Have you ever experienced a time when booting your computer seemed to take forever compared to the seconds it used to, and every app worked flawlessly? Unfortunately, your system can eventually slow down over time, causing errors to occur, causing delays and random crashes, causing enough frustration that you want to toss it out the window and never use or look at it again! However, by performing maintenance tasks and updates, you can support system performance and even get it back to where it once was.


Have a maintenance plan in place

At Camis, we have tools available to automate these processes. These tools and procedures support the best client experience for those using our hardware and software. Clients who keep their hardware should become familiar with these routine maintenance tasks or ensure your IT department has scheduled tasks defined and running to supply a maintenance plan so you and your team can have a problem-free experience.


Back up your system before you make substantial changes

It's important to back up your data before you make any significant tweaks and updates. A system restore point within your operating system can be created to return to if something catastrophic happens during your maintenance updates. It would be wise to review and clean up your earlier restore points when making a new one to reduce confusion when it does come time to use one.


Clean up you hard drive

Routine maintenance includes cleaning up your hard drive by removing unneeded files will speed up your system. Storage drive cleanup is straightforward, using the Windows 10 disk cleanup utility (press the win-key then search Disk Cleanup). The Disk Cleanup tool can remove temporary files cached on your system and other old data taking up space. Cleaning up old restore points can also save space. It's also good practice to remove old applications, plug-ins and components that you no longer use; fewer items in your start-up folder mean more resources are available for other tasks and applications when powering on. Cleanup will also reduce conflicts between applications. 

Reviewing your file system visually using an application like WinDirStat or Wiztree can help when trying to find free space or cleanup duplicate files.

By performing maintenance tasks and updates, you can support a stable, usable system for many years.