27 May

Extend the Life of Your Computer

 

Extend the Life of Your Computer

 

 

Computers are great to own and they will make your life less complicated. However, they still require a lot of maintenance to keep them running smoothly. If your computer is extremely sluggish and you feel like purchasing a new one is a better option, take the time to enhance your system. If these do not work, then you may need to take the computer in for repair before you spend hundreds for a new computer.

Extend the Life of Your Computer

Data Backup
Due to system crashes and hard drive failure always make sure you have important files backed up including photos, music, videos, and documents, emails and favorite webpage’s, personally I would save anything I would not want to lose to a removable storage devices, the price of pen drives have reduced and are ideal way to keep your data safe. There are programs that that can perform a full system and settings backup but always read the help files first.

Windows Updates
Always keep your computer up to date by using the windows update tool for windows7. Go to the control panel, system and security, and then click on windows updates. For windows 8.1, open windows update by swiping the right edge of the screen with your mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the monitor move the mouse pointer, tap or click Settings, Change PC settings, then Update and recovery. You can also view update history, change settings, select when Windows checks for updates, FAQ, as well as get updates for other Microsoft products keeping your system up to date address known issues and help protect against known security threats and enhances your computers performance.

 

Organize and Delete
While it will not have your computer running faster, cleaning the desktop will make it easier to navigate your files. Think of your desktop as your room, having things in an orderly fashion makes it easier to navigate. If you have not upgraded to Windows 7 or 8, you will find a Desktop Cleanup Wizard. However, the newest editions of Windows operating systems have a system maintenance wizard in the System and Security if you go to the Troubleshooting application.

You will notice that when you restart your computer, that having fewer things to load on the desktop will make the reboot process go faster. You can also remove items that start when you boot your computer by going to the startup tab on your “msconfig.” The fewer applications you require to start when your computer does, the quicker your computer will boot up.

image of windows system tools

System Tools

Disk Cleanup
One of the most useful programs you have on your computer is the Disk Cleanup. It is in your System Tools folder on your Start menu. When you open Disk Cleanup, you may have the choice of different drives. Your C: drive is the main drive for your computer and the one that your programs will be written to. Let the program analyze the free space and then click “OK,” to let it run the cleaning portion of the program.

 

 

Disk Defrag
As you add and remove programs, you will be putting things in various places on your disk. Organizing the files is just as important as condensing items on your desktop. It keeps the files in a manner that does not take long to search through. When you run the disk defragment program, you will first see how much free space it will clear and then you have the ability to let the program run. The goal is to have as many programs placed together as possible, so the free space is grouped together.

Virus Scan
Viruses, malware, Trojans, worms, and other bugs can destroy your computer completely. Others will slow it down to an almost unusable state. To protect the security of your computer and to keep it running properly, you will want to have a solid virus scanner. You can download Malware Bytes, which is an anti-malware program, but having Free AVG as an anti-virus program running on your computer at all times is ideal. You will want to give the computer a few hours to fully scan your system, and always make sure you have the latest updates installed.

If all of this seems overwhelming, for advanced users consider System Mechanic. There is a free version and a pro version. They are both great for keeping your computer operational. While maintenance is necessary to run well, taking it to a computer repair shop to solve problems that are more intricate will give you years of use out of your electronics.

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