What To Do When You Encounter A Windows PC Error Message
Are you fed up with your computer’s slow speed?
Are error messages, such as file type errors. a common occurrence on your Windows computer?
If you answered Yes, then this article is all you need to get rid of your computer woes forever.
In this article, we will discuss tips that will allow you to troubleshoot common Windows PC errors, such as .pcb file type errors on your own.
Tip#1 Perform a malware scan
Did you know that malware infection is often the root cause of a myriad of computer errors, such as the .daa file type error?
Malware programs, if present on your computer, can create havoc by deleting or altering various files and eating into your computer resources. In case you notice symptoms, such as a sudden increase in errors, or a drop in your computer’s performance, it is likely your computer’s security is breached.
The solution is to run a complete malware check on your Windows computer. To do this, first update your security tool with the latest malware definitions and security updates. Next, isolate your PC by disconnecting it from the Internet and from any network share that it is attached to. Now, restart your computer in Safe Mode and run a thorough malware scan. The simple steps illustrated below take you through how to start Windows in Safe Mode:
- Close all the running programs and restart your computer.
- As Windows reloads, press and hold the F8 key.
- Select the Safe Mode option using the arrow keys in the Advanced Windows Boot Option Menu and press Enter.
To ensure that all threats present on your PC are detected and deleted and quarantined, we recommend that you run the scan twice.
Update your Windows, driver, and software files
The next step is to update your Windows, driver, and software files.
- Updating Window files – Windows PC’s come with a useful built-in Automatic Update feature that ensures new Windows updates are automatically downloaded and installed on your Windows computer. Ensure that this option is enabled on your computer. In case, you are using a version of Windows prior to Windows ME (Automatic Update feature was first introduced with Windows ME) then you will need to manually download any new updates and security patches available for your version of Windows from the Microsoft website.
- Updating Software files – Many software too have an Update tool that you can use to update the software files. If the feature is absent in some of your installed software, then for these applications manually download the new updates by visiting the software manufacturer’s website.
- Updating third-party drivers – When it comes to updating third-party drivers, you have two options – update drivers manually or use a reliable third-party driver update tool.
Use a reliable file extension repair software
A lot of file type errors, such as .aspx file type errors occur due to damaged file openers. The issue can be fixed by deploying a reliable file extension software. Such software fixes the damaged file openers, providing you quick access to files generating errors.
Recently when I was trying to get a sound card to work in our Call Manager, I ran across these tips that helped me from a couple other sites that are definitely worth checking out. These will help you clear out everything listed for sound and multimedia, which can sometimes keep devices you added from working, such as a new sound card.
To get rid of that unwanted driver, device, or service:
- Open the Start menu and choose Run
- Type in “cmd” (without the quotes) and click ok.
- At the cmd prompt, type in “set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1″ (without the quotes) and press enter. (Note: Nothing seems to happen as you are actually setting an environment variable which is going to help to see hidden devices)
- On the next cmd prompt line, type in “devmgmt.msc” (without the quotes) and press enter to launch the Windows Device Manager Console.
- In the Device Manager Console, from the “View” menu, select “Show Hidden Devices”.
Now, as you expand the different drivers and devices in device manager you will see not only the items that Windows currently detects as installed on your pc (these are the usual items displayed), but you will also see drivers, devices, and services which have been loaded in the past but were not uninstalled or are not currently started. You can find your offending device, right-click, and choose “uninstall” to remove it from the system completely.
- Boot to safe mode.
- Go into the device manager.
- Remove all devices in multimedia/sound.
- Reboot to normal mode and allow the devices to reinstall.
Microsoft has some built in devices the device manager such as Microsoft Kernel Audio Mixer that may be damaged.
Those devices can only be seen/removed in safe mode under Windows ME. The problem you are having is usually caused be a corrupt MS Kernel driver or Audio Codec.
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