I hope everyone had a safe and fun holiday. I spent the most time offline in years and had a great and relaxing time with family.
To start 2006 off here are a few computer system tips to get/keep your system top performing and your data safe for the new year.
- Backup your system and also make sure you have regular data back ups planned so you can get your data back should something occur such as hardware failure, virus, or other event. I personally use multiple external hard drives including 1 that has a built-in network connection so everyone here at home can backup to the same drive.
- Review and delete files and directories from the Temp folder (%TEMP% from Windows Explorer) for the Windows user accounts on the machine
- Clean your Internet browser's temp files cache
- Clean up unused applications by uninstalling them
- Clean up old files and archive them to a backup CD/DVD or external drive.
- Run Check Disk and Defragment of your hard drive from Start > All Programs > Accessories> System Tools
- Perform a full virus and trojan scan and make sure you keep your anti virus up to date. There are some free anti virus and firewall software out there so price is no excuse for your data being at risk.
- Check out some free diagnostics online from http://safety.live.com/
- Perhaps defragment your page file with the free PageDefrag from www.sysinternals.com