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Common Computer Problems and Solutions

It feels so annoying when you are working on a computer and it keeps on becoming unresponsive or throw up an error message. In most of the cases, the error message is often confusing and does not explain in plain English that what exactly went wrong. This makes figuring out what happened very difficult, especially if you are not that used to using computers. 

To make things easier for those who need to use computer in a regular basis but is not an expert in solving bugs, we’ve put together this guide to the five most common computer problems and how to fix each one.

Blue Screen of Death (BSoD)

If you have ever used a computer, there is a high chance that you have experienced the ‘blue screen of death‘ at least once as it is one of the most recognizable computer errors that can occur. There are a number of reasons why you may get a blue screen of death error. Missing DLL files, failing hardware, corrupted software or problems with drivers can be the main culprits. 

If you still can’t visualize what is ‘blue screen of death’ error, let us help you to visualize it. What usually happens is that your computer will become unresponsive for a few seconds and right after that the screen will turn completely blue and an error message will appear. Your PC will then restart.

The ‘blue screen of death’ with QR code and error code; Image source: lifewire.com

If you get a blue screen of death without saving your work, the resulting reboot/restart of your computer can make you lose any changes you’ve made to a document before that error occurred. This pretty sums up why this is called the blue screen of DEATH!

The way of fixing this error depends on the reason for which it occurred. When the blue screen of death error appears you will see a code with the error message. What you need to do is, quickly note that down, then type it into any search engine of your choice. You’ll hopefully find that other people have encountered the same error and have posted how they fixed it. 

In Windows 10, Microsoft has made the blue screen of death error message more useful to solve the problem. Along with the codes, you’ll also get a QR code. Use your smartphone to scan the QR code and you should be taken to a webpage that will explain the error message in more detail and will also offer advice on how to fix it.

Applications won’t install

A common problem you are likely to face while using computer is to become a failure while trying to install an application. The main reason for this is a lack of hard drive space. If your hard drive has become full, it may mean that you are no longer able to install new applications. If this is the case, then you’ll need to do a bit of space cleaning. 

Application installation problem due to storage; Image Source: thewindowsclub.com

What you need to o first is to delete any large files that you no longer need. You can go to the Downloads folder in your File Explorer. This folder often holds lots of large files that you no longer need.

You can also free up your computer hard drive space by uninstalling any programs that you no longer use. Go to Taskbar and type in “uninstall”, then click on ‘Add or remove programs’. Have a look at the list of programs that is displayed and click on any that you no longer need to uninstall it.

If you are too lazy to scroll down the list of programs in the Taskbar to find which you use rarely are taking too much space, then you can also get Windows 10 to clean up your hard drive for you. In the search box of taskbar, type “disk clean-up”. After that select the drive that you want to clean up, by default this will be the C: drive. It will scan your drive and find files that you haven’t used for a long time and can safely delete to free up disk space. It will also show you how much space you can save on your hard drive. Tick the box next to each type of file that you want to remove then click ‘OK’!

Windows is slow to boot

Another common problem is slow-booting PC. But luckily, it’s also one of the easiest to fix. The most common of several reasons is that there may be too many programs trying to load up in the background when Windows starts. These are called startup programs. The easiest way to fix this problem is to identify what programs are loading up when Windows starts and disable any programs that you do not need from Task Manager.

In the Task Manager, for each program, you can see their start-up impact. If it says “High” in the ‘Start-up impact’ column, then that means the program is slowing down your Windows bootup speed. If you don’t need the app to load when Windows starts, then Disable it. This will prevent the app from loading when Windows 10 starts.

Disable startup apps from Task manager; Image Source: windowsreport.com

If you find that your PC is still slow to boot, you may want to check that you have the latest updates and drivers installed for your hardware. Another solution is installing an SSD(Solid State drive) in your PC and running Windows 10 from that. It can make a huge difference to how fast it boots.

Windows Update problems

To ensure that your PC runs well as well as get rid of all the bugs, it’s important to keep Windows updated. However, there are times when you may encounter a problem when updating Windows. 

windows 10 update failed to install; Image Source: troublefixers.org

One of the most common problems with Windows Update is when an update fails to install. You will usually see an error message that tells the update has not been successful, explaining what the problem is and how to fix it. One of the most common reasons for this failure is that you may have an old version of an app or program that is preventing the Windows update to install. To solve this you either uninstall the program which is causing the error or ensure you have the latest version installed.

Another reason of this failure is lack of hard drive space. Each update requires a minimum amount of hard drive space. To fix this problem, free up hard drive space using the methods we mentioned in the steps above.

After installing a Windows update, you may find your computer is behaving badly. The Windows update itself may be causing the problem. To fix this, you will need to uninstall the update. To do this type in “Windows update” into the Taskbar search box and select ‘Windows Update settings’. In the window that appears, click ‘View update history’. Then, select either ‘Uninstall updates’ to uninstall the problematic update.

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