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10 Tips For Long Life of Your PC

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We spend so much time in front of computers, that even a few small tips could drastically improve productivity. In previous articles you learned about how

to Make Your Windows Run Faster and Most Useful Shortcut Keys for Browsers, now we will tell you how to maintain your PC for working longer time..

1. When your PC crashes, it will show a message. Write down the complete message, so you can later plug it into Google or give it to your tech support agent. If your PC didn't provide an error message, go to Action Center in the Control Panel and see if it shows up under 'View archived messages' or 'View problems to report'.

2. Apps that make claims about improving your PC's performance and clearing out its clutter like Registry cleaners, will generally harm your PC. To clean up your system, simply run Disk Cleanup or use Advanced Uninstaller Pro software.

3. If you regularly download and install new apps from the Internet, you should get in the habit of pruning your collection every now and then. To do so, open the Programs and Features control panel, scroll through the list, and click Uninstall to ditch items you no longer want.

4. Windows 7 and Windows Vista include a security function called User Account Control, which dims the screen and flashes a dialog box whenever you install an app or change your system settings. Though this arrangement can be useful for catching sneaky apps that are trying to install or change things without your knowledge, it can also be annoying. If you use Vista, grab TweakUAC to make it less annoying without turning it off. If you use Windows 7, go into the User Accounts control panel, click User Account Control settings, and change the setting to the third notch down, so UAC will still warn you but it won't dim the screen.

5. Use slashes and backslashes in the appropriate situations. See here; / is a slash (or forward slash, if you must), and \ is a backslash. Backslashes are conventionally used for Windows file paths (C:\Program Files\Whatever), while slashes are used for Internet addresses (http://www.pcworld.com/howto.html).

6. When you delete a file from your PC or memory card, you're not wiping it off the actual hard drive. Instead, you're simply removing the index information that tells your PC where the file is, at which point the PC is free to treat the part of your disk that contain that file as empty space that it can write something else to. If you've accidentally deleted something, undelete utilities such as AUPcan help you find those files again as long as you haven't already written over that file with something new.

7. The Control Panel's Categories view can be useful if you're intimidated by the many different options available, but it can also make finding what you're looking for more difficult. Click Classic view on the left (in Vista) or choose Large Icons from the View by dropdown menu in the upper right (in Windows 7), and you'll have ready access to all of the control panels.

8. If you're using a laptop, you'll want to know how to change your power settings so your PC doesn't waste battery when you need to conserve it, doesn't slow down when you need to go fast, and doesn't go to sleep at an inopportune moment. Open the Power Options control panel, and choose from among several presets containing different configurations for when you're plugged in and when you're mobile--or feel free to create your own. To access the advanced settings, click Change plan settings, Change advanced settings; there you'll find detailed options related to your battery, Wi-Fi radio, graphics card, and more.

9. Beware of viruses living in Office docs. Experienced users can take advantage of its built-in Visual Basic for Applications support to automate complex tasks with macros. However, malicious coders can use those some Microsoft Office tools to design viruses that may interfere with your work and that of your colleagues. By default, Office is set to disable all macros and notify you when a doc you're reading contains them. To toggle this setting, in Word, select Word Options, Trust Center, Trust Center Settings, Macro Settings.

10. Many PC users are accustomed to doing their everyday work while logged in to their PC's administrator account, especially in Windows XP. Doing so can save you the hassle of having to log in and out when you want to install apps or make changes, but it also leaves you much more vulnerable to viruses and malware. (TIMExplore.com)