Regular PC Maintenance - dummies

By Dan Gookin

Part of Troubleshooting & Maintaining Your PC All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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.