Top 6 Things Every Computer User Should Know

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Top 6 Things Every Computer User Should Know

In this post I will be discussing 6 things that every PC user should have some idea about. This information applies to computer users of all levels, whether you’re a beginner or an expert, these things are useful for all.

No matter how long you’ve been an active computer user, there are always things you are forced to confront, and depending on our level of expertise, we don’t always go about it in the best way. The tips below are things that should ensure your system remains safe and runs efficiently.

Most computer users make the mistake of ignoring the simpler things, such as keyboard shortcuts, or how to prevent viruses, or even how to safeguard their data. And if you’re fortunate enough to know and understand these things already, it’s likely that you’ll always want to share such information with friends and family; those who are less computer literate. After all, the more they learn about their computers, the less they’ll have to ask you for help.

Hopefully you’ll find the information below to your liking.

  1. Implement a Backup System

Everyone knows that they should backup the data on their computers, but it’s the one task that we’re often so guilty of leaving in the backburner. It only takes a couple of minutes to implement a backup system, so you can setup one now, and leave it, until you need it again, and when that time comes, you’ll be happy that you already have the backup in place. If you’re using an external hard drive as your backup platform, then you can use the built-in Windows tool, Windows Backup. However that kind of backup will protect your data, only in the event that your system fails. If your home was to burn down in a fire, or your system was stolen or you experienced some kind of disaster (hurricane, tornedo), then you’d likely lose all your most important data, literally, forever.

For this reason, it’s recommended that you use a backup service, one that will safeguard your data online. That way, you’ll know that your data is safe, regardless of what happens to your hardware.

  1. Use Disk Cleanup

Often a feature that’s neglected…using disk clean-up from time to time, is one of the simplest, yet quickest ways to make your system run better. Disk clean-up works by identifying wastage in your system, that can be removed, which in turn, enhances your systems performance. In order to access the feature, simply double-click on Computer, on your desktop. Then right-click on your Hard Disk and select Properties. From the Properties applet, you’ll find a button called Disk Cleanup, simply click on that, and the tool will load up.

When the program loads up, it’ll immediately begin to assess your system, then present you with data files that you can remove to free up hard drive space. If you are unsure of what files you should remove, then you can just go with the defaults. Once you click on OK, the tool will run and do the rest. It’s not the only one of its kind, Ccleaner is another popular tool that works very similarly.

  1. Access Your System from Anywhere

Have you ever left your home with laptop in hand, only to realise that you left some important data on your home PC? One way to rectify this issue is to use Dropbox, so that you can access your files, no matter where you are in the world. Additionally, it’s also useful for you to have a grasp on how to access your system anywhere. With the use of a little program called TeamViewer, it’s possible for you to log into your computer from another system, and use it, just as you would if you were sitting right in front of it, whether you just need to run a program or access a particular file, you can do it via this method.

  1. Upgrade Your Hardware

Depending on how long you’ve had your system, you’ve probably noticed a change in its overall performance. If you haven’t, then you’re fortunate, however if you have, and you are no longer happy with the way things are running, then you may want to consider a hardware upgrade. There are many ways that you can go about this. You can purchase new RAM, which is very simple. Or you can go the more complex route, and purchase a brand new motherboard. There are a number of components that go alongside a new motherboard, so you’ll need to be sure that you understand what’s what, and how to setup it up, correctly.

  1. Setup Your Network

Getting to grips with modems, routers and the various other devices that a network requires, can be quite scary, but there are a number of basics that you can apply to fix any network problem you encounter. Do you need to reset your router constantly? Make sure it’s not bottlenecked or overheating. Are you getting poor Wi-Fi range and speed? Consider giving it a boost. If any more problems come your way, then you can fix them, providing you know how. There are a number of network guides out there, I’d recommend you looked into them, for help on setting up networks, buying network components, etc.

  1. Software Errors

It’s not uncommon for your computer system to develop a software error, due to the various software installed on it. In most cases, fixing it is a matter of using the right program for the job. Using a Windows operating system that is outdated, can have adverse effects on the kind of performance you receive. Which is why you should have your heads up on the types of things you intend to do on your PC. You also need to be aware of how your system is connected to the web, and the types of ways your system is protected against viruses.

Software errors are without a doubt the most dangerous, yet most complex issues you are likely to encounter on your system. Which is why you’ll want to avoid doing the kinds of things that can cause these errors to occur. Make sure your Wi-Fi network is secure, that way you can determine who has access to it, and who does not. You also should avoid sharing network resources, as it can adversely effect system performance.

With that said, I hope you enjoyed this write-up, and was able to gather some useful information from it.


Uchenna Ani-Okoye is a former IT Manager who now runs his own computer support website


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