CHAPTER 32Troubleshooting Hardware and Performance

This chapter discusses the components of your computer and addresses some common problems and their solutions. Additionally, you'll find information for troubleshooting Bluetooth connectivity. Finally, we provide information for troubleshooting general performance issues.

First Aid for Troubleshooting Hardware

Whenever you have a hardware problem that's causing a device to misbehave or not work at all, finding an updated driver is usually your best bet. But before you do that, you may want to try Windows' built-in troubleshooting tools to see if they can resolve the problem.

To get help on programs, hardware, and drivers, you should open the Troubleshooting applet from the Control Panel (see Figure 32.1). After you have the applet open, you can click on a number of categories. Each of the items in this Control Panel applet provides a troubleshooting wizard that can automatically search for, detect, and potentially fix problems. The applet offers the following groups:

  • Programs: Launch the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter, which enables you to apply settings to programs to make them run as if they were running in an earlier version of Windows. For example, you can potentially run a Windows XP program under Windows 10 by configuring ...

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