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Year-End Computer Detox

This is another article that was suggested to me and that I found worthy sharing with my readers. Happy New Year and see you all again next week with a new post from yours truly.
-Nick

–Comes January and everyone starts experiencing the after-effects of over-indulging. Your computer too feels the pain.  Perhaps it isn’t so much Christmas wine and chocolate but the result of viruses, document hoarding and other accumulative hangovers.  Detox your computer to get it working faster, safer and more efficiently.

  • Clean it.  Literally.  You’ll be amazed what appears when you tip that keyboard upside down (only use anti-static wipes or a soft brush.  NOT water!)
  • Remove clutter, delete unwanted documents off the desktop  and tidy up your folder structure
  • Remove any programs that are no longer required
  • Empty your recycle bin!
  • Check that all necessary updates have been installed
  • Is it time to look at upgrading to Microsoft Office 2010 or 365…?
  • Update your security passwords!
  • Double check your antivirus protection is up to date and won’t expire while you’re on holiday
  • Make sure your firewall is active
  • Perform a last minute virus scan – check out Spybot Search & Destroy
  • Perform a disk cleanup and disk defragmentation (set this to run overnight as it may take several hours)
  • Perform routine backups of all files and settings
  • Archive files offsite

Computer systems vary.   If you use an external IT provider to manage your computer requirements then liaise with them as to what they have planned and what you can carry out yourself.  And remember… your computer needs a holiday too – make sure to shut down and turn off before you leave the office!

5 Responses to Year-End Computer Detox

  1. George says:

    If going to reformat suggest taking a disk image which can then be copied back to the freshly formatted drive, saves re Installing the OS, drivers and updates etc. Suggest you do the recommended disk maintenance before disk imaging, including deleting all temp files. I have found Easeus disk imaging is good. http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/
    George

  2. Excellent suggestion indeed, although it can be a daunting task to anyone, with the need to perform full backups prior to reformatting and sometimes having to re-install some software.
    Let it be the opportunity to remind everyone that backing up on a regular basis (NOT once a month) is absolutely necessary. The cost (and the aggravation) of losing even one week of business data can be enormous.

  3. Good advice here. Can I also recommend that some of the more tech-savvy readers do a full re-formatting? It can really help computers with speed.

  4. Good one George!
    Happy new year to you and looking forward to more of your valuable input!

  5. george says:

    And run a system check to repair any damaged system files. Computer/properties/tools.