Computers are an important part of life for the vast majority of people. They have advanced from dinky, green screen toys to the powerful multimedia tools that we have today. You would think that along with the advance in power and capability, reliability would dramatically increase and errors and glitches would be a thing of the past.
The Sad Reality
As the computers get more complex so do the errors. Old errors also don’t disappear. There are various types of error that people commonly encounter:
BSoD – Blue Screen of Death- This famous error indicates a severe problem that brings your system to a screeching halt and displays a blue screen with some error description (usually unintelligible), an error code and some very basic advice for dealing with the problem.. Some of them are easy to fix but others can be quite difficult. System software errors – Different programs and activities will either fail or operate incorrectly. This may be caused by virus damage or by conflicts between components of different programs that have been installed. It may also reflect a program error that was built into the program which may have been corrected by later versions of the program. Malfunctioning hardware- If the hardware such as DVD readers, printers, keyboards, mice, Video monitors, web cameras etc are not working it could be that the device itself has broken. However, hardware attached to your computer is managed by software called drivers. If these drivers become corrupted or you have old drivers which had bugs in them errors may appear. The DVD burner may fail very often. The video may become discolored or shaky. Installation errors- sometimes installing a program will fail due to some left over fragments of an application that wasn’t cleaned up completely. System slowdown- The system may become overloaded with old useless programs eating up your computer time. Much of your hard disk space may be cluttered with leftover temporary files. Internet irregularities – Your Internet connection may sometime not connect or you may not have access to other computers on your network for no apparent reason. Browsers performance may slow to a crawl over time. Virus Damage- If you have a virus, it may have damaged or removed certain important components of your system and things may work erratically. Even though the virus is gone, the changes that it made may create issues. Et Cetera – There are all sorts of various and sundry errors that go beyond the scope of this article.
How to Fix the Errors
The general procedure for fixing an error is to use your friend the search engine to find solutions offered by software companies or others that had the problem. You can search by error description or error code if it is available. You can look into the event viewer to see if your error is described there.
You may have to dig through a number of responses to find one that actually fits your situation. Once you’ve found an apparent solution, you may need to download software in order to do the fix. You may also need to make registry modifications. You should take care to save a system restore point for any critical kind of correction. In general, it pays to have an up to date backup of your system in case of emergencies.
Each error will require its own effort and perhaps multiple efforts or even a visit to the repair shop.
There is a program that can solve a great many of these problems automatically and put your computer in tip top shape. Using this program can save your all the hassle of searching, fooling around with arcane solutions and worrying about the overall results. Registry repair programs do not fix most of these things and may very often introduce problems. Best of luck in freeing your computer of Windows errors.