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Maintenance


Bring back that new computer feeling!

To help you become self-sufficient, we want you to get "started on the right foot" by doing initial cleanup and adjustments to remove the obstacles to good performance.  While we're at it, we'll show you how.


Check and Repair File System Errors

Your computer manages files and folders using a File System.  If corrupted, it can be a major cause of system instability.


Cleanup

We'll help you to recover hard disk space by removing unneeded files and optionally compressing files which are seldom used, and to speed up your system by removing unneeded software.  Learn the value of leaving files in your Recycle Bin; and why your files should not be deleted or compressed just because they are "old".


Check and Repair Core System Files and Registration

Core files and Registry entries, which keep your Windows Operating System running smoothly, are sometimes inadvertently deleted, corrupted, or even replaced with strange versions by third party software or computer viruses.


Defragmentation

Over time, as files and folders are created or modified on your hard drive, they gradually become fragmented - Windows writes small pieces of data wherever it will fit.  To use such a file, Windows must first collect the pieces - a time consuming process, compared to reading a "one piece" file.

You may not notice it, but Windows constantly performs background work with files.  The symptoms are gradual:  your system seems to be working harder, yet it is less responsive.


Apply Critical Windows Updates

Microsoft regularly issues free updates to its Windows Operating Systems and other products to make improvements, to fix programming errors, or to patch security holes.  Other vendors follow suit, partly to remain compatible with OS updates.  Many people suffer program faults, compatibility issues, and exposure to computer viruses due to ignoring these updates.


Establish Current System Security

If you're the only one using your computer, and you keep it locked in a vault when you're away, and you never copy or install anything to it from an external source, and you never connect it to any external communication device, then your computer is probably secure.

Otherwise, you need to password protect your accounts; you need a current version of the best security software, and regular updates to that software and its virus signatures; and you need to close certain "back doors" which are open invitations to hackers.

If you don't have this, you're not alone.  Even companies, whose businesses rely every day on properly functioning computers, may have old or even obsolete security software which has not been updated for years!  This exposes the business and its customers to data theft and other exploits.


Check and Resolve Chronic Software Issues

We attempt to correct chronic errors which impair system operation.  While these kinds of errors sometimes combine to cause serious problems, they more often exist as hidden causes of quirky behavior and sluggishness.  For example, security and backup software can both be slow if the security software rescans each of your 200,000 files as it is backed up.


Establish Backups

To adapt an overused warning:  There is never a question of if you will need backups, but when.

Because the intial setup requires extra planning and time, many people think backups are "too much trouble"; but the real trouble begins when they discover that valuable data or critical system files are gone - forever - really, truely, permanently.

We'll handle the complex setup, if you are willing to handle the security and peace of mind!


Other System Adjustments For Stability

We don't write books, but for this topic we should.  There are numerous system settings, each with its own effect, which add up to significant performance impact.

Before you heist your savings for hardware upgrades or a new computer, find out what your current computer can really do.


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