Computer's for Dummies Author Releases Top Ten Tips to Extend Remote Computer Life

1) Clean out the case Especially when you have pets, you may find lots of non-electronic things dwelling inside your PCs console. Clean it out; all that fuzz and dust helps trap heat, especially when it clogs the PCs fan and air vents. But do take care: unplug your PC before opening the case. Then use a vacuum or can of air to blast away years of crud.

2) Clean up the digital detritus As with cleaning out the inside of the remote computer support case, youll want to clean up the digital leftovers on your remote computers hard drive. The Disk Cleanup tool that comes with Windows is ideal for this. For your own stuff, you should go through the things youve saved to disk and ensure that there arent things lurking there taking up space that you no longer need. If so, delete em!

3) Add more memory Your remote technical support Christmas when you add more memory to the system. Unless the PC is already packed with RAM, buy more. Heck, if its packed with RAM, remove it and add RAM to the maximum capacity. Your computer support will love it. You will love it.

4) Backup your files As remote computers age, the hard drive goes. The hard drive is where you store all your stuff, and that stuff should be precious to you. To help keep that information around, run a backup program on a regular basis. That second, just-in-case copy, of your stuff will come in handy some day.

5) Add a second hard drive The hard drive in your old PC will die someday. Before then, add a second hard drive. For example, you can add an external hard drive and use it for backup. Or add an internal hard drive and start saving your stuff there for the big, sad day when the original hard drive bites the digital dust.

6) Get a new mouse, keyboard, or both! Like the hard drive, your PCs keyboard and mouse are mechanical things. They will suffer from wear and tear someday. Before then, do yourself a favor and buy replacements. A new mouse can add some happy zip to your computing day. A new keyboard, well, you can see the key tops again.

7) Perform regular maintenance The computer support does have the ability to fix many of its own problems, but you must be an active participant. Regularly run disk utilities on the drive: defragment the drive to help improve speed and performance. Run a disk- checking utility to ensure that information can reliably be accessed on the disk.

8) Upgrade the optical drive Rather than live in the 20th Century with a plain CD-ROM drive, get yourself a DVD drive, or a recordable drive. Replacement optical drives are inexpensive and easy to install yourself. They also come with the software necessary to use the new drive, even if Windows lacks those features.

9) Upgrade the video adapter Video technology has come a long way since you bought your PC. A new video adapter, packed with abundant video RAM and a high-speed graphics processor, can make your PC look brand new. Well, on the screen at least. (Do ensure that you get an adapter that can plug into your remote computer support.)

10) Buy a UPS Your remote computer support relies on power to keep it going. With an Uninterruptable Power Supply, you can ensure that the power is not only always there, but conditioned as well. The UPS will help keep your computer's aging bones from breaking during a snap outage.


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