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A Beginner’s Guide To Looking After Your PC

​Despite being one of the most important developments of recent decades, we all have a somewhat fraught relationship with our personal computers from time to time

17Aug

Yes, we sometimes feel the need to take part in the Olympics at home and throw the laptop out the window like we’re competing for Gold in the discus. And yes, we’ve all had that occasional surge of anger as the computer freezes at the worst possible moment. However, more often than not, an unresponsive and slow computer is our fault.

Without a little care towards the hardware and operating system, you can’t expect your PC to function properly, so here are a few simple, effective, yet somehow overlooked tips from Syntax IT support to maintain your computer in a healthy state.

Remove old files

Disk Clean-up is a great tool for decluttering the hard drive as it automatically detects temporary files or files no longer in use and deletes them, saving you time, and clean-up space. To use the feature, go to My Computer, right-click the drive you want to clean, and hit properties. Regularly performing a spring clean on your computer is among the simplest ways to not only keep things ordered and organized in your digital world, but also keeps your computer working at full pace. A huge percentage of problems with speed can be addressed by simply freeing up space and discarding old files.

Get a good antivirus

There are things you don’t put a price on, and those not only include your health, but the health of your computer too. Keeping viruses at bay and your system clean is essential to keeping things running smoothly in your computer. Keeping your antivirus up to date and ahead of the viruses - that would otherwise wipe your memory or steal your private information - is essential.

Back up your data

You’d better start with this one, actually – you’d better do it right now. Typing ‘backup’ in the search bar will lead you straight to the Backup and Restore feature, where you can select what to backup and where to store it.

Remove unwanted programs

PCs come with plenty of software, features, and programs from the factory, but regular users rarely need everything that is provided. It may be the case you haven’t even heard of some applications, let alone know how to use them. You can easily uninstall unnecessary programs using Control Panel’s Programs and Features app, but make sure you don’t accidentally delete any software you need. After all, buying from scratch could hit you in the pocket in the long run.

Use the latest drivers

To maintain a good functioning level, you must always download the latest drivers and updates from your computer’s manufacturer. These will fix any bugs and issues with the previous versions. Go to Windows Settings and then Update and Security to make sure Automatic Updates is turned on.

Avoid overheating

Over time, the buildup of dust in your machine can cause your computer to overheat and become at risk of failing. Dust typically accumulates in the fan and moving parts. A quick vacuum can often keep the worst of this at bay, but it may also be necessary to ask an IT support specialist to pull your machine apart and give it a more thorough MOT.

Be more gentle

What about a little delicacy when it comes to the way you treat the computer?

Never batter the keyboard again and try not to throw the mouse around or leave it hanging off your desk. You might just extend the lifetime of these essential parts. Cleaning the dust off them regularly will also help to prolong the life of your equipment.

Stay informed

Reading more articles like this one won’t do you any harm. New operating systems and programs are always released, and they bring more useful features with them. Keep an eye out for things that could be of any interest to you.

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