When we talk about the maintenance of our computer there are two possibilities within maintenance: preventive and corrective. Corrective maintenance consists mainly of repair and replacement of hardware and software components that have been damaged. On the contrary, preventive maintenance consists of acting before these breakdowns exist in order to avoid them as much as possible. Today we will focus on the preventive maintenance of our PC.
We must bear in mind that if we carry out a correct maintenance of our computer, in the long term, it will be much cheaper economically since we will not have to make financial outlays to replace damaged parts.
9 Tips for a good preventive maintenance of the computer
Have an updated antivirus and use it periodically.
It seems an obvious point, but on many occasions we overlook that this type of program can save us great headaches. Not only is it worth having an antimalware installed on our computer, we must also have it well configured and use it periodically. At this point we must bear in mind that a bad use of the antivirus can lead to a failure in the computer that leads us to corrective maintenance, which as we have explained before can be very expensive.
Periodically update your operating system.
The operating system is one of the most important parts of the computer, through which its applications work properly. This means that a failure in the operating system leads to a failure when using the applications. Some virus problems like the ones we mentioned earlier could also be prevented with an updated operating system. It is important to know that we should not let updates take place automatically, since overexposure to them can saturate your network and be counterproductive.
Eliminate unnecessary software.
When we talk about eliminating unnecessary ones, we also include not installing unknown or doubtful software. Keeping programs that are no longer used on the computer can involve several problems, the first is that they are occupying unnecessary space on the hard disk and therefore consume part of the capacity, and on the other hand, by not being used frequently , they are probably not up to date and can give rise to bugs, in addition to the fact that sometimes they can be executed automatically when the computer is turned on without our knowing it.
Keep the software that we use frequently updated.
Just as important are the previous point and this point. Since if we do not keep the programs we use recurrently updated, they can lead to incompatibilities solved by new versions or even security problems.
It’s better to prevent than to cure. All throughout our lives, we have lost information that we kept on our PC and we have thought: “Why wouldn’t I also save it somewhere else?” So it is important that we save important information on another device, be it another PC or a hard drive. The most advisable and economical thing is to leave the information on network drives that allow you to store a large amount of information safely.
Give only the necessary permissions.
We have all surfed the web and given permissions without knowing what we were doing. Within this point we also talk about permissions within the computer to other users who use it. In general the latest operating systems try to take this into account and it is managed automatically.
Physically clean the computer.
Another point that a priori may sound very logical but that we overlook on many occasions. A large accumulation of dust can cause major computer failures. Cleaning dust from inside the computer can lead to smooth operation and even faster response times.
Update the drivers on a recurring basis.
It is important to download the drivers from the official pages of the manufacturers. This point is consistent with points 2 and 4 as errors may occur when interacting with the software and the operating system.
- In this last point we will name a series of acts that do not need much explanation but that can still help a lot to take care of our computer.
- Browse the web responsibly
- Clean browsing data every so often.
- Empty the recycle bin.
- Check the temperature of the computer.