We all know how important production can be depending on the speed and performance of your computer. It’s annoying to see your new laptop or a desktop PC underperform and perform sluggishly. Is it due to a hardware problem? You are wrong, the problem is not related to hardware, but to computer maintenance.

It is common that various users around the world have faced such similar problems and the best way to solve them is to follow a checklist for routine computer maintenance. This will not only help you have less headaches working on a sluggish computer, but you can also manage to have a healthy hardware with a quick software support.

The best way to start creating a computer maintenance checklist is to have regular hardware and software maintenance checks, a comprehensive backup plan, protection against malicious exploits and maintaining a general order of the system.


Checklist for computer maintenance

Keeps the system clean and dust-free

When it comes to dust, it is the biggest enemy that leads to many problems affecting your computer. To keep your computer environment dust-free, ensure that the premises are well enclosed. This will prevent dust from entering your premises. A clean room will result in fewer systems being damaged. Apart from this, if you use desktops, regularly open the CPU cabinets and remove dust with a portable hoover, paying particular attention to the fan vents. Similarly, look for dust in the RAM, processor and motherboard. If there is dirt, do not clean it with your hands, but use a special computer cleaning kit to clean it.

Reassemble your PC

If you are using a branded desktop, try not to do this, users with assembled desktops can proceed. Before you begin, you should have a basic idea of how to set up a computer or it is best to leave this to an expert. If you decide to proceed, you can go ahead and try to reassemble your PC. Disconnect all cables connected to the hard drive, DVD-ROM and graphics card. Also make sure to remove any dust build-up during assembly.

Check the power flow

Fluctuations in power flow can cause problems such as hardware failures. Generally, laptop adapters have a built-in power optimisation option. While this is not present in desktops, you need to check the cabling and output power. You can use a surge protector and related equipment to protect against such power fluctuations.

Keep your laptop cool

If you use your laptop for tasks that consume a lot of its resources, it will certainly generate a lot of heat. Especially if you keep the laptop on a desk, it cannot circulate the heat generated. This can cause the laptop to fail and it is best to keep it cool with a USB-powered fan or a cooling pad.

Don’t forget to use your keyboard

We’re sure some of you use an extended keyboard or wireless keyboard on your laptop to make work easier. It’s not a problem, but every now and then try using the built-in keyboards as sometimes they go bad and you need to replace them completely. Keep using them from time to time and use a portable hoover now and then to keep it dust-free.