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PC maintenance - How to keep your computer fresh?

Discussion in 'Computers & IT' started by Sak01, Nov 6, 2011.

  1. Sak01

    Sak01 Well-Known Member
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    I was wondering if I could get some tips on how to keep my PCs running as speedily (or close to) as they were when I first got them.

    I know there are a lot of pros around here with pro solutions for keeping their machines in good nick, but could you guys offer some practical tips for the average user?
     

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  2. SUroot

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    Assuming Windows:

    Regular malware scans, regular registry scans, regularly remove applications you installed for just for one job / unused applications.

    Disable start up items and services not used.

    If you use your local disk as data storage and move files around a lot, regular defrags too.

    I also recommend a full rebuild of a system annually, although I never do this myself as I am lazy. Since I spend all day fixing PC's, I tend to neglect my own systems somewhat
     
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  3. drdoom

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    I'll go for a year to a year and a half neglecting my computer while making backups of the most important items/files as I go. After that, I do a complete wipe and start from scratch. If I am too lazy to do that, I'll use CCleaner every 6 months or so to clean out the registry. As SUroot said, I always have unnecessary start up items disabled; they will run if they are needed.
     
  4. seanpaul

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    yea my pc needs a good cleaning!
     

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