Regular maintenance is the key to keeping your computer running smoothly and preventing bigger repair expenses in the future. We’ve put together a list of maintenance tips that will increase the life of your PC, reduce the number of maintenance call-outs and will even increase the speed, reliability and overall performance of your computer.
Whenever your computer’s manufacturer has an update available for your computer, we recommend that you download and apply it. This is one of the most effective ways to ensure optimal performance, security and compatibility for your system.
Better yet, why not turn on Automatic Updates. This will download and install updates automatically, but still advise for your input if the computer might need to be shut down to apply them completely.
Updates are different from upgrades. You should only upgrade your operating system (ie. Windows 7 to Windows 8) if you are sure that all of the apps and programs that you use are compatible first. Upgrading might seem like a great thing to do right away, but if your “go-to” program won’t work, then it’s a lengthy process to get you back to the previous OS again.
Turn off your computer from time to time.
Computers these days can be very power-efficient, but this doesn’t mean that you should go forever with turning them off. If you’re not planning on using your computer over a few days, then it’s a great idea to turn it off and give it a refresh. Also, if you’re finding that your computer is running a little sluggish and it’s been a while since you turned it off and on again, do this as well. It can seriously work wonders. Think of your computer as the human brain. If it doesn’t get sleep or take a rest, then it will become dysfunctional – your computer will do the same!
Avoid Installing maintenance programs.
Apps and programs that claim to speed up your computer may be doing the opposite. There are a few things that you can do to clear up your machine instead:
- Clear cache
- Uninstall any unwanted or unnecessary applications/programs
- Clear out any unnecessary login/startup items
- Install anti-malware programs to get rid of anything malicious
(we recommend Malware Bytes for Windows and Adware Medic for Mac)
- On a Mac, use Disk Utility to “Repair Permissions” on the OS volume.
- On a PC, remember to do a Disk Defragment.