Whether you have a rusty old PC passed down from your dad or the latest Alienware that you can flaunt off in your social circle, you will, at some point, face some issues with your tech. Before you rush off to tech support for every tiny problem, how about you try your hand at fixing the smaller concerns yourself? Being one of the leading tech support and computer services company in the area, the technicians at Crumbacher in Santa Fe, NM have seen and fixed many issues that crop up quite frequently for PC users. In order to help you make some of the easily-fixable issues at home, here is a list of the ten most common PC issues compiled by our experts, and their solutions.
1. Slow Computer
At times, your PC may become slow because of an increasing amount of temporary files being saved. To boost your computer’s performance, simply type %temp% in the Windows search bar and you’ll be able to view the temporary files. Then select and delete the files to free up space.
2. I Can’t Log In
There are many reasons for this issue, some may be as simple as forgetting the password or typing the password with the caps on, and other may be more serious. If you can’t seem to log in despite having the right password, try restarting your PC, holding F8 during the startup. Use the arrow keys to select the safe mode. Then select the right OS for your PC and press enter. Now log on as administrator and type %systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe in the command prompt and press enter. Instructions will appear on your screen to restore your computer. Follow them and you’ll be able to use your PC again.
3. My PC Just Shut Down
Like all appliances, your PC can overheat. When that happens, it shuts down. It can happen due to malfunctioning components or accumulated dust. Clean out your computer’s case and unclog the fans so that there is no barricade to the ventilation. If the problem persists, contact Crumbacher in Santa Fe, NM and have professionals deal with it.
4. I Deleted My Files
If you have deleted files with the delete button, you can always recover them from your recycle bin. But if you have shift-deleted them, you would need to download recovery software tools like EaseUs and iCare Recovery. You can always ask a professional for help if you’re unsure.
5. Downloads Are Taking Forever
First, conduct a speed test here to check your upload and download speeds. If everything seems normal, check if you have torrents running in the background. If that, too, is not the issue, reset your router or modem. If you still have the issue, call your ISP and check if the problem is on their end.
6. My Wi-Fi Keeps Disconnecting
If your Wi-Fi keeps disconnecting, close the distance between your router and your PC. Sometimes, weak signals pose an issue with connectivity.
7. My Printer Won’t Work
Use the most popular tech solution here: turn it off and turn it on. Check your cartridges, ensure your drivers are updated and the “Use printer offline” option is unchecked.
8. USB Doesn’t Work
Try using a different port. If that doesn’t work, check if the USB connects with other computers before calling for troubleshooting.
9. I Can’t Open Attachments
You probably don’t have the software installed to open the files. While the most common problem arises with .pdf files (you can install a PDF reader for it), but with other files, try googling the extension (the letters after “.”) to see which application opens the file.
10. My Screen Is Frozen
If your computer hangs, try waiting for a while, but if the screen remains frozen, reboot your computer. However, you may risk losing any unsaved data with this method.
If you are unsure or uncomfortable handling any of the aforementioned or any other issues, don’t hesitate to call for help. The professionals at Crumbacher in Santa Fe, NM will be happy to help you out anytime you have a PC-related issue.