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Computer Maintenance Everyone Can Do

Jul 17, 2009

You don’t need to be a technology expert or a computer genius in order to be able to maintain and update your computer. By taking the time to give your computer a bit of tender, loving care, you’re actually working to extend its lifespan and improve its efficiency – two benefits that can make surfing the web, writing reports, and playing your favorite game even better. Here are a few ways that you can keep your computer running at its best for years to come.

First off, your computer probably needs a good cleaning. By using a can of compressed air or a vacuum cleaner, you can clear out the dust and dirt that tends to cause your computer to overheat, perform poorly, or even fail. If you have a laptop, you can skip this step, but if you have a desktop, it’s time to crack into the tower or system case. Once you have your tower or system case opened up, gently blow away any dust, being careful to avoid wires or plugs.

Next, take the time to update your computer with all of the necessary software or security updates. By keeping on top of the latest updates for your programs, you can actually improve the overall performance of your machine as well as its safety. Afterwards, go through your files and see if there’s anything you can get rid of. Chances are that there are tons of pictures and miscellaneous documents to purge. Another thing you can consider is to back up your files or use an external hard drive to store documents that you don’t use often but are necessary to keep. Then you can remove them from your machine, thus improving performance.

Finally, give your desktop a cleaning. Tons of icons or downloads can slow down your boot up times as well as your overall performance.

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