Computers that are used regularly face a barrage of temporary settings changes, registry entries and data fragmentation. Many programs can leave unwanted configurations and useless data behind even after they are removed. This makes regular maintenance a necessity in keeping your PC’s performance smooth and error free. In addition to software repair, your computer’s hardware must be cleaned regularly to keep damaging temperatures from decreasing the life of your CPU or graphics processor.
Fans Collect Dust Faster Than Most PC Owners Realize
Desktops and laptops alike move huge amounts of air on a daily basis. This air circulation provides cooling effects to your PC’s components. On the downside, this also collects dangerous amounts of dust over short periods of time. In just one month of regular use a PC can collect enough dust to raise processor temperatures by 10 degrees. From a PC perspective, this is a very high increase that can effect performance and damage your hardware.
Extreme heat decreases the life of central and graphic processing units alike. If this heat exposure continues over an extended period, it can irreversibly damage your processors, power supply and other components. Your CPU heat sink and fan should be checked and cleaned every month. If you have a removable video card, then its fan and heat sink will also need to be cleaned on a monthly basis. Vacuum or blow the dust from these as well as your power supply and other hardware. Keeping your hardware clean will make sure your system runs cooler, quieter and more efficiently.
Data Fragmentation Can Cripple Transfer And Load Times
Programs, games and other data is located on your hard disk drive according to your file system’s method of operation. Data is stored as close together as possible to keep indexing, locating and executing as fast as possible. Depending on your level of activity, stored data can develop huge gaps over time. This is called disk fragmentation. It occurs from moving and deleting files, installations, program removals and even regular program operations.
Regularly defragging your computer will keep your data condensed and more easily located by your OS and software. Just like physically cleaning your system, running degragmentation should be done once a month. This will make data transfers and program load times perform at the level they were intended to. A heavily fragmented hard drive will reduce the speed and performance of virtually all computer operations.
Cleaning Your Registry To Prevent Program Errors
The registry in the Windows operating system is used to store configuration data for specifics programs and services that are installed on your computer. Some programs leave these entries behind even after they are removed from the system. Other programs may also contain code errors that cause corrupted registry entries. In addition to this, most forms of malware also leave damaging registry configurations behind. Malicious registry entries can make removing the actual virus or spyware very difficult.
To combat this, there are many great registry cleaning programs available on the Internet. Many of these are free but some that offer additional software repair features can be purchased at very low cost. If you are familiar with the Windows registry, then you can choose to manually remove unwanted entries. This can be very time consuming and you still may not get them all. Registry cleaning programs can detect configurations problems that aren’t easily identifiable to the untrained eye.
With a vast number of configuration entries, manual registry cleaning may not be the most practical solution. If you don’t consider yourself technically adept, then it is recommended you use one of the many reputable registry cleaning programs available today. These programs can be ran as administrator to detect, remove and repair the registry and other software aspects of the Windows operating system.
These are just a few of the ways you can maintain your Windows PC’s system performance. In today’s technologically driven world, educating yourself on computer maintenance is not a skill but a necessity. Whether you’re a devoted gamer, program developer or a casual home surfer, a computer is only as good as the person in front of it. If you are unable to take care of your PC, then how can you ever expect it to take care of you?