Keep a healthy PC: A routine-maintenance guide

Fred Langa

As with all devices, regular maintenance will keep your Windows PC operating smoothly through the years.

Here are the essential tasks that can help PC users — of all levels — maintain strong, secure, and stable systems.

Last year, Windows Secrets published the Jan. 10, 2013, Top Story, “Let your PC start the new year right!” If you haven’t done much to maintain your PC lately, that article is a great place to start. It’s chock-full of techniques virtually guaranteed to get your PC in the best shape it can be.

Once your PC is in good shape, what then? This article picks up where last year’s article left off.

Simple and routine maintenance is the key

PC maintenance doesn’t have to be time-consuming and tedious. Windows’ built-in functions, with an assist from some third-party tools, can automate much or all of the necessary tasks — making PC maintenance a mostly set-and-forget cinch.

With your PC on a solid maintenance schedule, you’ll enjoy smoother, faster, more stable, and more error-free PC operation all year long!

Oddly, most PC makers don’t include any kind of maintenance schedule in their system’s owner manuals. That might be because PCs are not all used the same way; a “one size fits all” maintenance schedule just wouldn’t make sense.

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Fred Langa

About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.