One way to prevent trouble is to be a stickler for maintenance. While it’s possible to use a PC and never maintain it, you’ll find your computer-human relationship boosted by following these key words of advice:

  • Keep your PC’s files and the system backed up.

  • Check the hard drive usage occasionally to ensure that you don’t run out of storage.

  • Run the Check Disk program to scan the hard drive for errors.

  • Regularly run Defrag on Windows XP computers. Some versions of Windows do not automatically schedule disk utilities.

  • Clean your PC and vacuum the keyboard. Use the proper material to clean the LCD monitor. Keep dust and pet hair out of the console’s vents.

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