Keep your laptop in good health

laptop health

During the course of our business at Reach Broadband we often speak with people who feel that their broadband is slow, however after asking them a series of questions,  we find that it’s not that their internet connection is slow, but their laptop or desktop computer are not as up to date as they should be. This will interfere with the computer’s processing capability and will slow down how your computer or laptop will connect to the internet.

Keeping your files in order, backing up your data, and updating Windows on a regular basis will keep your laptop in good health.  The following is a list that should help you to do this

Updating Windows

Windows – the operating system of your laptop – is constantly being updated, with additions to its software that can both prevent and fix known problems. It’s important to keep your copy of Windows up-to-date. To do this and set up automatic updates simply follow the steps below.

  1. On the Start screen, move your cursor to the top right and from the Charms menu click Settings, then click Change PC settings.
  2. Click Windows Update.
  3. Click Check for updates: if any updates are fund, message will appear telling you.
  4. Click Install updates.

Install updates automatically

By default in Windows, Windows updates will be made automatically. You can check this setting and turn on automatic updating in the Control Panel.

  1. Right-click the bottom-left corner of your screen and from the pop-up menu, click Control Panel.
  2. Click System and Security and then click Windows Update.
  3. Click Change settings.
  4. Make sure that the Install updates automatically (recommended) box is checked.
  5. Under the Recommended updates heading, make sure the Give me recommended updates the same way I receive important updates box is checked. Then click OK.

Backing up data

It’s important to back up your files, such as photos and documents, so that if the hard drive fails or your laptop is stolen or damaged, you won’t lose everything.

Connect to an external hard drive

An external hard drive is an easy, cost-efficient way to back up your files, and it can be stored away from your laptop. You can use Windows  File History for this or to quickly back up specific files, do the following:

  1. Connect the hard drive to your laptop with the USB cable provided.
  2. The external hard drive will appear in a window on screen.
  3. Either drag and drop or copy and paste files and folders onto the external hard drive.
  4. To restore files, re-attach the hard drive and copy files back to your laptop’s hard drive.

Tip: DVD backups

It’s cheaper to back up onto blank DVDs, but they are prone to scratching so are less reliable than a hard drive.

Free up space on your hard disk

If you use a laptop frequently it can become clogged with information that shows it down. In Windows, you can remove any unnecessary files using Disk Cleanup.

  1. On the Start screen, move your cursor to the top-right and from the Charms menu click Search.
  2. Type Disk Cleanup into the search box and click the blue search icon.
  3. Click Disk Cleanup from the list of results.
  4. Disk Cleanup will run – working out how much space it can free up.
  5. In the Disk Cleanup window that appears, you can choose to clean up different types of files, such as temporary files. Click on an entry to see a description of the file. Click OK and then click Delete Files.

Automatically back up files

Windows  File History continuously backs up files in your libraries, Desktop, Favourites, and Contacts location, such as an external hard drive. Every time a change is made to a file, a copy of the file is stored – so over time, you can see a complete history of the changes that have been made. To turn on File History:

  1. Connect the external hard drive to your laptop with the USB cable provided.
  2. Right-click the bottom-left corner of your screen and from the pop-up menu, click Control Panel.
  3. Click System and Security and then click File History.
  4. Click Turn on. File History is now activated and hourly backups of your files will be made.
  5. To restore files, click Restore personal files and then choose the files you wish to restore.
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