It’s painful when your business computer dies. No computer lasts forever, but with proper care, you can extend its life. Here are 5 tips to keep yours running:
1. Install System Updates
Operating system manufacturers regularly release updates; don’t dismiss those annoying pop-ups. Updating your OS keeps your software properly maintained and protected with the latest improvements, fixes, and patches.
Keep your anti-virus system is up to date. We like to do system updates while your business is closed. This is one of the core services Quikteks offers with our managed IT care.
2. Use Surge Protectors
Installing surge protectors is a very effective, cheap, and practical solution way to keep your computer from getting fried by power surges. We recommend unplugging your computer if a major storm is predicted. Failing that, a quality surge protector will protect your electronics.
3. Power Down Infrequently.
Quikteks recommends only powering your computer down once a day. Pushing the power button too frequently can cause the switch to fail early. That’s one reason why we schedule backups for your off-peak hours.
4. Clean Your PC
A clean computer actually does work better. When dust and other debris get inside your CPU and stick to its internal parts, it causes damage. Get a can of compressed air to clean your fan. A dirty fan will slow down and let your PC overheat.
If you are using your computer in a dusty location like a building site or an industrial work floor, it’s a good idea to keep it covered when you’re not using it.
5. Don’t Move It
Even with laptops, it’s just a best practice not to move a computer while it’s powered on. Jarring movements can cause the moving pieces inside to malfunction. If you need to move around with your laptop while you’re using it, carry it from the base using both hands. Use a protective carrying case when you’re on the move.
Taking care of your business hardware makes good economic sense. Quikteks can help you properly maintain your hardware and software for maximum efficiency and economic return. Call us today at (973) 882-4644. We can help.