Owning a computer is pretty much like owning a car, as you have to properly maintain it to keep it running as smoothly as possible and at peak performance. Whether you use your PC for work or for leisure, a lot of your documents and files are in your machine so learning how to take care of your PC, even just the basics of it, is important. Here are a few things you can do to keep your PC running like a well oiled machine.
Using a Registry cleaner
A Registry cleaner is a maintenance tool that cleans up the mess that can accumulate in your Windows Registry. The Registry is where your computer keeps the important information to keep your system running: device drivers, applications, and services, among other data. Entries are regularly read, written, and deleted, causing fragmentation over time. Errors and unused entries can build up and slow down your computer. A Registry cleaner can mop up the orphaned and old entries, as well as fix errors. Some cleaners also feature optimizers that defrag the Registry to compact the entries. You should be careful in choosing a Registry cleaner though and do some research to find a trustworthy one.
Making backup copies of your files ensures that you have something to fall back on in the unfortunate case of your system crashing on you. You probably have backups of files, but you’d want to make a backup of your Registry as well. Some Registry cleaners automatically make backups before they start cleaning, so you can be sure that you can restore from a backup in case something goes wrong. Also, make it a point to set a restore point in System Restore before you install an application or a program.
Clean your computer
Your computer has to be clean inside and out to ensure smooth operation. Dust can build up on your CPU’s heat sinks and fans and this can slow down your computer considerably. Open up your desktop and use compressed air to get rid of the dust. Be sure to take care of the power unit’s air intake as well.
As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. These simple maintenance steps should keep your computer in tip-top shape and prolong its life.