Top 5 Tips: Looking after your Laptop

As laptops continue to become the popular choice of computer users everywhere, here are five simple tips to make sure you never have any problems:

1. Dust is the enemy

Too much dust in your laptop could block the ventilation areas and result in overheating. Be sure to clean your laptop regularly to stop dust from doing any damage.

2. Stay cool

A laptop used in a cool, dry area will work more efficiently and faster than if it was exposed to heat. To protect your laptop from overheating, avoid using it on your lap, bed or cushion. This will block the vents underneath and disturb the cooling process.

3. Get rid of unused programs

There are often times when you see programs on your laptop that you haven’t used in a while. Speed and hard drive space are priorities for laptop users, so be sure to identify what programs you no longer use and uninstall them.

4. Programs and apps slow the startup process

Whenever you start your laptop it will load all the system files, as well as the programs and applications that have been selected to run during startup. Spotify and Skype are examples of common apps that will run as soon as your laptop is turned on. The more programs and apps you have doing this, the longer it will take your laptop to startup.

5. Back up everything!

Constant movement puts computer components at risk, and because of their portability, laptops suffer a lot more wear and tear than desktops. Hard drive failure is common with laptops, so make sure you regularly back up your data to an external hard drive, thumb drive, or cloud storage solutions such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

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