Posts Tagged ‘troubleshooting’

Windows 8 Freezes? Here’s a Fix

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Well, this certainly isn’t very encouraging …

When I started to work on my Windows 8 PC today I noticed a strange behavior after updating some apps in the store. The system would freeze occasionally, so that some controls simply were not functioning anymore. I first though this was a desktop freeze, as standard desktop controls like the clicking on buttons, closing of windows or scrolling in the task manager did not work anymore, but it quickly turned out to be more complicated than this. While I was able to switch between the desktop and the start screen of Windows 8, I could not launch start screen applications either.


Google Chrome Hanging on Startup

Friday, September 21st, 2012

If you’ve been having problems with Chrome crashing during start-up, you might want to check out this article …

For the past two days I have been noticing a issue with Google’s Chrome browser. Whenever I would start the browser, it would hang for a couple of seconds before the tabs of the previous session were loaded. This happened even if I had only one tab open that needed to be restored, so that I was pretty certain it was not caused by tab overload. I also tried switching to load the new tab page only on start up of the browser, which also did not resolve the issue. I’m experiencing hangs not only in Chrome Dev but also in Chrome Canary, which are both installed on a Windows 7 64-bit pro system.


Do You Know What is Running on Your System?

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Here’s a helpful trick for conserving resources on your PC …

The programs running on your computer are not limited to what shows up as tabs on you taskbar and icons in your system tray. A lot of programs are running in the background. If you were not aware of this, or you have not checked in awhile, then there is probably software running that you do not need. It is time to take a look and figure out exactly what your computer is up to.


D7 – Computer Repair and Troubleshooting Software

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

For freeware, this does indeed sound like a powerful collection of troubleshooting tools …

The portable application D7 could be a computer technician’s and system administrator’s dream application for repairing and troubleshooting Windows systems. It comes with such a huge feature set that it is difficulty to describe it in a sentence, or even a paragraph.

So what can you do with D7? The feature set ranges from running maintenance related tasks over tweaks and PC repairs to malware scanning and offline tools.


WhatIsHang Tells You Why a Windows Program is Not Responding

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

In my case, I’m not sure if it would actually help me to know why a program isn’t responding, but it sure would answer a few questions just for the sake of curiosity.

Software may hang or freeze occasionally on a system. Sometimes it is hard to tell why it hangs, while it is more or less obvious at other times. Say you are currently rendering a video which taxes your cpu, memory and hard drive. If you now launch other applications on the system, it may happen that they hang or freeze. This can happen because they cannot read data fast enough from the hard drive, or do not have enough cpu cycles or ram available.


Windows 7 Troubleshooting Webcasts

Friday, April 1st, 2011

If you’re having trouble getting Windows 7 to work the way that you want it to work, these videos might be helpful …

It’s been a busy time for me here as I’ve recently been doing a series of webcasts and lectures and I thought I’d share some of these with you here.  They’re all completely free and residing on YouTube.

I also thought I’d share with you a couple of photos from my most recent seminar, at the University of York, where we had a charity raffle and raised £165 ($265) for people affected by the terrible tsunami in Japan.  My thanks go out to Microsoft UK for providing such fantastic prizes which included a jacket, mugs, three books and two full copies of Windows 7 Ultimate.


Why Problems Occur with Windows (Book Excerpt)

Monday, October 25th, 2010

I haven’t read this book, so I can’t realistically endorse it, but the author definitely makes some good points here …

My new book Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out from Microsoft Press is now officially on sale (and obviously I had a few drinkies last night to mark the occasion).  You still have time to enter our exclusive competiton to win copies but as a taster, here’s an excerpt from Chapter 13… Why Problems Occur with Windows.