Chapter    25

Computer Maintenance

This chapter deals with many of the issues of basic maintenance both from a software perspective and a physical perspective.

Windows Update

Your computer may be set to automatic updates already, but if not and you for whatever do not want automatic updates, you should at least get important ones. You can get updates to Windows for bug fixes and the like by searching for “update” in Settings and clicking on Install optional updates.


Disk Defragmentation

Data is saved in blocks on the surface of the disk called clusters. When a computer saves your file, it writes the data to the next empty cluster on the disk, ...

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