6 Useful Windows Tools You Need To Know
Just like any other machines, our laptops and PCs must be regularly maintained for them to work efficiently and smoothly. Fortunately, Windows comes with a number of useful applications, tools, and utilities that can help you keep your computer fast and healthy which can prolong your computer’s lifespan. Some of the tools we will mention below can help you rectify a problem and some have features that you can use as a preventive measure to ensure that your PC is protected.
1. Windows Troubleshoot
If you are having some problems or errors regarding a particular PC component like your printer or problems with your network, Bluetooth, Windows Update, etc., you can use the “Troubleshoot” tools in Windows to diagnose and automatically fix those problem
To run the troubleshooting tool, click on the Windows logo or the start menu and type “Troubleshoot” in the search box then click on “Troubleshoot settings”.
Once you click on the “Troubleshoot settings”, you will be redirected to the “Settings” window. Click on the “Troubleshoot” option on the left side then click on “Additional troubleshooters”.
Scroll down and check all the options and choose the device or tools that you want to troubleshoot. In this example, we will choose to troubleshoot the “Internet Connections” so we will click on it and click on the “Run the troubleshooter” button. The troubleshooter will then automatically detect any errors with your Internet Connections and suggest things on how to fix them.
2. System Restore
System Restore tool in Windows is used to reverse or undo any kind of changes that you made to an Operating System. This is very useful because you do not need to reinstall your operating system if install failure or data corruption occurs. To activate system restore, you need to create a restore point where your files and drivers will be stored before applying any system change. Once you create a “System Restore Point” before making any changes in your system, you can always undo the changes you did. In order to create a “System Restore Point” in Windows 10, follow the steps below.
Click on the Windows logo or the start menu and type “restore” then click on the “Create a restore point” option.
Choose a drive where you want to create your Restore Point then enable the protection by clicking on the “Configure” button. In this example, we will choose Drive C.
Click on the radio button beside “Turn on system protection” then adjust the disk space to be used for the system protection. When you are done, click on the “Apply” button then click on “OK”.
Once you turn on the system protection in drive C, you can now create your restore point. Click on drive C then click on the “Create” button.
To identify the restore point that you will create, you will be asked to type a description for it. Type the description that you want then click on the “Create” button. Once you hit the “Create” button, wait for the system to create the restore point for you.
3. Disk Defragmenter
Having your disk defragmented can improve your disk performance. When you are defragmenting your disks, you are reorganizing the data stored on the hard drive. It’s like picking up all the data spread on your hard drive and putting them back together neat and clean. Failure to defrag your disk may result to slow computer response and computer freezing up.
To defrag your disks, click on the start menu then type “defrag” then click on “Defragment and Optimize Drives”.
Click on the drive that you want to defrag then click the “Optimize” button. You can also set the settings so that your drives will be automatically optimized by clicking on the “Change settings”.
You can choose to run it either Weekly, Daily, or monthly.
4. Windows Reliability Monitor
If you want to check how your system is performing so that you can address any issues, Windows Reliability Monitor is the application that you can use. Through the use of this application, you can identify any software issues that your device has.
To access the Windows Reliability Monitor, click on the start menu, and search type “maintenance” in the search box. Click on “Security and Maintenance”.
Under the “Maintenance” option, click on the “View reliability history”.
You were now able to access your Windows Reliability Monitor so you can review all your computer’s reliability and history problems.
5. Windows Memory Diagnostics Tool
This tool is set to run automatically every time your computer has problems with its memory. However, you can always manually run the tool if you suspect that there might be something wrong with your memory.
To open this tool, open the Run application by pressing the Windows logo + R on your keyboard then hit Enter. When the “Run” application will open, type “mdsched” then click on the “OK” button.
Choose whether to restart your PC and check for problems or check the problems the next time you start your computer. Click on the options that you want.
6. Resource Monitor
Resource Monitor is like a task manager but it is more advanced and the information on it is precise and real-time. By using this tool, you can monitor the use of your memory disk, CPU, and network. This also allows you to trace your previous data.
To open “Resource Monitor”, click on the Windows logo or Start Menu then type Resource Monitor then click on “Resource Monitor“.