Another year, time for a new blog!
We have been asked to repeat our 4 Simple Fixes For Your PC again as some people missed the original post. So here it is, as always, we do not mind answering your problem / questions by email, Skype or even phone.
Has your Laptop / Desktop stopped responding correctly when you turn it on?
What can happen sometimes is that the settings in your memory can become corrupted for some reason, this is an easy fix. On a laptop, turn it off and disconnect from the power, remove the battery, press the on/off button (gently) for 20 seconds, replace the battery and turn it on. On a desktop it is as simple as disconnecting the power cable from the computer and waiting ( we suggest you go off and make a hot beverage) then reconnect the power and turn it on. If this does not solve it then give PC Harry or your local support tech. a call.
Is your computer running really slow ?
Check how full your system disk is with files, anything above 80% and you need to think about either deleting some unwanted files or programs or installing a second hard drive (Desktop) or installing a bigger disk (Laptop), anything above 85% full and you have definitely found at least part of the problem, as windows needs space to store temporary files etc.
Does your computer start up soooooo slowly?
There are two simple things you can do today to solve this problem.
1. Clean up some of your unwanted programs using the control panel uninstall programs option. Start with losing a few toolbars is a simple one, as most people seem to collect unwanted ones and then never get round to removing them again.
2. Check how many anti virus programs you have installed, one is great and you need it if you surf the web at all. Two is bad as they as often as not will just interfere with each other, slow the computer down and leave you open to infection. More than two just ain't cool and you need to get back to just on. PC Harry suggests Microsoft Security Essentials and we like to load it on all the PCs we service, as long as the owner is amenable.
Can't play DVDs, movie files or music without always having to downloading more codecs.
Well just dump all those other media players and download VLC Media Player, it does it all no fuss and no hassle, and will free up space if you get rid of all the codecs and different media players you have been downloading.
I hope this helps a little, but like your vehicle, your computer hardware needs a service every so often to keep it sweet, and you would be suprised how fast your computer will be again after a professional service carried out preferably before it starts to have problems.