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Windows 7 - How to Maintain Your Computer

Regular system maintenance is something that many Windows users almost completely disregard. This inevitably leads to a computer which runs at minimal efficiency and one which become insecure and unreliable. Running regular maintenance tasks is not only important for keeping your computer running optimally; it's also essential for protecting your data and preventing problems from occurring. You can also use the Task Scheduler feature included in Windows 7 to schedule certain maintenance tasks to run automatically at specified intervals. Following are some of the most important maintenance tasks which you should run on a regular basis.

1 - Windows Update
Windows Update should ideally be left to automatically check for, download and install updates as they are released. Microsoft frequently releases updates for the Windows operating system, including hotfixes and larger patches. All of the critical and recommended updates should be installed. If you don't have Windows Update configured to download and install updates automatically, then try to remember to check for updates at least once per week.

2 - Update Your Malware Scanner
If your antivirus software does not update automatically, you should make sure that you manually update it once every week at least. By default, most antivirus software requires minimal user intervention since they often update automatically and scan any incoming files. If this is not the case, ensure that you run a full system scan on a regular basis, especially if you've just downloaded something from the Internet.

3 - Clean Windows
Run Disk Cleanup to get rid of any unused files on your hard disk. This includes temporary Internet files, temporary setup files and files in the Recycle Bin amongst others. You can find Disk Cleanup by typing "clean" into the start menu search box and pressing Enter. You should also remove programs that you no longer use. Another way to get your computer running up to par is to disable any startup programs that you don't need. You can find a list of startup programs and disable them using msconfig (type it into the start menu search box).

4 - Defragment the Hard Disk
Type "defrag" into the start menu search box and press Enter. Defragment your primary hard drive. This will rearrange the way in which the data on your hard disk is physically located, ensuring that data occupied by the files is arranged contiguously instead of scattered over the physical disk. You should defragment your hard disk on a regular basis, especially after installing a large program or video game.

5 - Use our Registry Cleaner and System Optimizer software regularly to help keep your computer running fast and stable.


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