The Proper Way to Care for Your Computer
Earning a living as a computer specialist has traditionally been lucrative. Why? Well, mainly
because many first-time buyers don’t take the time to understand the basics of operating and maintaining their machines.
I completed an 8-hour training in the fundamentals of using a computer with a Windows 95 operating system before I bought my first computer in 1998. In the first several months of the course, I still managed to crash the computer three times. This should give you a rough idea of what we have on hand. Many people today buy computers because their friends have them or so they can access chat rooms or sexual websites, but they have no idea how to use or maintain a computer.
You can do a few easy things to keep your new computer functioning smoothly, saving you time, money, and frustration in the long term. My machine is running Windows XP Home Edition. In my opinion, it is the most effective technique currently available. Which operating system you set up on your computer is, of course, up to you.
I suggest going straight to the Windows Update site after bringing your new computer home and setting up your internet connection. Your new operating system will be updated automatically with files from the site to make it harder for unauthorized users to access your information.
The next step is to protect your computer with anti-virus and anti-spyware software.
This is typically included when you buy a new computer from a major retailer, but not always. If you want this feature, you should ask about it when you buy your computer. Anti-virus and anti-spyware software are necessities in today’s connected world. Google (http://www.google.com) is an excellent resource for finding relevant information.
Enter “anti-virus” or “anti-spyware” into the search bar for various options.
Many different websites will have your attention over time.”Cookies” are used on the majority of these websites. Many websites will place “cookies” or “trailing files” on your computer to keep tabs on your online activities. After some time has passed, it will be necessary to purge or permanently remove these files.
You should also delete your browser’s temporary files and history at least weekly. If you don’t do this, your computer’s performance will suffer severely, and you may even experience a system crash that requires a fresh operating system installation.
Internet Explorer’s menu bar is in the window’s top left corner. Find the choice labeled “Tools.”Select “Internet Options” from the menu after you click “Tools” with your left mouse button. From that point on, you shouldn’t have any problems. When clearing your browser’s cache and history, click the “OK” button. This practice, which I perform at least once daily, helps keep my computer in peak condition.
Defragmenting your hard drive at least once a month is recommended.
If you don’t do this regularly, your computer will lose performance, and you won’t get the most out of your apps. Left-clicking the Start menu will take you to the Accessories section, where you may locate the disk defragmenter. Start the application. If it has been a while since you last did this, you will notice a significant improvement in your computer’s performance.
In case you have a DSL or Cable modem and a computer:
You may experience slower-than-usual browsing speeds, with pages you visit taking longer than usual to load. To fix this, try powering down your computer, removing the modem from the modem box, waiting a few minutes, and then reconnecting it. Resetting the modem is a term for this process. My speeds are consistently high because I do this several times a week.
Here I will discuss various adjustments you can make to your computer’s internal components (sometimes known as “the case” or “hardware”). Despite your best efforts to keep your computer’s environment spotless, dust and other particles will inevitably find their way onto your motherboard, within your power supply, on your CPU, and all your cards (video, sound, etc.). Every three months, I take the time to clean the innards of my computer, and I advise all new users to do the same.
This is the proper procedure: First, ensure sure the computer is turned off and unplugged from the wall before you do anything else. The next step is to locate a suitable screwdriver for the case’s tiny, round screws. After detaching the case’s left and right halves, you’ll need a compressed air can available for less than $5 at any electronics retailer. Then, you spray the entire interior of the case, and the dust and filth will immediately begin to fly away from the regions you sprayed. You may save a lot of money and keep your computer working like new by doing this four times a year or once every three months.
I’m glad you’ve found my
Tutorials on the Computer.
legal copy – 2007
William Robinson is a skilled eBay vendor, web developer, and unofficial IT support specialist.