Microsoft Windows Troubleshooting
“Hi Wally, I am having problems with Microsoft Windows and wondering how to fix it?” - Brooke F., United Kingdom
Before addressing any computer issue, I always recommend scanning and repairing any underlying problems affecting your PC health and performance:
- Step 1 : Download PC Repair & Optimizer Tool (WinThruster for Win 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP and 2000 – Microsoft Gold Certified).
- Step 2 : Click “Start Scan” to find Windows registry issues that could be causing PC problems.
- Step 3 : Click “Repair All” to fix all issues.
Setting up weekly (or daily) automatic scans will help prevent system problems and keep your PC running fast and trouble-free.
Overview of Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Windows is manufactured by Microsoft Corporation and has been around since November 20, 1985 as a supplement to MS-DOS. The growing interest is graphical user interfaces facilitated the rapid growth of this now ubiquitous operating system. Windows dates back to September 1981 under the name “Interface Manager.” It wasn’t until 1985 that it received the “Windows” name and version 1.0. These versions: 1.0-3.1x included default programs such as, Calendar, Calculator, Clock, Control Panel, Notepad, Paint, Terminal and Write.
Windows 95, the first native 32-bit Windows, was released August of 1995. It oferred many improvements that increased and performance its stability over earlier versions. Next was Windows 98 in June of ’98 and in February 2000, Windows 2000 (Part of the NT family) was released. Windows ME was released after Windows 2000, but with the confusion in naming convention and poor stability, it’s been heralded as the worst Microsoft Windows ever released. Due to the poor stability of ME, 2000 really laid the framework for the next consumer version of Windows XP.
Windows XP was a significantly redesigned GUI, a change Microsoft promoted as “more user-friendly” than previous versions of Windows. This led to the development of Vista and now the most current version, Windows 7. Windows 8 is due to be released sometime in the near future.
What Problems are Associated with Microsoft Windows?
Microsoft Windows is notorious for unfriendly design, bugs, instability and security issues that can lead to malware infections. Due to so many issues surrounding the product, and the high cost of upgrading, many consumers feel they haven’t received a quality product and Microsoft has been nicknamed “Micro$oft,” to insinuate their greed.
The Internet browser shipped with modern versions of Windows, Internet Explorer, has been dubbed “Internet Exploder.” Common Windows errors include “low memory” errors, rundll errors and the infamous “Blue Screen of Death” (BSOD). These issues can stem from virus and spyware infections, lack of updates to patch security holes, faulty hardware, faulty drivers and many other causes.
Given how advanced Microsoft Windows has become, it can be frustrating that Windows does not use more user-friendly terminology and linguistics in their error messages. For example, you may receive an error such as “DRIVER_IRQ_LESS_THAN_EQUAL 0x0000007B” and a page of memory dump that looks like gibberish. This can be very frustrating, especially when you cannot determine the source of the problem or error in Windows.
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Is Your PC Healthy?
I always recommend to my readers to regularly use a trusted registry cleaner and optimizer such as WinThruster or CCleaner. Many problems that you encounter can be attributed to a corrupt and bloated registry.
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