Thursday, November 10, 2005

Maintenance tips for a pc

I don't think that buying an expensive computer is enough to relax for a lifetime. You must spend a little time taking care of your PC. To enjoy better services from your computer read following maintenance tips for a pc, that will always keep your PC fine and fit.

Maintenance tips for a pc

1) Always keep your PC clean:

As you know very well cleanliness is next to godliness. This rule applies to your PC too. Regularly clean your system. Use mild screen-cleaning solution for the monitor. Clean the keyboard and interior of CPU with a blower or a vacuum cleaner. Kindly take care to switch off the power before cleaning them.

2) Clean Windows temporary files and XP Restore Points:

Keep habit to clean Windows temporary files and XP Restore Points. If you are using a Windows XP machine the files are located in "C:\windows\temp or C:\winnt\temp." Delete User Temp files from the location "C:\documents and settings\username\local settings\temp."
Delete as much trash as possible from this folder to increase the space and efficiency of your system's hard drive. Click here for details on how to remove restore points.

3) Always keep Recycle Bin empty:
Don't waste the hard drive space for a trash. Empty the Recycle Bin. Don't store junk files in the Recycle Bin. Your system will be faster if it has maximum free space. Always keep it clean.

4) Delete temporary files before scanning:

Whenever you defragment or scan a hard drive for errors, delete all temporary files before defragmenting. You will need less time for defragmenting or scanning a hard drive.

5) Delete cache files to increase download speed:

Regularly check Internet explorer's history and cache files. Delete the cache files and clear the history files. Deleting the cache files helps to speed up the download. As there is more space available to store the temporary files.

6) Delete files that begin with a tilde (~):

When cleaning the system of garbage files, you might also like to check for any files beginning with a tilde (~). Delete files that begin with a tilde (~).
7) Delete old .zip files:

After unzipping files users leave the zipped file on their computer. If you don't need it, delete it. You can save it on CDR or CD-RW disc.

8) Update your OS and applications using latest service packs or updates:

Always be in search of latest updates to protect your system from future problems. If you have Windows operating system then you can rely on "Windows Updates" tool in your Internet Explorer program. Always update your computer with latest available patch.

9) Regularly update drivers:

Always be sure that you've installed the latest drivers for devices such as modems, sound cards, video cards, printers etc. Go to the manufacturer's site to get the latest Drivers. Do not delete old driver install files before confirming that new driver files are ok. Take back up on a CDR for future use. If you have Windows XP operating system click here for more details on Windows XP Driver Updates.

10) Keep the windows boot disk handy:

If you want to protect your computer having Windows XP home operating system you must create a new Restore Point. In case of hard disk problem, keep the windows boot disk handy.

11) Frequently change your system passwords:

It is recommended to change your system passwords very often to protect your system from hacking. Use complicated password with combination of letters, numbers and special characters.

12) Update your Antivirus program:

Regularly update your antivirus program. The virus programmers spread hundreds of viruses on the Internet. You must regularly update your antivirus program for latest virus signatures.

13) Remember to backup your Data:

Backup is necessary when your system crashes. Spend some time to take a backup since you will have to reinstall a new Operating system incase of hardware failure.

14) Remove Spyware, Trojan horse and malicious programs immediately:

As soon as you suspect any infection such as Spyware and Trojan horse, immediately remove it using reputed antivirus program.

15) Install Firewall:
You must install a firewall to protect your system from hackers, Trojans, worms, and spyware. Firewall is must for every computer connected with the Internet.

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