7 Basic Maintenance Tips of Windows PC

Quite a number of small business owners don’t know much about basic computer maintenance and its importance, and as a result, their PCs slow down or crash. Overloading the system with trial software, running five toolbars at once in Internet Explorer or failing to upgrade security patches and antivirus software are part of the reasons.

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Of course, many people don’t know much about cars either, yet they know to give it gas, change the oil every so often, and to keep an eye out for flat tires. It is kind of the same with computers. You don’t need to be an expert in this area, instead, you just need to perform a little basic maintenance and be observant.

Here are 7 simple steps that you can take to keep your PC “healthy”.

One: Keep Windows Updated with the Latest Patches

To access Windows Update, click on the Start button, All programs and scroll through the list to find it.

Two: Keep Your AntiVirus Software Applications Updated

No matter how good your antivirus software is, it won’t do any good if it’s outdated or not even running at all. So you’d better keep them updated and ready for protection.

Three: Keep Your Applications and Utilities Patched

It is true that all of the applications and utilities on your system are prone to security risks, and need to be updated termly. Applications you might use everyday like Adobe Acrobat Reader, Realplayer, QuickTime, WinZip, Skype and more quire both maintenance and security updates regularly.

Four: Remove Unused Applications and Other Junk

Your computer has a lot of non-essential date stored on it, much of which you might not even be aware of. For example, Internet Explorer (or your preferred browser) stores copies of the Web pages you visit, images and media for faster viewing next time. Plus there are temporary files, your visit history, cookies and more scattered throughout your system. If this sound a bit complicated, just take a cleaning tool for extra help.

Five: Pay Attention to the Software You Install

I can’t stress this one enough. Many programs, especially those can be downloaded for free, often attempt to install additional software on your system. Most of them are useless to your current situation. So you need to pay attention during the installation, unchecking the options you don’t need.

Six: Create a System Restore Point

Go to Control PanelBackup and Restore. If you are using Windows 7, click Recover system settings or your computer. Vista users click Create a restore point or change settings.

Seven: Defragment and Check Your Hard Disk for Errors Regularly

Go to Windows Explorer, then right-click the drive you want to check. Choose Properties, and select the Tools tab. To defragment your hard disk: Go to the Defragmentation section, and hit the Defragment now button. To perform a check disk: Go to the Error-checking section, and hit the Check now button.

Alright, I believe you have learned something through reading the post.

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