Your personal computer is not just a computer but, a treasure box where all your beautiful memories, amazing movie collection, favorite videos rests. And I am sure that you just wouldn’t want to lose them ever. There is no certainty of what might happen to your computer next. However, just by taking few minor precautions, you can keep your home PC in peak condition and lower the risk of such a loss. Here is a brief list of few points about what you should and shouldn’t do with your Home computer in order to keep your computer healthy for long.
Home Computer DOs:
Following are few pointers that you should practice to give your computer a longer life:
One of the best applications that you could ever install on your computer is an antivirus. Biggest threat that your computer dread is a Virus. These programs are capable of causing severe hazard to your darling computer. Only an effective antivirus can save you from these viruses. You should run regular scans and always keep your antivirus updated.
Run System Updates:
Windows keep producing regular system updates. Do install these updates, as they will help your Windows grow better and improve security. These updates are not to add some fancy feature to your operating system; however, these updates are designed to enhance system capability and security.
Use External Hard Drives and Cloud to save precious data:
Create a backup of important documents, photos, favorite movies, videos, etc in an external drive or cloud. This way, when something goes wrong with your computer and you lose any data, you can get it back from your external hard disk or cloud. You’ll also be able to clear some space in your computer by transferring data that are not used often to cloud or external drive. You can easy get those data back whenever you need them.
Keep Cleaning your Computer in Regular Intervals:
Remove all temporary files that are accumulating in your computer. These files uselessly eat system space and slow down your PC. If you keep cleaning these files regularly, your computer would run smooth.
Routine Reinstall of Windows:
Create a solid backup and reinstall Windows (not too frequently, but once a year). This will freshen up your computer and remove all unwanted logs and temporary files that accumulated over time. This will optimize your system and help you computer to start afresh.
Home Computer DON’Ts:
Following are few minor practices that you should follow if you want to keep your computer healthy:
Never Turnoff your Computer Directly From the Power Button:
Instead, use Start > “ShutDown” and wait for your Windows to turnoff completely. Once it is turned off completely and the screen goes blank, switch the main power off.
Do not Connect Peripherals When Computer is in Running Mode:
Computer peripherals like Printer, Keyboard, Mouse, PCI cards, etc should not be connected or removed while computer is turned on. Instead, you should connect or remove any of these devices before booting the system.
No Playing with BIOS:
Do not make any changes in the Basic Input/Output Settings unless you know about it thoroughly as this can cause serious troubles to your computer. If you feel the need of any such changes, consult professionals.
Remove all External Drives and CDs:
Always remove floppies, DVDs, CDs, pen drives or external hard disk if not being used. Also, do not try to remove any of them if you have already given the command to shut down. Specially while removing pen drive, make sure that you remove them safely instead of just jerking them off the port.
Consult Professionals for Servicing:
Do not service your computer yourself without proper knowledge. Computer components are costly and fragile, and your simple cleaning or repairing attempt might unknowingly cause a serious damage.