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Tips on Computer Maintenance This article: Tips on Computer Maintenance maybe long but it will save you time, frustration and money.

I often hear, “This dumb thing doesn’t work” to which I respond, “what doesn’t’ work?” The typical scenario goes on that a website doesn’t work. But, after digging deeper I find that it’s not the’s the computer. Computer maintenance is one of those things we don’t do until it’s almost too late. I say almost because, in many instances, we were able to solve the issue with a little TLC.

If I were to ask you right now…when was the last time you changed the oil in your car or when is your next oil change due, I’m sure you could tell me.


If I ask you when was the last time you ran the disc cleaner or defragged your computer and when is it scheduled again…I’m pretty sure I would get a blank stare and gaping mouth—or in medical terms “the Fish Sign”Fish Sign

Tips On Computer Maintenance

1) Set up a Maintenance Schedule

Most computers (pcs) actually have this built in–BUT–You have to set it up AND have your computer ON during the scheduled time or nothing happens.

2) Know what should be in your Computer Maintenance schedule

Thanks to Melodie Licht for providing such a schedule–click here to down load

Where to Start

Before you complete any computer maintenance–know what’s in your computer in case something happens when you finally do run your maintenance or if you change something you can use this knowledge to trouble shoot the problem.

Recommend: The Belarc Advisor–a free personal PC audit

The Belarc Advisor builds a detailed profile of your installed software and hardware, network inventory, missing Microsoft hotfixes, anti-virus status, security benchmarks, and displays the results in your Web browser. All of your PC profile information is kept private on your PC and is not sent to any web server.

Much of what you will find in the report will look like gibberish–not to worry, give that to your favorite computer tech person and they will know what to do with the information–should the need arise.

Always Back up your computer–Personally, I am on my 3rd computer and it never dawned on me how important this is until my laptop blew up unexpectedly. You can do this a couple of ways but in deciding what works best for you is to ask yourself–will I be diligent to do it every day?

External hard drive (EHD)-an external hard drive is a piece of add on hardware that can be picked up at any computer store or Wal-Mart. The EHD usually runs about $80-150 depending on what size you get.

Pros-One time purchase

Cons-They can fail–You have to remember to use them Daily–You might not know or realize what you should backup. As in my case–I had an EHD but never remembered to plug it in or if I did I would be too tired at the end of my computing day to back it up–long story short, I lost a bunch of valuable photos and other documents

Cloud Server Software Programs–Cloud server programs are a way to back up your system to an offsite (meaning not on your computer) computer over the internet. These servers are highly maintained and encrypt your files during transfer–very cool and very safe! The services typically run $5-12 dollars a month depending upon your usage.

This is by far my favorite way to back up my computer daily

Pros-Set it and forget it

Con-Monthly fee which is easily affordable and the cost outweighs what you will pay to retrieve your information should your computer fail.

Recommend: MyPcBackUp

“My hard drive crashed and I lost all my family photos and precious data. Thankfully I had my computer backed up online with MyPCBackup and I was able to quickly recover everything.”
Steve Elmer, Mississippi

Now that you know what’s in your computer and have it backed up

–time to run one more program before you run your disc cleaner and defrag.


CCleaner is the number-one tool for cleaning your Windows PC. It protects your privacy online and makes your computer faster and more secure. Easy to use and a small, fast download.-

Using CCLeaner actually takes care of running your disc cleaner–run the program then onto defragging. The program is pretty self-explanatory but it you need help–contact me.

Defragging your computer is quite easy but will take up to 2 hours to complete–don’t run this if you need to use your computer! Do this at the end of a day–let it run and then reboot your computer when it’s complete. Here’s how you find the program on your PC–Click Start Button–Accessories–System Tools–Disc Defragmenter—select drives and run.

Last But not Least–Always reboot your computer each time you perform maintenance, install a new program or delete an old program.

Whew! You did it! You have set yourself up for success both on and offline with a little TLC for your computer.

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About Patti Vancil

Patti is a Registered Nurse, Happily married for 30+ years and Supreme Grand Mom to Ms K. Special interests include Sign Language, Becoming better today than yesterday, and loving life while maintaining a keen sense of humor

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