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PC Maintenance for Beginners

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This Geek School series will give you the skills necessary to maintain your own PC by performing regular maintenance — cleaning the computer, keeping things updated, making sure that your data is all backed up, and a lot more.

Lesson 1: Don’t Spend Money, Cleaning Your Own PC is Easy

This series is for moms, dads, grandmas, and grandpas, and anyone else in the family tree who has ever asked their geek relative to “fix” their computer during a holiday visit. It’s for the neophyte or casual computer user who doesn’t want to sit around troubleshooting problems and trying out solutions.

Lesson 2: Cleaning your Computer Inside and Out

Computer cleanup is the one thing you can do every day that will keep you flush with disk space and help you free up valuable system resources. Furthermore, actual physical cleanup, as in dusting, will allow your computer to literally breathe easier, and in turn prolong the life of your system.

Lesson 3: Securing your System

So you’ve come this far in the series meaning you’ve got your system cleaned up and understand a great deal more about maintaining it. Or, you’re just tuning in, and that’s alright because securing your system is just a good a place to start as any!

Lesson 4: Keeping your PC Updated and Running Smoothly

Today we’re going to talk about improving your PC’s performance beyond the basic steps we’ve already covered thus far. Chances are your computer runs perfectly well until you start stressing it, and then it will obviously slow down as it is given more demands.

Lesson 5: Protecting your Data

Imagine your home goes up in flames and all those memories and important moments are suddenly gone. You may mourn the loss of your house’s actual physical structure, but it’s the stuff that was inside of it that really mattered.

 

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 03/9/11

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