How to Perform Microsoft Windows Maintenance

Do you care less about the maintenance of your windows 11 64bit download when you could easily do it? You might care less but you must care about Microsoft Windows maintenance on your Dell computer if you care about its functionality, long life, performance, and security. This guide discusses how you can do Microsoft Windows maintenance on your Dell computer without spending much time and efforts.

Step 1

Check your hard disk drive for errors and fix them. If you are using Windows 7 or Vista, click the Start button and navigate to Computer. You will see your drives listed there. Right-click the drive that you wish to scan and select Properties from the drop-down menu. Click the Tools tab and then click the Check Now button. If prompted, enter your admin password and hit Continue. When in Check Disk, check the boxes beside Automatically fix file system errors and Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors.

Step 2

When done, click the Start button to initiate the disk checking procedure. It may take several minutes to check the disk and fix errors depending on your drive’s size. When done, close all the windows. If prompted, click the Schedule Disk Check button. Follow the on-screen prompts and schedule a disk check for next time and reboot your computer.

Step 3

Run Disk Defragment to defragment your hard disk and make it work more efficiently. For Windows 7 or Vista, click the Start button and point to All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> Disk Defragmenter. If prompted, enter the admin password and click the Continue button. Click the Defragment Now button to begin the defragmentation. It may take a good amount of time (even 1-2 hours) to defrag your hard disk depending on its size. The same method will also work for Windows XP.

Step 4

Download and install Microsoft Windows updates to enhance your Dell Windows computer’s performance, functionality, speed, security, and life. Click the Start button and point to All Programs> Windows Update. This will direct you to Windows update website. Look for the updates and install them. You can select what updates to install and what not. Downloading and installing updates can take a good deal of time depending on their size. When done, reboot your computer.

Step 5

Update drivers of your external devices like router, printer, scanner, gaming console etc. If Microsoft Windows updates do not include drivers for your peripheral, you can download them from its manufacturer’s website. You must always download and install the latest, compatible drivers for your specific Microsoft Windows operating system.

Step 6

Use the Disk Cleanup tool to clean up your hard disk and enhance its performance. Click the Start button and point to All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> Disk Cleanup. Though the Disk Cleanup utility should begin to automatically clean up your hard drive but if it rather prompts you to select a drive to clean up, select it and then click the OK button. Also, select the Disk Cleanup tab and check all the boxes next to files, which you want to remove. When done, click OK. It should now start cleaning up the temporary internet files. When done, click the OK button and then confirm the deletion. Your disk will be free of temp files now. This method should work for Microsoft Windows 7 and Vista.

Step 7

If you are using Microsoft Windows XP, click the Start button and point to All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> Disk Cleanup. A Disk Cleanup window will pop up prompting you to select the drive you want to clean up. Select the drive and then click the OK button. Select the files that you wish to remove and then click the OK button. It may take some time depending on the amount of data your drive has. Confirm the deletion. Your computer will be cleaned now. You should run disk cleanup at least once a week to delete the unnecessary temp files. It will optimize your computer’s performance and speed.

Step 8

If you are unable to get your Microsoft Windows Dell computer working after having installed a toolbar, software (like virus removal software which is a virus itself), game application, or music file etc., restore your Dell Microsoft Windows computer to an earlier date. That’s it and the problem will be over. If you are using Windows XP, click the Start button and navigate to All Programs> Accessories> System Tools> System Restore. Make sure that you are logged in as an administrator to your computer. Failing to which will not let you make the changes.

Step 9

Once in the System Restore window, click to select the date and time and click the Restore button. If prompted, confirm the action and restart your computer. Depending on the amount of data, system restore may take some time. When done, your Dell computer will be rolled back to the desired date when it was working fine. Before you do the system restore, you must save the unsaved changes to your files or programs etc.

Step 10

If you are using Windows 7 or Vista, click the Start button and type ‘system restore’ (without quotes) in the Start Search field. Hit the Enter key to continue. if prompted, enter the admin password and click Continue. When prompted, confirm your restore point that Microsoft Windows automatically prompts for and then click the Finish button. Reboot your computer when prompted.

Additional Tips:

You can schedule automatic disk clean up to run daily, weekly, or monthly. Doing so will help clean up your disk regularly and make it work efficiently. Disable or delete programs that you never use and will no longer use in the future. There are certain programs in your Dell computer and in Microsoft Windows operating system that you never use. If you face difficulty or encounter any error message, contact Microsoft Windows technical support.

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