Tips: Taking Care Of Your Computer

Taking care of your computer is similar to taking care of your car; if you want it to last longer, you need to maintain it!  Since school is back in session, odds are your child may be spending more time behind the keys, so taking care of your computer is a must!

There are many payoffs to taking care of your computer:

  1. Confidence: If we do not know a single thing about how our computers work, we are ultimately at their mercy!
  2. Transferable skills: Computers are everywhere.  You can find them at workplaces, libraries, airports, schools, etc.  You will have a leg up if you can walk right up to one and interface with ease!
  3. Time: Computers are actually time-savers.  Yes, they take time to learn how to use them but once you are able to use them for every day tasks, you will get done much quicker!
  4. Thinking big: Whether you plan on launching a business or traveling around the world, the tools on your desktop can help you research, develop, and realize your dream without delay!

Let’s get to the steps we need to take in order to care for our computers:

  1. Get to know your machine. Know your vital statistics.  Open up the properties folder in your computer and you will see all of the information you need to know about your machine such as model, system and performance.
  2. Line up your tech support team. Get ahold of your tech-savvy friends, the tech support team of the company who designed your computer, the tech support for Microsoft or Apple, online user forums, computer repair professionals, and anyone else who might be of assistance to you in your time of need.
  3. Take security precautions. Get antivirus software and back up your files regularly.
  4. Avoid the crash and burn. Make sure you aren’t running too many applications at once.  Make sure you have enough disc space.  Update your virus protection software regularly.
  5. Learn computer CPR. Make sure you can do the following: end task, reboot, scan disk, and undo.

Maintaining your computer saves you time and money!  Make sure you follow these steps to make sure your computer lasts.