Be A PC Hero: 7 Tools & Facts To Make Someone’s Day
Are you “that guy”? You know, the one who everyone comes to for help when their Internet goes down, their laptop fails to boot, or they get weird error messages? It’s always nice to help someone in need, but it can be a frustrating process when you don’t know the proper solutions.
Here are some of the most common issues that the average PC user will run into and some tools and tricks to help deal with those issues. Your friends and family might see you as a computer guru now, but after reading this article, you’ll be seen as a computer wizard.
Fix Broken File Type Associations
File associations can break for a number of reasons. An installed program may have stealthily overwritten some of them. An uninstalled program may not have cleaned up after itself properly. Regardless of how it’s done, there’s no denying that file extensions do get messed up from time to time. How do you fix them?
Tina not only walks you through the process of fixing broken file type associations , but also explains how to manually set certain file types to open with specific programs. It’s a neat trick to know that can drastically improve anyone’s day-to-day computer routine.
Fix High CPU Usage
High CPU usage can be a serious problem. It means your computer is constantly working at peak capacity, which will slow down overall performance and can cause long-term damage to hardware. Not only can the CPU itself get fried, but the computer fans may also wear out from overwork.
Fortunately, this issue is often easy to diagnose and easy to fix. Check out Matt’s article on diagnosing and fixing high CPU usage to reclaim speed and longevity of your PC.
Fix Overheating Laptops
High internal temperatures are always a danger for modern electronic devices. Heat is generated by various components (e.g., CPU, GPU etc.) and dispersed through heatsinks and ventilation. When heat gets trapped inside, the high temperatures can cause permanent damage and laptops are the most susceptible to this problem.
In most cases, overheating is incredibly easy to fix. Tina has a walkthrough for spotting and fixing an overheating laptop and it won’t take you more than a few minutes. Don’t wait until it’s too late to take care of it.
Fix Dead Hard Drives
Did you know that there are warning signs for impending hard drive failure ? When data starts to get corrupted and your computer starts to crash a lot, it’s time to make backups for everything and find a fast replacement. But what happens when you’re too late and the hard drive is already dead?
First, run some hard drive diagnostics to make sure the hard drive is caput. Next, try running a data recovery program like Pandora . Unfortunately, a truly dead hard drive will likely require the aid of a professional service.
Fix Windows 8 Boot Issues
In many ways, Windows 8 is an experimental step forward for Microsoft. It introduces a lot of new changes but those changes aren’t exactly perfect, which means you may run into some hiccups. For example, the new “hybrid boot” in Windows 8 can cause problems and there’s nothing more annoying than boot issues.
Fortunately, Chris can help you resolve Windows 8 boot issues and get you back onto your computer.
Fix Windows 8.1 Upgrade Issues
The issues with Windows 8 extend past boot up phase. Many people have reported a wide range of trouble when upgrading from 8 to 8.1 and if there’s anything more annoying than boot issues, upgrade issues might be it. Bad drivers, hardware incompatibility, errors, what have you. There’s a good chance you’ll run into one issue or another.
Did you know that there are some important preparations for upgrading Windows 8 to 8.1 ? Don’t skip over them unless you want to deal with a headache later. If the upgrade still proves troublesome, check out Danny’s post on fixing Windows 8 upgrade problems . We have also compiled a complete summary of how to upgrade safely , including a way to downgrade to Windows 8 , in case the upgrade fails terribly.
USB Tool: Windows System Control Center
If you deal frequently with computer repairs, it makes sense that you would have a digital toolbox. If you don’t have one yet, you should start building one and there’s no better tool to start with than Windows System Control Center. It’s actually a free suite of tools that can perform a lot of useful operations for fixing and optimizing.
Best of all, it’s portable and can neatly fit on a USB drive. Want to know more about it? Check out Guy’s Windows System Control Center review .
Do you find yourself being the computer repairman for your friends and family? What are the most common issues you run into and how do you fix them? Know of any awesome tools that might prove helpful? Share with us in the comments!