Beyond Computer Repair – Maintenance and Optimization

In our first Beyond Computer Repair article we discussed how costly computer repair issues can be controlled by putting into place proactive computer maintenance and optimization plan. We also discussed how removing a user’s local administration rights give us a trifecta effect on creating and keeping a stabilized dependable computing environment.

We would like to get a little deeper into how one can setup a computer maintenance and optimization plan for your system. Depending on how heavily the system is used this program should be run once a month or quarter. The more heavily a system is used the more often system maintenance and optimization should be performed.

System maintenance and optimization is handled in a variety of ways, typically it starts with closing all running applications and turning off ones anti-virus which will allow the system to run its cleanup and optimization programs more quickly. We typically like to go through and close all running items that are running in the system tray as well. The next steps involve cleaning out the systems temporary files, uninstalling any non-essential applications, performing system updates then running a defragmentation on the systems hard disk drives. A reboot is used to reset the system and ensure that the proper applications start back up and that the system is again running in proper
working order along with complete anti-virus protection.

There are a variety of ways to go about performing system maintenance and optimization; we find the following to be the easiest more direct methods that work for our needs. You could perform the process using various built in tool sets like the Windows System Tools like Disk Clean Up or other third party tools, but here is our approach and you can feel free to use it.

  • Uninstall non-essential applications: Add/Remove Programs – Control Panel Programs & Features
  • Perform System Updates – perform all critical updates and any optional updates you think are necessary
  • Perform Disk Clean Up – Manually
    • Delete all files out of c:windowstemp
    • Delete all temporary files off of the system (from a command prompt run c:del *.tmp  /s)
    • Delete all temporary files from browsers using their Delete Browsing History options, but please make sure to choose the appropriate options for your needs.
    • Delete unnecessary User Profiles
    • Clean up all other User Profile temp directory. Delete the files out of c:usersprofile namelocal settingstemp
    • Perform hard disk drives defragmentation using: System Tools – Disk Defragmenter
    • Reboot when the Disk Defragmentation iscomplete.

As you can tell it does require a little knowledge about your computer system and its usage to perform routine system maintenance and optimization.  A small amount of time spent will pay dividends on system longevity and usability.

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