General PC Software Troubleshooting - dummies

By Dan Gookin

Software problems are tough to fix because dozens of programs are simultaneously running on your PC. Here are suggestions for solving the problem without going insane:

  • Run Windows Update for the latest software versions.

  • Use the Update Driver button in a device’s Properties dialog box to ensure that you have the latest software drivers.

  • System Restore can save your butt. Set restore points often. Restore your system whenever it goes hinkey.

  • If the computer runs fine in Safe Mode, the problem isn’t with Windows itself.

  • Regularly scan your PC for viruses and spyware.

  • Use the Task Manager to determine which programs have stopped running.