This is the most vital area of computing no matter who you are or what you do with computers. Whether you simply just browse Facebook or make films, these skills can and will keep your computer at its healthiest. Meaning it will be as a fast and efficient as possible. It’s taken me nearly a week to write this as it requires careful attention.
The best and easiest places to start would be two tools called Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter.
Disk Cleanup literally deletes files that your computer makes on a regular basis but become useless after it has used them. Don’t be afraid of deleting them as they are only needed by your computer once. If this was never done on your 5 year old machine you could save yourself up to 15GB of space!
Disk Defragmenter gets all the files on your computer and rearranges them into an order that makes it easier for your computer to find them when needed, saving it time when doing tasks. This could knock up to 5 seconds off your bootup speed if it was never done before.
These can be both be found by following this path;
Start\All Programs\Accessories\System Tools
Go to My Computer and right click on your ‘C:’ drive then on the menu that pops up click on ‘Properties’ at the bottom.
The tools are easy to use and don’t really need me to instruct you on how to use them. They MUST be used on a weekly, if not daily basis to keep your system as healthy as it can be.
UPDATES! UPDATES! UPDATES!
Fuck! I cannot stress this enough. Updates are the single most important thing your computer needs! You are all aware of some form of software wanting you to click an update button. But you most likely just click the ‘X’ to close it and then it just pops again tomorrow. Well then, that means you’re a fucking idiot. What in the name of fuck are you so afraid of?! Just click update! It might take a minute to do it might even ask you to restart your machine. If it does, THEN FUCKING DO IT! Not only do updates make your computer BETTER, they also prolong computer life, make your life easier, and make your machine less likely to break! Yes, that’s right, ignoring updates is usually the reason your computer breaks. And guess what. It will be entirely your fault. It’s as bad as ignoring a crying baby. It is vital for the general well-being of your machine that you always update. I’m not even being in any way sarcastic.
Updates in general are usually bug-fixes that make the software less likely to do something it shouldn’t. Very, very important stuff.
The most important updates are for Windows and for your anti-virus (I’ll talk about anti-virus some other day).
Windows updates should be checked daily and should always be downloaded and installed. These updates could be anything, even something that could prevent your system breaking for no reason.
To update (or at least check for updates for) Windows; simply click your Start button and go to All Programs. It should be listed there. If not, you can run a search in the Start buttons search bar.
Always restart your machine when asked. Seriously, it’s a lot more important than you might think.
HOGGING FILES YOU DON’T NEED.
Go to My Documents, including pictures, music, videos and downloads and delete everything you don’t need. No really, do it right now! Seriously, you’ll be shocked how much crap you have on your computer that you don’t need or want. This will save space on your hard-drive andcan prevent your hard-drive becoming over-worked and eventually breaking down altogether, which means you’ll lose everything and will need to buy a new one. That is a very common problem to happen to people who misuse their machines. Less strain, more gain.
EMPTY YOUR RECYCLING BIN!
People always forget this shit. When you ‘delete’ something, it doesn’t actually leave your computer, it’s just moved to the bin located on your desktop. To empty, hence actually deleting the files, just right-click and hit empty on the bin icon. You’ll know there’s something in your bin when the icon looks like it has crumpled-up paper in it.
Other simple things you can do include;
> Deleting your browsing history in your internet browser. (makes Internet faster)
> Use Google Chrome.
> Turn off transparency in Start\Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Personalization\Window Color and Appearance
> You can also stop programs from starting when you turn on your computer by going into the programs settings and un-tick the appropriate box. Programs like Skype, MSN, Dropbox and Steam are all bastards for starting when you don’t ask them too. This can vastly improve performance.
> Close a program when finished with it.
> If your computer freezes up, press CTRL+ALT+DELETE and press the Task Manager option to force-close the glitchy program.
There are literally millions of small things you can do to improve life-length and general performance of your machine. These are the basics and most important.
Next time I will do a rant on anti-virus and what you should use and how to use them. Thanks for reading! :D