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Windows OS Maintenance

Windows operating systems always need cleaning / maintenance. Mac and Linux do not have the same concerns.

The following is a simplified description. Windows operating systems is like a web and when you give it a command, it pulls out of the web what it needs and puts it back somewhere on the outer edge. This means it needs to be defragged, to be put back in a good organized order. Mac and Linux are like a filing drawer and when you give it a command, it takes a copy. When you are done, the computer dumps it. This means it does  not  need to be defragged.

What Can We Do?

There are several things we can do. Most Microsoft computer technicians do not want you to know about the following things.

Here are a few things you can do:

  • removal of unused software
  • making sure there is only one anti-virus program
  • avoid or remove all tool bars
  • avoid or remove all downloaded performance software
  • avoid or remove all downloaded driver update software
  • avoid or remove unsafe remote access software
  • use Ccleaner to clean up the computer
  • use Defraggler to defrag the computer

How do we implement these?

In the following steps, I will give you the basics, as the details depend on the equipment that you have.

Software Removal

This is the first step in clean up.

For those of you that did not know, you can delete any program through the Control Panel. It depends on which version, as to the next steps you take. Something that most people do not know, is that most programs may still have a directory below Program Files, which also needs to be further deleted as a second step. It is always wise to remove unused programs, tool bars (most if not all, are spyware or malware), performance programs, drive update programs and most third party remote access programs. Most of them only do you more harm to the Window operating system or put you at security risks. At this point, I only trust Teamviewer and Zoom for remote access. With these program, you need to give the IT person permission and you can cancel them if you don't like what you see them doing. Most other programs do not give you that control over your own computer.

Switching Anti-Virus Programs

This is not a simple thing to do!

In Windows operating systems, you can only have one anti-virus program. Simply explained, if there are two or more, then they end up treating each other as a virus and creating more conflicts in your computer. To solve this, you need to do more than just removing the program via the Control Panel. You also need to remove the directories from the Program Files directories. It takes several reboots and several clean ups of the registry to get rid of the older or dated program.

Computer Software Cleaning

There are many areas of your hard drive that need to be cleaned up, such as dead files, temporary files, out-dated files, etc.

When you use a program such as Ccleaner, its default setting is safe to use. It knows what to look for and cleans them out. It leaves your own files alone. And it gives you a report of how much it cleaned and where it was located. This process should be done after removing the unwanted and hazardous programs. It is recommended that you do cleaning about once a month.

Registry Cleaning

Windows operating system has a complex registry system that needs to be cleaned up.

Every time the computer software is cleaned up, the registry system should be done as well. This process will keep the performance running well. If this in ignored, most people think their computer is on its way out, which is far from the truth! This should be done after every cleaning.


Windows latest versions do not do a very good job.

This is another one of those things that leads people to think their computer is on it way out. However, when you use Defraggler from the same company as Ccleaner, you can see its performance. This program gives you a graphical representation to let them know how it\'s going. This should be done once every month or two, depending on how much has have been installed, uninstalled or downloaded.

Maintenance Summary

In short, we all can easily take care of our computers to last longer!

With all of the above steps, we can protect our computer and increase its life, and without very much inconvenience, or time, or cost! It takes very little work to prevent future problems. With all of this it will never be 100% safe, but it is so much better then being totally at risk!

Do not hesitate to contact me, for greater details. I can help you set this all up or even explain how to do it yourself.

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