In an ideal world once Microsoft Windows was installed and updated the first time then it would always just work and there wouldn’t be any future problems. Unfortunately we don’t live an in ideal world and the chances are really high that at some point in time your computer is going to start doing some really strange things because something in Windows has gone wonkers.
Windows is actually not one program but a front program that is supported by many different components. Components like the Upgrade component, Installer component and many more. If any of these supporting components start not behaving correctly or become corrupt then problems can spread throughout other Windows areas. You might think that as you increase your version of Windows that this would be less likely to happen but whether you are running Windows Vista or Windows 10 the possibility still remains. In fact Windows 10 adds additional components like the Windows Store for example that can become corrupt. What can you do you might ask?
Prevention Is Your Friend With Windows
There are a few things right out of the box that you can be sure to do to help prevent future problems. With the 100’s of different components that make Windows do all of the different things that we depend on. There are those components that are more important than others. Chances are there are already low priority corrupt components on your computer that have not spread themselves to create noticeable problems yet.
Some best practices can help prevent new corruption to Windows or unnoticed corruption from spreading to other components that may even make your computer unusable.
- Always Shutdown Windows Correctly
- If Windows Did Not Shutdown Correctly When it Starts Shut It Down Correctly Then Turn It Back On
- Update Windows and Check the Update History to Make Sure They Were Successful
- Keep an Antivirus Installed and Up to Date
- Run a System File Check Periodically
- Have a Quarterly Update By a Technician
This is a relatively short list that will help a Windows installation work better and longer. Some steps my be voluntary and all depends on how much effort you are willing to put into keeping your computer healthy. By no means does following this list mean that you will never have problems. A couple of the suggestions though make it pretty likely that you will and usually relatively quickly.
When Problems Start Showing Themselves Don’t Wait To Fix It
This topic is a little tricky to talk about. Sometimes something just goes wonkers and a simple restart makes everything start working fine again. These issues can be caused by a countless number of things and may just be a stuck service, computer memory that didn’t get let go by a program that was running, or even Windows updates that are sitting in the background that want to be installed. At any rate, the hickup so to speak isn’t a real problem just a temporary inconvenience that the simple system shutdown or restart takes care of.
Unfortunately this isn’t always the case and problems can either repeat themselves periodically or begin to get worse as you use your computer or install new software. These types of problems are especially important to have figured out as fast as possible. If you let them continue or even worsen you may just end up with a big paper weight waiting for a Factory Restore instead of a technician fixing your rogue Windows problem.
Covering the Basics and the Why of Preventive Maintenance and Taking Action
So I provided a short list of some of the things that can help keep a Windows computer from becoming a corrupted and misbehaving frustration contributing to massive husband and wife arguments and kids running to hide in their rooms in fear.
The first suggestion of making sure that Windows shuts down correctly is an important thing to do. The reason that you have to make sure that Windows shuts down correctly is that a lot of information has to be transferred from software and hardware components to make sure that no information gets lost or corrupted when Windows starts back up.
Just some of the things that take place during a Windows shutdown:
Open programs are shutdown correctly
This means any open programs like Microsoft Word, Photoshop, Notepad,or any other program are given the command to shut down. Any information that has not been written to disk is and any unsaved information requests if it needs to be. In other words the Windows shutdown hangs giving you time to say “Oh Crap” and go back and save that paper or graphic you were working on and forgot to save. Any information waiting in the Que to be written to internal hard disk, external hard drive, or USB Thumb drive is written to the device preventing loss of work and important information.
Programs and services that are running in the background are shutdown correctly
Your computer has a lot of programs and services running in the background so that you can use your computer for the things that you are used to. Some of these programs and services include your Antivirus program and the supporting services, Microsoft Outlook or other email program, Microsoft Access, Photoshop and Skype just to name a few. When a computer is suddenly shut off and these are not allowed to shutdown as they should it is probably that information and components will be lost or become corrupt and inoperable.
Windows components and services are properly shutdown and closed
This is one of the topics that I’ve already mentioned. It’s one of the most important. There are countless Windows components continuously running or starting and stopping as needed. These components include background services and supporting programs. As an example the Windows Update system contains both, services that constantly run in the background and those that become active as needed. Any of these that are not shutdown properly can lead to a Windows update system that may cause problems.
Just to name a single problem that may be created. The Windows update service may go rogue and continuously uses 70% to even 100% of your computer’s processor (Brain) making it very difficult or even impossible to use your computer. The Windows updater may even begin telling you that all of the updates have been properly installed and that there are no new updates when in fact nothing is being installed. Just putting it out there that it is EXTREMELY important to properly shut down your Windows computer.
When your Windows computer did not shut down properly then start your computer, shut it down correctly and restart it.
This is a topic I really wanted to be sure to talk about. A lot of computer people have not heard of this and may even say it sounds ridiculous. All of the Windows services and components that did not get the opportunity to properly shut down have the chance of coming back in a less than optimal condition. Some components may have information left over from the previous session (when Windows was running). They may only partially load or be corrupt due to the improper shutdown. Allowing Windows to start normally and then shutting the computer down correctly will solve a lot of possible problems. Most importantly it will prevent the current corruption that exists from becoming worse to that particular component/service or from spreading to other critical Windows components. So even if this seems a little qwerky to you just be safe and go ahead and do it.
Since This Has Turned More Into A Windows Book Than a Blog Post
Rather than continuing on and turning this into a full fledged Windows book I am going to just add a few bits of other information here. First off, always make sure that your computer has an up to date Antivirus installed and running. Even just allowing your computer to sit attached to the Internet without any type of protection is dangerous.
Those programs and software packages out there that claim to speed up your computer, make your Internet connection faster, or clean your Registry are going to do one of two things. Either absolutely nothing, or make your computer worse. Don’t believe everything you see or read on the Internet.
Finally in closing, if these are all types of things that you didn’t know or still don’t understand it is a good idea to have a friend who is actually a computer tech to help you when you have questions, need help with taking care of a problem on your computer or best of all help you prevent computer problems from happening. If you don’t have a friend who is an actual computer tech then head over to PC Helper 123 and get a friend who is an actual computer tech that is there to actually help you.
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