Tip & How-To about Computers & Internet

PC Housekeeping

When you buy a new computer system, there are some tasks you should do that will help you maintain the usefulness of your computer to you.
1. Put all the manuals and support disks in a place that you will be able to access quickly and easily if you need to.
It is not uncommon to have to reinstall system drivers over time. If you need tech support, you will need to access this stuff.
2. Include a copy of the sales receipt and warranty information with those items.
Why angst and buy stuff twice?
3. If you had to go through a recommended process to get your computer set up, make detailed notes of what you did and keep that with the other info above.
You may really appreciate this at some point.
4. Make backup copies of all support disks that came with your computer and store them safely.
If you misplace or damage driver disks, how will you find replacements? One or more of your system devices may become un-useable without the specific drivers.
5. Make a rescue disk for your computer, in case your setup is disabled by a virus or by corrupted files.
Some computer system hardware, such as Dell may need that to run well.
6. Don't cheap out; buy software to protect your system from viruses and identity theft.
It's a small investment for your security.
7. Don't use cracked/pirated software. I believe this invites virus disasters, and possible legal action.
8. Use a 3rd party program like Norton Utilities to maintain your hard drives' data/file management. Windows can accumulate so many file management errors that your system will become sluggish.
9. Don't exceed about 70-80% of your hard drive capacity. When you defrag the hard drives, you need clear space to allow it to work. Otherwise, you risk losing data.
10. Do not download and/or install files from email or web sites you are not familiar with.

Posted by on

Computers & Internet Logo

Related Topics:

Related Questions:

1 Answer

My Sony Vaio VGN-NS110D Laptop computer won’t boot up, it cycles through to a black screen with the mouse pointer there which I can move. Apparently this is called the ‘black screen of death’! I can’t do anything from here except manually shut down. I Can’t press Ctrl-Alt-Del and try and put in explorer.exe into a new task (one of the apparent solutions). I’ve pressed F8 and gone through all the options on there and nothing seems to work. I can’t restore the laptop to an earlier point as it says that none have been created. I made some recovery CD’s when I first got the laptop, but they don’t work. I don’t have a windows CD as it was bought with Windows already installed on it. Please help!


Try these 1) Shut down the system 2) Remove the battery 3) Hold down the power button for say 2 minutes 4)Put the battery back 5) Boot the system
If you still hit the black screen with a cursor: 1) Wait for 2 mins at the black screen 2) Just type in your windows password (if you don't have one hit enter) and press enter 3) Wait for another 2-3 mins 4) Hit Alt Ctrl Delete and go to task manager (this time it should take you to the task manager) - fingers crossed LOL 5) Now do new task - explorer.exe
Hopefully you should be back in action.
Note, this is a work around and for a permanent fix either try and clean your system (check for viruses) or reinstall the system. Hope this helps.

Oct 07, 2010 | Sony Computers & Internet

2 Answers

i restarted my computer cause it was being slow. i restarted it and it came up to the log in screen normally. then i logged in. and it went to a blue screen with just the mouse. nothing else. only thing i can do is pull up task manager. (ctrl, alt, delete) and start a new task. please help


When the computer is booting up repeatedly press the F8 key it will give you a boot up menu - which includes use last known good system, and safe mode...

Only use last good known configuration if you have done nothing to the system like install new software etc... if you have installed new software, updated drivers etc go into safe mode and undelete them...

Its usually a good idea to use the boot logging feature which can often tell you what's gone wrong.

If this helped you please vote!

Oct 06, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with...

1 Answer

System is running 100%


Before buying, try to find the specific process which use most of the system resources. make sure its not a spyware (use lavasoft foe example) or something you can eliminate from the system start up (msconfig...). Anyway, all you have to upgrade is the SDRAM memory. buy another 512K and it will run like the wind :) Good luck.

Nov 30, 2005 | NEC Express5800 120Le Server

Not finding what you are looking for?

183 people viewed this tip

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Computers & Internet Experts

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers

kakima

Level 3 Expert

102366 Answers

David Payne
David Payne

Level 3 Expert

14161 Answers

Are you a Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Loading...