PC Help: Computer Diagnostics 101

PC Help: Computer Diagnostics 101

Simply uttering the phrase “Computer Diagnostics” can send shivers down most peoples spines. It doesn’t sound fun, and it definitely doesn’t sound easy. However, it doesn’t have to be scary.

Here is your quick and dirty Computer Diagnostics 101 course.

What is Computer Diagnostics?

Computer diagnostics is used to determine what problems are affecting your computer. A diagnostics test, will test your entire computer system including the BIOS and memory, software, and the hardware that is associated with your computer.

Common Problems

The most common problems will arise when your computer is low in resources including RAM and disc space. This type of problem is very common and will normally only slow your computer down, which while frustrating, will not cause any “damage”. The quick fix for this problem is to defrag your hard drive or get rid programs that you no longer use.

Computer Diagnostics Software

Computer diagnostics software is good at fixing the most common problems. Often, It will start at the foundation with a registry check. Your diagnostics software will learn a lot from the registry, ranging from common software settings to invalid entries that have a huge impact on your computers performance, even its load time. Be careful when using registry cleaning software without an expert. Most diagnostic software is automatically set to the safe setting. Keep it set at the default unless you feel comfortable takings risks.

What You Shouldn’t Do

Never mess with the BIOS settings. If you make a mistake, you could create a very expensive problem for yourself. If you decide to take this risk, make sure that you have a complete backup of your computer first. While these settings are tricky and even a little confusing, they play a major role within your computer. If you have no experience with BIOS, then leave it alone.

Computer Diagnostics Made Easy

The easiest way to take an active role in your computers operation is to choose your favorite computer diagnostics software and use it. This software will allow you to do a full system scan and then alert you to any problem that it finds. Most software available will also give you an option to automatically fix the problem. As long as the problem is not extremely serious, the software should be able to handle it.

This type of software also gives you the added advantage of being able to clean out your temporary internet files, clean your cache, and defrag your hard drive from within the software program. This is great for those of you who are not the least tech savvy.

What do we recommend?
Hit us up on twitter over @abstrategic and we’ll point you in the right direction. We have a few we use routinely but we generally advise based on your version of Windows. Cheers!

Asking a Professional

If your computer diagnostics software reports problems that are too complicated for the software to fix, then it is probably time to see a professional. This includes hardware problems and hard drive crashes.

A basic understanding of computer diagnostics may not be able to solve every problem that comes your way, however it will save you time, money, and a lot of frustration in the long run.

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