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How to maintain yours computer or laptop and extend its life (useful tips)

Updated on March 28, 2018

A computer is a complex electronic device which we own proudly. But to remain its proud owner we need to take care of it. To extend life of computer, it must be regularly examined as we do for various machines and tools that we use. Like your other devices, your computer needs regular maintenance, tune-up, cleaning etc. The following steps about maintenance of personal computer can help extend life of your personal computer.

1. Friendly physical environment:

You must ensure whether your computer is placed in an environment with best possible room temperature and adequate exposure to air. There must have low humidity, high humidity may spoil delicate parts of the computers. Though your computer has an internal fan for cooling but good ventilation allows machine to cool faster. For the burning summer climates, your pc needs adequate air conditioning. For most computers, room temperature should be between 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 to 29.5 degrees Celsius) with a humidity level between 50 and 75 percent. Sufficient fan helps cool the system, the motherboard, and the CPU. Running computer in suitable environment can go a long way in extending life of your computer.

2. Proper electric setup:

Electricity is a vital factor that determines the durability of your personal computer. Surges, spikes and sags in electric supply can damage computer completely or can shorten lifespan of its components. To extend life of computer, make sure good electrical condition exist for your computer. It is desirable to have uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with surge protector to meet any contingencies like power outage or poor quality of electricity. This can be a lifesaver if the power cuts off or voltage becomes low for any reason.

3. Check electronic setup:

For extended life span of computer, it is applicable to automate precautionary computer maintenance. You should have vital software updates, virus protection, spyware protection, and computer firewall protection installed. Make sure you automated the updating process to protect your computer from virus and spyware. This, in turn, will help your computer to run better and stay protected.

4. Timely cleaning and maintenance:

Proper cleaning will extend life of your computer. You must clean and maintain your computer’s motherboard, CPU fans, SMPS on a regular basis. Lot of dust and remains gets accumulated after use of computer for a period of time. Cleaning this dust and remains that has been build up from fan and other components will clean up your computer and extend its life along with increasing its speed and performance.

5. Precautionary maintenance:

There are some tasks that have to be performed on monthly or yearly basis to allow your computer performing at its best. Cleaning of temporary files and emptying recycling bin are the tasks that have to be performed on a monthly basis. You can use disk cleanup software provided with Operating Systems or can download various free software for disk cleanup and registry cleaning. Along with this you must check hard disk for bad sectors regularly. This will not only clear the clutter but also increases the space of hard disk thus extend life of computer along with increasing its speed. You should scan hard drive for virus to prevent virus and other malware attacks and also defragment your hard disk to properly organize fragmented files.

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These are few tips to make your computer running smoothly without any glitches. Every computer users should follow these steps.


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      C.Alwarappan 6 years ago

      very useful precautionary tips. Thankyou

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      PhoenixV 6 years ago from USA

      Lately I have been removing the side cover panel to clean out a lot of dust that is building up. I wish that I could afford a new computer, but until then I am going to keep maintaining this one. I upgraded the RAM not too long ago so I still need to get more use out of it. Great advice excellent hub.

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      Patti Ann 6 years ago from Florida

      Great info - thanks for the advice.

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      narendra 7 years ago

      do more research on antivirus

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      Pawan kumar 7 years ago

      i like you and i want your advise that iam student of Bsc(IT)4th sem.

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      buryshane 7 years ago from (Delhi) India

      I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. In fact your creative writing abilities has inspired me to write hub like this and on this topic. Really the hubbing is spreading its wings rapidly. Your write up is a fine example of it.

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      daryl 7 years ago

      very basic

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      RAJKISHOR SAHU 9 years ago from Bangalore, Karnataka, INDIA

      Yes Brad, I have also seen that people don't care their Computers and when computer starts behaving mysteriously or any component goes faulty then they blame PC supplier or company. This kind of ignorance also leads to computers crash etc. which cause havoc to those who entirely rely on computer.

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      brad4l 9 years ago from USA

      It is amazing how dirty some people let their computers get. I have, on many occasions, been both amazed and disgusted upon having to fix someones computer and opening the case.

      Amazed, because their computer was still working despite every vent being completly clogged with dust. Disgusted because evey vent in the case was completlyclogged with dust.

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      linjingjing 9 years ago

      Extend Your Computers Life

      This article is very helpful to me