How to make windows work properly

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You spend a lot of money on your computer. You buy the best Graphic card and best processor for your budget and enjoy creating and playing with your platform. Everything is going well, until you notice that your performance is suddenly lacking.

When was the last time you ran Windows Update, emptied the Recycle Bin, or ran a virus scan? Could it be a corrupt config file causing your grief?

We’ve put together some tips and tricks to help you keep your rig in good working order.

Keep the PC up to date and secure

Your PC works best when it has the latest updates. These updates can fix issues and bugs, often introducing improved drivers and software for your components.

1. Check for the latest operating system updates. Search for Update through the Start menu and click on Check for updates.

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2. Click Check for updates.

3. If updates are needed, download and install them. These can also be scheduled to take place when you are not using your computer.

4. Move unused files from desktop to folders. Find your files faster, use a system to keep your important files ready to go. Old downloads, updates, videos, etc. can be stored on an external drive.

5. Empty your trash! The Recycle Bin can store gigabytes of data, data we thought was long since deleted.

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6. Reduce the amount of waste you can recycle. Right-click on your Recycle Bin and select Properties.

seven. Set the maximum size to a few gigabytes for your disks, click OK to save. Note that each drive must be selected and the custom size set individually.

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Running a virus scan

Malware and viruses can bring misery to any user. Deleting them is often time consuming and can be expensive. The adage that “prevention is better than cure” applies here. To protect yourself and your system, you should run regular scans.

1. Click on the Start menu and search for Windows Security. Click the icon to load.

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2. Select Virus & threat protection.

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3. Click Quick Scan to perform a scan of your primary drive. The process may take some time.

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4. Click Scan Options.

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5. Select Full Scan, then click Scan Now to run a full deep scan of your system. This process can take about an hour.

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Running a malware scan

To remove malware, we need to perform a full scan with the system offline.

1. Click on the Start menu and search for Windows Security. Click the icon to load.

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2. Select Virus & threat protection.

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3. Click Scan Options.

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4. Select Microsoft Defender Offline Scan, then click Scan Now. Note that this will restart your computer and perform an automated scan which will prevent you from using the computer.

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File Repair

Configuration files can sometimes get corrupted and cause problems. Broken configuration files can introduce bugs/issues that make your system work harder. Finding problems should be a routine task, but we often put it aside until we encounter a problem.

To scan your drive for problems.

1. Open Windows Explorer and right-click on the C: drive. Select Properties.

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2. Under Tools, look for Error Checking and click verify.

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3. Select Scan Drive and wait for the task to complete.

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4. If prompted, take action to correct any problems. If there isn’tclick Close.

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stay on top

We have taken the necessary steps to keep our PC running, but remember we need to stay on top of our systems. To keep them running and to prevent problems from ruining our day. As we said earlier, this is by far the most exciting task, but it is an essential task.

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