What to do when your computer stops working properly

These days, one of the biggest things we depend on are our computers. Whether we use them for business or personal purposes, it’s always a major inconvenience when they suddenly stop functioning. This tends to be one of the main issues that cause our customers to bring their computers to Restore Computer Repair. A lot of our customers might not know about a possible simple fix that they can do themselves at home. Today, I’m going to walk you through what system restore is and why and how to perform it in Windows.

These are some of the most common reasons why your computer could have stopped functioning correctly and may need a system restore:

  • An update could have installed incorrectly or partially
  • The laptop or desktop could have lost power during an update
  • Certain antivirus/antimalware apps could have interfered with the update
  • The lid could have been shut on your laptop while the update was installing
  • Maybe your computer seems inactive during the installation of the update and you hard shut the computer down.

In some situations, a Windows update may not complete properly and it can cause vital functions to stop performing properly. Furthermore, Windows updates will update your computers hardware drivers and software. If the laptop or desktop gets shut down while Windows is updating your drivers, the system will become unstable. Sometimes having a corrupted driver will cause blue screen errors and may prevent you from booting into Windows. This is why it is beneficial to know how to perform a system restore on your computer.

System restore is a feature in Microsoft Windows that essentially allows you to go back in time to when your computer was working properly. It runs in the background every day and takes a snapshot, once a day, of your system settings and registry. System restore is enabled by default in Windows; however, some users may have the feature disabled. In fact, most viruses will infect the computers system restore points. Additionally, some users purposefully disable system restore to free up disk space. Performing a system restore should not cause any loss of personal files, it simply restores your computer back to how it was prior to the issue by restoring the Windows registry.

It’s very important to know that a system restore is not an effective repair for removing a virus on your computer.  When a virus first enters, the first thing it infects are the system restore points. One of the steps any technician worth his salt will perform, when disinfecting a computer with a virus, is to remove all previous restore points. Down the road, should the user decide to do a system restore, they won’t reinfect their computer with a registry filled with virus embedded junk. So, assuming your computer is free of malware and/or a virus, these are the steps to ensure system restore is enabled and how to perform it:

How to make sure system restore is enabled

  1. Locate the Search box in the bottom left corner of your desktop screen.

    windows search box
    windows search box
  2. In the search box, type Create a restore point, and click the control panel result. The “System Properties” window will pop up.

    create a restore point
    create a restore point
  3. Under “Protection Settings,” select the main system drive (C:), and click the Configure button.

    system properties
    system properties
  4.  Ensure “Turn on system protection” is enabled/checked.
system protection
system protection

Performing a system restore

  1. Repeat steps 1. and 2. from above
  2. Click the “System Restore” button

    system restore
    system restore
  3. Once the “System Restore” windows pops up, click “Next“.

    system restore
    system restore
  4. The next window will have the most recent system restore point that was performed. Click that restore point until it’s highlighted and click “Next“.

    system restore point date
    system restore point date
  5. The final window in the system restore process will ask you to confirm the action by clicking “Finish”.

    system restore confirm
    system restore confirm

Once you’ve completed these steps, the system restore process will initialize and could take anywhere from several minutes to several hours depending on your system. It’s important not to interrupt this process. Upon completion, your system will reboot back to your log in screen or desktop and give you a message that system restore completed successfully.

If your laptop or desktop computer is still having problems or system restore failed, call us today at 443-725-5050 and we can repair your computer for you.

 

 

 

 

Frustrated with how SLOW your computer is running?

One of the most annoying things that can happen these days is dealing with a computer that is slow or unresponsive.  You may notice that applications or internet pages are taking longer than usual to load on your computer. Typically over time it gets worse, taking a whopping 5 or 10 minutes to completely load a single internet page. Eventually, your computer goes from being slow to not responding at all. This could be caused by a virus and a simple clean up of all the junk that’s accumulated over time can fix this. Additionally, the hard drive in your laptop or desktop may be failing and may simply need to be replaced. In any case, if you’ve noticed your PC is running slower than normal, bring your computer into Restore Computer Repair and we can figure out what is causing it right away.

As I already pointed out, there are a couple of reasons why your PC may be running slow. Below, I will go over two of the most common causes of a slow PC and give you a general idea on how much they would cost to repair.

VIRUSES:

One of the most common causes of a slow PC is a virus, which we repair very often at Restore Computer Repair. There are MILLIONS of viruses out there. They can be caused by clicking on a bad link, visiting a bad website, opening a scam email, etc. One of the most recent viruses we’ve seen are situations where someone calls you stating that they work with Google or Microsoft. You may be browsing the internet and all of a sudden you get a pop-up that says you need to call an 800 number. This is a SCAM plain and simple.

