Tips For The Ultimate PC Maintenance
Proper PC maintenance is the only way you can ensure optimal performance in your machine. It doesn’t matter if you use your PC or laptop to stream shows via your streaming stick, listen to music, play games, edit videos for quality YouTube content, or if you’re a student, get assignments done, you need your PC to run to the best of its abilities. We’ve all had frustrations with our tech in the past because of slow loading speeds, constant freezing and random resets, but taking care of your PC is easier than you might think. Like anything, consistent care will increase its lifespan and give you years of happy memories, if you want to run your machine at its highest level of performance, check out our 10 steps for the ultimate PC maintenance.
1. Keep Everything Up To Date
You can ensure your computer operates as quickly as possible by keeping everything from the operating system to drivers to general programs up to date. This means carrying out regular update checks once a week to ensure everything keeps working.
We know it can be frustrating to restart your PC after an update, especially if you do a lot of work on your computer, but it’s worth it in the long run and ensures your computer will run at its optimal level whenever you need. Besides, you don’t want to be the guy who’s computer completes a big update the morning of a big presentation, do you?
2. Uninstall Unused Programs Delete Temporary Files
Your computer comes chock-a-block full of programs it’s likely you’ll never use. This can be anything from game demos to software which the operating system must install as the standard, but those unsure of its existence may not realize this affects the speed of your PC.
You can avoid all this by going through your computer during set up to remove programs you know you won’t use, and if you’re not sure, you can always go back to it later in the month and reevaluate.
As for temporary files, which are created every time you visit websites to save you time, but this information builds up over time and slows down your computer if left unchecked.
3. Create A System Restore
If you download a program or file that ends up being harmful, having a system restore point already set up is crucial for overcoming problems caused by malware and viruses. This takes your computer back to a set time before you installed this software but doesn’t affect your other files.
4. Defrag And Check
You should try to defragment your computer at least once a month, but preferably more. This breaks the files up and distributes them across the hard drive, which makes accessing them faster while also increasing the processing speed.
You can also Check Errors, which will identify anything that’s gone wrong or issues that could cause your computer to act weirdly. These errors are one of the most common reasons for computer issues, so before taking a hammer to the hard drive and searching for a new one, see if the answer is easily solvable, first.
These two features are some of and maybe the most important for standard PC maintenance, so make as much use of them as possible.
5. Keep It Clean
Dust and debris will get caught in your computer fan an inside the casing and you can take it apart while damaging no internal parts to give it a quick clean. There may not be a noticeable difference compared to other steps, but unclogging the fan and letting the parts breathe will prevent overheating and similar issues which can cause greater damage later on.
6. Make Use Of Your Antivirus
Your antivirus software is your number one protection from dangerous files you might get from visiting sketchy websites or clumsily opening emails or phishing links. There are many great antiviruses available both for free (for basic protection) and under an annual subscription. If you have a Windows computer, the Windows Defender firewall will also protect your computer to an extent.
7. Customize Your Installations
When you install new programs, the driver will probably ask you which installation process you want to proceed with, this is something like Standard versus Advanced or Custom. Most people go with the standard, as they’re concerned they might do something wrong and break their computer, but more tech-savvy users will know this will end up with programs you don’t and will never need such as toolbars, media players, and more.
8. Go Rogue
If you know what you’re doing, you can modify your PC to meet your needs and ensure it runs on optimal performance to make everything from startup and beyond a breeze. This modification can be simple or complicated, it all depends on what you need.
If you’re a casual PC user, this isn’t something we recommend, but if you’re a tech-xpert, you’re only wasting your own time not modding your PC to become then one machine to rule them all.
9. Find A Specialist
Experts recommend you visit a computer specialist once a year to give you PC a decent do over and check for any issues you might miss during your own maintenance. Because they are specialists, they can do things even the most tech-savvy among us would be uncomfortable attempting and can increase the lifespan of your PC while also improving the performance so it runs as well as the day you bought it, and maybe better.
10. Use Common Sense
We’ll guess you’ve owned or used computers for most of your life, so by now know not to download anything sketchy. If you’re still not getting in
Your antivirus should sort most of these problems out, but there is always malware and spyware that can breach these defenses and leave you with an infected computer at best and a loss of important personal information such as bank details at worst.
You can also take advantage of secure cloud software and external hard drives to free up space or use as a reliable backup in case of any issues.
Tech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself
A well-maintained PC isn’t everything in life, but if you want a machine that can do everything you need it to with little effort and quickly, it’s worth the extra few hours out your day every week or month. If you don’t have the time to do it all in one go, dedicating days to different tasks will make it feel much simpler and when you see the results, you’ll soon look forward to computer clean-up day.