At this time of the year many of us shake the winter gloom from our homes with a bout of spring cleaning. However, we often forget that our computers should have a thorough cleaning as well.
Cleaning and de-cluttering your computer will prolong the life of the machine and keep it running at optimum performance. Here is a basic 5 step approach to spring clean your Windows PC.
Step One- Do a back up
Think of all of the irreplaceable photos, home videos, calendar entries and documents that are being stored on your computer. Whether you are cleaning out your computer or not, backing up your most important (if not all) files should be something you do on a regular basis.
Step Two- Purge
Decide what programs you no longer need and uninstall. This will not only help clear up space on your hard drive but will remove all of those cluttered icons from your desktop.
Step Three- Clean up
If this will be your first time ever running a disk defragment and you are nervous about doing so by yourself- please call your tech support for assistance. If you are feeling like you can take it on, defragment your drive. This process will organize your computer contents and store files in the smallest number of fragments. In return this process will create a larger expanse of free space. Don’t forget to also permanently empty your recycle bin as well as your Web browser cache.
Step Four- Update
Make sure that your Windows Update is on and updating on a regular basis. Even though those update pop-ups can be pesky they provide essential security patches and system fixes. To save time schedule your computer to check and run those updates automatically.
Step Five- Protect your PC
Scan your machine with any reputable anti-virus and anti-spyware program and remove all threats. Just the same as Windows updates set your programs to scan on a regular basis and be sure to update the software to protect your machine from emerging threats.
If you don’t want to add one more thing to your cleaning list. Call RADIAH. We will blow those dust bunnies out, run a virus scan, cleanse your system and make sure everything is updated for you.
Give us a call today to schedule your computer spring cleaning 503-489-9924 and don’t forget to ask for your free Ink & Toner estimate.