General Maintenance Tools
Allows you to check disks for errors in the filesystem and on the disk volume
Disk Defragmenter (Dfrg.msc)
Allows you to optimize disk performance by reducing fragmentation of files
The sections that follow discuss how you can use each tool to perform preventive
maintenance and routine checkups on your computer.
Updating Your Computer
Ensuring that your computer is up-to-date with the most recent hot fixes, security
updates, and service packs is the most important preventive maintenance task you
can perform. The great news is that you can completely automate the update pro-
cess so that as updates become available, you can have your computer automatically
download and install them.
The feature in Windows Vista that handles updates is called Windows Update. Win-
dows Update is an enhanced version of the standard automatic update feature
included in earlier releases of Windows. With Windows Update, you can be sure
that all operating system components and related programs that ship with the oper-
ating system, such as Internet Explorer 7, are updated automatically.
You can even take this process a step further by having your computer download and
install updates for related Microsoft products, including Microsoft Office. To do this,
you need to install Microsoft Update. Microsoft Update extends Windows Update to
provide a total update shield for your computer and key Microsoft products.
Figure 20-11. Configuring Remote Desktop users