A computer is like any machine; if you want it to perform well and last long than you need to take care of it. You also need to ensure it receives regular maintenance and repair when necessary. This article will include some basic advice and tips for ensuring that your computer is running efficiently and safely.
One of the most basic ways to solve a problem on your computer is to consult the help menu for your software, as almost any piece of software will come with one built in. If you are having an issue with a certain program, try pressing F1 once the program is open and selected, and more often than not a help window will appear, giving you information on potential solutions to common and advanced problems.
A practical way to resolve any issue that has recently occurred due to something you installed or altered on your computer is to use system restore. System restore is a Microsoft program that can be found in the system tools folder; if you want to change your system back to the way it was a week, day, or even hour ago, you can use the system restore program. However it is important to note that you must create a restore point to go back to, in other words you must save the state your computer is at by using system restore. It is always a good idea to create a restore point before you change any critical software or settings on your computer, that way you can always undo them.
To keep your machine running efficiently it is a good idea to defrag your hard drive by running the disk defragmenter program in the system tools folder, this program helps to better organize files that may have been misplaced due to incidental user action or from removing old programs. This program can be scheduled to run automatically on a schedule determined by the user; it should help to make your computer run faster and smoother.
If you notice that your computer sounds excessively loud or louder than when you first purchased it, the internal fans are likely running faster and harder to keep your machine cool. Several components within the computer produce excessive heat, such as the CPU and GPU, which requires an internal cooling system, most often fans are used. Some computers will shut themselves off when a temperature limit is reached, however if the machine continues to run at high temperatures, the components will be damaged and need to be replaced. The increased fan speed is most often attributed to the collection of dust and other small debris within the internal framework of the computer.
To avoid overheating and damage of the internal components, your computer should be cleaned regularly. To do this you need to remove the external cover, either on the computer tower or on the bottom of a laptop. You should take extreme caution to disconnect the power source of the computer or laptop by unplugging the power cord and or removing the battery, serious risk of electric shock can occur if you do not. Once the power has been disconnected, attempt to start the computer, sometimes electric charge can build up within the machine and you could still be shocked, if the machine does not turn on then you should be ok to proceed. Most computer towers will have two screws or clips on the back of the machine, which can be removed to allow the side panel to come off, whereas most laptops will have a number of small screws to be removed before the bottom plate can be removed. Once the panel has been removed, you can begin to start removing the dust, the easiest method is to use a low powered vacuum cleaner, however do not use any liquid cleaning products as you will ruin the machine.