Most of us depend on our computers heavily to help complete daily business and personal chores. In fact most of us depend on our computers in much the same way we depend on our cars. Because they are important to us, we must pay close attention to computer maintenance to ensure that same reliability that we demand from our cars. In todayís fast paced world, we can ill afford to have computer downtime or for that matter a sick computer that doesnít run very well.
Five steps to keeping you computer humming!
1) Keep your Virus protection current
2) Run a complete Virus Scan weekly, you can schedule it for Friday at if you like!
3) Clean Up Your Hard Drive (Remove unneeded files)
4) Defragment your hard drive every couple of months
5) If you have added new software packages or a new printer, consider going to 1 Gig Meg of Ram to speed things up! If your virus checker is not finding problems and yet your computer still runs slow, this is a very good indication that you may need a memory upgrade.
Maintenance Diagnostic Tool
It doesnít necessarily cost you a lot of money to keep you computer running well and you have a very good diagnostic tool to help you determine the health of your computer. The Windows Task Manager provides good and real-time insight into your computersí operation.
You get to the task manager by holding down the ctrl, alt and delete keys simultaneously. The Display shown below is the Windows Task Manager.
task manager has (5) tabs, Application, Process, Performance, Networking, Users.
Interpreted properly, the information behind these tabs gives the user much
insight into the health of the computer. They also provide information on
programs running on you computer that you donít necessarily know about. The task manager as shown below is
available on Windows 2000 and Windows XP. The Application, Process and
Performance tabs tell whatís running on your computer and how much memory and
CPU time is being expended.
letsí take a look at the performance tab. Click on the performance tab as you
read this article .
The top panel shows CPU utilization, that is, how hard is the computer working. This computer has about 25 windows open and it has 512 Meg of RAM. It is not working very hard. If you look at this screen and the line across the top panel is very high and you donít have very many windows open, itís an indication that there is a problem.
You can check into this a little further by viewing the processes tab. This tab shows that there are 61 processes (programs) running and the CPU is averaging around 15% utilization, this is good. The same number of processes and a utilization of let say %70 percent would indicate a problem.
utilization varies with the kind of programs running and the amount of memory
available on your computer.
you can click on the link below and and hear a short tutorial on additional
techniques to help diagnose your computersí problems and keep it