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Basic Computer Maintenance You Should Be Doing to Your PC

Basic Computer Maintenance You Should Be Doing to Your PC

Even though computers are more affordable than they once were, that doesn’t mean you have to replace them every time it slows down. Here are some basic computer maintenance tasks you should be doing, but probably aren’t.

The starting price for even the most minor computer repairs could run you hundreds of dollars for something you might have been able to do at home. With the cost of computers seeing no change in the near future, your investment of thousands of dollars needs a little help to last.

Some basic computer maintenance can help you to get a few extra years out of your devices and keep it running as fast as it did on day one.

Follow these 5 tips to keep things zooming along.

1. Dust Is A Menace

Whether you realize it or not, the dust that collects in, on, and around your computer can actually do some damage to it. While it might just be an annoyance or you might not always feel like dusting, having a can of air around to blow on your PC every few months matters.

Keeping your keyboard clean matters a significant amount to your productivity. Ask anyone who’s ever had to deal with a missing or broken key and they’ll tell you they never realized how bad it could be. Spilling a drink, letting dust collect, or getting crumbs under keys can impact their response time and change your typing productivity.

Dust can actually slow your computer down. Every computer is outfitted with fans because, as electricity flows through circuits and data moves ever faster through the components, they will heat up. The fan or cooling system in your device keeps it in working order.

When things heat up, components can pop, short circuit, or even catch fire. Dust will exacerbate the fire by fueling the flames.

Dust can also weigh down your fans and other hardware, keeping your computer from being able to cool itself down.

Be sure you’re blowing some air on your computer, wherever there’s a hole or an opening, to loosen up dust and let things clear out.

2. More Files Means More Work

The more files your computer needs to load up when it boots, the more work it has to do from the start. Having a bunch of files on your desktop means that your computer will be keeping those, supposedly most important, files at your beck and call. Moving them to other folders tells your computer that they’re part of your overall archive.

The less hard drive space you have, the less room your computer has to perform basic maintenance or do any of the processing it needs to do. Keeping a clean hard drive allows your computer to spend more time at rest.

Come up with a system of deciding whether or not files are essential to you and whether or not you need to have them on hand all the time. If you’re keeping photos of your friends and family on your computer instead of your backup device, it’s time to reset your priorities. You won’t be going through those photos casually on a Tuesday afternoon for no reason.

Put them in storage via a backup device and save room on your computer. It’ll be less work for your PC in the end.

3. Updates Aren’t Just There To Annoy You

One of the most irritating thing for PC users is the bombardment of requests to update your software all the time. It seems like whenever you update your software, you have to learn a new interface and could risk running into problems. Everyone has a horror story related to updating their software.

However, those updates aren’t arbitrary. Take a look at the tab labeled “more info" and you’ll often see that you’re being asked to update your software because of security issues. As developers work on their old software, they realize security flaws and need to fix them.

Failing to update your software leaves you vulnerable to hacking, ransomware, and any number of attacks.

While constantly having to update might be irritating, don’t be caught off guard. An update to fix security problems in a piece of software could save your system from a major attack that could leave you without access to important data. Updates aren’t just there to annoy you, I swear!

4. Runtime is Finite

Just like car components, air conditioners, or any kind of mechanical object, no running mechanism is meant to run forever. Your computer’s components have a shelf life like anything else. With the right maintenance, they can last for years longer than their shelf life.

You need to keep your computer clean, back it up regularly, clean out old files, and shut down unnecessary programs as often as possible. This will keep the computer from continuing to run longer than you’re actually using it. Allow it to go to sleep as often as possible and put it to sleep whenever you’re not actively using it.

5. Temperature Matters

As stated before, your fans are important to keep your computer running. If you visit any major data center, where all the data is stored on Facebook or Google, you’d find you need to bring a jacket. Computer equipment needs to be kept cool to keep it running and keep components from overheating.

If you do most of your computing by a radiator, you might want to move your computer desk. In summer months, position yourself a little closer to where the air conditioner is so that your computer stays cool. Keeping the temperature regulated in your home will help your computer last longer.

Basic Computer Maintenance is a Search Away

Before you hire someone for basic computer maintenance, try using your favorite search engine to find an answer to your problems. You’ll be surprised to find that most issues are common enough to warrant a ton of search results. Try out a few solutions and see if you can’t avoid a steep repair bill.

If you find yourself stuck, check out our guide for some of the advantages of hiring a computer specialist.

