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How to make your computer last longer

 

 How to make your computer last longer

 

 

Upgrades like installing RAM or increasing hard drive capacity are great ways to help improve performance right away, but there are other ways to help extend the life of your PC.

Start by keeping your system physically clean, following some basic preventive measures, and exercising common sense in daily use can add years of life to your PC.

 

Virtually every PC becomes loaded with dust, dirt, hairballs, and other things given enough time. Left to linger long enough, the grime can suffocate the hardware inside your computer, generating exessive heat and therefore putting stress on the components. This can reduce performance and even contribute to a component's premature death.

If you have pets (dogs, cats etc..)  they can be a source of hair that can get into the fans and heat sinks therefore making them ineffective. Also be aware that putting your computer on a carpeted floor can be a problem as the carpet seems to attract dirt and dust, then it gets ingested by the computer fans.


Stop hard drive issues before they blow up

Hard drives can become corrupt with file system errors and bad sectors due to improper shutdowns, crashes, and other issues. This corruption can damage files, cause system instability and blue screens, and even prevent Windows from starting if things get really bad. However, the corruption can usually be found and automatically repaired by running the Check Disk tool that comes with Windows.


These are more of a concern if you’re using Windows 7 or earlier. Improvements to error handling introduced in Windows 8 can fix more file and drive issues automatically. 


Check Disk offers a few different scanning and repair options. For your initial scan and every few months thereafter I’d recommend a full scan, enabling both automatic repair of any file system errors and the scan and repair of any bad sectors. Unfortunately, this can take up to a few hours to complete, and you can’t use the computer during that time when running it on the system drive.


You can run Check Disk without automatic repair for a less intensive check that usually takes just 5 to 10 minutes and can run while you're using your computer. You might want to run this quick check every month and follow up with a full check if any errors are found.


Check Disk utility in Windows 7 and earlier lets you choose which options to scan with.

For the full check in Windows 7 or earlier, enable both options and click Start. Then you’ll be prompted to schedule it for the next restart. When you're ready to run the check, simply restart the PC and it will begin the check before booting into Windows.


For a quick check in Windows 7 or earlier, disable both options and click Start. Once complete it will display the results.


In Windows 8, once you open Check Disk it will let you know if there are known issues. If errors are present it will recommend a full scan and repair. If none are detected, it still allows you to do a quick check. Once that’s done, regardless of whether errors are found, it will then allow you to do a full scan if you prefer.


Optimize Start-up Programs: So, you start up your computer. First comes iTunes, then Google Desktop, then MSN... See a pattern here? These programs are, most likely, unneeded right away at start up. Your computer will seem to take forever to simply load your desktop. Disabling some of these can help speed up that process, so there won't be a need to go grab a coffee while your computer starts up.

 

Uninstall some programs: We all use programs on our computers, but after years and years of using it, we often collect useless programs. So uninstalling programs can free up the memory of your computer and speed it up.

 

 *To uninstall some programs, go to Start and open Control Panel. Under "Programs" category, click "Uninstall a program". Now, uninstall a program that you don't need, never used, or rarely used.

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