Computer Maintenance – Common Procedures and Advice

Why the need for Computer Maintenance

Computer Maintenance is important, not only to your computer, but to you. Adopting good computer maintenance procedures will save money (less chance of hardware faults and software issues), time (improved performance means less time spent waiting) and protects your data (performing backups, for example).

Common Computer Maintenance Procedures

There are a number of things that can be done to maintain your computer. Here is a description of typical computer maintenance procedures:

Computer Cleaning

All computer hardware should be cleaned regularly, dust is a number one factor when it comes to computer faults arising, getting under processor fans causing processors to overheat, leading to damaged processors. Another common factor of computer hardware failure is dust clogging up in the power supply.

You should not remove the side panels from your computer if you are not confident enough. Never use a device such as a hoover to clean the insides of your computer, vacuum cleaners generate a high amount of static electricity which can shorten the life, or damage the components inside your computer system. The best option for doing this is to use a can of compressed air.

In computers where the dust build-up may have been for a number of years the heatsink compound may require replacing, this should not be done by the casual computer user as processors are expensive,  fragile and easy to damage. In this case an alcohol based solution,  or heatsink remover should be used to thoroughly clean existing heatsink paste from the processor. Fresh heatsink compound should be then re-applied.

Ensuring all cables are secured and not obstructing air-flow will also help keeping the computer temperature to a minimum.

Hard Drive Maintenance

There are a few things that are part of computers hard drive maintenance, such as checking enough space exists for the system to run at optimal performance; checking the drive for errors (both software and hardware) and defragmenting the hard drive. Software errors on a hard drive caused by in proper system shutdown can cause a computer system not to boot.

Anti-Virus, Privacy & Security Software

Utilising privacy software and anti-virus ensures the privacy of you and your information on your computer. Good privacy and anti-virus software also cleans up your computer, prevents unauthorised installation of software (spyware, adware,malware), causes less programs to access the internet – and as a result speeds up your internet connection. Keeping your anti-virus software up-to-date should be a critical part of any computer maintenance plan.

Updating Windows

An important part of your daily computer maintenance routine should be keeping your software (windows, anti-virus, etc.) up-to-date, ensuring the latest security patches and application updates are installed, available and running properly.

Updating your Windows operating system is very important! Microsoft releases security fixes at a rapid rate.

What Next?

As you can see there is quite a lot involved with actively looking after and maintaining your computer. If you are a small business looking for an active IT support partner to handle your computer maintenance on a regular basis, please get in touch by calling 0161 871 6820.


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