Computer Care and Maintenance
There are several tasks you can perform to ensure that your Windows-based computer runs efficiently:
The Disk Cleanup searches your computer for files that you do not need, such as files in the recycle bin and temporary Internet files. After scanning your computer for unnecessary files, Disk Cleanup presents you with different file categories, such as Downloaded Program Files and Temporary Internet Files, which you can select for the task to delete. Disk Cleanup removes these files from your computer, giving you more free space and keeping your computer from running slower because it’s storing information you do not need.
When your computer saves files, it splits them up and stores them in different physical places on your hard drive. To a degree, this storage method speeds file access time because, for large files, your computer can access different parts at the same time in order to bring up the entire file faster. Over time, however, files can get overly fragmented and access time slows down. Disk Defragmenter goes through your computer to find these fragmented files and then compresses them, storing the files physically closer together on the hard drive. When Disk Defragmenter is finished, your computer’s file access time will improve.
Scandisk will check your computer’s hard drive for any errors that could cause problems with your data or programs. It then attempts to repair them. This process may take some time to complete.
You should perform each of these tasks on a regular basis; once per week is preferred but once per month should be considered minimum. You should also be aware of proper procedures for handling your computer and caring for the battery.
Moving and Handling Your Notebook PC
Your notebook computer requires particular care and handling. If your computer becomes damaged due to improper care, your warranty may not cover the repairs. Some examples that your warranty may not cover:
- Damage caused by a beverage (including water) being split on your notebook.
- The computer being dropped.
- If the computer was left in a hot car or confined area.
- You should take special care as to how your notebook computer is stored in your locker and backpack. Never leave your computer in standby when storing it; this can cause overheating and will eventually cause problems with the processor and main system board.
- You should not move your computer more than a few feet while it is turned on, any sudden movement can cause damage to the hard drive.
- Your screen should only be cleaned with a soft cloth or an approved computer cleaner recommended by the computer manufacturer.
You should take particular care of your battery to ensure the longest possible life. See your owners manual for specific instructions on optimizing battery life, its safe storage and disposal.