When a PC exhibits multiple, deep-seated, and serious flaws — including the inability to successfully upgrade — there are four basic ways to effect a fix.
Plus: What to do when you get the error message, “Your PC needs additional software to work properly;” and solving the problem of some apps displaying in tiny, unreadable windows in Win10.
Windows runs slow, flickers, and can’t upgrade
A reader calling himself “Dopplermd” sent in a note with a simple and plaintive subject line: “Help!”
His specific problems involve a Win8 setup, but the same repair concepts and principles also apply to Win10, Win7, and Vista.
- “My Win 8.1 system has never successfully updated to Win10. Besides running molasses-slow, it’s now flickering individual program windows. Thoughts? Suggestions?”
Any one of those problems, by itself, would indicate that your system has major internal problems. Taken all together, it’s clear that your system is close to becoming unusable.
System problems are best corrected when they’re small and relatively easy to isolate and identify. But when things go so far wrong that multiple, major problems are simultaneously plaguing a system — and quite possibly interacting with one another — making repairs get can get exponentially harder. At best, a piece-by-piece fix will be time-consuming and relatively difficult — and, depending on the level of damage to the system, might not even work.