Chapter 16. Troubleshooting Your PC

In Chapter 15, “Maintaining Your PC,” you learned a few techniques that can help stave off problems, such as deleting unnecessary files and defragmenting your hard drive. That chapter also pessimistically included a section on preparing for trouble because, well, stuff happens in the PC world. If you find yourself in a bit of a pickle because your PC is acting wonky (or not acting at all), you’ve come to the right place. This chapter provides you with a number of strategies and techniques for not only diagnosing the problem, but also for fixing whatever’s gone haywire with your PC.

Determining the Source of a Problem

One of the ongoing mysteries that all Windows users experience at one time or another is what ...

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