Having a working computer means being able to live your life in the 21st century. Owning a computer and getting online gives you the chance to connect with family and friends. Modern computing gives people the opportunity to work from home at exciting new jobs, or dive in to their favorite fantasy worlds in their favorite video games. In short, almost everything we do or want to do is now tied to a computer.
Just like anything that gets a lot of wear and tear, computers regularly have issues that need immediate attention from computer repair and IT support services. That said, not everything that happens to your computer needs a computer repair specialist. By learning a few simple tricks, you can take care of some of the most common issues in the comfort of your home.
Three Computer Repair and IT Management Services You Can Do for Yourself
- Every User’s Nightmare: A Torn Charging Cord
- Reformatting Your Hard Drive
- Backing Up Your Data
One of the most annoying — not to mention dangerous — things that can happen to your computer is a frayed power cord. If left that way, a frayed cord can give you a nasty shock or even cause a fire. Computer World suggests that you can quickly fix the problem by encasing the frayed area in electrical tape. For a more permanent, more aesthetically pleasing solution, simply apply a silicon sealant from your local hardware store to the damaged region. That’s all there is to it.
You should think about your computer like a body. After working day in and day out and being exposed to all sorts of pathogens online — all without any rest — the computer will start to slow, regardless of how much hard drive space or RAM is available. Reformatting your computer by reinstalling your operating system effectively wipes all of that stress away from the computer.
After you’ve saved any files you want to keep to the cloud or to an external hard drive, reformatting is as simple as restarting your computer with the operating system install disk in your optical drive. Your computer will sense the disk and boot up the installation program. From there, you need only follow the prompts to a faster, more reliable machine. This can be confusing for some, however, so don’t be afraid to consult a computer and network repair service.
Backing up your computer is one of those extremely important things that too few people actually go through the trouble of doing. Why? As PC World writes, people assume it’s difficult. In actuality, backing up your data is as simple as copying your files to a hard drive or cloud server. Following Windows’ “Backup and Restore” wizard will take you through the steps of setting a restore point for your system without the fuss. That way, if anything goes wrong, you can simply boot from that point and be back online in no time.