We’ve all been there. That moment when your computer freezes, and it feels like your world is about to implode. You’re half way through a project, and you haven’t saved it. Or, worse, you haven’t backed up your computer at all! Laptop and PC problems can happen without warning. The only way to prevent them is by maintaining good system health at all times. In this post, we’ll show you how.
Don’t eat or drink near the computer
You’d think we wouldn’t even have to mention this point, but you’d be surprised how much damage this causes. Naturally, water damage is very harmful to your computer. Spilling drinks over the keyboard, especially sugary drinks, can destroy the system. It will leak into the motherboard and cause irreversible problems. The same is true for small grains of food. Over time, they build up and cause damage.
Update your software
You know that annoying little thing that pops up in the top right-hand corner now and then? That’s your system reminding you to make the necessary upgrades. They’re there for a reason, and it’s crucial that you upgrade them quickly. These updates are designed to speed up the software, and clean up any problems. It will keep your computer healthy and help keep data safe.
Keep the power cables tidy and neat
If you’ve ever had to replace a power cable, you know how expensive they can be. They can break without warning, leaving you stranded with nothing but battery power. The cables are built to last for a good few years, but they will eventually break. Extend their life by keeping them neat and tidy. Try to avoid rolling over them with your chair too.
Clear out system clutter
Your laptop or computer only has so much memory and operating power. After regular use, this memory and processing is eaten up with data and storage. Every few weeks, it’s worth purging your system of unnecessary clutter and junk. Clear your internet caches, temporary files and your recycle bin. Delete any files you no longer need, or transfer them to a hard drive.
Turn it off and put it to sleep when not in use
Many computer users have a bad habit of leaving their laptops on overnight. It’s easily done and we’re all guilty of it. The truth is your computers need sleep, just like humans! Their operating systems need the chance to switch off and unwind. While switched on, they monitor and store temporary files all the time. Switching off will wipe that temporary memory clean and start afresh. It will stay fast and efficient.
Make repairs immediately
We all put off repairs longer than we should. But, when it comes to computers, the faster you repair, the better. Expert PC repair is easy to find, and often cheaper than you think. Computer problems have a habit of causing knock-on effects. Don’t let things get worse, just get it fixed!
Unfortunately, our electronics won’t last forever. But, with a little extra care and attention, you can certainly squeeze an extra few years out of them.