Basic Computer Maintenance

by James Stableford
October 2019

At ctm IT Support, we are often asked, what can users do themselves to keep their workstation running as “healthy” as possible. 

In no particular order, here are five easy to follow ideas that you can try yourself:

  1. Shutdown or restart your workstation at least once a week. You should ensure that you restart your PC at least once a week.  Leaving your PC running and never rebooting it will slow it down. A clean boot is a happy boot!
  2. Make sure software updates are installed regularly. This includes Microsoft Windows, third party applications and antivirus applications. Ensure all Windows updates are installed as this applies the latest Microsoft fixes and updates ensuring security compliance. Microsoft release their updates on the second Tuesday of every month, but you might need to wait until Wednesday for them to reach your machine. Software updates not only address security holes, but also add new features and can improve performance.
  3. Uninstall any unused, unneeded or old programs. Removing unwanted applications will help to free up space and other resources plus it'll improve the overall security of the computers - it'll reduce the attack surface! If you're unsure what is not needed, consult with your IT support provider or the person who administrates the system.
  4. Make sure the C: drive isn't full or close to capacity. This will slow down the running of your workstation. If you find you are close to filling the C: drive and aren’t sure of the best options, get in touch to find out how we can help.
  5. Lastly, take some time to learn what's "normal" for your computer. Being able to spot issues and report them to your IT support company before they become problems could save you time in the future.

Because of the relentless march of technological progress, newer computers tend to be faster and more responsive than older computers. If your computer is older than five years, maybe it's time to get a new one!