First Steps To Fixing Computer Crashes

Computer crashes are a big hindrance for computer users because they prevent them from working without interruptions on their system and may also cause data loss and corrupt system files to generate computer errors. In this article, we are going to discuss certain steps that you can perform for preventing and troubleshooting errors that cause computer crashes.

Step 1: Fix the Registry

The first step toward fixing problems related to computer crashes is to clean the registry. For a clean registry, you need to ensure that your Windows XP or Windows Vista registry is free from unwanted, obsolete, and incorrect information. This is important because all the junk information in the registry causes it to bloat up and damages it. And, a damaged registry becomes unstable causing frequent system errors and computer crashes.

You can easily fix registry problems using a Windows XP or Windows Vista registry cleaner tool. Using the registry cleaner tool, you can scan and remove registry errors, defrag the registry to make it compact and contiguous, and backup the registry so that you can restore it in case a certain action damages your registry.

Step 2: Remove Malware Infections

Malware programs, such as spyware/adware, viruses, worms, and Trojans are also a major cause of computer crashes.

Spyware and adware programs fill up your system with several unwanted files and registry entries, which eat up a lot of system resources. As a matter of fact, one of the main symptoms of spyware/adware infections is that your PC slows down dramatically.

Virus, worms, and Trojans also alter your system configuration, add malicious code to program executables, and incorrect entries in the registry and generate several system errors and cause frequent system crashes.

To free your system from these malware problems, you must regularly run antispyware and antivirus scans on your system to detect and remove any malicious information from your system. You must also keep these tools updated with the latest updates released by their manufacturers to ensure that your PC is protected against the latest threats.

Step 3: Disable Unwanted Startup Programs

When a Windows computer starts up, certain services and programs are also loaded. Many of these startup programs are critical to run your Windows operating system, but there are some which are added by additional programs and are not so critical. Therefore, to speedup your PC and prevent computer crashes you must disable these services from loading at system startup.

To do this, first check the shortcuts in the Start > All Programs > Startup folder. Here, delete shortcuts for all programs that you don’t want to load at startup. Next, run msconfig to open the System Configuration Utility dialog box and check the Service and Startup for any program you do not want to load at startup and disable them.

Step 4: Clean the Hard Disk

Last but not least, you must keep the hard disk of your system free from unwanted files and folders. You can do this easily by cleaning your hard disk using the Disk Cleanup tool that is shipped with Windows XP and Vista operating systems. This tool enables you to compress old files, empty the Recycle Bin, remove unwanted temporary files, uninstall unwanted applications and Windows components, and delete obsolete system restore files.

After you have performed all of the above tasks, use the Disk Defragmenter tool to defrag the hard disk to make it contiguous, optimize your system to speed it up, and prevent frequent computer crashes.


This guest article written by James Ricketts

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