If something like this has happened to you, do not call them, do not let them remote into your computer. Immediately bring your computer to Restore Computer Repair, and we will take care of removing this virus and making your computer as good as new. Removing viruses only costs our standard labor fee of $99 total.

HARD DRIVE UPGRADE:

Another common cause for a slow PC is that your hard drive may be failing or you may be reaching that point where you need more space on your hard drive. Here at Restore Computer Repair, we highly recommend upgrading to a solid state hard drive (SSD). Upgrading your hard drive can seriously speed up your PC, giving it new life. In some cases, your PC may run even faster than it did when it was brand new! With us, the average cost of a new hard drive is $199 total, which includes the drive and the labor to transfer all your data to the new drive.

Other than having a slow PC, there are many other issues that you may come across with your PC that we see every single day and would be happy to repair for you. Some examples are…

  • LCD screen repair/replacement
  • DC jack repair/power port repair
  • Motherboard repair/replacement
  • Liquid spills
  • Hinge repairs
  • Keyboard replacement
  • Windows upgrades
  • Black screen with cursor
  • All black screen
  • Blue screen
  • Won’t boot into windows

These examples are just a few of the MANY issues that we repair on PC’s. If you need any of these services done, just give us a call at 443-725-5050 and we will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have. Don’t forget, we service all brands of PC’s including:

  • Asus
  • Dell
  • Sony
  • Toshiba
  • Lenovo
  • Acer
  • Gateway
  • HP
  • MSI
  • Samsung
  • Compaq

Apple Repair: What You Need To Know

Do you have a MacBook? MacBook Pro? iMac or vintage Mac computer? Have you ever had a problem with your Mac and when you call around to see how much Apple computer repair shops charge to repair it, they give you an astronomical quote? Maybe you’ve set aside your Mac computer until you have the funds to repair it, or perhaps you may still be in search of an Apple computer repair shop that won’t charge you a small fortune. Well, we have good news for you! Anything that we do here at Restore Computer Repair costs a $99.00 flat fee for labor. Yes… this includes Mac computers!

Half of the cases that we see with Mac computers are software issues, which lucky for you, will only cost you $99.00 total. If the issue with your Mac computer is a hardware issue, meaning that you potentially would need a part in your Mac computer replaced, we would charge you our $99.00 flat fee plus the price of the part needed. Below, I will list a couple of common issues we tend to see with Mac computers.

  • Spills
  • Cracked screen
  • Hard drive issue
  • Not powering on
  • Not booting up
  • Running slow
  • Touchpad/trackpad not working properly
  • Data recovery
  • Keyboard issues

All of these issues are things we could fix for you. Are you wondering how much it will cost you for some of these repairs? Let me go over a couple of these issues below to give you an outlook on how much they may cost.

MacBook/MacBook Pro not powering on?

One of the reasons your Mac computer might not be powering on is that you possibly may have an issue with your motherboard. Here at Restore Computer Repair, we try to do everything we can to repair your Mac motherboard as opposed to replacing it. By doing this, we try to save you a potentially large amount of money on a new motherboard. If your Mac motherboard is not able to be repaired, we could replace it for you. Mac motherboards cost anywhere from $99.00 to $699.00 depending on the year and model of your Mac computer.

MacBook/MacBook Pro/iMac running slow?

If your Mac computer is running slow, you may need a new hard drive. Bring your Mac computer in today and we can upgrade your hard drive to a solid state hard drive. Upgrading your Mac with a solid state hard drive can really speed up your Mac and add new life. As a result, your Mac computer could run up to 10 times faster than it was when it was brand new! If you want to upgrade to a solid state hard drive, the prices range from $99 to $399, depending on the size of the drive.

Macbook/MacBook Pro screen issue?

Is your screen on your Mac computer dark or all black? Or maybe you’ve dropped your Mac and now have a cracked screen? Bring your computer in today and we can fix that for you. Additionally, prices of LCD screens for Mac computers generally range from $99 to $599, depending on your year and model. Give us a call today with your year and model and we can give you an exact price for your screen replacement.

If you have any questions, or maybe you are having an issue with your Mac computer that I haven’t gone over in this blog post, just give us a call at 443-725-5050 and we would be happy to help you. I hope the information I’ve given you on Apple repairs has been helpful! Be on the lookout for my next blog post.