You're probably here because Reimage Windows repair has brought your operating system back to like new again. Just like when you purchased your PC, everything has been re-arranged in an optimal way. After time, virus damage may occur again, partial downloads will stack up, temporary files and orphaned links will slow your seek time, and some files may become damaged again. You can reduce the effects of long time erosion to your operating system by periodically performing self-maintenance on your computer - this can be done in several ways.
Always backup. Any data you cannot afford to lose to at least two separate physical drives.
So backup data to external hard drives, CD-RWs etc. The time to backup is when you create something you can't afford to lose. Don't wait until tomorrow.
Run Scandisk and Defragment at least once a month. This will keep your hard drive healthy and prevent crashes.
Do not let a lot of programs load up when you start your computer. They use valuable memory and Windows Resources (Windows internal workspace). All programs in your Windows System Tray (in the lower right of your screen) are running on your computer. Close them if you don't need them or run them and configure them not to load when you boot up. Other programs running in the background can be found by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Esc at the same time.
Check your PC stability.
Do use an antivirus software regularly. Everyone should use a virus checker. The best type of protection is continuous monitoring from a dedicated anti-virus program.
If you have a high speed Internet connection you need a firewall program. A firewall program keeps those who want to hijack your computer from gaining access to your system. You really do not want someone else running your computer. Your firewall should boot up with your computer to protect it from invasion.
Do keep at least 500 MBs of your C: drive free for Windows to use. If you do not have enough free space you will choke Windows and it will start dumping data to your hard drive, or it will just get really, really, slow. Use the ADD/Remove tool in the Windows Control Panel to delete unneeded programs from your drive.
We highly recommend that you purchase a UPS for your computer. This will keep your computer from crashing during power outages, and will protect your computer from low and high voltage occurrences. A UPS is far superior to a surge protector and will save your computer from almost any type of power disaster. (See #1 above for what happens when your computer crashes.)
Never, ever, turn your computer off with the power switch until Windows has shut down. The one exception to this rule is when your computer locks up and your hard drive is not running (the hard drive light is not blinking). In this situation, you can turn the power off without harmful effects to the hard drive. As cutting the power can also result in lost data or Windows files, you should only do this when you have to. Following this rule will prevent permanent hard drive defects caused by the hard drive heads contacting the surface of the drive disc, and it will prevent a host of Windows problems. Whenever possible, recover from crashes by pressing the Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys at the same time. Press them again to reboot your computer.
If you have freezing and crashing, or your computer becomes too cumbersome to operate, or complicated to maintain yourself, then feel free to run our free scan again to assist you in detecting problems.