Many performance problems can simply be tracked down to too much overhead and too few resources. In other words, your computer can only handle so many simultaneously running processes before it starts to show signs of strain. This may manifest as long load or boot times, or applications may hang or stall, or the computer may exhibit signs of instability such as blue screens or sudden restarts. A properly maintained computer can live well beyond its "life expectancy."
Preventive computer maintenance is one of the most ignored aspects of PC ownership. Most people seem to think that the PC doesn't need preventive maintenance, and so you should just use it until it breaks, and then repair or replace it. These people generally find themselves repairing or replacing much sooner than those that take definitive steps to avoid difficulties with their computers in the first place.
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Here are some reasons why you should develop a preventive maintenance plan for your computer:
- Preventive Maintenance Saves Money: I'm sure we've all heard the old adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure". It's trite, but it is also true. Avoiding problems with your computer will save you money in the long run, compared with laying out cash for new components or repair jobs.
- Preventive Maintenance Saves Time: Saves time? How can taking two hours a month or whatever to perform maintenance save time? Simple: because it saves you the much bigger hassles of dealing with system failures and data loss. Most preventive maintenance procedures are quite simple compared to troubleshooting and repair procedures--now those can really eat up your time at a fantastic rate.
- Preventive Maintenance Helps Safeguard Your Data: For most people, the data on the hard disk is more important than the hardware that houses it. Taking steps to protect this data therefore makes sense, and that is what PM is all about.
- Preventive Maintenance Improves Performance: Some parts of your computer system will actually degrade in performance over time, and preventive maintenance will help to improve the speed of your computer system in these respects.