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Geoff A. wrote:
> Is there a checklist of maintenance that I should do periodically to my PC
> to keep it in optimum working order?
More or less in the following order
1) Create a manual restore point with a useful name like
"Prior to maintenance."
2) START> Run> dskchk /F
Then reboot your machine to run a through disk check.
(Similar to Win9X scandisk, but works on NTFS also.)
3) START> Run> cleanmgr /safeset:99
Select which temporary files you want cleaned up.
Hint: If your recycle bin is configured to a sane size
(NOT WINDOWS defaults!), you leave Recycle Bin unchecked.
Be careful, files deleted using cleanmgr are NOT moved
to the recycle bin.
4) START> Run> cleanmgr /sagerun:99
Executes the decisions you made in step 2.
5) START> Run> cmd
At the command prompt
defrag c: -f -v
If you have additional partitions/hard disks use similar
commands for each. Eg.
defrag d: -f -v
Hint: You want to turn this into a batch file.
6) Create another manual restore point with a useful name like
"Prior to Antivirus update and scan."
7) Verify that your anti-virus software is still running,
fully updated, properly configured and that the last
scheduled full scan has run to completion.
8) Create yet another manual restore point named
"Prior to adware/spyware update and scans"
9) Verify that all adware/spyware products are up to date and
run scans with any products that do scans.
10) Make another restore point named "Prior to updates."
11) Visit Windows Update and check for updates.
Hint: MS wants you to download and install updates in full
automatic mode. If you do, don't ever walk away from your
machine while running an application with unsaved data!
12) If you use MS Office or one of it's components, visit the
Office Update page.
13) Run MS Baseline security advisor and correct any problems.
14) If there were any changes introduced by steps 11-13, make
another restore point named "Finished Maintenance."
You don't have to accomplish all of this at once.
If you're headed to lunch, start the machine on the next step.
It will be done by the time you get back.
Learn about how long each of these things take to accomplish and how
much monitoring is required on your part.
If you don't have time to do the very next thing, do the next thing you
do have time for.