Yes, you are totally correct. It is all your computer's fault.
This is just some neighborly chat. I am not responsible for your computer woes, even if you followed my advice. I have enough of my own. Computers can be horrid creatures.
What you have before your eyes are some problems I encountered while using a number of computers and what worked for me. Hopefully you find this information useful.
This is a problems and solutions page.
System Not Responding During Windows Auto Update Your system freezes up for Windows 7 and Windows 10.
How to Identify Your Computer Needs More RAM good instructions on what to check in Task Manager from RancidTaste Hubpages.FreeRAM XP Pro When I upgraded to 2GB of RAM and Windows XP I switched to FreeRAM XP Pro to free up memory, increase system response time, stability, speed, and efficiency.
Back up all your data files- like pictures, stories and poems to a separate USB drive or a different computer.
For those of you desperate or optimistic and learning people who decide to preform surgery on your own computer make your emergency USB drive bootable. Make a list of your hardware so you can reload drivers if you need to install a new system. Try some solutions on Smatterings: Windows Maintenance and Optimizing Tips
UNetbootin For a bootable USB drive: Add freeware like Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder, SeaTools for Windows... I always like to add a free antivirus program, and my favorite browser.Return to Computers for Writers page.
After trying to set Microsoft Update so it only installs when I'm not working on formatting a book, Windows Update options page has small print explaining that they have the right to update your computer whenever. Whenever is an unacceptable option because Windows Update causes every other application on both Windows 7 (64) to freeze and flash "System is Not Responding".
Windows 7 Help Forums is where these directions originated for my solution to resolving Windows Update fighting with my other programs problem. Windows 7 Help Forums website has pictures illustrating each step.
By enabling Notify for download and notify for install by running gpedit.msc lets you manually control when Windows Updates are downloaded and installed. In Group Policy Object Editor, expand Computer Configuration, expand Administrative Templates, expand Windows Components, and then click Windows Update. Enable Configure Automatic Updates and then open it. Choose Notify for download and notify for install listed under options and click OK.
Configure Automatic Updates by Using Group Policy for Microsoft Servers had enough info about controlling Auto Update to fix issues like installing updates while I'm trying to accomplish other things.
Before you start uninstalling software, create a restore point. In Windows 10, you have to turn on System Restore manually. Right click This PC, and select Properties. Choose Advanced system settings from the Control Panel Home list. Click on the System Protection tab. Click on the button labeled Configure.... This opens yet another box. Under Restore Settings, select Turn on system protection.
Return to the the System Protection tab whenever you want to automatically backup your system. Creating a restore point automatically backs up your registry too.
To uninstall a program with System Restore you must go back to a restore point made prior to installing the program. If you make a restore point for each program, and you decide after installing a few other programs to delete the software you installed 3 programs ago, you would also loose the other 3 programs. You want to do an uninstall instead, so you don't have reinstall the other 3 programs that you still want.
Geek Uninstaller is a fine fast uninstall freeware program I used since Windows XP. Do not restart your computer until Geek Uninstaller cleans leftover registry entries. The free version won't clean everything but it does remove more than any other uninstaller.
Go to Control Panel found under the Windows System folder in the Win 10 Start Menu and click in the Programs and Features icon or in CCleaner Tools.Look for the title of the program that you want to remove from your hard drive.
1. It was unable to uninstall your software. (Don't worry.)
2. It could not uninstall all the components of your software, the rest must be done manually.
3. The program was uninstalled successfully. (Don't count on it.)
Windows 10: Add Take Ownership to Context Menu in Windows 10 allows you to download the correct files to add take ownership in the context menu. The context menu is the one that opens when you right click a file.
Windows 7: Take Ownership Shortcut allows you to do the same thing iif you use Windows 7.
How to Change Owner of File, Folder, Drive, or Registry Key in Windows 10 explains how to manually take ownership of a file leftover from an uninstall that won't delete like a good no longer needed file should on Window 10. Try these methods if the take ownership that you installed in your right click menu fails to have any affect.
Unless you want to uninstall Bit Defender. Let Geek, CCleaner and Wise Registry Cleaner do the work for Bit Defender. I had to do a system restore when I tried to clean up after Bit Defender.
Press Windows and the letter R on your keyboard to open the run menu. Type regedit in the box to open Windows Registry Editor.
Highlight File, and then highlight and click on Export. Type BackupReg or some similar name in the File name box. Click Save and close the dialog box. This way if you goof and delete something you shouldn't have you can reopen your registry and choose Import and select the saved registration file that you want to restore--later.
Always start searching with HKEY Classes Root highlighted.
Highlight Edit, and then highlight and click on Find. Type the name of the program you want uninstalled. Click Find Next. Read the entry, like you did while cleaning the hard drive. If you see the name of the program you are uninstalling somewhere in the string. Right click the entry and choose Delete. This will bring up a box that says, "Are you sure you want to delete this key and all it's subkeys?" Click on Yes.
Highlight Edit, and then highlight and click on Find Next, and repeat the above step until you get a message that says, "Finished checking through the registry." Then click OK. Exit from the registry and restart your computer.
A time saver for removing registry entries from uniquely named software like LibreOffice.
Registrar Registry Manager 8.03 free for personal use. Allows bulk deletions in Windows registry.
If you do not have these 2 programs already installed, find the links on Smatterings: Registry Cleaning and download these two freeware programs.
Both programs will help remove leftovers missed while doing the first 2 steps.
MS Windows comes with a program found under Accessories/System Tools called Disk Cleanup with is a good tool. Cleans more than your average cleaner. Some argue it cleans too aggressively. Mom use to take lots and lots of pictures. Not everyone is useable. Some went bad and others look exactly the same. Hopefully the freeware below will help sort some of photos, freeing up some hard drive space.
AntiDupl is a free utility to find duplicate or very similar pictures, also detects image defects. Requires Microsoft.NET Framework 2.0 to be already installed on your PC. Download the Binary version. Windows 2000 and up.
Image Comparator finds duplicate image files by comparing pixel by pixel. Supports jpg, bmp, png, gif, tif, ico. Requires NET Framework 4.0. Windows.
Pixiple Free Windows utility that searches your files for similar images in pixel and metadata content. Lets you compare two images. Windows 7+
When you run a cleaning program often the program suspects files you've never heard of. It's good to look at properties to try finding their parent file before deleting. Only cleaning programs that have a proven track record are listed on this site.
FileExt The File Extension Source is a database of file extensions and the various programs that use them. If you know the file extension you want to learn about simply enter it into the search box on the left and click on the Search button.
I Really Should Have Called It A Day has more resources for fix your computer if you deleted some file that you shouldn't have and have no clue which program needs to be re-installed and your restore point had no effect what so ever.
Disk Check simplifies Windows built in checkkdisk, which checks and allows repair of a corrupt file system and recover bad sectors on your hard drive.
SeaTools for Windows is a comprehensive, easy-to-use diagnostic tool that helps you quickly determine the condition of the hard drive. Tests SATA, USB, 1394, ATA (PATA/IDE) and SCSI drives.
After you clean your drive and still lack drive space, you might want to consider upgrading your computer with a new and bigger hard drive. If you decide to upgrade your computer, do your homework. Look under Computer Upgrading Your Windows PC to point you in the right direction.
With 4 years of hard use, my SSD (solid state drive) went bad. Even though solid state contains no moving parts, they beep and wine when they start to fail.
Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder This is a program you want to keep on your emergency UBS drive and/or CD. Freeware utility that retrieves your Product Key (cd key) used to install windows and many other applications from your registry. It can even retrieve product keys from unbootable Windows installations.