It's no secret that computers don't last forever. You can extend their lifespan to five to eight years with proper computer maintenance. Computer maintenance means keeping your PC in good condition through regular cleanings, updates, and virus prevention. Regular maintenance can defend against avoidable computer woes like:
Let's look at ten vital PC maintenance tips in 2022 to keep your computer running like new for years to come.
Regularly cleaning your computer can help keep it running smoothly and prevent costly repairs. Dust and overheating are especially damaging to computers, so take steps to reduce those risks.
Research shows that your keyboard is 20,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat. So, aim for a quick wipe once weekly with a damp, lint-free cloth, but be sure not to soak it.
If your keys are hard to press or sticky, then chances are your keyboard is clogged with dust, dirt, or food crumbs. To remove dust from these surfaces, you can use compressed air to blow it away.
To clean an external keyboard:
To clean your laptop:
For tough-to-clean spots, use a cotton ball dipped in isopropyl alcohol. Alcohol evaporates more quickly than water, making it perfect for hardened grime. Read our complete guide to keeping your keyboard clean.
Dealing with long, confusing cables can be troubling, especially when they get all mixed up and tangled. Organize your cords to make them easy to find at a glance, declutter and keep them from getting tangled.
Try these wire organization tips:
A little bit of organization can go a long way when it comes to your cables.
If your monitor is fingerprint-y, get a lint-free microfiber cloth and wipe it down once a week.
Our disinfecting your PC guide will help you keep your computer clean.
It's not possible to overcharge a laptop battery. Leaving your computer plugged in after fully charging doesn't overcharge or damage the battery. However, if you want to optimize the battery's lifespan, it is best not to keep it constantly charging.
Lithium-ion batteries last longer if they stay between 20 and 80 percent full. So, it can be tempting to charge your laptop battery all night, but you should unplug the battery once it reaches 100%. Here are more tips to maximize your battery's life:
Malware and viruses can wreak havoc on your computer, causing data loss, performance issues, and even identity theft. Regular scans with a good antivirus program can help keep your computer safe from these threats.
When choosing an antivirus program, pick one that is well-reviewed and has good detection rates. Acer offers Norton Security Ultra to protect your financial and private information from cybercriminals. Microsoft Defender Antivirus is a free option built into Windows to provide real-time virus and threat prevention.
Whenever an antivirus software update is available, install the update and run it that day to remove any malware.
If your computer is feeling sluggish, it might be time to run disk cleanup. This process will purge your system of junk files and programs you no longer need, freeing up valuable hard drive space and improving performance.
To purge your PC of unwanted files:
Windows disk cleanup
To remove temporary files, run Windows Disk Cleanup Tool.
After you finish disk cleanup, you will notice an immediate difference in the speed and performance of your computer. Depending on the deleted data size, the process should take 30 seconds to a few minutes.
Your system will be leaner and more efficient, and you will have more space on your hard drive. For more tips, we outline eight ways to free up your hard drive and deep clean your computer.
Is your computer running a little slower than it used to? One of the best ways to speed it up is to defrag your hard drive.
As you add and remove files, your hard drive can become fragmented, and the files spread out. When this occurs, the hard drive works harder to access the files, slowing down your computer. Defragmenting rearranges and compacts the files to speed up access.
SSD drives don't need defragmenting as older hard disks do. However, Windows Defrag Tool takes care of both drive types.
To defragment your hard disk, follow these steps:
It's recommended to defrag your hard drive at least monthly.
PCs are built with heat-dissipating cooling systems to regulate the device's temperature. When these systems fail, your PC can overheat, leading to performance issues, including crashes and slowdowns. So, follow these tips to ensure your PC doesn't overheat:
Read our full guide for further tips.
Keep your PC up-to-date by installing all the latest software and security updates. Updating your software not only protects you against potential security threats but also helps to improve your computer's performance.
Microsoft keeps rolling out updates and security patches to improve the user experience. You can check Windows Update for available updates and install them.
The safest way to get driver updates in Windows is through Windows Update.
Regularly backup important files, such as personal photos, videos, and financial information, to a separate location. Crashes, glitches, and hardware failures have the potential to damage data. Backing up files is the most vital computer maintenance procedure PC users can do. If something happens to your computer, you'll be able to restore these files quickly and easily.
Here are four tips to help ensure your data is safe:
Like an automobile, your computer needs regular maintenance to run correctly. Consistent computer maintenance is essential to keep your computer running correctly, extend its lifespan and keep you safer while browsing online. You can keep your computer healthy and fast by performing a few simple tasks.
*The opinions reflected in this article are the sole opinions of the author and do not reflect any official positions or claims by Acer Inc.
About Robert Stark: Robert is a Taiwan-based writer and digital marketer at iamrobert design. He has a passion for helping people simplify their lives through tech.