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Apr 6, 2012

Taking Care of Your Computer And Backing Up Important Files

Taking Care of Your Computer

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is a bit of a cliché, but it’s also true—especially when it comes to your computer system. Spending a few minutes a week on preventive maintenance can save you from costly computer problems in the future.

To make this chore a little easier, Windows 7 includes several utilities to help you keep your system running smoothly. You should use these tools as part of your regular maintenance routine—or if you experience specific problems with your computer system.

The best way to manage your PC’s maintenance and security is to open the Windows Control Panel and select System & Security, and then Action Center. The Action Center will alert you to any action you need to take to protect and maintain your system.

Backing Up Important Files

The data stored on your computer’s hard disk is valuable, and perhaps irreplaceable. That’s why you want to keep a backup copy of all these valuable files, preferably on an external hard disk, using Windows 7’s Backup utility. You can configure the Backup utility to back up your data automatically, on a predefined schedule.

Step1: From the Windows Control Panel, click Back Up Your Computer (in the System and Security
section).
Step2: Click Set Up Backup.
Step3: Select where you want to back up your data—to an external hard disk, to a CD or DVD disc,
or to another computer on your network.
Step4: Click Next.
Step5: Click Let Windows Choose.
Step6: Click Next.
Step7: Click Save Settings and Run Backup to perform your first backup.

Published by & last updated on April 6, 2012 4:38 pm

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