Computer Maintenance Overview
How to avoid problems and tackle computer repairs
In the course of time, the performance level of
your computer is likely to go down for a number of reasons. In some
cases problems may arise that disable parts or all of the functions of
the computer. Our goal is to minimize problems and to provide an
approach to dealing with problems with minimal hassle and cost.
- An ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure. Most problems can be avoided if some prevention
is done. Even if there is an issue, the earlier it is discovered the
less damage there will be. Regular computer maintenance
will avoid a world of problems.
- Following some helpful guidelines
listed below will simplify problem solving to a great degree.
- Finding the cause of the problem is the first
step to the solution. There are many aids to troubleshooting
- You can fix many problems but some require
more care or expertise.
Computer maintenance tips
- Prevent viruses and other malicious software
from doing damage to your system by implementing effective computer
- Maintain your computer speed by taking steps
to correct things that will slow you down. See how to boost
- Be careful what you download
to your computer. Don’t download risky or questionable software. Even
when you get an installation CD from some hardware or software vendor,
be selective about whatever extras they offer for downloading.
- Be sure that software that you install is the right
software for your operating system. This is especially true
for Vista since many companies haven’t caught up yet and may not have
the proper software for Vista.
- Maintain the physical state of your
system. Heat is the worst enemy of your hardware. Don’t allow
your computer fans to be blocked. Be careful with liquids or food
around the computer. The computer hates water.
- Backup your computer so
that you can recover any data lost through error or hardware failure.
- Keep track of your
installation software CDs and keys and any manuals provided.
- Software or data changes cause
most problems by far
- Hardware with moving parts
will fail more often than pure electronic components
- New problems are generally
caused by the latest change to the system. If you
just installed a new piece of hardware or software, that is likely the
cause of the problem.
There are many tools and aids that guide you in
your troubleshooting. These items are covered in detail in an article
1. Your operating system
provides help from the start menu. It provides step
by step guidance on a great number of problems.
2. There are a number of websites
that offer to help troubleshooting for
free. I provide this service via my contact form.
3. You can contact your computer and/or
hardware manufacturer in most cases. Many have 24/7 toll free
service and they can help you evaluate your problems.
4. You can search for
solutions to your problems on the web.
5. There are websites that have experts
to help you if you have a subscription. Experts
Exchange is an excellent source.
6. There are online services
that will analyze your computer for a fee. They may also be able to
solve your problem directly on your computer.
7. If all else fails, you will need to bring it to
a computer repair outlet.
Once you know the cause of your problem, in many
cases you can fix
computer problems yourself.
The troubleshooting that you have done may have
suggested a solution that you feel confident to try.
In general, you should be very careful about
repairs that require changing the registry. If you need to
deal with a registry problem or fix
a corrupt registry, use reliable programs such as TuneUp utilities or RegSupreme Pro. If you
need to install a new driver, back up first
and do it if the instructions are clear and don’t raise any concerns.
Replacing or adding memory or changing hardware
can be done with some care by those with a knack for do it yourself.
Changing the motherboard (the main board on which
all the computer’s main components and hardware control resides) is
something best left to experts.
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