Basic Software Maintenance For Computers – Windows and Apple

If you have a Windows machine there is a certain amount of maintenance you need to do.

Windows Vista ,  7 , 8

  • Windows Updates – manually go in and check for optional updates as well as having a look at the automatic ones to make sure they have been done 
  • Perform a Disc Cleanup
  • Keep Antivirus software up to date
  • Keep software up to date , Adobe Reader / Adobe Flash especially
  • Uninstall programs that you no longer need 

Windows Vista , Windows 7 & 8 automatically defragment the hard drive without you doing it and with the NTFS file system it is really unnecessary, but you will need to amend the time that this runs as it is usually set to 2.00am and no one has there computer on at that time.

Now with the advent of Solid State drives in computers you should never defrag those as it reduces the life of the SS.

So what maintenance do you have to do on a mac ?

Every 3 – 6 months go to Disc Utility and repair disc permissions and update your software as advised by software update which you can find under the Apple icon in the top left hand corner of the screen , that’s it , nothing else

Author: Adelaide Techguy

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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