Problem

Updated: 10/18/2022 by Computer Hope
Frustrated man punching laptop with computer problem.

Sometimes called an issue, a problem is any situation that occurs that is unexpected or prevents something from occurring.

When dealing with computer problems, you must first understand the source of the problem and then find a solution to fix the problem. Locating the source of a problem is known as troubleshooting.

When dealing with software problems where bugs exist in a program, you need to download a patch that resolves the issue. Other software problems may be solved by changing a setting in the program or computer or closing other programs conflicting with the program.

When hardware problems or physical defects occur, the only solution may be to replace the malfunctioning device.

How many problems can a computer have?

Between the computer hardware and all the software that runs on a computer, a computer could encounter millions of different problems.

Tip

See our error page for a listing of errors.

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