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 wrote the very first For Dummies book in 1991. With more than 11 million copies in print, his books have been translated into 32 languages. PCs For Dummies, now in its 12th edition, is the bestselling beginning PC book in the world. Dan offers tips, games, and fun at

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