PC Tune-up

Desktop PC monthly tasks


Your desktop needs some additional care once a month to keep it running at it its best. Be sure to perform these tasks in the order they are outlined below. They can also be found in the handy HP PC Tune-up Calendar. Don't forget weekly tasks are still important.

Did you know that your new PC can take care of these monthly tasks on its own?

With HP Support Assistant, you can receive updates from HP and let your PC perform monthly tune-up tasks for you. To learn more about this new HP application, visit www.hp.com/go/hpsupportassistant.

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1. Update your software and drivers

Having the most current software and drivers will ensure that your PC is running the latest versions which can add functionality and improve the performance of your system.

  Updating Drivers and Software with Windows Update

HP Desktop PCs - Obtaining Software and Drivers

2. For Windows XP units, use PC doctor

PC-Doctor is a software tool that assists in diagnosing the computer for possible problems.

  Using PC-Doctor  

3. Clean-up temporary and old files

The Disk Cleanup will delete temporary files that are no longer being used on your hard drive. This will save space for the files you do use.

  Automatically Clean the Hard Drive in Windows XP  

4. Defragment your hard drive

Over time, your computer creates, deletes and moves many different-sized files on your hard drive. This normal usage of your computer will leave fragments of files separated and disorganized.

Disk Defragmenter consolidates fragmented files and folders on your computer's hard disk then rearranges them to increase available space. As a result, your computer's hard drive works faster and more efficiently.

  Using Disk Defragmenter in Windows XP  

5. Create a system restore point

Creating a system restore point lets you go back in time to before your computer encountered a problem.

  Using Microsoft's System Restore Feature