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Top 5 Good Habits for Your PC Health

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Every computer user knows that it will be very frustrating to work on a slow, disorganized PC, and it happens to most of us. In this article, we will introduce some easy-to-follow ways on how to make your computer working on the right trace by keeping the 5 good habits in using useful utilities in Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.

 

Habit 1  To organize your folders in hard drive.

When we are in a hurry or busy on other things, it is very easy to put our files or data into the wrong folder or wrong location. It will make you in trouble when you want to find and open your file next time by wasting you a lot of time. That’s why we say to keep your files or folders organized by removing the clutter with a filing system is a great way to keep your PC health.

Step 1. Find the files you do not need any more in your hard drive.

Step 2. Take your time to plan the think about the best way you want to organize your files. Some questions like how do you spend time on your computer, what do you create, which category you want your folder to be and so on will give you a favor on the right folders you need.

Step 3. In fact, subfolders are also a good way to organize your folders in hard drive. Before creating folders or subfolders, please make sure you use logical, easy to understand names for your folders or subfolders for better PC organization.

Step 4. You also need to inspect and clean your folders regularly, for example, delete old, duplicate or unneeded files or folders to make sure that the important files are saved in the right folders, which can save you a lot of time and improve your working efficiency.

 

Habit 2 Clear your hard drive timely

After organizing your files and folders and clearing your desktop, now it is time to organize your data. Thanks to Windows. It offers its users to very smart and powerful utilities to clean up your hard drives, namely Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter, which can help you free up your hard drive space and make your computer running faster.

Let’s know more on these two utilities. Disk Cleanup can compress your old files to free up storage space in hard drive. While Disk Defragmenter can scan your hard drive and consolidate files that might be scattered across the disk.

You can choose which utility to use, it is up to you. But, please remember to clean up hard drive at least once a month by manual. For Windows Vista users, they are lucky for the Disk Defragmenter in Windows Vista is automatically scheduled to run once a week. You do not run it by manual. What is more, you can change the scheduled time (default is Sunday at 4 A.M.) as you like.

Habit 3. Make full use of system restore feature

System Restore is such a program in Windows that can work as a life-saver when you have been the unfortunate recipient of unstable software, a badly timed power outage, or even a damaging thunderstorm. System Restore works to record all your important documents, settings, and preferences on your PC. If you find your files are damaged or inaccessible, System Restore is a good choice to restore your computer to the same state it was in before the data was lost.

The only thing you need to do is to use System Restore to create restore points daily and whenever you install device drivers, automatic updates or some other applications.

Habit 4. Remember to keep Windows and Microsoft Office latest

To offer better services to its users, computer programs are continually improved based on customer feedback and regular product testing. These improvements can solve most common problems including the new ones. Windows gives you a little utility to keep your Windows Update. It is suggested to keep this feature on always. By checking Microsoft Update, you can get the most recent Windows and Microsoft Office improvements available to your computer.

Habit 5. Have at least one antivirus software installed on your computer

To keep your computer safe and improve PC health, there is another thing you must do, to install at least antivirus software on your computer. There are a lot of such antivirus software in the current market, here we recommend some freeware for your reference like Microsoft, AVG, Norton, Acebyte or McAfee. No matter what antivirus software you have installed, the most important you need to do is to keep your antivirus software up to date regularly. Some antivirus software providers allow you to enjoy free trial version. But once the trial version is expired, you are exposed to buy the full version.

 

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Speed up windows startup (Part 3) – Keep your network drives disconnected on Windows

Friday, November 18th, 2011

PC users always ignore that they are using network drives all the time in their daily use of computer. They may be not aware of a fact that if they have ever put their computer on a network and make it be connected to a shared drive, this can also cause your computer slow down. In a word, if you have a drive that is still mapped, but cannot be reached, it will increase your Windows start up time.

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Simple and free to make your computer safer – keep your assembled programs latest

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Besides the methods we mentioned in before articles such as to organize your files and folders on computer, to clean up your hard disk, and to keep your computer safer by using System Restore application, today in this article, we will introduce another simple way to make your computer safer and running smoothly, which is to keep your assembled programs latest by Windows Update function.

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Fix common PC problems by yourself – Common Software errors and FREE Solutions

Friday, October 28th, 2011

When some software are refused to be installed on your PC, or fail to run without freezing, do not load at a decent speed, or to refuse to work properly, or there is no access to the Internet, here’s the solutions to optimize your computer:

General issues

  1. Make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements of the software. If not, you cannot run the program without having to upgrade hardware on your computer. Note if the computer just simply meets the minimums, the software will run slower and less reliable. Check for compatibility with Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
  2. Close all open programs and windows that you are not currently in use. They can eat system memory and processing power, slow down computer, or prevent any additional software from working. Try to run the program again.
  3. Check the free space on your hard disk. About 5 percent to 10 percent of your total allocation of disk space should be free, to ensure optimum system performance in Windows 7 and Windows Vista, avoid PC crashes, and keep your computer running at top speed.
  4. Check for program updates and information on issues common to the software manufacturer’s website. For the products of Microsoft, you can also download the Windows update for Windows 7, Windows Update for Windows Vista, or visit the Microsoft Download Center. When you install the update, restart your computer and try running the program.
  5. Delete or Remove Unwanted Programs in Windows 7 or Windows Vista in order to reduce congestion and eliminate the burden on system resources.
  6. Disable software that you do not use in Windows 7 or Windows Vista from automatically running when Windows starts. If you are running Windows 7, restart computer and try the program again.
  7. Defragment the hard drive in Windows 7 or Windows Vista for better performance.
  8. Scan for viruses and spyware. Windows Defender in Windows 7 and Windows Vista can help identify hazards and pop-up warning and prevention of unauthorized access to your home network. You can browse your computer for free.
  9. Restart the computer and download the program again. If it does not load or run correctly, you may have to uninstall and reinstall from scratch and start all over again. Advanced users can also try these troubleshooting tips advanced in Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
  10. See Help and Support for Microsoft Windows and the community. If live support is necessary, first contact the customer support department of the software manufacturer. For further help, try the Microsoft Customer Support Services.

 

 

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Frustrated by your slow PC? Optimize your computer with simple ways.

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Is your computer performing as slowly as a snail paces? Is your computer filled with a lot of junk software? Is your computer full of loopholes? If yes, then optimize your computer. But now many users are no longer interested in system optimization. Many say that it does not make much difference before and after optimization. Is that true? In fact, in optimization, many important aspects are neglected. Following are the aspects:

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