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Fred Langa offers a comprehensive plan for keeping your PC in absolute top-notch condition.
Thwack! That was the sound of me slapping myself in the forehead.
It happened the other day, while I was working through the normal monthly maintenance on my primary PC. Everything was going smoothly; routine maintenance tends to prevent many problems from developing in the first place; and can catch any others when they're small and easy to correct.
I'll admit I'm a bit of a fanatic about maintenance because I depend on my PC to make a living; I probably go further than most people would need or want to. But odds are you use a PC at work or in a home office or recreationally, and the smooth, trouble-free operation of your PC is either essential to getting your work done, or is an important part of your after-hours life. Some level of routine PC preventative maintenance would be good for your PC, too. That's why we've covered many of the separate steps and techniques of PC maintenance in this space and in my newsletter.
But the "thwack" moment came when I realized I'd never stitched all the pieces together into a comprehensive whole for you -- I'd never itemized the steps in checklist form to make it easy for you to select exactly which maintenance steps you want to follow, and when. Let me correct that oversight today.
In this article, I'll tell you all the maintenance steps I take on a daily, weekly, monthly, semiannual, and annual basis.
You may not need all the steps I take, and that's perfectly fine. You can "cherry-pick" the ideas, techniques, and tools that best fit your own preferences, to create your own PC maintenance checklist. Or, if you rely heavily on your PC, you may wish to adapt my full task list to your own unique situation -- or even expand upon it!.
In any case, with the right level of routine maintenance, maybe you'll be able to avoid a "thwack" moment of your own!
The Foundation Steps
Because this article is about maintaining a PC rather than repairing one, we'll assume that your PC is in reasonable shape to begin with, and not suffering from major malfunctions, hangs, slow operations, and so on.
Once your PC is basically OK, you can then keep it that way with the routine maintenance we'll discuss in a moment.
In the same vein, because this article is about keeping your PC running right rather than fixing major, pre-existing problems, we'll further assume your PC isn't infected with viruses, worms, or other malware; and is well-protected by defensive software.