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Laptop Troubleshooting 101

Evan Sgarlata

Ever been in a hurry to do something on your PC and it suddenly stops working? Sometimes you may not have time to run to IT and get it fixed, so I am here to give you a few tips that can fix many common issues.  

If you don’t remember anything else in this article, please remember this one tip: If something is wrong, just restart your PC. Often a restart is all that is needed to get your computer on the right track again.  

The next tip is also something many people overlook, update your PC. Updates do serve a purpose and being behind on updates could cause your PC to run slower or become vulnerable to viruses.  

The final essential tip is to restart your PC at the end of every day or at least once every few days. Never restarting your PC can cause it to have problems over time. Think of a restart like a shower for your PC, it is good for its health and going too long without a reboot can be unpleasant. 

For users that want to understand their PC better, this is for you. Task Manager is a tool that is vital to understanding what your PC is doing. Just press Ctrl + Alt + Del and click on task manager or search it up on your PC. It will give you a full list of what your computer is currently doing.  

This is the best solution for when your PC is running slowly, and you need it to respond better. Just go to Task Manager and any app you do not currently need but has large percentages next to it (you don’t need to understand what these mean beyond these percentages representing the computers “available brain power”), just right click and select “end task.”  

If your PC has a very slow startup, you definitely want to read this. Once again go to Task Manager, and once you are there, navigate to “startup apps” and you should see a few columns. What is most important is the “startup impact” column. Read through this column and take a look at anything that has a medium or high startup impact.  

If it is an app that you do not need to have open every time you turn on your PC (looking at your teams), right click on that app in Task Manager and click “disable” and the app will no longer automatically open on startup. (This does not disable the app itself; you can still open it yourself just fine).  

Finally, I recommend a piece of software every PC should have, Malware Bytes. This is a completely free app that will scan your PC for malicious software. No matter how tech savvy you are, sometimes things can slip through the cracks and Malware Bytes is great for cleaning that stuff up.  

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