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Got Computer Problems?

Updated on October 15, 2010

You've Got 99 problems And I bet A Computer Is One!

Have you ever been so fustrated with your computer that you just wanted to punch it, grab it and throw it off the top floor of a building while screaming? I know I have and I've been providing IT Technical Support for about 10 years. I pretty much know my way around a computer in and out but when I come across a problem that I've not seen before, that is so out of the ordinary and seems to have no fix, I get extremely fustrated! Also, since I'm a procrastintor at heart I usually have a deadline looming right around the corner and cannot afford any delays. This just adds to the fustration and could be very bad for your health too!

I am going to give you some ways to save yourself such fustrations and help you live a bit longer. So keep reading! I mean... who wouldn't want to live longer?

Preventative Maintenance For Your Computer

As the title implies, preventive maintenance, means to proactively complete a maintenance procedure in an effort prevent a malfunction. I will outline a Preventative Maintenance procedure that is a sure way to keep your computer running smoothly and efficiently thus saving you time, fustration and money.

  1. Surge Protector: Invest in a good surge protector and never plug your computer directly into the wall socket. The devices within a computer are very delicate and a surge protector will prevent high surges from damages these devices.
  2. Hard Drive Disk Defragment: So, what in the world is fragmentation and why am I defragging? Well, fragmentation occurs over a period of time as you save, delete and move files around. The computer saves these changes made to a file on the hard drive and it's different from the original file. If you make more changes to the orginal file then additional files are created in different locations on the hard drive to save these changes. Over time, your computer slows down because it has to search through all these different locations when you want to open a file. What disk defragmentation does is consolidate these fragmented files into one location on the hard drive. Open Disk Defragmenter by clicking the Start button-->All Programs-->Accessories-->System Tools-->Disk Defragmenter. The entire process can take up to 2 hours to finish but depends on the size of your hard drive and how fragmented your files are but don't worry, you will still be able to continue working on your computer while the process runs.
  3. Windows Update: I know it seems as if everyday there is an update from Microsoft but these updates are critical as they comprise of important patches to fix bugs that the were not seen upon release of the Operating System. They will also fix security holes discovered after the release and will help protect your computer from viruses and hackers.



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