Technology continues to improve, making computers faster, more powerful and more efficient, but like all machines, they require maintenance and repair to keep them working correctly. You can repair and maintain your computer with built-in utilities and free software.
Tip 1: Run your computer’s built-in maintenance utilities, Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter. Access both of these applications by clicking “Start,” opening “All Programs,” then “Accessories” and finally “System Tools.” Disk Cleanup compresses certain files, removes other unnecessary data and cleans out other files that you specify to free up disk space, and Disk Defragmenter pieces together fragmented files to help your computer load data more quickly.
Tip 2: Clean and optimize your computer’s registry with a free registry cleaner, such as Acebyte Utilities Free. Use it to scan your registry for any errors or unnecessary entries, then clean them out. The program will do this by itself.
Tip 3: Use Windows’ error-checking utility to check your hard drive for errors and bad sectors. Open “My Computer,” right-click on your “C” drive, then click “Properties.” Click the “Tools” tab, then click “Scan Now” under the “Error-checking” category. Check both boxes in the pop-up window, then click “Start.” This process may take quite some time, but it will locate and correct any errors on your hard drive. It is recommended that you do not run any other programs during this process.