Windows 7 comes with a bunch of built-in system computer maintenance tools that helps you can maintain your computer, speed up your computer, and help keep it running smoothly. Below we have covered few built-in system maintenance tools included with Windows 7.
The Disk Defragmenter was also available in the older versions of Microsoft Windows, but Windows 7 has enhanced it to a great extent. The most important feature of the Windows 7 defragmenter is that it lets you safely terminate the defrag process at any time without any adverse effects and it can also defrag multiple volumes at the same time. Disk Defragmenter can be launched from:
Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter.
System Restore allows you to roll back (restore) system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc. to a previous state in case of any disaster. Windows 7 has provided an enhanced and improved version of the System Restore feature.
Control Panel System Maintenance Tool:
You can also perform many common system maintenance tasks from the Windows 7 Control Panel.
- Open the Control Panel and go to System and Security .
- Find and Fix Problem.
Now the Troubleshooting option will be displayed and you can troubleshoot any problem relevant to the system, network, internet etc.
Remove spyware, and help protect your computer from viruses:
Download Microsoft Security Essentials for free to help guard your computer from viruses, spyware, adware, and other malicious software (also known as malware). Microsoft Security Essentials acts as a spyware removal tool and includes automatic updates to help keep your system protected from emerging threats.
Free up disk space:
The Disk Cleanup tool helps you to free up space on your hard disk to improve the performance of your computer. The tool identifies files that you can safely delete and then enables you to choose whether you want to delete some or all of the identified files.
To use Disk Cleanup, Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools, and then click Disk Cleanup. If several drives are available, you might be prompted to specify which drive you want to clean.
Detect and repair disk errors:
In addition to running Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter to optimize the performance of your computer, you can check the integrity of the files stored on your hard disk by running the Error Checking utility.
To use Error Checking Utility:
- Right-click the hard disk you want to search for bad sectors, and then click Properties.
- In the Properties dialog box, click the Tools tab.
- Click the Check Now button.
- In the Check Disk dialog box (called Error-checking in Windows 7), select the “Automatically fix file system errors” and “Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors” check box, and then click Start.
- If you see an error message saying “Windows can’t check the disc while it’s in use” you will need to tick the box that says check next time you start your computer.
Performing regular computer maintenance is something that everyday computer users often neglect. I have had thousands of customers that do not perform any computer maintenance and sometimes wait until their computer has a black screen , before they finally realize that looking after your computer is IMPORTANT! I can’t tell you enough how many times I have had a customer come in complaining about losing all of their photos and documents. It is always a good idea to use cloud security solutions since it will back up everything you authorize in case your computer becomes irreplaceable. Take the extra time now to prepare for the worst case scenario so if and when this happens, you will not lose anything important or sentimental.
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