The amount of maintenance that your computer needs will depend on how often you use it. If you use it for several hours a day every day, you should follow our simple 5-step plan every 3 months. If you only use your computer once or twice a week, you can do it less frequently. These steps will help your computer to run better. If it is starting to perform slowly or poorly, try these steps before buying a new one.
1. Uninstall unused programs
If you haven’t used a program in 6 months, uninstall it from your computer. This will free up space and allow your computer to work more efficiently. It is a simple process that you can do from your Control Panel.
Control Panel – Programs and Features – Click on the program and choose ‘Uninstall’.
2. Delete temporary and unnecessary files
When you visit sites online, your computer saves information to make it easier to load next time you go there. This adds temporary files that use up space. Delete these files to free up space and allow your computer to run faster.
Computer – My Computer – Right click on C Drive – Select Properties – Click on Disk Cleanup – Select All Users.
3. Only keep the most recent system restore
You can free up space by removing all but the last or most recent restore point. This process may take a while. This is also part of the Disk Cleanup route as indicated in number 3.
4. Defrag your computer
When you save data on your computer, it is saved in disk blocks. If the data cannot be stored in adjacent blocks, it gets fragmented. This means that a single photo can be stored over 5000 disk blocks. It obviously takes longer to retrieve and open when it is fragmented. To sort this out, defrag your computer.
Properties – Tools – Defrag Now.
5. Scan for viruses and spyware
Once you have cleaned up your PC and freed up some space, scan your computer for viruses and spyware.
These 5 simple steps should be done every few months to keep your PC working at its best.