The longer a Windows-based computer is running without being rebooted, the slower its performance will be. With greater use, the more issues arise.
It’s useful to take some preventative measures to avoid issues on a computer. But if they do happen, what should you do next? Let’s explore what can happen and how to handle it.
Hard Drive Failure
Hard drives are vital to the operation of the PC. If it has Windows installed, then the PC won’t be able to start. Replacing the hard drive doesn’t resolve the issue because Windows will need to be reinstalled; if Windows came pre-installed with the PC, then you’ll need a new operating system too.
Drive failure is a common cause of problems with a laptop computer. Usually, the battery goes and then the hard drive fails. There are different kinds of issues with a hard drive failure. Sometimes the drive can be repaired and other times, not so. Thankfully, data can often be successfully recovered from the damaged drive.
It’s best to use a digital forensics expert to assist with a hard drive failure. Secure Data Recovery has Class 10 (ISO 4) Cleanrooms to protect the integrity of the data when opening up the drives inside one of their cleanrooms. This ensures the best chances of a successful repair to either the drive’s mechanics or a data recovery of some kind.
Run a System Maintenance Tool Regularly
A system utility for Windows like the Advanced SystemCare Free package from IObit provides a series of tools to protect the computer from a failing Windows operating system.
It can scan the Windows registry for faulty entries that could trip up the O/S when it’s booting up or during operations. There are protections in place to lock down some of the less secure aspects when using Windows and being connected to the internet, like avoiding crypto-jacking.
There’s also a secure file shredder to permanently delete a file by overwriting it with junk information numerous times too.
The software drivers inside Windows communicate between the operating system and the hardware installed within the computer itself. Essentially, they act like a universal translator.
Driver Easy is one of several packages that will scan your computer for outdated drivers. They can locate the latest version of each driver and provide a link to them. Usually, the free versions allow for manual downloading and installation of the driver whereas a paid version does most of the heavy lifting for you.
While new versions of essential drivers fix the bad code and ensure the PC will run with the best efficiency, that’s only if the updated version is bug-free. A balance must be found between being updated to the latest patches vs. letting them age a few days or weeks until they’ve been tested in the wild.
Keeping your Windows PC running smoothly is all about removing the obvious issues and keeping its drivers reasonably updated. However, should hardware fail, then it’ll need fixing or replacing, depending on the severity of the issue.