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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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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