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OriMaster 261
18:27 08 Jan 20
Very nice and helpful people, love the store atmosphere, and fair prices.... Overall a very pleasant experience!read more
Tracy cook
Tracy cook
00:29 03 Jan 20
So far, it hasn't been that great. I took a laptop in almost 2 weeks ago and... haven't heard back from them. When I went in to drop it off, it was like they were getting ready to go out of business. The young guy who took my laptop said he would call me and hasn't yet. I know that we have had 2 weeks of holidays, but other businesses are open again. He made sure he got my $45 first though. I'm surprised by all of this, because I've gotten great service when the father was there. In this guy's response, he says that he can't get a hold of me. What he fails to mention is that he wrote my number down wrong and didn't check his caller ID from when I called last Monday or when I left a message the week before. I left a message last week and he never called me back then either. When he did finally found my number, he chewed me out for everything. He never confirmed anything about the computer, yet acts like he did. So my number is not out of service, but I will not be a customer of theirs more
23:48 22 Oct 19
I went with a problem on my tablet and that is not something they are very... comfortable with but for computers that are used you should check it outread more
Carol Lyle
Carol Lyle
16:43 13 May 19
Am new to the area having problems with tower computer at the time. Was... advised to seek a locally owned business doing computer repair. I did and chose Community Computer Services in Alexandria, Ky. 41001. Did diagnostics as I was thinking problem with hard drive. Wasn't which was great price wise. Was able to clear out all viruses and malware. Saved my pictures and other personal folders and reloaded to computer. Also installed free virus and malware programs. Runs fast!! Also they gave me a week to use to see if incurred any problems. I did not!!! While taking care of tower computer explained how slow my laptop was. So brought it in. Was going to do diagnostics see what problem was. He told me it would be like a new computer. Advised me to use chrome. He saved my files and reloaded them so where I didn't lose anything. Also downloaded the free virus protection and malware. The laptop is brand new to me. It is fantastic!!!! So fast it has to wait on me. I would recommend anyone having computer problems to see Community Computer Services immediately. Very reasonable, courteous and explained things to me where I could understand. Excellent more
Sara housypart
Sara housypart
18:44 03 Apr 19
We took our mac into their store. It was running terrible. They were able to... make it run like it was new. I was surprised on how affordable it was. We will be going there from now on for all of our computer more
Steven Noble
Steven Noble
21:07 01 Apr 19
They did a great job fixing our laptops. We will be using them from now on.
Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore
23:45 31 Mar 19
We have used Community Computer Services for many years now. They do a great... job! The pricing is great as well. If you need a laptop or desktop repaired in Northern Kentucky, then these are your more
Piles Chevrolet
Piles Chevrolet
15:36 20 Feb 19
This is a great place to have your computer or laptop repaired. They are fast,... honest and stand behind their work. I wouldn't go any place else. I recommend everyone to use this company. They give you pricing right up front. D. Hensleyread more
Joe Geiman
Joe Geiman
03:30 25 Aug 18
Always had a great experience dealing with these guys. My computer is running... faster than it ever has after being repaired there. Would recommend them to more
Penelope Kolb
Penelope Kolb
15:03 22 Aug 18
Community Computer Services provides a great services at affordable prices.... Over the past 5 years I have had to replace lap top hardware and treat viruses. Every time the knowledgeable team at Community Computer Services has provided fast diagnostics with a menu of solutions for me to choose from. I highly recommend keeping your technology out of a landfill and going strong with the support of Community Computer more
B Bailey
B Bailey
01:20 22 Aug 18
I have received great service from these guys on more than one occasion. The... prices are excellent as well. They have taken very good care of me over the years. Thanks!read more
Daryl Mullins
Daryl Mullins
04:08 28 Jul 18
My computer quit working just as my wife was in the middle of using it for... Vacation Bible School last night. She was panicking. I began to look online and saw Community Computers near where I live. I checked the reviews and it had a great rating. I called this morning and explained my situation. I was told to bring my laptop in and he would see what he could do. When I took it in I also shared with him another issue I had been experiencing, my wireless connection was not working . He said he would really try to find out the issue so we would have it for Bible School. About 2 1/2 hours later he called to give the good news that the problem was just a bad cord. When picking it up he also told me he gave it a good checking over and tried to repair my non wireless connection for over an hour. He then told me instead of trying to go into the laptop to change a chip which could be costly, he sent me to Staples for a solution of a $30.00 wireless adapter. I was very impressed with my experience Community Computers. I would encourage anyone who has computer issues to check them out. You will not be disappointed. Also, the price I paid was very more
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