What to Try First to Fix a Microsoft Windows Problem
Part of the Upgrading & Fixing PCs For Dummies Cheat Sheet
If you’re in the habit of upgrading or fixing PCs, sooner or later you’ll encounter a problem with Windows. When you do, use the tips in the following list as your first line of defense:
Always install the Critical updates listed by Windows Update.
Use System Restore to repair problems caused by damaged settings or software; return to your prior settings if it doesn’t help.
Install a new driver to fix problem parts.
Invite a computer-literate friend to fix your computer using Remote Assistance.
Make daily backups using Windows Vista’s Backup and Restore Center or a more full-featured third-party software.
Turn on Windows Vista’s firewall.
Vacuum dust from your computer’s fan area and vents often to prevent overheating.