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Since computers are an integral part of communications and life in general, they should be maintained and optimized to retain their value as long as possible. When computers are purchased new, and then used for a while, their performance could exhibit a decrease in overall speed depending on whether recommended maintenance is practiced and whether they are, later on, used for more intensive data processing.

Computer Maintenance & Optimization

Much can be done in the way of maintenance and optimization if one is willing to do a little research — however, unless sufficient research and time can be dedicated to this task, it’s generally better for business owners and managers to focus on business productivity rather than maintenance and optimization, seeking professional consultation — this is for two reasons:

  1. More harm can be done than good due to making uneducated attempts at configuration changes to computer equipment.
  2. The more time spent on dealing with maintenance and optimization, the lesser time employees can spend bringing monetary profit into the business. That said, there are some points below that if followed closely will help retain the value of computer equipment, avoiding the unnecessary purchasing of new equipment.

Whether computers used in the business place are desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphones, there some relatively simple and common routines that can be done to keep up the maintenance on them. It’s true that they look and feel different when using them, but underneath, they’re very much like certain Italian or Mexican foods — they’re all the same ingredients put together in different combinations and configurations. Therefore, the maintenance tips herein can generally be applied across all the platforms.

Computer Storage Space

Also referred to as hard drive space, should be maintained such that when the hard drive becomes full or near full, the files or data within should be backed up and removed, or deleted — otherwise there will be no storage space available for software updates, the computer could run slower, or programs and apps could malfunction.

Disabling Programs

Disabling programs or apps from running when a computer is powered on can drastically speed up a computer’s performance. This is due to the fact that before a program/app can run, it must be stored in a computer’s RAM memory — if too many unused programs are running, causing RAM memory space to be depleted, it causes the programs that are actually in use to run less efficiently than they could be. Furthermore, if multiple programs are in use at one time on a computer, it’s beneficial to close them out if they are no longer in use. These points regarding RAM memory space are flexible depending on the amount of RAM memory installed — if there is a relatively large amount of RAM in the computer being used then it’s generally not as urgent to keep unused programs disabled. Purchasing new RAM modules for extending a computer’s total RAM capacity is certainly an option to evade problems revolving around RAM memory capacity — see the computer manufacturer’s recommendations for upgrading if information on the subject cannot be found elsewhere.

Cleaning

Occasionally the dust should be blown out of desktop computers and where possible, laptop computers. Dust is an inhibitor of computer cooling systems. When computers start running too hot, they can automatically shutdown causing inadvertent data loss — excessive heat can also cause excessive wear on parts, reducing the life expectancy of a computer.

There are other kinds of optimization techniques typically referred to as “tweaks” and “hacks” that can be done on a computer for optimizing its overall performance or specific functions. Typing keywords into a search engine along with the make and model of the device being optimized can render a great deal of useful information about the subject.


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