Spring Clean Your Computers for Maximum Performance

Snow is on the ground, but Spring is officially here (I guess). While you are cleaning, don’t forget to clean up your computers, servers, and electronic equipment, both inside and out. If you do not clean up your computer at least once or twice a year, you will suffer from decreased performance and system failures. Here’s why:

  • Dust gets clogged in your computer’s fan and cooling system and causes it to heat up. When it heats up it can damage the electronic equipment. This causes system failures and slow performance.
  • Some people eat over the keyboard and get crumbs and sticky stuff stuck between the keys. This can make the keys stick and make weird sounds when typing (I definitely don’t know this from personal experience). Also, keyboards are just gross in general. Seriously, worse than a toilet seat. Check out this article if you don’t believe me.
  • Dust, fingerprints and dirt build-up will make your monitor dim and fuzzy.

Actual “dirt” is just the beginning

  • Delete temporary files and unused programs because they take up space and slow things down. Disk Cleanup can help do this (Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Cleanup)
  • Defrag your hard drive (Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter).
  • Get rid of clutter on your desktop by removing shortcuts and files you don’t need. This can make you much more productive and efficient.
  • Make sure you have the latest security patches and updates installed and configured properly.
  • Check your backups and conduct an emergency “restore” of the data. Remember, the best time to check your backups is when you DON’T desperately need to recover your data!
  • If you are running Windows 8 you can refresh or reset your PC.

If you have problems doing any of this contact TtechT, and we will be more than happy to help.


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