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Laptop Care and Maintenance Tips

Part of the Laptops For Seniors For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Performing some basic maintenance on a laptop will help it last longer and keep your data protected. Here's some advice to keep your laptop secure and performing optimally:

  • Turn on Windows Firewall: Turn on the Windows Firewall feature to stop people and programs from downloading malicious code and viruses to your computer from the Internet.

  • Use System Restore: You can create a System Restore Point to save current settings and revert to those settings if your computer begins having problems. This can happen after installing a new program or driver for hardware.

  • Defragment your hard drive: Defragmenting your hard drive cleans out any damaged or obsolete files to improve your laptop's performance.

  • Check the battery life: All batteries wear out and your laptop's is no different. If your battery doesn't hold a charge as long as it used to, consider buying a replacement battery from the manufacturer.

  • Perform a Disk Cleanup: Use the Disk Cleanup feature to free up some disk space on your hard drive. This helps your laptop perform better.

  • Set up a password: By assigning a password to your Windows user account you may prevent people from accessing your files and personal data.

  • Protect your laptop from damage: Invest in a good case for your laptop to protect it from damage when travelling with it. Also, get a screen protector, which is a thin sheet of plastic that you place across your screen to prevent scratches.

  • Use a lock or fingerprint reader: Some laptops come with the ability to read your fingerprints so that only you can turn the laptop on and access files on it. You can also buy a laptop lock that you can use to secure your laptop to furniture to prevent people from walking off with it if you leave it unattended for a few moments.

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