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Guidelines For Troubleshooting Windows PC Errors

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In the last year alone more than $61 billion were spent in order to rectify computer problems and PC errors. This amount includes money spent on problems caused by computer applications, virus and hacker attacks, hardware failure, human errors and natural disasters. While some of this amount spent was unavoidable, a large part of this could have been saved if effective computing practices and preventive mechanisms were in place. There could be huge savings if users try to resolve many of the issues on their own instead of outsourcing all computer problems to experts.

If you are using a Windows PC, you may have come across certain pc issues and errors. Some of the these problems may depend upon which operating system version you are using like Windows 98, Windows Vista, Windows XP or Me. Then there are certain issues and problems which could be common among all versions of Windows operating systems.

In this article, you will find some important guidelines that will assist you in preventing, as well as troubleshooting, Windows PC errors:

  • Automate the software process: Updated operating system, software and device drivers are more stable and therefore are less likely to encounter computer errors. Software manufacturers continuously work to improve their products better and keep releasing regular updates. To prevent error 1706 Windows Installer and other such errors, it is essential that you update Microsoft products on a regular basis. You can ensure this by keeping the Windows Update option always enabled.  To prevent Windows error code 39 and stop 0x00000024 error that usually generate due to outdated device drivers, it is recommended that you opt for a reliable driver scanner tool. This tool can automate the task of regularly scanning your drivers, downloading driver updates, and then installing them on your PC.

  • Scan the PC for malware infections: Virus, Trojans, worms, and other malware programs may infect your programs and files and generate errors when you try to use them. If you notice a sudden increase in errors, you must immediately perform a thorough virus scan of your PC using a good antivirus tool. You may also use an antispyware tool to ensure that no malicious spyware or adware program is behind the problem.

  • Scan and Clean your Registry:  A large, bloated and unstable registry is one of the major causes of several Windows PC errors and computer slow downs. Registry problems primarily occur due to the accumulation of a large amount of unwanted entries within it. Most of the time, you can resolve registry problems by getting rid of these unwanted entries and defragging the registry files to make it contiguous. One of the simplest and most efficient methods to perform these tasks is by using a good registry tool.

  • Clean up and defrag your hard disk: Many memory and disk errors may occur if your hard disk is filled up with a large amount of unwanted files and programs. To get rid of programs you don’t use, you may use the Add or Remove Programs utility. In case you face problems ensuring complete removal, you may opt to use a reliable, third-party program uninstaller tool. To get rid of unwanted temporary and other program-related files, you may use the Disk Cleanup tool as a one stop tool to clean up a lot of unwanted stuff from the hard disk. After you are done, use Disk Clean Up to make your data contiguous and also to optimize the hard disk for better performance.




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