Quick Fixes For Some Common Computer Problems

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It is inevitable that computer problems will occur, but will you have to enlist the assistance of a computer repair technician or save money by fixing it yourself? Lots of computer knowledge has been made known on the internet for those with a thirst for knowledge. Many of the problems you will encounter can be corrected with just a few minutes of researching the issue and resolutions through a search engine to find what to do. The following explains how the Windows Task Manager can make your computer experience one that is more enjoyable, without the unnecessary headache of having pay for a technician’s help on the subject.

An easy trick to get information about your problems

Whenever your computer is running an application that freezes your system, the “Ctrl+Alt+Del” button combination can be one of your best friends. Let’s imagine that your internet browser freezes completely and will not even close. By hitting this button combination, you will open the Task Manager tool. A list of all applications and processes are listed on this screen on separate tabs. Click the problem application, which would be your internet browser in this example, and click “End Task.” You will then see a screen that notifies you that all data within the application that is running will be lost when it is closed, but proceed.

Most likely, you will then see a screen that says the application is not responding. If so, click “End Now.” This will force close the application and You can then open the browser or other application again after it has been stopped from use within your system. One way to make sure the application has fully closed is to click on the “Processes” tab on the Task Manager screen. Look for the application name on the left side. If it is not listed, then the application is not using any of the machine’s resources and has been fully shut down.

Another great aspect of Task Manager’s Ctrl+Alt+Del button combination is the ability to view your computer’s use of its resources, and stopping processes that are unnecessary for optimal usage. By clicking on the “Resources” tab, you can see how much computer processing power is being reserved for each open application, as well as programs that run in the background. At the bottom of the screen you can see how much CPU and memory are being utilized all together as well.

This is an excellent tool for being able to determine problem applications and malicious software. If you see that a process is taking up too much resources, you can end it by clicking on its name and selecting “End Process.” Keep in mind that processes with “System” listed beside their names, instead of your user name, are one’s used by Windows and should be left alone. System Idle Process would be an example of these types, for they are necessary for proper utilization of your system.

Hopefully, now you know how to use Windows Task Manager to correct many of the issues that can cause grief when trying to use your computer for work or just as entertainment.

This is a guest post.    Datadrive is a Tucson, AZ based computer support shop that can assist will all types of computer repairs and advice.  Tucson and southern Arizona computer users can visit Datadrive (www.datadrive.biz) at their convenient mid-town location. 

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