Hello and welcome to the second part of a troubleshooting guide series that will be posted over the next 1-2 months that will be posted here on TechnoTeamBlog. Today, I am giving troubleshooting advice for Windows 7 users.
I think that Windows 7 is the best thing to come out of Microsoft since Windows XP but, like everything in life, it does have its problems.
Please remember that this won’t be a complete guide to fix all problems that could occur on Windows 7. Some problems will require you to get expert help, however, many problems can easily be solved without assistance from tech experts. If you experience a problem with Windows 7 that isn’t mentioned on this post, just leave a comment on this post and we’ll help you to the best of our ability.
Before I start, I have to say that neither myself or TechnoTeamBlog takes any responsibility for damage to your computer or loss of files caused by what is mentioned in this post. If you do occur any problems with taking our advice, please leave a comment on this post and we’ll help you to the best of our ability. This post is aimed at users running Windows 7, but some of the advice mentioned here could be used on other versions of Windows.
Most PC and Mac users encounter sound problems, and sometimes sound issues can be extremely annoying and hard to fix.
No sound at all or sound is distorted
This might sound stupid, but check that you haven’t muted your speakers. You can check this on Windows 7 by clicking on the speaker icon in the taskbar on the desktop. If you’re using USB speakers or headphones check that you haven’t muted them and that they’re turned on correctly. Refer to your speakers’ or headphones’ manual if necessary when completing this step.
If you are using USB speakers or headphones make sure that the USB connector isn’t damaged and that the speaker’s plug is securely plugged into the necessary slot(s). If you are using built-in speakers or you still can’t hear anything through your speakers or headphones, make sure that Windows knows that the speakers are there. To do this, follow these steps:
- Open the Start Menu and search for ‘Device Manager.’ Click on the option with the printer and camera icon.
- In the Device Manager window, look for ‘Audio inputs and outputs.’ Click on the small arrow next to this option.
- Make sure that there are no yellow warning signs on the next window and that there is an icon labeled something like ‘Speakers and Headphones’ there.
- If there is a warning sign or the option above is missing then load your speakers’ or headphones’ manufacturer’s website and go to their drivers section. Download the driver that’s compatible with your computer and OS (Windows 7).
If the problem persists , you need to check that your sound service is running correctly. To do this, follow these steps:
- Press the ‘Windows key’ and ‘R’ at the same time. This should open the ‘Run’ window.
- In the ‘Run’ window, type in ‘services.msc‘
- In the ‘Services’ window, search for ‘Windows Audio Service.’ Once you’re on the Windows Audio Service window, restart the services by clicking on the ‘Start Service’ button.
If the problem still continues to persist after you’ve followed all of these steps, I’m afraid you’ll probably need expert help.
Windows 7′s Aero features make the operating system run and look better. However, this feature can cause some very annoying problems in some cases.
Some windows keep moving
Open the Start Menu and click on the ‘Control Panel’ icon in the sidebar.
Click on the ‘Ease of Access’ option and then click on the ‘Change how your mouse works’ option.
Scroll down to the ‘Make it easier to manage Windows’ option and then click on the ‘Prevent windows from being automatically arranged when moved to the edge of the screen’ option.
Repeat steps two and three, this time replacing the ‘Change how your mouse works’ option with the ‘Change how your keyboard works’ option. This should solve the problem completely.
The aero features aren’t working at all
In some cases, Windows 7′s aero features stop working completely. To fix this, follow these steps:
Open the Start Menu and search ‘Aero’ and then click on the ‘Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects’ option.
Click ‘Next’ to start the Aero Troubleshooting Wizard. Complete this wizard and you should’ve then resolved most of the problems that you’d been experiencing with the Aero features.
If completing the wizard doesn’t solve all of the problems that you’ve been experiencing with the aero features you’ll need to update your computer’s graphics drivers. To do this, you’ll need to go to your PC manufacturer’s drivers page.
And that’s my troubleshooting guide for Windows 7! If you ever experience any other problems with Windows 7, just leave a comment below and we’ll help you to the best of our ability. The next post from my troubleshooting guide series, which will be for Windows Vista users, will be posted here on TechnoTeamBlog soon.
Thanks for reading,