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Windows 8.1 Bible by Rob Tidrow, Jeffrey R. Shapiro, Jim Boyce

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Chapter 37: Troubleshooting Hardware and Performance

IN THIS CHAPTER

Troubleshooting common hardware and device driver issues

Troubleshooting startup issues using System Recovery Options

Troubleshooting slow or unresponsive system 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 just not work at all, finding an updated driver is usually your best bet. But even before you do that, you might want to try Windows’ built-in troubleshooting tools to see if they can resolve the problem.

To get help on programs, hardware, and drivers, open the Troubleshooting applet from the Control Panel (see Figure 37.1). Once 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:

Figure 37.1

The Troubleshooting applet provides options for troubleshooting hardware and driver issues.

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  • Programs: Launch the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter, which ...

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