As a managed services provider that works with many small businesses, we come across a myriad of seemingly random computer errors on a regular basis. In my experience, after “user errors,” most computer issues are caused by what I refer to as “Lack of maintenance” and you can take a look at this PC Revive blog post if you come across such issues. As part of our IT services, we provide comprehensive monitoring and maintenance for our customers’ PCs and servers, but there are some things that you can do to minimize common issues on your computer and the computers in your small business.
Many quirks and unexplainable issues you have on a day-to-day basis with your computer are easily prevented and/or resolved with a quick restart. Restarting also allows your PC to install critical system updates, the importance of which is covered in the following section. A good policy is to restart your computer as the last thing you do when leaving the office. This way, you can come in to work the next day and have a “fresh” PC waiting for you.
As mentioned in a previous post most virus infections are a result of computers not being fully patched and up-to-date. Keeping everything (operating system, applications and drivers) up-to-date on a system is a bit of a chore, but 15-minutes of maintenance could save you a lot of time and money down the road. Secunia PSI by Secunia is an amazing little application that will scan your PC and tell you every update you’re missing for all the applications you have installed. It will even initiate the update processes for you. It’s great if you only need to keep one or two PC’s up-to-date. If your small business has five PCs or more, talk to your IT provider about their maintenance plan. It’s well worth the investment.
We’ve all heard the saying: “Time waits for no man.” The same is true of technology. The truth is that restarts or software updates are only going to help you so much if you’re using an old computer. If your computer is 3 years old, start thinking about replacing it. If it’s 5 years old, stop reading this article and go buy a new computer. Old computers usually mean buggy and failing hardware and software incompatibility. The truth is that the latest version of a business application is going to be slow on your 4 year old laptop no matter what you do (assuming you can even get it installed). Plus, it’s always much easier and less stressful to replace a computer when the old one is still in working order rather than after the old one has failed and you’re forced to get a new one.
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Performing basic routine maintenance on your computers will help them run better, for longer. This means less errors and overall better stability. Put aside 30 minutes every month to make sure your PC is fully up-to-date; it will thank you. Also remember if your computer is over 3 years old and it’s unbearably slow you should definitely think about a replacement. Call us for IT support and with help creating a maintenance plan for your computers.