Making Your Computer Last Longer

This article will give tips to helping make sure you get as much out of a computer as you can.

Technology is moving faster than you can keep up with these days, and it is no longer really 'built to last'. It is hard enough to buy one computer now, so you what to prolong another necessary PC purchase for as long as possible. By using the following few tips, you should be able to help maximise the life of you computer as much as possible.

     - Cover Your Computer: Plastic Computer Covers are very underrated. When your computer is switched off (don't do it when it is on) covering it with a cover can do wonders for keeping it clean, and preventing dust getting into it. Also, keep the area your computer is in as clean as possible.

     - Update your Virus Buster: If you have the internet, it is vital that you ensure your virus buster is always up to date, or you could find it infected before you know it. Also, if it doesn't run automatically, make sure you regularly do run it to check for any viruses which may have infected your PC without you realising.

     - Re-format your computer: You should re-format your computer every so often, although it doesn't have to be a regular thing. Make sure you back-up your files on disks just in case though.

     - Get more RAM Memory: RAM Memory is not very expensive these days and it is easy to get. When there is not very much memory left, the hard drive has to work harder, so having a bit of free memory on the PC can help save the hard drive.

     - Switch off the Power Source During Lightning/Thunderstorm: Just to be on the safe side, you should switch off the power point (make sure the computer is turned off first) during a lightning storm.

     - Don't Switch it On and Off Constantly: It doesn't matter if you switch it on and off a few times a day, but don't be constantly doing it. The computer should last longer if it isn't constantly having to warm-up and cool-down. Don't leave it on 24/7 but avoid repeatedly switching it on and off. Also, set the computer to go on stand-by when it hasn't been used for a certain period of time.

     - Make sure that there is plenty of air circulation: It is good to try and keep your computer as cool as possible, especially during warmer times of the year. You don't have to put it in a fridge, but it is a good idea to have a fan on as well when your computer is on.

There are plenty of other ways to ensure that you can get as much use out of your computer as possible, but by doing the above few simple suggestions it is a good start to making sure you don't have to buy another new computer barely after you've got your first one!


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