5 Simple Steps to Save You From a Slow Computer Day

Nothing is worse than slowing down your productivity because your computer stopped working. Many of us are reliant on our computers at work and when something stops working, it gets serious. We get frustrated, because we all know how to work a computer — but many of us don’t know how to fix it.  

This blog isn’t going to solve all your computer problems, but we can start with the basics. With that being said, you’ll be surprised by how many issues are caused by simple problems. (Of course, there will be times your computer has serious issues for which you need to call your provider!) These steps aren’t going to fix a damaged hard drive, but they will help you understand the basics to some common computer problems that the majority of us deal with. 

Here are five steps to help some of your computer problems:

  1. Restart the computer.
  • Shut it down,unplug and plug it back in. A lot of the problems our technicians see with customers are solved by just unplugging and plugging back in the computer. Save yourself the frustration and hassle, and complete this step first. HOWEVER, before you shut down the computer, SAVE all of your data. 
  1. Check to see if you missed a Software Update.
  • Shouldn’t a computer do this automatically?Sadly, this isn’t always the case. To avoid more computer problems, check and see if your software is updated. If it not, then update the software and check your computer’s functionality. If you find that there are still problems with the computer, call your provider. Sometimes, software that needs to be updated has vulnerabilities; the updates have patches that stimmy outbreaks of ransomware. This is the main reason why you should always check to see if the software is updated. Better to be safe than sorry. 
  • If you are working on a Windows Platform,you can look for updates by opening Settings and clicking Update & Security; on macOS, launch the App Store from the dock or application screen, then switch to the updates tab. 
  1. Cut down on the applications.
  • If you have unused applications on your computer, do yourself the favor and delete them. They are doing more harm than good by taking up storage on your hard drive. The more unused applications taking up storage,the more your system starts to slow down. If you notice your computer crashing more often than not and showing some buggy or glitchy behavior, then it may be time to do an application cleanse.  
  • To clear out these applications you can go to your app settings in Windows or by dragging the app to the trash bin on macOS. Some macOS applications can be removed by the launcher by clicking and holding on an icon until it shakes.
  1. Wi-Fi
  • Make sure you are connected to the correct Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi-related issues can be internet pages not loading,or you receive an error page when trying to get to a specific website. If you are on the correct Wi-Fi and still aren’t connecting, try using an ethernet cable to gain full access to your Wi-Fi If that doesn’t work, then there may be a problem with your router. Reboot the router by unplugging and plugging it back in, and wait 5-10 minutes for it to reboot. If none of these steps work, try calling your provider.  
  1. Printers
  • If your printer won’t work, check to see the levels of ink and toner in the printer,as well as the paper to see if there is a jam. Also, check to see if the printer driver is up-to-date. Next, check the printer queue, which shows you the status of each job as well as the general status of your printer. Make sure your printer is turned on when trying to print to it; sleep mode can delay the job to be printed later than expected.