Troubleshooting & Maintaining Your PC All-in-One For Dummies, 3rd Edition
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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 mass storage usage in the This PC window to ensure that you don't exceed capacity on any drive.

  • If you suspect mass storage problems, run the Check Disk utility to scan the drive for errors.

  • In Windows 10, you don't need to regularly run disk optimization utilities; it's done automatically.

  • Do not defragment an SSD (solid state drive), thumb drive, media card, or any flash memory.
  • Clean your PC and vacuum the keyboard. Use the proper material to clean the LCD monitor. Avoid using caustic chemicals (ammonia, alcohol) to clean a touchscreen monitor. Keep dust and pet hair out of the console's vents.

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Dan Gookin has been an author, editor, ghostwriter, and a public official. He's written more than a dozen Dummies books on technology, with a special focus on PCs, the Android operating system, and Microsoft products. And in 1991, he was the author of the very first Dummies book, DOS For Dummies, which started the whole enterprise.

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