Presentation on theme: "With experience you can develop the skills needed to clean and maintain your computer, and diagnose and resolve basic problems that may occur when using."— Presentation transcript:
With experience you can develop the skills needed to clean and maintain your computer, and diagnose and resolve basic problems that may occur when using your pc
Defragging your computer helps to speed it up by placing files together at the beginning of your drive so that it works more efficiently. Starting your disk defragger: Click Start All Programs Accessories System Tools Disk Defragmenter
Disk Defragging: When the Defrag window is open click on the Hard Drive (C:) Then click Defragment These areas show the defragging process You will get a message when finished: Defragmentation is complete for (C:) just click Close.
For the level 1 assessment you will be required to create a backup of a file – there is a backup tool which can be used but for level 1 we’ll keep it simple: Select the file you wish to backup Right-click and select Create Shortcut A shortcut file is now added to the folder Right-click on the shortcut and choose Rename Name the file Backup of (name of file) Press Enter
Some programs have their own uninstall program that install with the group: To uninstall using this method just click on the Uninstall option and follow any instructions
Click Start then Control Panel Double-click on Add or Remove Programs Select the program you want to remove from the list Click the Change/Remove button
Sometimes Windows works fine but and individual software program freezes. Fortunately Windows XP, Vista and 7 are extremely safe environments – when an individual application crashes or freezes, it seldom messes up your entire system. You can use a utility called Windows Task Manager to close the problem application without affecting other Windows programs.
Press Ctrl + Alt + Del This Dialog box will appear If your program is listed as Not Responding Click on the program and select End Task – this will stop the program running You may then be able to restart the program, or if it still doesn’t work you may have to Restart the computer.
A driver is a piece of software that allows you to use your hardware – such as scanner, printer, graphics cards etc. One of the most common problems with PCs are outdated drivers or drivers that won’t work with your current operating system One way around this is to make sure that you have the latest Windows Update installed on your machine. Although this does not provide drivers for everything it is a good place to start.
If you have Windows Vista or Windows 7 then Window s Update will be listed in Programs you - just click on it for Update to check if any updates are needed and then it will prompt you to install them. On Windows XP you can set up Automatic Updating by opening the Control Panel and selecting Automatic Updates – this will set the computer to check and install updates automatically.
If you can’t find Windows Update it can also be accessed through the Internet: www.microsoft.com www.microsoft.com Click on Windows Update Follow the instructions to install the latest update for your operating system.
Stay calm and be patient! Take your time and keep a clear head. Read the screen when a problem occurs, a message will usually appear on screen make a note if necessary to ask someone more knowledgeable. Check for the obvious The problem may be a loose connection or cable. Ensure all cables are securely attached and that the device is turned on.
Quit all programs and restart the computer This will clear everything out of the computer’s memory This is a pretty good solution for most issues.