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We all want our computers to hum along without fail. Some basic maintenance can prevent the majority of problems. If problems do happen, here are ways to get them fixed as quickly and easily as possible.

General principles

1. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Most problems can be avoided if some prevention is done.

Here are some computer maintenance tips

  • Prevent viruses and other malicious software from doing damage to your system by implementing effective computer internet security
  • Maintain your computer speed by taking steps to correct things that will slow you down.
  • Be careful what you download to your computer. Don’t download risky or questionable software.
  • Be sure that software that you install is the right software for your operating system. This is especially true for Vista since many companies haven’t caught up yet and may not have the proper software for Vista.
  • Maintain the physical state of your system. Heat is the worst enemy of your hardware. Don’t allow your computer fans to be blocked. Be careful with liquids or food around the computer. The computer hates water.
  • Backup your computer so that you can recover any data lost through error or hardware failure.

2.If problems do arise, the guidelines listed below will simplify problem solving to a great degree.

  • Software or data changes cause most problems by far
  • Hardware with moving parts will fail more often than pure electronic components
  • New problems are generally caused by the latest change to the system. If you just installed a new piece of hardware or software, that is likely the cause of the problem.
  • 3. You have to determine what the problem is before you can fix it. There are many aids to troubleshooting available.

    1. Your operating system provides help from the start menu. It provides step by step guidance on a great number of problems.
    2. There are a number of websites that offer to help troubleshooting for free.
    3. You can contact your computer and/or hardware manufacturer in most cases. Many have 24/7 toll free service and they can help you evaluate your problems.
    4. You can search for solutions to your problems on the web.
    5. There are websites that have experts to help you if you have a subscription.
    6. There are online services that will analyze your computer for a fee. They may also be able to solve your problem directly on your computer.
    7. If all else fails, you will need to bring it to a computer repair outlet. You should check the rating of these repair sites before using them.

    4. You can fix many problems but some require more care or expertise.

    Keep track of your installation software CDs and keys and any manuals provided. Once you know the cause of your problem, in many cases you can fix it yourself. In general, you should be very careful about repairs that require changing the registry. If you need to install a new driver, back up first and do it if the instructions are clear and don’t raise any concerns.

    Replacing or adding memory or changing hardware can be done with some care by those with a bent for do it yourself.

    Changing the motherboard (the main board on which all the computer’s main components and hardware control resides) is something best left to experts.

    Summary

    With some tender loving care, your computer can serve you faithfully and worry free.

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