Work from home: Most common PC issues and how to deal with them

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced people to work from home. Remote work has its own set of challenges. Office IT teams are overloaded with the tasks of fixing technical issues faced by the team members. Here are some of the most common errors faced on Windows-based PCs and how you can fix them.

Apps slowing down is among the most common issues faced on Windows PCs. If your system is taking too long to load some software, you must check which apps are consuming more CPU and memory. You can open the Task Manager (Ctrl+Alt+Del) and check the usage pattern. The apps that are taking too long to load can be force closed by clicking on the end button in the Task Manager. If the problem persists, then check if there is any background task like an antivirus tool which is consuming CPU and RAM.

Software usually accumulate temporary files and cache. You can delete the temp files, cookies, and browser history to boost the performance. To clean up disk, go to the search box in the taskbar and type disk cleanup.

PC getting stuck at BIOS screen is another common issue. You can fix this by restoring the BIOS settings. Unplug all attached devices and look up the error message. It will either be a fan or storage drive preferences related issue. Access the BIOS menu by pressing either F1, F2, Esc, or Del after switching on the system. You will find an option to reset the BIOS settings in the Save & Exit section in the menu.

If you are unable to connect to home WiFi, the issue is more likely with the wireless network adapter. You can deal with this by disabling and then enabling the adapter in the Network & Internet settings page. Click on change adapter settings to view all network adapters. Right-click on the specific network adapter and select disable option, right-click again, and select the enable option. This will restore the settings to default.