A Quick Guide on Maintaining your PC

We have gone through the many steps, software and utilities that could help in keeping your device up to speed. I know that this can be a lot of information and which can slow down the human processor of yours 😉 It is also hard to download all the mentioned programs and remember to do all the required cleanups, so I am just going to mention the basic points  that can prevent many problems from happening and these will be much easier to keep in mind:

  1. Clean up the disks once in a month or two to remove cookies, hibernation files and empty the recycle bin.
  1. Run chkdsk utility to keep your disks error free.
  1. Keep Windows Update running and install all the essential updates.

  1. Remember ‘No Antivirus, No security’. Install an Antivirus and update it regularly.
  1. Make a System Repair CD so that the Recovery Manager is able to rescue your operating system in time of need.
  1. Create a System Image periodically so you are not left stranded in case of a system crash.
  1. Make backups and let Windows make restore points. You can always save space by deleting older restore points and just keeping the latest one.
  1. Curb your enthusiasm! Don’t download and install every program. If you can’t control the temptation, keep visiting “Uninstall a program” utility every once in a while.
  1. Just Say No to add-ons and toolbars – they are only nasty no-gooders who just like to flash bright colors. They can be a major hindrance in browsing. When downloading programs, there will often be a “special program” you can conveniently download while installing your new software. This is so free programs can continue to be free, as this add-on would have paid to be there. However, uncheck it and continue installation. (I’ve seen this in programs I’ve PAID FOR as well, so it’s extremely annoying!)
  1. Reduce the startup programs that load with Windows. You can always open them like normal programs when needed, they have done nothing to deserve special treatment (except of course your Antivirus and Windows Update – these should always be loaded at startup).
  1. It has been a while since you have only been tapping and clicking away. Now it is time to do some hard work. If you own a desktop, remove the casing and clean up the mess from your processor fan and motherboard with blowers and mini vacuum cleaners. The dirt down there might surprise you.

Most of the above mentioned stuff will run automatically once you schedule it like, updates, backups, restore points, so you won’t have to worry about everything. Some of these steps you only have to do once and then there are others like, fewer unnecessary installations and startup programs, disk cleanups that you would have to make a habit of.

A computer is a pretty heavy machine in terms of processing. If you don’t pay attention, it will grind down and you will be in need of a fresh Windows or an upgrade of hardware sooner than required. If you want to save your money and your time that you would otherwise spend in bouts of anger and frequent urges to give the machine a serious kicking, be smart and cleanup the junk! Good PC maintenance means a happy life!

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