What can you do to keep your system running reliably and optimally for many years? Over the years, the performance of your computer will decrease because of several factors. However, there are some basic things that you can do to help keep it running optimally before the need to purchase a new one. There are simple things that you can do to help keep your computer humming longer than you think.

In this article, I will share some things you can do to keep your system running optimally for as long as you have it. However, there may be times when you want a new computer regardless of how viable the current one is.

Windows Updates

Ensure that your system gets the latest security and feature updates. That will ensure that security vulnerabilities are mitigated, bugs are eliminated, new features are added, and more. The Windows updates will help ensure that all the programs run reliably in the Windows environment.

Software Updates

The software you use on your computer should also be updated. Software vendors periodically make available updates to their programs to mitigate vulnerabilities that may exist, eliminate bugs, add features, and more. Keeping Windows and installed programs updated will help your system to run reliably and optimally.

BIOS & Driver Updates

 Many people are unaware that computer vendors (e.g., Dell) provide updates to their computer’s BIOS (Basic Input Output System) and device drivers (sound card, video card, etc.). Typically, preinstalled programs on the computer will update the BIOS and device drivers. For example, Dell has Support Assist and Command Update.

Update Components

As time passes, you may find that your computer usage has changed, resulting in decreased performance. It may be time to update your system memory (RAM), hard drive, monitor, etc. For example, replacing a hard disk drive (spinning platter) with a Solid-State Drive (SSD) will significantly improve the performance of your system.

Internet security

Maintain a good internet security package to help protect your computer from internet threats. That will enable downloaded files, websites visited, emails received, and more to be scanned for malware. Also, ensure virus scans are scheduled after hours to avoid slowing the computer down while using it.



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