How to Maintain A Computer System Start a notebook that includes information on your system. This notebook should be a single source of information about your entire system, both hardware and software. Each time you make a change to your system, adding or removing hardware or software, record the change. Always include the serial numbers of all equipment, vendor support numbers, and print outs for key system files. Secondly periodically review disk directories and delete unneeded files. Files have a way of building up and can quickly use up your disk space.

If you think you may need a file in the future, back it up to a disk. At a minimum, you should have a system disk with your command. com, auto exec. bat, . says files. If your system crashes, these files will help you get it going again. In addition, back up any files with an extension of. says. For Windows systems, all files with an extension of. in and. gdp should also be backed up. Next any time you work inside you computer turn off the power and disconnect the equipment form the power source.

Before you touch anything inside the computer, touch and unpainted metal surface such as the power supply. This will help to discharge any static electricity that could damage internal components. Now you should periodically, de fragment your hard disk. Defragmentingyour hard disk reorganizes files so they are in contiguous clusters and makes disk operations faster. Defragmentation programs have been known to damage files so make sure your disk is backed up first. A good thing to do now would be to protect your system from computer viruses.

Computer viruses are programs designed to infect computer systems by copying themselves into other computer files. The virus program spreads when the infected files are used by or copied to another system. Virus programs are dangerous because they are often designed to damage the files in a system. You can protect yourself from viruses by installing an anti-virus program.

Lastly learn to use system diagnostic programs, if they did not come with your system, obtain a set. These programs help you identify and possibly solve problems before you call for technical assistance. Some system manufactures now include diagnostic programs with their systems and ask that your un the programs before you call for help.