When was the last time that you tuned up your PC? How often do you do this? Regular maintenance is better than a pound of cure. If your computer is well-maintained, you will not encounter any problem with it in the future. Of course, every part of the computer system has limitations or life span. Like human beings some part may falter and will stop functioning. Tuning up will help you prolong the good performance of your device.
This article will help you how to do a Tune Up by yourself. You will learn how to do the step-by-step procedures without having too much trouble about technical jargons and it focuses on coming up with a system for making sure you follow through on tuning up regularly.
What can I get out of a PC tune-up?
PC Tune up usually makes it quicker and more responsive, helps it run efficiently, and in some respects, extends the life of the machine. You will save a lot of money because you can use your device for a long time. As with any other complex machinery, if you don’t perform basic upkeep on your computer, you’ll see that it is doing a different performance as it was before.
Tuning up a PC keeps it internally organized. Important files are managed appropriately, junk gets tossed, and parts of the system that were starting to get messy or broken are patched back together again.
How often should I tune up?
Some people do it every day or monthly. The advisable tune up is once every three months, but if you do it once a month or once a week, it is probably better.Part of the reason why it is recommendable making it a monthly or weekly chore is so that it can become a regular habit. It’s easier for most people to stick to doing something “every Monday morning” or “once a month on the first of the month” than something less rigid.
Make a calendar of your to-do list so that you will be reminded of your appointment.You could also get into the habit of doing a partial tune up on a regular basis, and save the full tune up for every couple of weeks. There’s no reason to be too rigid about your schedule or system for remembering. Do what you think is best for you.
Typical PC Tune up Procedure
Here is a basic checklist for a typical tune up:
- You should always backup your data :
Make sure you back up all your important data to an external drive, or to google drive before you begin fixing with your PC so you can retrieve or browse again your important files before doing the whole tune up process.
2.Run all software and OS updates:
Check for software and driver updates. Be sure to update not only Windows or Mac OS X, but everything, including programs, browsers and their plug-ins. Save yourself some time by setting all your software/OS to check for updates automatically. When a reminder pops up to tell your new software is available to install, either do it on the spot, or save it for the next time you shut down your machine. Let it do its thing when it’s most convenient for you.
3.Check your hard drive for errors/check performance/check CPU:
Both Windows and Mac OS have a utility for checking the hard drive for errors and repairing them. See Microsoft’s instructions for Windows and Apple’s for Mac. (Note that with Windows 8.1, you right click the Start button, select File Explorer, and then you can select your hard disk properties and follow the rest of the instructions).
4.Run a full malware scan with an antivirus tool or suite:
Some procedures you just can’t do yourself. To protect your computer from spyware, viruses, and other malware, use a good antivirus tool, and run a full scan. This step can be automated, too.
5.Delete unnecessary files:
A well-used computer has thousands and thousands of files that you don’t need to keep forever and which you should dump from time to time. Of course, you’ll delete working files, like Word documents and PDFs that you don’t need anymore, but more important are all the Internet cache files, system temp files and other detritus, such as the clipboard memory and “recently used” history. “Run CCleaner (a free tune up utility that can sweep unnecessary files) once a month.”
6.Uninstall unused or unwanted programs:
Occasionally, uninstall programs that you don’t use. Mac users can drag them to the trash bin, then empty it, while Windows users can uninstall from the Control Panel.
7.Defrag (unless you have a solid-state drive, in which case, don’t ever defrag)
It means pulling back together fragmented pieces of data on the hard drive
You don’t have to go through the whole list every time you do the tune up. It depends on what you do with your computer. For example, a big part of my job is to test software, so I uninstall programs much more frequently on my office computer than my home computer.
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