Tips on Computer Health
Have you ever thought about the health of your computer?
If not, it may be time to start!
There are preventative measures you can take to prolong the life of your machine.
Here are a few of the highlights:
- Stay up to date
PremierePC handles this. Windows updates are pushed from us to make sure security updates are always current.
We also handle this. Webroot anti-virus is pushed to all service plan computers, running regular scans.
- Clean computer physically
This can be useful. Make sure that computers don’t sit in places that accumulate dust or dirt, as an abundance of dust inside a computer and prevent it from cooling itself effectively. Computers also have built in fail-safes to slow down if they get too hot so the machine doesn’t completely break.
- Clean up files
Saving files to the desktop is convenient and useful, but the operating system has to load additional resources when there are more files visible on the desktop. Additionally, files piling up in the recycling bin generally won’t have an adverse effect on computer speeds, but it doesn’t hurt to clean it out every once in a while.
- Close out programs not in use
This is two-fold. One, it allows other programs on the computer to use more resources, and generally, run faster. Two, without getting overly technical, when a program is open for a long time, resources in memory can get “lost.” Closing or restarting a program can help flush out the system.
- Restart the computer
It can be beneficial to turn off, and/or restart computers from time to time. Not necessarily every day, but once a week is a good time frame. This, similar to the previous tip, helps to clean things out that are stuck or wasting space in the background of the computers resources.
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