A Blue Screen of Death (BSOD), also called a STOP Error, will appear when an issue is so serious that Windows must stop completely.
A Blue Screen of Death is usually hardware or driver related. Most BSODs show a STOP code that can be used to help figure out the root cause of the Blue Screen of Death.
The most important BSOD troubleshooting step you can take is to ask yourself what you just did!
Did you install a new program or a piece of hardware, update a driver, install a Windows update, etc.? If so, there's a very good chance that the change you made caused the BSOD.
Undo the change you made and test again for the STOP error. Depending on what it was that changed, some solutions might include :
Starting up using Last Known Good Configuration to undo recent registry and driver changes.
Using System Restore to undo recent system changes.
Rolling Back the device driver to a version prior to your driver update.
Check that there's enough free space left on the drive Windows is installed on. BSOD and other serious issues, like data corruption, can occur if there's not enough free space on your primary partition used for the Windows operating system.
Microsoft recommends that you maintain at least 100 MB of free space. I usually advise Windows users to keep at least 15% of a drive's capacity free at all times.
Scan your computer for viruses. Some viruses can cause a BSOD, especially ones that infect the Master Boot Record (MBR) or boot sector.
Make sure your virus scanning software is completely up to date and that it's configured to scan the MBR and boot sector.
Update drivers for your hardware. Most BSOD are hardware or driver related, so updated drivers could fix the cause of the STOP error.
Check the System and Application logs in Event Viewer for errors or warnings that might provide more clues on the cause of the BSOD. See how to start Event Viewer if you need help.
Return BIOS settings to their default levels. An overclocked or misconfigured BIOS can cause all sorts of random issues, including BSODs.
Sometimes your computer may actually turn on but an error message during the Power On Self Test (POST) will stop the boot process.
Other times your PC may simply freeze during the POST with no error at all. Sometimes all you will see is your computer maker's logo.
There are a number of BIOS error messages that can display on your monitor and several reasons why a PC might freeze during the POST so it's important that
you step through a logical process.
Troubleshoot the cause of the BIOS error message you see on the monitor. These errors during the POST are usually very specific so if you receive one, your best course of action is to troubleshoot to the specific error you see.
Disconnect any USB storage devices and remove any discs in any optical drives. If your computer is trying to boot from a location that does not have actually have bootable data on it, your computer could freeze somewhere during the POST.
Clear the CMOS. Clearing the BIOS memory on your motherboard will reset the BIOS settings to their factory default levels. A misconfigured BIOS is a common cause of a computer locking up during the POST.
If clearing the CMOS does fix your problem, make any future settings change in BIOS one at a time so if the problem returns, you will know which change caused your issue.
The most common way that a computer "won't turn on" is when the PC actually does power on but does not display anything on the monitor.
You see lights on the computer case, probably hear fans running from inside, and may even hear sounds, but nothing at all shows up on your screen.
Test your monitor. Before you begin more complicated and time consuming troubleshooting with the rest of your computer, make sure your monitor is working properly.
It is possible that your computer is working fine and your monitor is your only problem.
Verify that your PC has fully power cycled. In other words, make sure your computer has completely restarted - ensure that it is coming on from a completely powered off state.
Often times a computer will appear to "not be on" when actually it is having problems resuming from either Standby/Sleep or Hibernate power saving mode in Windows.
You can power off your computer completely while in a power saving mode by holding the power button down for 3 to 5 seconds. After the power is completely off, turn on your PC and test to see if it will boot normally.
There are several reasons why a desktop, laptop, or tablet computer might not power on, so it's very important that you troubleshoot this problem in the correct way!
If it appears that your computer is, in fact, receiving power (lights on the computer turn on, fans are running), even if just for a moment, make sure that you've turned on every power switch and power button involved in your computer system.
Check for disconnected computer power cable connections. A loose or unplugged power cable is one of the top reasons why a computer won't turn on!
Even though your computer runs on a battery, you should make sure that the AC adapter is plugged in properly, at least during troubleshooting. If you regularly keep your computer plugged in, but it has wiggled loose and now the battery is empty, your computer may not be getting power for this reason!
Plug your tablet, laptop, or desktop directly into the wall if it's not already. In other words, remove any power strips, battery backups, or other power distribution devices between your PC and the wall outlet.
If your computer starts getting power after doing this, it means that something that you removed from the equation is the cause of the problem. Even if nothing improves, continue troubleshooting with the computer plugged into the wall to keep things simple,
Perform a "lamp test" to verify power is being provided from the wall. Your computer isn't going to turn on if it's not getting power, so you need to make sure that the power source is working properly.
Is your computer turning off by itself immediately or at some point before the operating system loads? If so, you may be facing anything from an electrical short to a serious hardware issue.
Since there are several reasons that your PC might be shutting off by itself during the boot process, it's important that you step through a logical troubleshooting process!
This process could take anywhere from minutes to hours to solve depending on why the computer turns off so quickly after being turned on.
A beep code, if you are lucky enough to hear one, will give you a very good idea of exactly where to look for the cause of your computer turning off.
