We all know that sinking feeling when our computer just won’t cooperate. It is running slow, it won’t load videos or pages in a timely manner or it’s picked up some type of malware, virus or bug that is making it impossible to use properly. Perhaps it just crashed all together. While we all use computers we aren’t all adept at fixing them as that takes a different kind of mindset that a lot of us just don’t have. However, never fear as there are some things even the most computer un-friendly person can try before hauling the machine over to the professionals.
With most things that plug in (and yes, even laptops have to be plugged in at one time or another) the thing most people do when it’s not running properly is simply unplug it and try to fire it up again. This total turn off, total unplugging of the machine and total shut down of anything running on it can sometimes help the problem. The machine takes a little break and then everything is great when you turn it back on. Thankfully, sometimes this actually works and you can go back to doing whatever you were doing.
If a hard shut down doesn’t fix the problem, don’t worry there are other things you can try. Look to see if your computer is up to date, if you haven’t installed any of those pesky updates, this is the time to do that. A computer that has been updated works better than one that is running on old programming. Still not right?
It may be the computer that’s the problem, but it may also be your broadband connection. If that is all right, you’ll want to find out if you have enough free space on your hard drive. Windows needs room which means free space all the time in order to make files while the system is running. Not enough room and you’ll encounter problems. Here you can try a system configuration which you can access quite easily. Check the startup item and manufacturer columns first and see what programs you can disable to give you more room. Remember not to remove anything that says Microsoft corp. next to it as that is something you will actually need.
Still not working properly? If you don’t have a tech savvy friend, this will be the time when you take your baby in to the professionals for help. Good luck!