely” or just something you know that you haven’t used in a long time and probably won’t ever again, just uninstall. Then go to Start – (All) Programs – Accessories – System Tools and run the Disk Cleanup. This may take a while. In that same directory you can run the defragmenter tool which will help clean up and speed up your PC.
Just one paragraph on how to clean up your PC seems simple, but it’s these kinds of tools that virtually no one uses, and it’s these tools that will actually help you the most. Best of all – they’re free! After you use the built-in system tools, you should always run an anti-virus scan. Check to see that the program is updating its anti-virus definitions often – weekly or daily for best results. I use Avast and it is awesome. I would also suggest an anti-malware program like Malwarebytes to scan for malware. Both of those last two programs are free to home users.
So by running a few system tools and scanning your PC with free security software, you can reduce your chances of having to take your PC to a technician for repair or clean-up. But these don’t always solve the problem. Many times the issue is not a malicious program or software error. It could be the result of a bloated registry.