Test Software Without Ruining Your Computer

 10 Tips to Safely Test Software Without Ruining Your Computer

If you’re serious about making sure that the software you use each day works properly, then it’s absolutely vital that you know how to safely test software without ruining your computer. If you don’t protect your system from the potentially damaging effects of testing software, there’s no way you can get an accurate read on whether or not the programs and applications you use are working correctly! The key to safely testing software without ruining your computer is to remember these ten tips.

1: Set Up an Emergency PC

Doing software testing can be very dangerous for your computer. For example, suppose you’re doing performance tests and installing a huge number of programs on your computer. In that case, it can easily lead to instability, thereby causing significant issues in other areas, such as an inability to turn off your computer without hard rebooting or serious system crashes.

To safely test software without ruining your computer, always make sure you have a sacrificial PC at hand that you can use specifically for running tests. This way, if something goes wrong with your main machine during testing, you won’t lose all your data.

Use Virtual Machines: If you don’t want to set up an emergency PC but are still worried about stability issues when doing software testing, then consider using virtual machines instead. Virtual machines allow you to create another instance of Windows on your computer that is completely separate from your main operating system. It’s not quite as safe as having a completely separate physical machine, but it is much safer than just using your normal installation of Windows.

2: Don’t Install While You Work

You’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t install any new software while you work because it can be really distracting. While that is a good rule of thumb, it can also be a good idea to start working with your operating system as soon as possible. If you’re downloading a program, opening files, and saving them right after you turn on your computer, then when something goes wrong, that may be too late! Make sure everything is closed before booting up so that if anything does go wrong, you know what was open at the time.

Don’t Download From Untrusted Sites: In addition to not installing software from untrusted sites, make sure you don’t download from them either. This might seem like common sense but I have seen people do both many times in my career. It’s just not worth taking a chance for something as simple as an audio file or video game demo.

3: Change Default Settings

Make your computer safer by changing some of its default settings. Turn off autorun, stop Autoplay and ask before running ActiveX controls. All three of these settings are different ways in which your computer can get viruses. Viruses can be sent via USB drives and other devices, so having Autorun turned off makes it harder for a virus on an external device to automatically infect your computer.

It also protects you from accidentally trying to install software when all you want is just to listen to some music or watch a video. Asking whether you really want something — like a new toolbar or search engine — allows you to think about whether that’s really what you want or if there’s another option available.

4: Make Sure Updates are Installed First

Before you install any software on your computer, it’s critical that you make sure all of your updates are installed first. If you don’t, you could end up with compatibility issues and run into other problems that cause major headaches for no reason. This tip is simple but often overlooked; it just takes a few minutes to be proactive about your updates and save yourself future grief.

Back-Up Your Data Regularly: One of the most common mistakes people make when testing new software is failing to back up their data regularly. You can test away all you want, but if something goes wrong (and something will go wrong), having an easy way to recover will ensure everything gets fixed quickly and without stress. Backing up your data regularly isn’t difficult or time-consuming—just set aside a little time each week or month to copy everything onto an external hard drive or cloud storage services like Dropbox or Google Drive. It doesn’t have to take long!

5: Use Windows Defender Offline

If you want to make sure malware is definitely gone from your PC, use Windows Defender Offline, a tool that comes with Windows 8 and 10. It works as an emergency kit for when something really bad has infected your PC. And since it’s part of Microsoft, it should be more trustworthy than some random malware remover tool on an obscure website. Just boot your computer from a USB drive containing the tool and start scanning—no installation is required.

Run Malwarebytes: Malwarebytes is one of our favourite tools because it’s so effective at removing stubborn malware that other antivirus programs can’t touch. The downside? Malwarebytes will do a system scan before letting you download anything, which can take quite a while depending on how big your hard drive is. Still, if there’s no other way to remove something nasty from your machine, Malwarebytes might be worth it.

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6: Use Backups, Backups, Backups!

We’ve said it before, and we’ll repeat it: use backups. One of the easiest ways to protect your computer is by ensuring that you’re always making a backup of your data. In fact, we recommend doing multiple types of backups so you don’t lose data in one way or another. Backups can be complicated, though, especially if you’re not sure what software works best for you—or whether or not it’s even worth installing at all.

Always consult an IT pro before making any changes to your system; that way, if there are any problems down the line (which there probably will be), they can help fix them immediately rather than after everything has already been corrupted.

7 Keep Antivirus/Anti-Malware up to Date

The most commonly known way for malware, viruses, and other malicious software to infect your computer is through email attachments. You should have both anti-virus and anti-malware software on your computer, and both of them should be kept up to date. Some programs also offer a firewall that can block potential threats from entering your computer before they are downloaded.

Installing one of these (if you don’t already have one) can go a long way toward safeguarding your computer from harm. In addition, there are free tools available online that scan your computer for malicious files. Make sure to run those at least once a week as well.

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8 Backup Your Data Online

You may not think your computer’s crash will be catastrophic, but your data could be gone forever. If you need to send or retrieve important files at any point in time, back them up online by logging onto an internet backup service. Even if you can’t get immediate access to your computer and its hard drive, you’ll know that you have copies of your data stored away safely somewhere else.

There are several options out there, depending on what kind of storage space you need (e.g., Dropbox is a great option for backing up both small and large files). Make sure to do regular backups throughout each week. And remember—if something does happen to your computer, it doesn’t mean all is lost!

9 Store Files in the Cloud

If you’re planning on testing out a few programs at once, it’s best to store all of your documents and files in a cloud service such as Google Drive. This way, your documents can be accessed by any device with an internet connection—no need for hardware. You also get additional storage space that you wouldn’t have otherwise! Besides, who wants a ton of digital clutter taking up space on their PC? When we try out new software, we tend to download files like manuals or installers. Even after we’ve deleted these items from our PCs they can still reside on our hard drives; when software is uninstalled from our computers some remnants remain.

10 Monitor System Performance

It’s really easy to install a piece of software and then forget about it. But that could have disastrous consequences for your computer. Install-and-forget programs can quickly monopolize system resources, flood your hard drive with unused files, or even do damage through high memory usage. So monitor system performance regularly and get rid of any software you don’t absolutely need. You’ll be glad you did when your computer runs faster and smoother than ever before.


In summation, it’s possible to test software without destroying your computer. This can be achieved by using a virtual machine or another device that supports testing software. For example, Google Chrome OS is a great OS for testing out different versions of Chrome without having any adverse effects on your computer’s hard drive. As you may have surmised, there are some risks involved with testing software without ruining your computer.

One such risk is that some bugs may cause damage that can only be repaired by reinstalling an operating system (or in extreme cases, replacing hardware). The easiest way to mitigate risk is to use reliable backup and restoration tools so you don’t lose data or spend money recovering from mistakes made during test phases.

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