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Keeping your Windows PC Healthy!

Published On: Friday, May 18, 2018 61882 views

Hello Everyone!

 

In this post I am going to talk about keeping our computers running at optimum level in terms of performance, speed, safety, and ensuring maximum availability of resources. This post mentions certain guidelines for achieving the same.

 Let’s begin.

 Your computer is a breathing machine. It needs free RAM, CPU and Hard-disk resources to accomplish the necessary computational tasks that you, the user, throw at it everyday. Therefore, if you wish to have your computer performing at the optimum level, you need to take care of it.

 Following are certain guidelines regarding general care of a Windows PC: 

1.       Determine what you need to install instead of installing everything. There is an inherent tendency in us to collect resources for our virtual survival. We tend to collect tools, resources, and knowledge a lot more compared to what we actually need or will use. Typically, most people just require a basic set of tools, i.e. a browser, word/spreadsheet processor, media player etc. Advanced users may need to extend capability of their computers by installing certain additional tools but again installing what you need is still applicable. Be wary of the random pop-up windows offering to install that very important software you really need desperately for free. Remember, when a software product is offered free, then it’s you the user the main product.

2.       Stay organized, use appropriate file/folder names, and develop a logical folder structure. You have to organize your data and files into logical file and folder structures on the hard-drive to yield maximum productivity in the long run. Computers LOVE organized users and allow them to become more productive in their endeavors, therefore it is very important to follow a strategy that allows you to logically add information (files/folders/data) over time into the given folder structure.

3.       Frequently remove or move the junkware, old data and backed up files. Keep an external hard-drive handy to serve as your backup storage location to dump files you no longer need. But remember if you’re not putting them into a logical folder structure, then it is less likely that you’ll ever find what you need in an emergency.

4.       Before using an Anti-Virus software, understand how they work. Most anti-virus software work on the model of general insurance and similarly they provide you coverage over prevention of a certain type of fear, i.e. malicious software or known vulnerabilities. You cannot fully trust any anti-virus software to make your computer 100% safe as they can only offer protection over previously known viruses. Also, don’t forget that anti-virus software are just a piece of software only. That means, they themselves can also become target of hackers or viruses. So, what is the best strategy to deal with such issues? Contrary to the popular opinion, I’ve found out that having no anti-virus software have kept my computer most safe, bug free, and outperforming. Of course, certain system level tools were always employed such as Windows Firewall and Windows Defender, but no fancy anti-virus software was ever installed. I feel the reason this has worked for me in the past is that I trust Microsoft more than any anti-virus software maker since I believe it is in the best interest of Microsoft to have its operating system fully secured with necessary software than to rely on third-party software for safety and security.

5.       Turn-off Windows Features you don’t need. Microsoft Windows OS is a collection of various technologies developed inside or outside Microsoft company, which means it will have added support for certain features that many of its users would never use since Windows OS is designed to fit needs of a variety of users. Bottom-line is that a typical Windows PC user is never going to need many, if not most, of its inbuilt features. So, it would be a wise thing to turn off those you don’t need.

6.       Consider a hardware upgrade for better performance. Some of us have a tendency to extract maximum performance juice out of a machine designed to specifically give a definitive level of performance. It is likely that besides some simple or advanced level tweaks, the computer shall be limited by the availability of maximum hardware resources, i.e. RAM, Hard-disk space, CPU Processing Power, and Video Memory etc. If you find yourself not satisfied in terms of hardware performance, then it is a wise investment to simply upgrade the hardware.

 I hope you’ll find these guidelines relevant for keeping your Windows PC running at optimum level. In-case if you wish to add any additional point to the post, then please leave a comment below.


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