When you are a computer user, you always want to keep your computer running smoothly, and this cannot happen if you don’t follow a computer maintenance process from time to time. It depends on how much you use the computer, if you use it like 4-8 hours a day, after few weeks it becomes slower due to the buildup of data.
A computer is like your house. You cannot live in a house and you never clean it. The bigger mess you get, the harder it is to clean. But if you regularly clean it, the work will be easy and not so big. It’s the same matter with your computer. Performing a computer maintenance is very important especially if you were using your computer every day.
The computer maintenance could be divided into two parts: Internal maintenance and external maintenance. You need to do both types in order to keep your computer up to speed and running smoothly.
Internal Maintenance: It makes your computer runs faster and work to its optimum performance level. It involves organizing and deleting files and removing unwanted programs etc…
- Removing junk files: You can safely delete files with the help of Windows including: Disk Cleanup: It will remove temporary files, saved offline WebPages, downloaded program files… Right click on “my computer” and select the drive you want to clean, then choose properties and click on disk cleanup button. Browsing history: While surfing the Internet and browsing websites, you are collecting a big amount of files such as cookies, history, form data, passwords and temporary internet files. By regularly removing those files you are keeping your computer to run smoothly. Open Internet Explorer, from the menu at the top, select Tools, then choose Internet Options, in the General Tab, click the button Delete under the heading “browsing history”. - Remove any unwanted programs or which their trial period has already expired. - Register your programs: If any program is installed on your system and it is not registered, it always shows that disturbing message saying that you need to register it, which means there is a process that is running on your system, so either select not to show this window ever again, or register it. - Install only the programs that you need: Installing too many programs makes your system runs too slow. If you have 2 photo editing programs installed, remove one and keep the other that you always use. The less programs are installed the better for your computer performance. - Watch out from viruses: If your computer is infected with a virus, it will surely slow it down. Keep your computer secure by installing a reliable antivirus. - Clean the errors in your registry: To prevent your computer from crashing due to certain errors, fix them using a paid or a free program. (CCleaner is a free tool which you may use to do this). - Defrag: Using The Windows Disk defragmenter helps the computer to run smoothly by organizing files and data and moving them to two areas. Easy access area for the most used files and the opposite for least used ones. It’s an easy process which could be done following this: Start menu > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter. - Startup Programs: If you have a lot of programs installed on your system, many of them will start up once you Windows is on, and they always take a long time to start up. Disabling these programs will avoid you to wait for all of them to load and your computer will start faster than before. To do so, type “msconfig” in the search bar of the start menu if you have Windows 7 or Vista, or execute it if you have Windows XP. Select the Startup Tab and uncheck all the programs that you do not like to wait for them to load when you restart your computer. - Avoid Opening many large programs: As an example, you should not run Photoshop along with a virus scan at the same time. It will make your Windows runs very slow. - Update Programs Regularly: You will face many problems if you do not update your programs on your computer. Even Windows itself has to be updated along with other applications and games etc… - Disable Automatic Updates: Disabling those automatic updates is a good way to speed up your computer, because once you start up your computer, all the programs check the Internet to see if they have to be updated or not.
External Maintenance: It involves taking care of the physical parts of your computer.
- Safely clean inside your computer: Computers can even shutdown, overheat or even blow up from dust build up. Use a soft paint brush or an air compressor to remove dust properly. Make sure you do not move any wires or connections. - Clean your LCD Screen: Making your LCD Screen look streak free is not that easy. However the correct way to wipe the dust away is to use one of the computer dust squeegees or a very soft, dry cloth. - Upgrade your computer’s memory: It’s not a hard process. First, determine what kind of RAM your computer takes and make sure it has open slots to hold it, release the clips and remove the RAM. Then insert your new ram into a slot, and for a best performance, I’d recomend you to use a new RAM which matches the existing one’s specifications and configuration.