When it comes to operating systems there are two names that stand above the rest. Windows and Mac. And the argument between which is superior has been raging for as long as personal computers have been on sale. And we aren’t here to fan the flame of this never-ending debate.
Rather we are here to take a look at some of the common issues that occur when using a windows operating system and how you can combat them. Any experienced PC user knows bugs and glitches are unavoidable in any system. It is just a fact of life. Machines aren’t perfect, as much as we like to imagine they are. But there are ways you can resolve these issues swiftly and properly when they occur. Saving you the hassle of having to sit on hold with tech support for a few hours.
Bluescreen Of Death
Perhaps the most infamous and well-known operating system error on the planet. The term ‘Bluescreen’ has become synonymous with a computer crash even in systems, not running windows. It has even slipped its way into pop culture and is referenced in numerous games and shows.
Anyone who has used a Windows OS is aware of this phenomenon. It is preceded by everything on the screen freezing, and sometimes a continuous buzzing sound. Then everything vanishes, replaced by a bright blue screen and an error message.
The technical term for this error is the Video TDR Failure Error. So let’s look at how to fix the video TDR failure error on windows 10. Nine times out of ten this error is related to a hardware issue. Mainly in the hard drive. But it can also be caused by faulty driver software or a corrupt system file.
A simple restart is often enough to sort it. But to be extra sure you may want to update your video drivers, run a complete systems check for any corrupted files and, if it still occurs time and time again, consider backing everything up and reinstalling windows.
Windows is a very versatile OS. Unlike Mac, which requires specialized coding for programs to work on it, Windows is able to run most programs with ease. But this does have a knock-on effect. Another common issue you may face is lag. Or in simpler terms, everything will be running slowly on your machine.
The first thing to check is how much memory is currently being used by programs. Pressing Ctrl+Shift+Esc will bring up the windows task manager. In processes, you can see how much memory is being used by specific programs. Some Windows-based programs can be quite memory-hungry, such as Chrome or Word. And some background applications can also slow things down. We suggest closing these programs or uninstalling them if you get no use from them.
Program Not Launching
This could happen for a few different reasons. So there are multiple ways to correct this bug. Firstly, wait. It may just be the program is taking a while to load. But if it is taking far too long then open task manager. Here you can see if the program is open but not responding, or if it just isn’t opening at all. If it’s the first, force close it and try again.
If it just isn’t opening we then recommend right-clicking the program and running in admin mode. This may get the program to start with no issue. If this fails then you will want to check the program’s cache for any missing files. If that still does not work, it may be time to reinstall the program altogether. ‘
This can be a tricky one to fix. If your system is shutting itself off randomly or the system just freezes with zero response, then you will understandably be a bit perplexed. The first thing to check is the hardware. Most importantly, how clean it is. Open up your PC and give it a good dusting with compressed air. Do NOT use wet wipes or any traditional cleaning products.
For random freezing, trying ctrl+alt+delete can sometimes get you out of the crash and allow you to restart the system. Once restarted we suggest launching in safe mode and running a diagnostic program to further locate the error.