General Computer Health Checkup Tips
Go further on and load everything at Windows startup that you want to be normallyrunning every time you launch your computer — but no more! Excessive programlaunching at Windows startup has (minor) several bad side-effects. For example, itprolongs the startup process; in Windows 9
it predepletes System Resources, and inany Windows version it consumes RAM, CPU cycles, and other commodities; itincreases the change of having incompatible programs conflict with each other; andit complicates troubleshooting since there are more things to rule out. This posthelp you for check your computer health and provide computer support andtroubleshooting tips to maintain computer health. Here below listed some PC healthcheckup tips
Don’t Disable System Restore!
Part of good health is the ability to recovery quicklywhen you do get sick — bouncing back quickly as your old healthy self! If you are using
Windows ME, XP, or Vista
you have available to you the finest “bounce-back” toolMicrosoft has ever developed,
Sure, it has a few things wrong with it(especially in Win ME; the tool was significantly improved in Win XP). But in manycases it’s still pretty close to a “please go fix what I just screwed up a minute ago”miracle worker. I solve dozens of terribly frustrating problems for people every week byrecommending they employ System Restore to step back just before they made a blunder.I appreciate it greatly!
Do not have a computer with a
cheapest video card
youcan find. Name brands
matter. One of my lessons in this: I used to be of the samevoice as those who heavily disparaged the “Winmodem” style of modem — those whichdo not have fully self-contained logic, and rely heavily on Windows itself to providemuch of the “guts.” It’s true that we saw people all the time with serious Windows problems and bad modem performance because of this. Then I unwittingly bought one(not knowing that this is the type of modem I was buying). To my surprise, it was the
modem I’d ever owned! I tried a couple of other Winmodems on loan and they weretruly the
modems I had ever used. What made the difference? The one I had bought was made by U.S. Robotics. When you buy the best, you get the best.
as a starting point can do wonders for your system! That means that youinstall the operating system on a freshly wiped hard drive, rather than “updating” atop anexisting version of an older operating system. Update installs are just fine in many cases,and “good enough” in others; but for the best install, start clean! This isn’t an invariablerule. A recently-released version of Windows often installs better as an upgrade atop aworking (eaerlier) Windows system system simply because manufacturers are sometimesslow at getting all the necesssary hardware drivers released at first — and an upgrade willinherit older drivers that usually will keep on working. Similarly, recent Windowsversions replace so much Windows code that an upgrade is darn near a clean installsanyway! (The clean install recommendation is especially a guiding rule if you’re having performance problems with Windows. It’s too big of an issue to discuss here, but you willfind it discussed on other pages of this site.)
In Windows 98 or ME,
SCANREG /OPT /FIX
from a DOS prompt or Run box prompt. I also like to run, about once a week, Norton WinDoctor (part of thecommercial products Norton Utilities and Norton System Works) as an additional layer of keeping things in tidy shape. If you have
considering compacting your Registry every few months using this method.
Windows 2000 and XP
only rarely seemto require this step and have no native tool for it; however, on rare occasions it is thoughtto be a good idea to compact a Windows 2000/XP Registry also, especially if there has been a lot of program installation and removal
Windows has started to becomeunstable. In that case, this method is recommended.
uninstall programs with the Control Panel’s Add/Remove Programs applet
when possible. (In Windows Vista, it is renamed
Programs & Features
.) If an installed program isn’t listed there, see if it has its own uninstall routine, and use that. For 32-bit programs (those made especially for Windows 95 or later), do not just delete the program