Simple Windows Maintenance Tips

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Microsoft Windows is the most widely adopted platform for computers (laptops included). In summary, every version of Windows captures a total of 80 – 85 percent of computer users. It’s a very good operating system with lots of support and programs needed by everyone.

However, it isn’t perfect. Due to its large market share, it is prone to viruses and a host of other problems. Performance issues arise if you don’t take care of the operating system.

Here are some things you need to do to keep Windows smooth:

Update Regularly

When Windows asks people to update Windows, many people put them off regularly. This is a bad thing to do. Updating Windows isn’t a bad thing.

When updates arrive, always install them immediately so you don’t have to think about it anymore. Besides, they make your system stable and secure from viruses. It also works out bugs in the system.

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Get Microsoft Security Essentials

There is plenty of antivirus software out there. They’re really great, but sometimes they ask money from you after a trial period. If you can afford those, then great, you don’t have to worry about viruses.

For the rest of us though, we have Microsoft Security Essentials. It’s a great program because it’s free and regularly updates itself. It’s a pretty great program because as the name implies, all of the essentials are there.

Get CCleaner

The temporary files and registry section of Windows can be clogged with plenty of useless files that slow down the performance of Windows. It is a common annoyance, especially to people who do not maintain their computers. Do not become one of them!

CCleaner is a great program that deletes all of your useless temporary files without any harm. You can set it to clean not just Windows, but also a bunch of programs as well, such as your Internet browser.

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In a laptop setting, this is essential because it saves a lot of storage.

Defragment

For old laptops, if you’re having performance problems with Windows, then most likely it’s your hard drive that’s acting up. You need to defragment it.

When files are stored onto the hard drive, they’re usually scattered all around the place. Imagine having a huge closet where you just throw stuff wherever you like and when the time comes to use it (or in this case, load a file) you need to scour the whole space for it.

By defragmenting the hard drive, you’re grouping the bits of data together in organized clumps so that when you load files, they’re easier to retrieve. As a result, your hard drives last longer and performance is better.

You’ll notice that the whole computer is smoother, thus it prevents you from pulling your hairs out.

How often should you do this? For Vista and Windows 7, defragging happens automatically. For XP users, you have to do it manually, at least twice a month.

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For SSD’s you need TRIM, not defragging.

Conclusion

These simple Windows maintenance tips are very easy to follow. They ensure that you never need to reinstall Windows due to something horrible. Many people just reformat once a year!

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