Windows 8 Maintenance Checklist - dummies

By Mark L. Chambers

Part of PCs All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Stick to this recommended maintenance schedule for your PC and you’ll help keep Windows 8 and your hardware running like a race car! Print the checklist and display it somewhere near your system as a reminder.

Task Schedule
Check for updates with Windows Update Automatically
Check all hard drives for errors Once a week
Run Disk Cleanup Wizard Once a week
Scan and optimize all hard drives Once a month
Manually scan for viruses (avast! Free Antivirus) Once a month
Back up your hard drives Once a month (at minimum)
Check for latest video and sound card drivers Once a month
Check Device Manager for hardware problems Once a month