Computers can be very complex. There are all kinds of components and compatibility considerations. Additionally, there are thousands, even millions of different pieces of software to deal with. When everything is working properly, it’s an amazing There are two types of computer problems: hardware and software.

Hardware Problems

Hardware based problems are resolved by replacing or upgrading the malfunctioning component. Now that sounds really easy, but there are compatibility considerations for each component. ie. Is your the new RAM compatible with the processor? Does the monitor have the right ports to plug into your graphics card? etc. etc.

Luckily, there are people in this world that have made life easy for stuff like this. My favorite site for ensuring components are compatible is https://pcpartpicker.com/ . This site has a system builder tool that will let you select the parts you have and check compatibility before you even purchase it.

Software Problems

Software based problems are resolved with a format or a tuneup.

First, let’s discuss a format. The first step is backing up your data. Once your data is safe, it’s time to completely wipe out the data on the hard drive. (This is also a great time to defragment your hard drive if using a Hard Disk Drive.) Now you reistall Windows or your favorite operating system. This essentially restores your computer to factory condition. The format gets rid of anything you don’t need and will wipe out any malware, etc.

Next, let’s look at a tuneup. First step here is looking for and removing viruses or malware(adware, spyware, ransomware, etc). Next, we deal with the damaged files or programs affected. Finally, make sure to update all key software programs. It is important to note that tuneups are not always successful. Even a thorough tuneup may miss some malware and sometimes damaged files or programs cannot be fixed or updated.

If a computer is experiencing serious boot up, shut down or freezing problems, it’s time to backup and format.

Multiple Problems

There are usually a combination of problems that come up. Massive data will slow down a hard drive. If it’s a Hard Disk Drive, it will begin wearing out. Additionally, the software and files on a machine are constantly modified because we surf the internet and use programs.

To get most computers running like they did when you purchased them, backup the data, upgrade the Hard Drive, and reinstall Windows. It will take care of 90% of the problems we face on a daily basis.

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