Although the vast majority of issues you encounter on your system while at work, can be fixed by the dedicated IT team, there are many smaller, yet common issues that you are likely to encounter while using your system? The good thing is that many of these problems that you may encounter have their own simple solutions, which is why learning how to recognise these problems, and fix them yourself, will save you on both money and time. Below are the top 7 most common system issues you are likely to encounter on your PC. 

1. The Screen is Blank

If you’ve turned on your computer, but the screen remains blank, then there could be a problem with either the screen or the computer. The first thing to check, is that the monitor is properly plugged in and powered on, and that the connection between the computer and the monitor is intact. If the problem occurs on your laptop, then it’s almost certainly an internal issue, which means you will need the help of a professional, to take it apart and repair. 

2. Running Multiple Antivirus Programs

When you run more than one antivirus program on your system at the same time, it’s similar to mixing two different kinds of wine together. Each one may be tasty by itself, but when you combine them, you get a really off taste. 

To start things off, let’s describe exactly what an antivirus program is. Today, most end users describe it as the program that runs when you first boot into your system, and stays in your systems memory, protecting you in real time against a plethora of virus types, such as rootkits, Trojan horses and more

Having two antivirus programs, installed and running at the same time on your system, in many cases has proven to be redundant. Which is, generally a bad thing. One thing to keep in mind is that programs running on your system, require both memory (RAM) and CPU resources, which means the side effects could be a slower PC. 

The best antivirus programs consume only a small amount of system resources and don’t significantly impact your systems performance. However, when you combine that with a second program, it does often result in a slower system. 

Another potential side effect of having two antivirus programs on your system is that they could conflict with one another. You could have a situation where both antivirus scanners attempt to scan the same file, on your system, at the same time. Such conflicts could result in system instability and the failure of specific programs to run. 

If you feel an antivirus program by itself, is not enough to secure your system, then you can always couple it with a malware scanner. Unlike antivirus scanners, malware scanners are installed, updated and run. Once you’ve finished with it, you close it.

There are many free solutions that you can use, I won’t recommend any, but I’d advise you looked them up, and made your decision based on what works best for your system. 

3. Windows Update Problem

There are so many things that are capable of causing Windows Update errors. These causes may include license issues, missing system files, Windows piracy, and more. 

In most cases, you can still run your system without hiccup. However, if you want your operating system to be secure, with the latest updates, then you must fix this problem. 

To fix these problems, it may or may not be difficult, depending on its severity. To start, Windows has its own built-in troubleshooter, which you can use to fix Windows Update problems. 

However, if that tool is unable to fix it, then there are many websites that you can find, that specialise in Windows Update errors. 

4. Printer Isn’t Working

There are a number of reasons why your printer may not work. To start with, you’ll want to look and examine the exact error message you’re getting, or check if there are any warning lights, before proceeding. 

Ensure you have the appropriate paper placed in its tray, also make sure the ink is not empty. The printer should be connected to the computer either via a USB cable or a Wi-Fi connection. 

The solutions below should be able to help you resolve most problems with your printer. 

1. Restart your printer

If you take the time to end all print jobs, then restart your printer, you’ll be amazed how effective something so simple can be. 

This may be because the printer is overloaded with multiple print jobs in the print spooler. To rectify such problems, the best solution is to reset everything. 

2. Check the computer

To connect a printer to a system, that system must have drivers installed on it. So if there are any driver related issues on the target machine, this should be indicated, in any error message that you receive. So you may want to look into that. 

In most cases, you can fix your printer issues, simply by updating your drivers or reinstalling them, if they’ve been corrupted. 

5. Overheating

If the case the computer is kept in, lacks the appropriate cooling, then the components will start to generate considerable amounts of heat. To avoid permanently damaging your hardware components, you should turn your system off for certain periods of time. At least, to let things cool down. Additionally, you can try buying more fans for the system, to improve airflow within the case. 

6. The Computer Won’t Start

A computer that fails to boot up or shuts down suddenly, could be suffering from a faulty power supply unit. Make sure the computer is properly plugged into the mains and if that’s not an issue, then you should try testing your PSU in a different system, just to ensure it is working as it should. 

7. Strange Noises

A computer that makes a lot of noise, is a system that is suffering from some kind of malfunction or just has a really noisy fan. Hard drives will usually start to make strange clicking sounds, right before they begin to fail. So you should definitely look into that, and if it is found to be the hard drive, then you should back things up immediately. Computer fans on the other hand, are easily replaceable. 


Uchenna Ani-Okoye is a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website