Throwback: Computer Maintenance Guide for Windows Vista

With all the talk with Windows 8 and many not jumping on the Windows 7 bandwagon there is not that much talk going on with Vista it seems.  But many of us use it still have want to find specific answers to Vista related problems. Note that most Windows 7 answers will work with Vista.  This article is a throwback to the Vista days (2009) and for those that still call Windows Vista. 🙂

Just like all other windows operating systems Windows Vista computers are also prone to most of the common computer problems. Some of the tasks that you can perform to prevent and repair Windows Vista errors are:

    • Maintain an error-free and small Windows Vista registry. The registry controls the way software and hardware behaves on your computer because it contains all your display preferences, system settings, application configuration and other operating system configuration information. This is the reason why any problems or erroneous information in the registry has a direct effect on the behavior of your PC. Registry problems usually occur due to the accumulation of unwanted, obsolete, and invalid entries in the registry that cause it to grow to a very large size. A large registry easily gets damaged and fragmented and eventually starts generating errors on your Vista computer. One of the best and easiest ways to prevent and repair registry problems is to use a Windows Vista compatible registry cleaner tool. Using a reliable and efficient registry cleaner tool, you can automatically scan and repair registry errors, make regular registry backups, and defrag the registry to compress it, and re-index its files.

  • Ensure that your Windows Vista computer is free from malware problems. Malware programs such as spyware, adware, virus, Trojans, worms, and backdoors may infiltrate your PC through open Internet connections, infected external media such as Floppy disks, CDs, and zip drivers, and open network shares. The two most important tools that help you protect your PC from these threats are antivirus and antispyware tools. These tools are a must-have for all PC users. It is also recommended that you keep the tools updated with the latest definitions, and schedule them to perform full system scans at regular intervals, so that your PC is always protected against, and is free of malware information.
  • Keep the system up-to-date with the latest service packs, security releases, and patches. To counter the security lapses and to include performance enhancements in their software products, manufacturers release regular updates from time-to-time. To ensure that your Windows Vista stays protected against the latest threats and stays at its best performance, you must keep your PC up-to-date with these security releases and service packs.
  • Ensure that your hard disk is free of errors and unwanted files. The hard disk plays an important role in the functioning of your PC because all data and program files are stored on it. If your hard disk is full of junk information and fragmented files, it not only slows down your system, but can also cause irreversible harm that may result in data loss. This is the reason why you must use tools such as the Disk Cleanup and Disk Defragmenter that are shipped with your Windows Vista operating system to cleanup unwanted information from the hard disk and to consolidate its files. This helps you maintain your hard disk and keep your system at optimal performance.
  • Use the Windows Vista System Restore utility to revert your malfunctioning PC to the last known working state.  The System Restore utility takes periodic snapshots of your computer’s configuration information and registry settings. In case an error or a problem occurs due to tasks such as incorrect system configuration, registry failure, and so on, then you can use the System Restore utility to restore your Windows Vista computer back to the time when it was in an error-free, working condition.

Rob Boirun is the author of which is an industry site around DVD and Blu Ray burning technologies.