In this article I will tell you how to clean your PC hardware and software. You need the following material before we start:
Internet access Administrative rights
Rubbing Alcohol Tissue or a similar item Vacuum cleaner Air Duster Thermal Paste
Maintaining Software and Windows Environment
Always keep your anti-virus up-to-date. A virus or malware could do much more damage than anything else to your windows.
One of the leading PC cleaners is called CCleaner. This is a simple too for cleaning temp folders and registry. You can download this program from its website. Furthermore it provides you with disk defragment tool which could be used to defrag hard drives and open up more spaces. You should at least run a defragment test once every three month. Occasionally you might open up to 17% of your hard drive space which could be few gigabytes.
Another important factor in keeping your windows healthy is run heavy programs solo. For example if you are running games, close as many background programs as possible. Firefox is a good example. It occupies big portion of your random access memory which slows down your game.
To maintain hardware you should be able to open your PC case and access and electronic devices. This is possible if your warranty is avoided. Make sure you don’t have liquids around when you open the case because electronic devices are very sensitive and you can break them pretty easy. Open the case by unscrewing your case. There are different levels of maintenance. We will go through all levels however you can choose how many levels to clean.
Use a vacuum cleaner and hoover all your case. Make sure you go over fans and clean them perfectly. Keeping your PC temperature low is one of the most important factors in keeping PC healthy. Make sure you vacuum CPU fan perfectly because it tends to gather lots of dust. Use an air duster to clean dust from your electrical devices such as motherboard.
Take your memory (RAM) out and hoover their slots. Making sure the slots are perfectly clean. Put them back in with caution. Memories are very vulnerable therefore you should be very careful with them.
This level is mainly about cleaning your CPU and motherboard. If you haven’t accessed you CPU before watch a tutorial video online and be very careful. Open your CPU fan and take it out. Put some rubbing alcohol on a tissue or similar item and rub over the CPU until all the current thermal paste is gone and cleaned. Do the same procedure on the back of your CPU fan to make sure it is clean.
Put Fresh thermal paste (You can buy online or from any electronic shop) on the middle of your CPU and use a card to spread it around evenly. Now put your fan back on carefully so you don’t mess the thermal paste. This paste eliminates space between the fan and the CPU making it much more efficient. If you system does not boot well or is laggy afterwards you have not put enough paste on your CPU.
This level is not recommended for people who are not familiar with PC hardware structure and are unable to assemble a PC together. Unscrew your motherboard and Power supply. Take them out of the case and clean them properly. (Using air duster and vacuum cleaner) Check over your motherboard capacitors to make sure there isn’t anything on top. (like a paste. This shows the capacitor is damaged) If that is the case you should consider replacing the capacitor or the motherboard.
Hoover the power supply fan. If it is possible open the power supply and clean inside it. They usually tend to gather a lot of dust. After this process put everything back inside and enjoy your faster computer.
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Robert Morris a Microsoft Office expert has been working in the technical industry from last 5 year. As a technical expert, he has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as office.com/setup