What is my computer problem

How to Solve Common PC Problems

Ben Kim

Stubborn computer, slow internet connection, striking printer - you can solve many typical IT problems yourself. We explain how to cope with these problems.

EnlargeWith our tips you can solve many typical PC problems.
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Troubleshooting is part of everyday business with PCs. Especially with older arithmetic men. But before you pay a lot of money for support, try it yourself first. We provide solutions for the most common problems.

Rebooting works wonders

It doesn't sound particularly resourceful, but the first thing you should do is restart your PC if your computer starts to bother. After that, the computer runs smoothly again in most cases.

Solve USB recognition problems

In addition, always keep Windows up to date by activating the automatic Windows update. Updates can contain important bug fixes and performance improvements.

EnlargeIt is very important to check regularly for updates to your operating system.

If you have problems with a peripheral device, turn it off and then on again. If that doesn't work, try reconnecting the device. As a last resort, download the latest drivers and do a complete reinstallation.

Your computer is too slow

If your computer is too slow, the first step is to check that the device itself is the cause of the problem. If videos just take a long time to load or websites don't display anything, it's not your computer. For example, use our free speed meter test to determine your broadband speed.

If your PC is the problem, check whether there is enough space on your system hard drive. Because Windows needs plenty of free space to create data while your system is running. If your hard drive is full, performance will suffer.

Muck out Auto-Start

EnlargeIf your operating system is installed on an overcrowded C: hard drive, cleaning it up may improve the performance of your operating system.

Microsoft's system configuration tool, msconfig, should be your next step in the event of lack of performance. Many applications start automatically when you turn on your PC, which can increase boot time significantly, especially on older, slower computers. You should therefore delete any programs you do not need from your autostart. Press the Windows key together with "R" and enter msconfig in the prompt that appears and then press the Enter key.

The msconfig tabs "Startup" and "Services" are the best way to safely deactivate potential performance restrictions. However, do not shut down any (!) Services and applications for which Microsoft Corporation is specified as the manufacturer. Programs like AdobeAAMUpdater, Google Update, Pando Media Booster, Spotify, and Steam Client Bootstrapper can easily be removed. With programs that you do not know what they are for, you should be careful not to switch them off.

EnlargeYou can use the Windows System Configuration Utility to turn off programs and services when you start your system.

Once you have made all the changes, click OK and restart your computer. It should start faster and feel faster too.

Downloads are taking too long

Speedmeter.de is very suitable for testing your internet connection. Start a speed test to see your download and upload speeds. These should be at least 50 percent of the speed specified by your provider, with a ping of less than 100 milliseconds.

If the speed seems plausible, then see whether you are unconsciously downloading or uploading in the background. Many torrent download programs run in the background and are minimized to the notification area of ​​the system tray.

EnlargeSpeedtest gives you an assessment of your ping, your download speed and your upload speed.

Also check your network hardware. If your network card manufacturer offers a new driver, download and install it. Resetting the router or modem can help if you have connection problems. Most routers and modems have reset buttons for this, otherwise you can pull out the power cord briefly to achieve the same effect.

Are you still having problems? Then call your Internet service provider. They can tell you whether the problem is yours or whether the internet connection is generally disrupted in your street or neighborhood. Under certain circumstances, it will also provide you with an update for your router software if it has been damaged for whatever reason.

Delete data on the SSD completely and safely

Your computer keeps restarting

Hardware problems are difficult to spot and just as difficult to fix. Update all of your important system drivers. Your graphics card, motherboard, and network card are especially important.

Is your computer making strange noises? If you are lucky, all you have to do is clean it thoroughly. Modern computers have safeguards that shut down the system if a component overheats, which can cause frequent restarts when running complex programs or games.

Pop-up advertisements will appear on your desktop

If you haven't opened an internet browser but still receive pop-ups, you have most likely installed adware (a program that shows unwanted advertisements). Getting rid of adware is not always easy.