Chances are that your computer would not power on at all if the power supply voltage switch is wrong, but an incorrect power supply voltage might also cause your computer to turn off by itself.
Check for causes of electrical shorts inside your computer. This is very often the cause of the problem when the computer powers on for a second or two but then power off completely.
If you do not take the time to troubleshoot the possibility thoroughly you may end up missing a simple electrical short and instead perform costly hardware replacements later on for no good reason!
The power supply tends to cause more problems than any other piece of hardware and is very often the cause of a computer turning off by itself!
It is a really awful way to start the day! You press the power button on your computer and nothing happens. There is nothing more frustrating then when your computer will not boot!
There are many reasons why a computer won't turn on, the only symptom is usually the simple fact that nothing works, which is not much to go on!
Add this to the fact that whatever is causing your computer not to start could be an expensive part of your desktop or laptop to replace, like the motherboard or CPU!
Whenever the motherboard does needs to be replaced, it is always better to buy a new laptop because it is cheaper than buying a new motherboard which will always be more expensive!
Keeping Windows 10 updated can be a never-ending chore. How can you simplify the process?
Microsoft uses updates to improve Windows, fix bugs, and plug security holes. So keeping Windows up to date is key to ensuring the security and reliability of your operating system. But Microsoft doesn’t necessarily make it easy: Updates can be intrusive, confusing, and problematic. You want to ensure that the updates don’t bother you when you’re working, that you’re getting all the right updates, and that the updates themselves don’t create trouble.
One trick is to know how to tweak the settings for Updates. You can schedule Active Hours to prevent Windows 10 from rebooting your PC after an update. You can view a history of updates to make sure you’re getting the right ones. And you can uninstall an update that’s not working properly. You can even tap into advanced settings to determine which updates you receive and when you receive them. Let’s check out some best practices for updating Windows 10.
Previous versions of Windows offer the Windows Update Control Panel applet for you to view and manage your updates. But Windows 10 has since jettisoned the Control Panel tool in favour of the Update & Security option in the Settings app. Open Settings and click on the category for Update & Security. Make sure the Windows Update screen is the active one.
Check for Updates. The first thing you might want to do is click on the button to Check for updates to see if any are waiting to be installed. If so, let the updates do their thing to ensure that you’re running the latest ones for Windows.
You can use Microsoft Word with Google Docs to create and collaborate on documents.
You’ve always used Microsoft Word to create your own documents. But now you work with or for other people who use Google Docs. Do you need to renounce Word and adopt Google Docs to take on these new projects? Nope, you can tag team both applications. The two actually play well together. Here’s how:
You can create your documents in Word and upload them to Google Drive.
You can then view, read, and edit your Word docs in Google Docs to make further changes.
You can easily share documents with other people.
Google Docs offers its own version of Track Changes so you can see the modifications each person makes to your documents.
And you can save a Google Docs file as a Word document, among other formats.
First, you’ll need to create a Google account if you don’t already have one. Your Google account provides access to Google Docs and Google Drive, both of which you’ll use to upload, edit, and share documents. Browse to the Google Accounts page to set up your account.
Next, segue to Microsoft Word. You can use any version of Word for this process. Open or create a document. Okay, let’s say you’ve finished the document, at least to the point where it’s ready for review or editing by other people. Save and close the document.
Open the Google Drive website in your favourite browser and sign in with your Google account. Click on the New button. Select the option for File upload. Browse to and select the Word document you just saved.
Start Mozilla has launched version 60 of their popular Firefox browser. It comes with a whole host of new features, but not all of these features have been welcomed with enthusiasm.
Anyone looking for a revolution of browsing features are likely to be disappointed. The developers promise that the browser is a bit faster and a bit more secure, now offering critical two-factor authentication to log into Internet applications. Added to that, Firefox now includes new notification features that make it easier to spot whether your data is encrypted while you are using websites. If you surf an encrypted connection while the browser is in private mode, you’ll see a lock with a cross over it displayed in the address bar, for example.
But that’s where the useful features end. In order to finance future developments, Mozilla relies on advertising revenue. So now, when you open a new blank tab, you’ll see sponsored content displayed. Mozilla are rolling out this new money making experiment in the US first, so how successful it is there will influence whether you see similar sponsored content in your browser.
Hopefully the adverts won’t be too intrusive, and it will be a small price to pay for such a fantastic free browser.
The Windows 10 April 2018 update brings with it a host of enhanced settings, new features and a revamped design. However, there are some innovations that are less welcome. Microsoft hasn’t drawn attention to this new change: with Windows 10 April 2018, the operating system resurrects a feature that we thought had been removed. When you shut down your PC, or restart it, it’s no longer possible to skip the installation of an update. This feature was very handy when you needed to start your system up quickly and didn’t want to have to wait for updates to be installed. But now, you can face the situation whereby it takes several minutes for your desktop to load when you turn your machine on.
Also, if you usually turn the mains power off after you have shut down your PC, you will now be forced to wait longer to do so if Windows is installing updates. Why Microsoft have brought back this feature that forces you to install updates at times of their choosing is a mystery.