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There are a number of tasks that can be performed on an ageing  PC , Laptop or high end workstation to make sure it is running optimally and  guard against future failure and data loss.   If you feel for any reason that your computer is not running correctly I can guarantee that the maintenance steps taken below will fix any problem.

Test Hard Drive VirusScan (Latest Defs) Check for Minidumps

Check System & App logs

Install Latest Bios

Install Latest Sound Drivers

Clean Registry Registry-Mechanic
Repair or Replace Hard drive Norton Power Eraser Check for disabled/failed devices Install Latest Motherboard Drivers Repair Windows Installation – Dial-A-Fix
Check Filesystem (chkdsk) Hitman Pro Run File System Check Install Latest Graphics Drivers Repair Security Permissions
Defrag Hard Drive Ran Combofix Check Conflicting Resources Install Latest Network Disable Unecessary Services
adwcleaner Check Network Protocols Install Latest Printer Drivers Stress Test Machine
Check Scheduled Tasks
Run Windows Update
 Remove Unecessary Programs
 Remove Unecessary Programs at Startup


I will give a brief outline of the importance of these steps in the order that I would perform them.

Test the Hard Drive

This is what we would hope to see from a healthy drive however if we were to see errors then I would advise the client to get a new drive and clone the old drive.  Once that is done we can move on.

Run CHKDSK utility.

CHKDSK should only be run after we have confirmed the drive is in good order as running it on failing drives can cause data loss.

Run DEFRAG utility.

Large files and NTFS directories can become defragmented over time which causes the hard drive to take more time when reading the file. Keeping your files in a contiguous order greatly improves overall system speed.

Check for Viruses and Malaware.

The second column covers the 5 steps I take to ensure your computer is completely bug free.

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