In this chapter, you will learn how to
• Manage power usage
• Clean and maintain hardware
• Dispose of computer equipment responsibly
Keeping a computer working well isn’t that difficult these days. Most of the maintenance utilities that IT professionals used to recommend you run manually are now handled automatically in the OS, including running Windows Update and checking the hard drive for storage errors.
So what’s left for the average user to do? The main things are to manage the computer’s power usage effectively, keep it clean (inside and out), and recycle or dispose of it properly when it’s beyond repair or no longer cost-effective to upgrade. In this chapter, we look at those three important ...