Best Computer Diagnostic tools
Computers are more dependable and easier to use with each new generation of operating system and hardware update. On concord, that doesn’t mean they are problem-free. To troubleshoot your computer problems there are five most popular tools. Photo a composite of images by Axonite and jimrhoda.
SIW (Windows, Free)
If things haven’t gotten bad enough that you are forced to take refuge with a Live CD. SIW is a Windows-based diagnostic tool. It helps you get to the bottom of things. SIW is incredibly detailed in its analysis. To nothing is left uncatalogued from the timings of your memory modules to the DLL files loaded to what applications you have set to autorun at startup. SIW gives you a really interesting peek inside your computer even if you are not currently experiencing any computer issues.
Hiren’s BootCD (Live CD, Free)
Hiren’s BootCD is an impressive toolkit rolled into one packed DOS-based Live CD. Hiren’s BootCD helps you do everything from diagnosing a memory problem to clone a disk to speed test your video card by sporting over a hundred separate diagnostic and repair tools. The diagnostic answer you may end up at is “Time to buy a new computer,” if you can’t find out what is wrong with your computer after running through all the tools on Hiren’s BootCD. A Hiren’s BootCD note consists many of the diagnostic tools gathered on the disc are abandonware or older versions of the still produced commercial software. Hiren doesn’t directly host the disc image himself as the legal status of Hiren’s BootCD is murky. To find locations like here, you need to search Google and here where the disc is hosted. You’ll find plenty of other excellent boot discs in this Hive Five that contain only open-source and freeware software if you are not comfortable with murky areas of Hiren’s method for assembling the boot disc.
Google/Search Engines (Web-based, Free)
Your first reaction to the phrase “computer diagnostic tool” might not be “Google!” On concord, every computer diagnosis begins with the user wondering what the error code or chain of events leading up to the error means. By plugging in an error code or describing the problem in common terms and lets, Google does the heavy lifting as we solved countless problems. Google kicks back thousands of forum posts, web pages, and even old Usenet postings. This helps you drill down to your specific issue. A diagnostic tool must not be your favorite search engine. If you have a computer issue, it is the first place you stop. We have found many of the solutions over the years using Google were specific and pointed us towards using a just-for-that-problem application or tweak we would have never found otherwise.
Ubuntu Live CD (Live CD, Free)
There will be no shortage of Live CDs for Linux distributions. But, Ubuntu has a particularly Live CD and many people have experience with Ubuntu outside of diagnostic work. These both make an Ubuntu Live CD extra appealing. To test your computer’s memory, scan your computer, or recover data for viruses among other tasks, you can use an Ubuntu Live CD. Live CDs are great for giving you a platform to work off of your troubled system. An Ubuntu Live CD has the benefit of an enormous community of Ubuntu users and all the accompanying how-to guides and information.
Ultimate Boot CD for Windows (UBCD4Win) (Live CD, Free)
If you’re a Windows user and you’re not comfortable going back to your roots with a DOS-based boot disc and you definitely don’t feel comfortable with a Linux one then UBCD4Win is just what you are looking for. UBCD4Win’s strongest selling point is the stripped down version of Windows PE and Windows XP. This makes it dead simple for Windows users to jump in and start using the numerous diagnostic tools on UBCD4Win. It’s comforting to jump into a Live CD version of Windows when your version of Windows is flaking out on you to continue your diagnostic work without having to mess around with the nuances of using a Linux Live CD.
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