First things first-Housekeeping
PC's occasionally need both hardware and software cleaning. This includes removing unused programs, clearing accumulated data, and physically cleaning the interior (inside the tower) and exterior (outside the tower) components.
Removing unused programs is a fairly straightforward process all that really needs to be done is to navigate to the control panel and select add or remove programs. Select programs that you do not wish to keep and then select remove. You will be guided through the process by the uninstall wizard.
Clearing data is a bit more complex especially if you have a lot of data that needs to be removed. I would suggest starting by going through each and every folder on your system to determine what needs to go. Each time you select a document that is destined for deletion right click the document and select delete. This will remove that item to the recycle bin. Once you have completed task of removing old documents and files go to the recycle bin on your desktop and empty it, Also empty temporary files and internet data.
Physically cleaning your system is also an important practice. To begin obtain a dry or slightly damp cloth and a can of compressed air if possible. Start with the exterior components like the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and the outside of the tower use the cloth to wipe down these items.
Moving on to the interior of your computer start by opening the outer casing this process differs for each machine so you may have to struggle with it for a bit to figure out the proper opening method. Once inside take your can of compressed air and blow out any debris and dust that has accumulated inside the casing.
-Keep your antivirus anti spyware up to date. The easiest way to accomplish this is by setting up regular updating.
-Keep your operating system up to date, this to can be accomplished through automatic updating.
Another important practice- RUNNING DISK DEFRAGMENT AND ERROR CHECKING UTILITY
The disk defragment utility available in windows helps to organize data more effectively thus freeing up disk space. This program can be found by going to start, all programs, accessories, system tools and then disk defragment.
Another important tool Window's has available is the Error checking utility that can detect and repair many disk errors. To run this utility go to start, my computer and right click your hard disk and select properties. Select the tools tab in the properties window and then select check now. In the box that opens next make sure to check the scan for and attempt recovery for bad sectors option.
Finally- ADD RAM
When all else has failed to speed up system performance it may be time to add more RAM to your system. RAM or Random Access Memory are modules found inside your computer case that are used to temporarily hold data while your computer is on. If you do not have enough RAM installed in your system (which is very common) system performance will be slow and freezing may occur. To alleviate such symptoms you can add more of this memory to your system. For a complete guide on how to do add RAM refer to the link below.
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