CHAPTER 15

Maintaining and Optimizing Operating Systems

In this chapter, you will learn how to

•   Perform operating system maintenance tasks

•   Optimize operating systems

•   Prepare for problems

Every computer running a modern operating system (OS) requires both occasional optimization to keep the system running snappily and ongoing maintenance to make sure nothing goes wrong. Microsoft, Apple, and the many Linux developers use decades of experience with operating systems to search for ways to make the tasks of maintaining and optimizing surprisingly easy and very automatic, but there’s still plenty to do to keep things humming along.

The chapter covers maintenance and optimization, so let’s make sure you know what these two terms mean. ...

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