Four Simple DIY Windows 7 Repair Tasks

PCs running Windows 7 are genetically prone to problems as they get older. It’s just part of the aging process. Luckily, there are some things that we can do to provide preventative care. Here four ways to keep your Windows computer healthy and out of the Terminal’s emergency room.

1. Run a malware scan. If you receive recurring error notices, first ensure that the computer’s integrity has not been violated. For that reason, it is important to install reliable antivirus software and keep it up-to-date.

If you fear malware infection, reboot Windows in the Safe Mode, and run a complete malware scan.

To restart Windows 7 in the Safe Mode, perform the following steps:

a. Close all open files and programs.

b. Click Start, click Shutdown, and then click Restart.

c. Press and hold the F8 key as Windows reloads (before Windows logo appears).

d. Select the Safe Mode option using the arrow keys on the Advanced Boot Options screen, and then press Enter.

2. Install the latest Windows updates. An outdated Windows computer is vulnerable to errors and security breaches. Terminal computer repair technicians recommend that you regularly install Windows updates as they are released by Microsoft.

To install new Windows updates for Windows 7, follow these steps:

a. Click the Start button.

b. Search for “windows update.

c. Install updates in the Windows Update screen.

Windows 7 also allows you to configure settings to automatically install updates as they are released by Microsoft. To automate this feature, first:

a. Click the Start button.

b. Search for “windows update.

c. Click Change Settings in the left pane.

d. Under Important Updates, select the desired option from the provided drop-down menu.

e. Under Recommended Updates, check the box next to “Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates.”

f. Click OK.

3. Update third-party device drivers installed on your computer. Outdated device drivers are another common cause of errors on a Windows computer. Other updates only renew drives built into the operating system. As far as third-party drivers are concerned, you must update them manually from the manufacturer’s website or use driver management software that updates all outdated device drivers.  

4. Run the Chkdsk command. Chkdsk is a command-line utility that allows users to fix a variety of errors. To run Chkdsk, perform the following steps:

a. Click on the Computer icon on your desktop.

b. Right-click on the troublesome drive then click Properties.

c. Click the Tools tab.

d. Click the Check Now button.

e. Select the box next to “Automatically fix file system errors” then click Start.

We hope these preventative care tips help. If you have any other DIY repair questions, check our Computer Repair section of the blog or contact us directly.