Computer Maintenance Checklist For Software and Hardware Components
It is better to sew up a small hole with one or two stitches rather than waiting till your pants rip! A computer is the most used electronic machine in our lives, and with a lot of media and content available for download online, it can become slow and unresponsive due to data buildup. Like the small hole, it’s best to deal with it now instead of waiting until it gets worse.
Most computer users are unaware, but every time you switch on your PC, read your e-mails, create new files, read new documents, download something, etc., it adds to the clutter and junk. Some operating systems come with a built-in system that helps users keep their computers working smoothly and spam-free. If your computer starts running slower than usual, there is a serious need for maintenance. Instead of hiring a computer technician, below is a monthly computer maintenance checklist that’ll help keep your computer clean inside and out.
Basic Computer Hardware Maintenance Checklist.
- Make sure that your computer, LCD, printer, CPU are plugged into a surge protector.
- Clean your LCD, mouse, keyboard and other parts with alcohol-free cleaners or wipes specifically for this purpose.
- Check the physical connections between all devices, see that clear airflow is maintained and check that no wires are obstructed anywhere.
- Blow out or vacuum the accumulated dust in and around your computer. The motherboard of your PC and the sides of the expansion cards attract dust and debris, blow out the dust from that area too (might want to take it outside first, depending on how old it is!)
- Check that the cooling fan (for CPU’s) is working properly, keep it free of dust and cobwebs. Accumulated dust may obstruct the working of the cooling fan.
Basic Computer Software Maintenance Checklist:
- Firstly, update your computer’s virus definition or install a reliable antivirus program. Update your antivirus program and run a complete virus scan at least once a week.
- Delete all the temporary Internet files. In Internet Explorer, click on Tools, and select Internet options. Click the option marked Delete Files. The deletion will take some time, but it is required to get rid of all those temporary files.
- Clear Internet cache. Every time you surf the internet, your PC stores all the web pages and images you scroll through. This backup information is stored in hard drive space. Download CCleaner for this purpose. Empty your Recycle Bin. Make sure to empty it, every time you delete something. This will keep the hard drive free and clean from unnecessary clutter.
- Do a disk cleanup. This will get rid of old compressed files, temporary files, and other junk. To do this, go to the Start Menu →All Programs →Accessories →System Tools →Disk Cleanup.
- Shortcut icons on the desktop are no doubt handy and easily accessible, but get rid of the icons that are not in use. This will make your desktop look clean and neat.
- Delete programs that are rarely used or not used. Go to the Control Panel →Add or Remove Programs. You will see the programs installed on your PC. Deleting programs that are rarely used or not used will increase the performance of your PC.
- Back up your database to protect and restore (in case of system failure).
- Run the Disk Defragmenter utility to clear disk space for unnecessary data on your hard drive. To do this, click the Start button →Programs →Accessories →System Tools, and then select the Disk Defragmenter option.
- Restart your computer properly to clean it of unwanted clutter.
Using the above computer maintenance checklist you can help your PC perform at its best. Even then you may still have computer problems and should contact an A+ Certified Computer Technician to fix your PC.