Before bringing your computer into a repair company, try to fix the problem yourself. It’s not always easy, but if you are even a little computer savvy, you may be able to figure it out. Many software issues respond to simple, quick fixes. Others require a bit more research. Bottom line, you could save hundreds by solving the problem yourself.
This is by far the easiest and most common of PC fixes. There are many reasons rebooting is a great way to fix problems. The predominant reason is that the error is cleaned away when the computer is restarted. When your computer starts up again, you begin with at point-A. If you are continually having a problem, even after reboot, consider rebooting in Safe Mode in order to recreate the problem. Some common symptoms that could benefit from a reboot are: Windows crashed (blue screen of death), computer running slowly, and internet stops working.
2. Google It
You have, quite literally, the sum of human knowledge at your fingertips. You just need to know where to look. Google the symptoms your computer is having. Keep in mind what kind of OS you are using, the model of computer you have, and any other factors that may impact your solution. Keep tabs on the websites that give you good answers so that you know where to look next time. Forums are an awesome place to get help. Programmers and tech aficionados come together to talk about computers, problems and solutions. It’s just a matter of finding the right thread and posting your issue. As with any online community, look up the etiquette. Otherwise, your question, which may have already been answered elsewhere, will be unwanted and go unanswered.
3. Ask Microsoft
If you are using Microsoft, and you cannot solve the problem yourself, visit their tech support page. They often have troubleshooting guides to help you through common problems. Their website may even address the exact problem you have and provide a patch. A patch is downloaded, usually for free, and installed on your computer. It’s made to make small fixes without having to amend the whole program. For more complex issues, you can chat with tech support online or give them a call. Sometimes, it takes more to fix the problem.
Fixing your own computer problems can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Generally a quick reboot is all you need. If your problem is a common one, it was probably experienced hundreds, if not thousands of times by other users. In this case, a Google search will reveal that to you. Worst case scenario, you contact Microsoft or the hardware manufacturer. Any of these paths will save you money over having someone else fix the problem for you.