Computer Maintenance

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Computer maintenance is the practice of keeping computers in a good state of repair. Refined Networking zeroes in on this important practice, which encompasses:

  • Computer cleaning - physically cleaning the interior, and exterior, of a computer including the removal of dust and debris from cooling fans, power supplies, and hardware components.
  • Backup - copying and archiving securely important data so that, in the event, of failure, the data and systems may be reconstructed. When major maintenance such as patching is performed, a backup is recommended as the first step in case the update fails and reversion is required.
  • Disk maintenance - disk storage, such as your hard drive, fills up with unwanted files over time. Disk cleanup may be performed as regular maintenance to remove these. Files may become fragmented and, therefore, slow the performance of the computer. Disk defragmentation may be performed to combine these fragments and so improve performance.
  • Dust removal - dust and other debris may accumulate as a result of air cooling. If filters are used to prevent this then they will need regular service and changes. If the cooling system is not filtered then regular computer cleaning may be required to prevent short circuits and overheating.
  • Registry operating systems files like the Windows Registry may require maintenance. A utility such as a registry cleaner can be used for this.
  • Service intervals - depending on your environment, computers should be serviced at least once per quarter, though monthly service is optimal. This will ensure that your computers run at their peak performance.
  • Software updates - software packages and operating systems may require regular updates to correct software bugs and address security weaknesses. An automated or semi-automated program such as Windows update may be used for this.